- Trust your own experience.
- Trust those who have treated you well in the past.
- Trust those who behave honestly and reasonably, and seem to want to treat you well.
- Tend to mistrust anyone that obfuscates or over-complicates matters.
- Tend to mistrust anyone that parrots someone else’s ideas.
- Tend to mistrust anyone who prefers to talk of we rather than of I.
- Tend to mistrust anyone you catch out lying, or being dishonest or hypocritical.
- Mistrust anyone with any political or religious agenda.
- Mistrust anyone that cries “the end is nigh!” or any other such ruse.
- Mistrust anyone that says “I’m an expert, trust me.”
- Mistrust anyone that says “You’re not an expert, so you must be wrong.”
- Mistrust anyone that resorts to specious arguments or to ad hominems.
- Mistrust anyone that profits from schemes that rip you off.
- Mistrust anyone you think may be trying to sell you something you don’t want.
- Mistrust the mainstream media, most of all if government funded.
- Mistrust, above all, anyone that denies the existence of truth.
Saturday, 10 February 2018
In the age of fake news, who do we believe?
This started life as a comment on another blog, but I thought it was good enough to publish it here too. It's a reply to the question: "In the age of fake news, who do we believe?" Thanks to Opher Goodwin for the question.
Posted by Neil