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How do you know what's true? 🤔 Vectr Weekly #9

How do you know what's true? Or similarly, how do you know what to believe?
September 16 · Issue #9 · View online
Vectr Weekly
How do you know what’s true? Or similarly, how do you know what to believe?

In a world of “post-truth,” “fake news,” and “alternative facts,” questions like these seem more relevant than they’ve ever been.
I believe that, if you want to practice good scholarship and build compelling mental models of the world, you need to embrace a healthy amount of skepticism and uncertainty. You need to think about how a topic or issue might look from the perspective of people of different ages, religions, genders, political affiliations, and the like.
The really disconcerting thing, for me, about this “post-truth” world we live in, is that truth itself is not what’s at issue. But rather it’s being used as a political pawn. It seems that people are less interested in what is actually true or false, and more interested in what there is to gain by sowing fear, uncertainty, and doubt.
This is one of the reasons that we’ve designed Vectr as we have. We allow for one question to receive many answers on the platform. And unlike a forum where you have to read all of the answers that came before yours in a thread, which likely could color your response, we prefer a clean question-answer exchange. Read the question, provide your answer. That’s it.

Stay curious!
Jeremy & Jake
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