4 ways to figure out what’s true and what isn’t

Feeling inundated with information about COVID-19? Before that, perhaps it was the impeachment or Brexit or The Bachelor finale. How do you know what bits of information are true? Here are a few ways to get closer to the truth about anything: 1 Consult multiple reliable sources. See where the consensus lies. 2 Use commonContinue reading “4 ways to figure out what’s true and what isn’t”

How not to feel like an idiot

“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” [ John F. Kennedy ] Kennedy was absolutelyContinue reading “How not to feel like an idiot”

Are you participating in fake news?

Have you seen the image that appears to show Emma González ripping up the U.S. Constitution? Do you know for a fact whether it’s real or fake? If you hang around The Thinkery very long, you’ll get the message that you should think for yourself. Thinking is a process that takes time and effort, so the intellectuallyContinue reading “Are you participating in fake news?”

Media bias (or really bad news editing) punched me in the face this morning

I woke up this morning to this breaking news banner alert on my phone: “‘He would go down fast and hard’ — Donald Trump threatens former vice president Joe Biden with physical violence”. Fascinated, I tapped the link, and it took me to a Sky News article titled “Trump threatens former VP Biden with physical violence”Continue reading “Media bias (or really bad news editing) punched me in the face this morning”