reply to post by willis7737
So fellow ATS members, I pose this question to you all, do you have any helpful techniques to cut the fear mongering out, and see the picture as a
whole? Or is this just plain impossible?
To be honest, I'd say put some distance between you and the ATS community. Of all the websites I visit daily, I have to say that ATS is the most
unique if for no other reason than the vortex of fear, uncertainty, and rage which - if too much time is spent, can begin to weight on your shoulders
and corrode your soul with an almost tactile atmosphere of oppression. I find I have to take breaks on occasion to "detox" the negativity.
With the news media, I can understand their motives and identify their sales pitches for what they are. Their sensationalism is mitigated by a grain
of salt, and more often than not - I just simply won't watch TV due to the baseness of producing for the lowest common denominator demographic. I'd
rather spend the time online surfing for educational material - answering all those odd-ball questions which creep into my head that many people just
I do enjoy the exposure to "left-field" ideas I get here, and the unintended avenues of discovery I occasionally stumble upon when investigating
some claim - either to establish the credibility of, or fact checking my responses to. Yet it'd depressing to see so many people seemingly lost in
the dreamland, frightened, confused, and angry - pursuing magics and myths in the desperate hope of something remarkable.
ATS is a sojourn into the heart of the demon haunted world that Carl Sagan wrote about.
Originally posted by smyleegrl
How do I determine what I should trust and what I shouldn't?
You need to develop a working methodology for testing and falsifying claims presented to you. Develop standards of credibility and adhere to them.
Become familiar with a wide variety of topics from which to cross-reference claims.
A good rule of thumb which has served me well; abandon your search for the "Truth". If you set out searching for only the truth, then no matter
where you look you will
find it. I don't mean to suggest that the truth is hidden in plain sight, but that cognitive biases must be accounted
for and marginalized to the best of your ability to weed out false positives and phantom correlations.
One rule of thumb which has worked well for me; "Seek not the truth, Seek instead concordance and the truth will follow of it's own accord."
[edit on 6-1-2010 by Lasheic]