The biggest threat to public health today is not Coronavirus or the Delta variant. Can a lack of #CriticalThinking be dangerous for public health?
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The biggest threat to public health today is not coronavirus or the delta variant. Can a lack of critical thinking be dangerous for public health?
I had a wonderful comment from Rudolf on one of my recent videos that I’d like to address.
“Edward Tse… we allow teaching a schism between religion, and science instead of teaching the fundamentals of finding truth” and he pointed me toward a philosophical argument known as the Munchhausen Trilemma.
Munchhausen states that scientifically we can never prove that anything is true. Any attempt at proof falls into one of three types of pseudo truths: applied to the question “what makes us happy?”
1. Infinite Loop: We’re happy when we are around happy people.
2. Infinite Proofs: Receving X will make us happy, Electing Y to government will make us happy. We will be happy when we achieve Z.
3. Dogma: We’re happy because we know that God has a plan.
Perhaps the schism between science and religion that we aren’t taught in school is that they are both partial tools to get towards the truth.
For example, a single scientific study can skew our view of truth and social media can put us in the realm of infinite loops (echo chambers) or infinite proofs (trolling). When religion is no longer a mystery then what we see on the Internet is perceived as the truth (fake news), then we are in the realm of submitting to dogma.
If we continue to explore science, then meta-studies can get us much closer to a pragmatic truth. In the same way if we spend more time to question theology we will more clearly see how those lessons apply to our context today.
Those starting in the faith are referred to as inquirers, the sacraments are referred to as mysteries. Faith calls us to be shepherds, not sheep. I’ve always interpreted this to mean that faith calls us to be scientists. To not accept a truth at face value and to explore and think critically about what we see on the Internet.
This means listening to diverse perspectives.