Well this is an important skill to have. If you learn the following you’ll never fall for a con like ‘masks are bad’ and kill people with your ignorance:
- Be aware that right now multiple psychological manipulation techniques are being used on vast sections of the population through the news, social media, and general media sources. How do I know? Because large sections of the population are all saying the same thing all at once and claiming they believe it "because they're independent thinkers," and I can trace the sources of their claims to certain news sites, certain social media platforms, and the words of certain people on social media and the news. Yes, this is on both sides of the political spectrum. The real question right now is what are the direct results of such manipulation? Pop popcorn, try to stay out of the emotional minefield, and wait to see a. the results and b. who benefits the most
- Mental slavery is just as bad as physical slavery. Be on guard to determine if you are mentally reacting in a way that benefits someone else or a way that eliminates your personal freedom. People blindly reacting to external stimuli with knee-jerk reactions without any conscious individual thought and calling it freedom are a good example of what NOT to do.
- Always ask yourself "Am I really thinking for myself?" One easy way of doing this is to determine if your thought patterns and beliefs match up with anyone else's, especially if many other people believe the same thing. Groupthink is a major flaw of our species.
- The difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary sources ***This is a major reason why people believe hearsay and confuse it with fact*** Reference.com
- Further explanation CRK
- Simple explanation: Primary source: you eat a bowl of delicious spaghetti and meatballs at a restaurant. You know it's delicious because you experienced it. Secondary source: you're the friend of the first person eating the spaghetti and meatballs. You ask "How is it?" and they say "Mmmmmm, awesome." You think it's delicious because your friend experienced it. You happen to be a reporter so you report "Person almost has a religious experience enjoying spaghetti and meatballs" and then that comes out in the paper. Tertiary source: a printed guide to the best spaghetti and meatballs restaurants in the town that includes the restaurant where the original person ate it, based on reviews from multiple sources like Google Reviews and Yelp. Perhaps for more publicity or out of a mistaken belief in what they're printing they'd say that some of these restaurants give you religious epiphanies if you eat their spaghetti and meatballs. Not a credible source: say for the purposes of this example that someone made a religion out of your experience eating your food Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
- Logical Fallacies
- TV Tropes A listing of many groupthink beliefs often depicted in TV
- You might also wish to play the card game "b.s.," poker, or Among Us.
- Recommended reading: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday, What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard Feynman
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