An interesting study of an important skill: critical ignoring.

I think I check external sources all the time. If I read something new about a certain topic, I look for someone I know has specialised in that topic and ask if it's true.

Is this a luxury you only have if you are in an environment of scientists?

It's very valuable to know someone well enough so that you can (almost) blindly trust them in their domain. You can't be an expert in everything.

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Also, I guess that the popularity of conspiracy theories shows what happens when you don't educate people with the skill to assess the trustworthiness of the source of information?

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I also try to use the lessons by Harold Jarche:

"Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) is like breathing in and out. We breathe in through our networks, filtering knowledge and making sense through conversations and actions. We breathe out by sharing what we know and have learned."

For the past years I think I have mostly been breathing in, so I'm still figuring out how I could and should share (produce) more myself.

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@Erik another cause for conspiracy theories is governments not being honest to most of the time. Take our fine prime minister Mark Rutte for instance. He is most likely the most trusted liar in the Netherlands. It is nearly impossible to not come up with conspiracies when talking about the things he has misdone to our country.


Very true. I went to a number of schools in a number of countries but the one memory that always stuck with me was when, in a local public school in a place run by a dictatorship at the time, we as young lads & lassies (8 y.o.) were taught about critical thinking. Our homework was to go and find articles from the press on opposing sides of an issue and then present them and discuss them in class. It paid to learn that lesson early.


On the down side, trying to emulate the teachers, who were not in the least afraid to provide a quality education to both rich and poor and openly criticised and opposed the ruling dictatorship, got me in no end of trouble for years to come. 😀

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