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There’s a LOT of Mixed Information Out There
In today’s fast-paced world, we get fed a LOT of information on a daily basis (and a lot of it happens to be bullshit). There are certain topics that get more publicity than others and so much of that information gets passed around in a horrifying game of global telephone. At the end, who knows what’s right and wrong anymore?
Well, YOU can.
Having a science-based background (biotechnology if anyone is wondering) has taught me obvious things like the inner workings of a cell and how to properly grow microbes…etc. But the most important lesson I’ve learned had nothing to do with factual knowledge; the most important thing I’ve learned is to think critically about information that I come across.
The Problem with Researching One Side of an Argument
There’s a vast amount of knowledge out there. It’s easy to find an answer that supports what you want to believe, even if what you want to believe isn’t true. What I mean by this, for example, is that people who want to believe that cinnamon is good for them will search “benefits of cinnamon” and not even attempt to look at the negative effects. (For the record, cinnamon is a perfectly okay thing to consume in normal amounts. This is just an example).
There is a tendency to search for what you want to be true. But when you ignore any evidence that doesn’t support your desired outcome, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not allowing yourself to know the whole truth. You’re shielding yourself from adverse information and that’s not healthy. Next time you’re looking for something, I strongly encourage you to look for the opposite of what you’re hoping for. It’s a good way to be truly objective when you’re looking for real information.
Don’t Limit Yourself by Agreeing with the Opinion of the General Public
I hate confrontation, but I also hate when people limit themselves by not doing proper research. And I really hate it when people argue about something they don’t even know anything about. One of the biggest arguments I have with people is about GMOs. The public consensus is that they’re bad, but that simply isn’t true.
In the past, I would gently encourage people to look into it a little more and realize that it’s actually far healthier than the pesticides and other chemicals needed to grow the crops in today’s changing climate. Now, however, when someone is arguing with me about GMOs, I ask them to describe to me how a GMO is made…if they can’t do it then they cannot possibly know why it is supposedly bad for them, right? By putting them on the spot, it allows them to realize that maybe they don’t know as much as they thought they did. Yes, it makes them uncomfortable, but to be honest I’m pretty sick of hearing people spew wrong and irrational facts.
I probably sound like such a bitch right now. But I will never go against my opinion to get page views and subscribers. I’m well aware that publishing a post about how bad GMOs are will bring loads of traffic to my blog. But I think for myself, which is the whole idea behind this post.
Thinking For Yourself Is a Form of Self Love
When you read something online and wonder if it’s true, go find out! There is such power in being informed. Intelligence isn’t about grades in school or being an expert at something.
Intelligence is about understanding what someone is trying to tell you, and then making your own conclusion from it. By thinking for yourself, you’re always the smartest person in the room.
You’re always going to feel confident that you made the right decision when it is your decision. True intelligence means putting in the work to inform yourself of something you want to know more about, and branching out to include all sides of an argument even if it isn’t the desired result.
If you want to learn more about biology and how to think critically about articles you read pertaining to health, nutrition, fitness, etc. then I recommend reading The Cell: Discovering the Microscopic World that Determines Our Health, Our Consciousness, and Our Future
I recently finished this book and loved it. I tend to avoid reading heavier topics in my spare time because I read those types of things for my studies. But this was a real treat. This book provides you with a deeper understanding of the human body (with a special focus on cells) and provides a fascinating narration behind some of the most influential scientific discoveries in history without being too dry of a read.
If nothing else, at least read the introduction. One of my favourite quotes from the book comes from the very first pages:
“things like faith, belief and gut feelings, although important in other contexts, are not valid counterarguments to scientific conclusions and consensus.”
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