© Jeffrey J Wolynski
We must be careful what we learn. It might be wrong information. It might be skewed and vastly misinterpreted and even hypothetical. We all need to be careful what we accept.
For instance what if atoms don't really exist. How does your mind treat this? It goes all funky right? It feels weird. It feels unfamiliar and scary. If atoms don't exist then what are we to do? What if they are just manifestations of some other higher order understanding? We would be left in the mud with the root assumption then that atoms exist. How are we to delve into alternative understanding? What are we to make of the world we think we know? Seriously. Our minds have been conditioned since grade school to believe in atoms. What if its a lie and atoms don't exist? What if the vast majority of science is built off lies and propaganda? What if scientists really don't know what they are doing, and all the "greats" were just fakers? What is real? How are we to tell? Who's telling the truth? Who's selling bullshit?
Much more importantly we must pay attention to WHY we accept understandings. That will be the factor in determining if the information is reliable or not. We must appropriately judge the person spreading the "understanding" and pay attention to their motives first and foremost.
Thus, to determine if information gathered via the internet, it is reverse. We are not to judge the person spewing the info in as much as we are to trust ourselves in not carrying a motive that is attached to the information.
Information that has motive is the worst kind. Believe this or you don't get funding. Believe this or you don't get a degree and prestige. Believe this or else you don't get respect. Believe this so you get a feeling of importance. Believe this so people will look up to you as being smart.
Believe this, and if you don't think it makes sense, then pick something else. That should be how it's done. We are finding that students do more of the above rather than learning for the sake of learning and choosing what actually makes sense and is intuitive. Students tie the learning to motive. In the 21st century the motive translates to money. Sad state of affairs. Pure intention no longer exists, so science is officially political, except for sites like this where ridicule does not hold any power.