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Critical Thinking is Not Just for the Internet

“Don’t trust what you read on the internet.”

This is a fashionable piece of advice circulating the internet (of all places).

I agree. My only issue with this statement is that it’s too long.

Instead of  “Don’t trust what you read on the internet,” it should read “Don’t trust.”

That’s it! Two words: “Don’t trust!”

Actually, I can make it shorter. Here’s one word:

“Think!”

There are no trustworthy mediums.

All you have is your judgment.

Avoiding the internet, or whatever happens to be the latest object of selective skepticism, wont save you.

There’s no such thing as a person, product, or platform that wont break your heart and misguide you if you follow it with blind faith.

If you want something to trust, trust your own research, your own reflection, your own lived experience, and your own personally conducted experiments.

In his closing statement of a debate with William Dembski, Christopher Hitchens advised the following:

“Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.”

As I’ve written before,

If an idea is worth following, it’s worth fact-checking.

That’s true not only for the internet, but for every medium of communication that has ever existed.

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