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8 ways to filter information in your life

“The more we come to know, the more we realise what we don’t know” unknown.

Introduction

Did you know that "Most people check their phones 58 times a day."

If you spend the average time on your phone, which today is around 2 hours and 20mins, it amounts to 35 full days a year.

What’s your number?__________________

In the "age of information" where news, media, governments, friends, family, and even strangers can make their way into our conscious existence every time we pick up our mobile or technological device. We are making conscious, unconscious, and even emotional decisions about the information that is presented in front of us.

I have some suggestions in future posts to navigate this, but for now. Let's start with some AWARENESS so that you can make your own self informed choices and perhaps even set up some tools to help guide the information that you allow into your life each day.

If our thoughts shape our external reality, then this becomes something very important to consider.

Better yet, if you are up for a challenge. Try turning your mobile device off for a day, a week, or a month. Or at least try not to tune into it as your first behavior each morning. Try charging your phone in a different room as a simple life hack.

ONE-KEY MESSAGE

Science isn't everything. It's our best attempt and understands what is unknown. Nature and the universe preceded our conscious exploration of what has always been

SUMMARY of 8 points

1. What Science Is and Isn't.

2. Science & Evidence isn't everything

3. Existence precedes understanding

4. Truth is relative to the observer

5. The paradox of knowledge

6. Internet Fact-Checkers are biased

7. Social Media Platforms Censor Information

8. We Evidence-Based Practice (EBM) and our  Hierarchy of evidence To rationalize the unknown

1. What Science Is and Isn't.

Science is the pursuit and application of knowledge and understanding of the natural and social world following a systematic methodology based on evidence - Science Council

The scientific methodology includes the following:

  • Objective observation: Measurement and data (possibly although not necessarily using mathematics as a tool)
  • Evidence
  • Experiment and/or observation as benchmarks for testing hypotheses
  • Induction: reasoning to establish general rules or conclusions drawn from facts or examples
  • Repetition
  • Critical analysis
  • Verification and testing: critical exposure to scrutiny, peer review, and assessment

It is the pursuit of seeking, understanding, and explaining the unknown. So that we can guide our future decisions and applications. At the moment it is a fairly linear process. Even our best scientists who are attempting to create a "theory of everything"

2. Science & Evidence isn't everything

“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, or vice versa” Donald Rumsfeld

As an example, it was only in 2012 that we all agreed that animals were concious.

It was only in 2017 that we all agreed that same-sex marriage should be accepted

In 2021, we still have no idea about the universe;  latest guesses, string theory, M theory.

In the field of virology, evidence shows that we have only explored less than 1% of the extant viral diversity.This means that we don’t really understand the role that viruses play in our overall health and wellbeing.

The point is that we don't need to wait for science and global agreement to acknowledge what is already known, felt, and experienced.

Animals have shown us that they can think, feel and perceive for centuries, long before science agreed. Same-gender relationships have been around long before governments decided it was ok and accepted socially/culturally. We have over 380 trillion viruses and 38 trillion bacteria living in and on us, long before we had the means or technology to identify them.

Energy, the universe, and the earth biome have existed long before we as humans became conscious of their existence.

3. Existence precedes understanding

Energy, the universe, and the earth biome have existed long before we as humans became conscious of their existence.

13.5 billion years of the universe

4.5 billion years of earth & nature's trial, error, evolution and adaptation

12 universal laws of energy

“What do we mean by saying that existence precedes essence? We mean that human first of all exist, we encounters ourselves, surge up in the world- and define ourself afterwards.”

4. Truth is relative to the observer

R.C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University shared that we are

“The Mental Universe” which means that “a fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer (you/me) creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a mental construction”.

Reality then is something we each create, based on our own self-realized OR conditioned thoughts, beliefs, experience/s (or lack of), and observations.

5. The paradox of knowledge

“The more we come to know, the more we realise what we don’t know” unknown.
@rorykc

6. Internet Fact-Checkers are biased

Have you noticed that your social media posts get fact-checked, blocked, and even deleted lately? If you follow the links, it usually directs you to a site by Reuters International. Considering the above. Ask yourself if they are the credible sources to be fact-checking your shared thoughts

Here is their about page. They are a news media body, not an independent and unbiased source of information. Quite the opposite actually

"Reuters is a global information and news provider headquartered in London, England, that serves professionals in the financial, media, and corporate markets. Reuters was standalone global news and financial information company until it was bought by Thomson Financial Corporation in 2008."
Reuters Fact Check
Fact checks from Reuters journalists on social media claims and visual material

7. Social Media Platforms Censor Information

The only reason why you would hide, censor or filter information or free speech, is if you have an agenda or the information is potentially harmful.

Instagram is under fire for stopping its users from using the #naturalimmunity hashtag on its platform. The social media giant has been accused of ‘making it up as they go along’ in an attempt to prevent the spread of misinformation on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Example: IN DEFENSE OF NATURALLY ACQUIRED IMMUNITY

How information can be shared to help guide decisions, with transparency and without censroship.

Dr and Senator Paul Rand

8. Evidence-Based Practice (EBM) and our  Hierarchy of evidence To rationalize the unknown

Level 1 evidence - Peer-Reviewed Systematic reviews
Level 5 evidence - Randomised & controlled trials, Accredited Experts Cited
Low-level Evidence, personal opinion, or viewpoints; Opinion pieces, blogs, etc

Summary

When filtering information in your life. Please consider these 8 filters to help build your own awareness and understanding. If you need help making better lifestyle choices and don't know where to start. Check out the lifestyle medicine ecosystem tools and resources here.

FOUR Trusted and reliable sources for Evidence-Based Resources

  1. Evidence-based practice
  2. https://www.uptodate.com/home
  3. https://www.cochranelibrary.com/
  4. https://www.thecommunityguide.org/

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