The 2 problems

Information that you can easily access is not only facts and data. It is also full of opinions and misjudgments as well as dangers, social bullying, and manipulations. With increasingly more information being consumed, we need to develop an approach on selecting and filtering what we are being fed with.

Two of the problems that limitless access to information creates are the illusion of knowledge and confirmation bias. The first one makes you assume that you know all there is to know since it’s just a click away. The second one, however, makes you search for the information mostly conforming to your existing views, hence only deepening your opinions about being right, when it’s not necessarily the case.

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into troubleIt’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. 

Mark Twain

We still have a limited ability to verify the validity of the information. How can you distinguish facts from personal opinions or accurate representation from the interpretation that shows only one aspect of the topic that is in line with what the point that an author wants to prove? You need to develop a common sense and logic and learn to evaluate information and decide which one is credible. This is not always easy, especially when the topic is totally new to you.

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