Originally posted by v01i0
Personally, this has contributed in my case to the "information Inflation" in such extent, that I usually outright dismiss all the information
without question which doesn't fit my personal view of how things are (So have I became a believer of my own "religion"?).
Absolutely you have, and I can see most people fit the same profile - however, it can be cured
This is a very important topic, and I think people need to get their head around this - truth and facts do not exist as it applies to physical
reality. Truth and fact is personal, and subjective (as applies to physical reality).
There is however such a thing as conceptual truth, for example 1+1=2 is true, so long as you don't try and apply it to the real world.
So, what can be true? Understanding and meaning are not based on truth and fact - they arise due to relationships between pieces of information. So
understanding something is never true or false, it just is - but understanding is never complete, so we accept that we can learn more.
Truth, fact and belief prevent people from improving their understanding, because, as you stated - you begin to dismiss everything that does not fit
with your facts, truth, beliefs.
That filtering impedes your ability to understand. Understanding leads to tolerance - belief leads to intolerance and conflict.
So, your observation is correct - information is exploding - and people who have relied on only a few 'credible' sources, such as authority and MSM
are finding themselves lost at sea because they are receiving conflicting information, and they want to 'believe' something. They are looking for
some authority to tell them what is true.
That train has already left the station - people are used to easy answers, people who did not think for themselves will be confounded - for a while -
then I feel people will realize, they are the final authority, they themselves are the only credible source, and they will begin to look for meaning,
rather than 'facts'.