wider freeways but narrower viewpoints;
we spend more but have less;
we buy more but enjoy it less;
we have bigger houses and smaller families;
more conveniences yet less time;
we have more degrees but less sense;
more knowledge but less judgement;
more experts yet more problems.” And so on.
- Verify: fact-check information to confirm it is true before accepting and sharing it
- Balance: share the whole truth, even if some aspects do no support my opinion
- Cite: share my sources so that others can verify my information
- Clarify: distinguish between my opinion and the facts
- Acknowledge when others share true information even when we disagree otherwise
- Reevaluate if my information is challenged, retract it if I cannot verify it
- Defend others when they come under attack for sharing true information, even when we disagree otherwise
- Align my opinions and my actions with true information
- Fix: ask people to retract information that reliable sources have disproved even when they are my allies
- Educate: compassionately inform those around me to stop using unreliable sources, even if these sources support my opinion
- Defer: recognize the opinions of experts as more likely to be accurate when the facts are disputed
- Celebrate those who retract incorrect statements and update their beliefs toward the truth
- How reliable is the source of the claim?
- Does the source make similar claims?
- Have the claims been verified by somebody else?
- Does this fit with the way the world works?
- Has anyone tried to disprove the claim?
- Where does the preponderance of evidence point?
- Is the claimant playing by the rules of science?
- Does verifiable evidence exist?
- Does the new explanation account for as many phenomena as the old explanation did?
- Are personal beliefs driving the claim?