I believe one of the fundamental problems in our society is that we rarely have an honest conversations with each other about how we know something is true—a question an entire (but largely forgotten) branch of philosophy, epistemology, exists to address. Since the truth is often murky and hard to uncover, tools like critical thinking and epistemology are needed, but more and more, instead of developing those tools, we are taught to settle those questions by simply trusting the most trustable expert.
A Midwestern Doctor
The Internet has upended that equation because there are far too many people who will create competing narratives at almost no cost (whereas the traditional propaganda model is expensive), and the internet naturally selects for the most compelling arguments to be seen….Regardless of how much money is spent, government and industry can never compete with millions of citizens looking for ways to spread the truth online.
— A Midwestern Doctor
The Forgotten Side of Medicine (Opens new window)