Skepticism

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The problem is that everyone thinks they form their beliefs on the basis of evidence. That’s one of the issues, for example, with fake news. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, or just surfing Google, people read and share stories either that they want to believe or that comport with what they already believe—then they point to those stories as evidence for their beliefs. Beliefs are used as evidence for beliefs, with fake news just providing fodder.

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Of course. Everything we know we've learned from somewhere. Just how reliable were those sources we obtained that information from? How reliable was our source's sources? Knowledge is pretty much just one long endless round of the gossip game. What starts out as "A man pours himself a glass of water" turns into "A triceratops is eating a slice of pizza" by the time it trickles down through generations and is run through the thick wire mesh filter of personal bias and opinion.

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ProdigalSon 3 days ago

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Well said.

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VicZinc 3 days ago

Or, Fake news is easily digested because a corrupt industry we call the Main Stream Media decided to dispose of the formerly long honored tradition of reporting facts to the public without bias.

Prior to this corrupt state of the media, news organizations insisted that it's reporters confirmed their information from at least two sources before reporting, to ensure accuracy.

Now, accuracy is not really a concern. As long as the story coincides with the the left agenda, the media creates its talking points and together reports the same crap in all outlets. They will create a story built only on unfounded accusations, and report it as news.

Left wing consumers of news are more than happy to suck up the 'news' to feed their seething hatred of the right.

It's a sad state of affairs.

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “Or, Fake news is easily digested because a...

on a scale of 1 to 10 how strongly you believe this

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VicZinc 3 days ago

In response to “on a scale of 1 to 10 how strongly you...

It's not a matter of belief. It's a matter of knowledge.

You can believe things that aren't true, but you can't know things that aren't true. I know that what I wrote is true.

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “It's not a matter of belief. It's a matter...

Okey dokey then.

For the record I don't believe anything can be known.

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VicZinc 3 days ago

In response to “Okey dokey then. For the record I don't...

I see. Life must be frightening for you.
I feel sad for you.

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “I see. Life must be frightening for you. I...

Thanks for you concern. It's actual very uplifting and allows freedom of thought.

Understanding the nature, origin, methods, and limits of human knowledge removes fear and brings contentment.

I highly recommend it to people who think they got it all figured out.

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VicZinc 3 days ago

In response to “Thanks for you concern. It's actual very...

I don't think I could deal with all the BS. I mean within the last few minutes you have told me that you don't believe anything can be known. And, boast your understanding the nature, origin, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

That's seems like an awful lot to understand without knowing anything.

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “I don't think I could deal with all the BS...

That's your perspective. I respect that. Your definition of knowledge is vastly different from mine as we have discuss on many occasions.

For example: I understand that the game of cricket has rules, I don't know what they are. I understand the nature of, and origin of, the game but I don't know how to play it, or if the children living in Kent so many years ago actually played a similar game, or if they even existed. I understand I can use the method called google to gather more information on any subject but I don't know if anything I find there is accurate or even 'factual'. I understand that humans knowledge has limits but I don't know what those limits are.

Suffice to say I live without fear, so again I appreciate your concern, but it is misplaced.

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VicZinc 3 days ago

In response to “That's your perspective. I respect that...

I'm done after this but you couldlearn the rules of cricket - and then you would know what they are!

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “I'm done after this but you //could//learn...

I submit that I could not, and neither could anyone else. Rules change.

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VicZinc 3 days ago

In response to “I submit that I could not, and neither could...

You deny that you are incapable of learning the rules for cricket?

Vic, you may think you are coming off as clever, or deep - but seriously, the stuff you say is nonsensical! I mean, how could I take your political, religious, societal views, your alleged dedication to Jesus teachings - combined with your dismissal of Jesus as the Son of God, all seriously if you also are unable to learn the rules of a simple game?

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Budwick 2 days ago

In response to “You deny that you are incapable of learning...

Why would you want to?

You really don't get it Bud. Nothing matters. I doesn't matter what I think or say, and it doesn't matter what you think or say.

I do as I do, and you do as you do.

The only thing I care about is that I have fun talking to you.

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VicZinc 2 days ago

In response to “Why would you want to? You really don't...

Well Vic, while you have managed to separate yourself from everything, you should keep in mind that everyone else on the planet tends to give a shit about life and what goes on in it. And, while you present yourself as an authority on everything, yet claim to care about none of it - it seems only fair that you warn anyone you talk to that everything you say is complete and total bull shit.

I'm glad that you are so entertained by exposing that fact on a daily basis.

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Budwick 2 days ago

In response to “Well Vic, while you have managed to separate...

I never claimed otherwise.

In fact I have stated many times that I know nothing and that knowledge is impossible.
So not sure when I claimed to be an 'authority on anything'. So I assume that you, for whatever reason, must think I am an authority, so thank you!

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VicZinc yesterday

In response to “I never claimed otherwise. In fact I have...

No, you are wrong - again. I never said I thought you were an authority, I said you present yourself as an authority.

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Budwick yesterday

In response to “No, you are wrong - again. I never said I...

Then my evil plan is working

Buhahahahaha!

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VicZinc yesterday

In response to “Then my evil plan is working Buhahahahaha!

And that's how you skitter away from stuff. Make some joking comment and leave.

Have a nice weekend.

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Budwick yesterday

In response to “And that's how you skitter away from stuff...

Whatever bud,

How do I respond to someone who completely dismisses my personal philosophy while refusing to give an signal at all that they are willing to consider any point of view other than their own?

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VicZinc yesterday

In response to “Or, Fake news is easily digested because a...

Both sides spew out their equally fair share of shit and consumers eat it up like it's Thanksgiving on both sides of the aisle. Left wing news consumers that take headlines as gospel are no worse than the ones on the Right that are doing it.

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ProdigalSon 3 days ago

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In concept I would agree, but....

My problem is comparing the stacks of Right Wing BS vs Left Wing BS. My observations tell me that there is a far greater likelihood that left wing reports will be 1) absent, 2) inaccurate, 3) completely made up.

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “In concept I would agree, but.... My...

How much of that observation is fueled by bias and the fact that you're a Right Winger yourself?

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ProdigalSon 3 days ago

In response to “How much of that observation is fueled by...

My Observation Fuel Gage has been on the blink for some time now. I'd like to believe that my quest for honesty is what fuels my observation.

I am honest enough to admit that anything spoken by someone like say, Pelosi I assume is **** before analysis begins. That's from experience however. It's not like she changes her tune on daily basis or has ever said anything worthwhile.

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “My Observation Fuel Gage has been on the...

Here's an interesting alternate fuel gauge. How many 'fake' disagrees on amirite for left leaning posts vs. right leaning posts.

That should indicate which side is more likely to present fake information.

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VicZinc 3 days ago

In response to “Here's an interesting alternate fuel gauge...

Fake disagrees?
Are you suggesting that a handful of active users on Amirite is an accurate reflection of society?

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Budwick 3 days ago

In response to “Fake disagrees? Are you suggesting that a...

I am suggesting that it might be a reasonable sample of people who are actively trying to persuade people in our society, yes.

There is much evidence that conservative will use alternate 'truth' go advance their agenda while liberals are more likely to gather information and keep an open mind.

That partly explains why there are many more conservative radio talk shows than there are liberal radio talk shows.

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VicZinc 3 days ago

In response to “I am suggesting that it might be a reasonable...

That may be the most ridiculous thing you've ever written, Vic.

Please, share a sample of the significant evidence of the right using alternate evidence. You might want include an explanation of what alternate evidence is.

You don't suppose the lack of left wing radio has anything to do with every attempt failing miserably?

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Budwick 2 days ago

In response to “That may be the most ridiculous thing you've...

1) https://youtu.be/VSrEEDQgFc8?t=95

She make some valid points, however starting at 95 seconds she explains the alternative facts

2) Like it our not we live in a market economy. The failure of left wing radio implies there is not market for left wing radio, which implies to me that there is a market for right wing radio, which implies that right-wingers are sheep and left wingers are free thinkers.

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VicZinc 2 days ago

In response to “1) https://youtu.be/VSrEEDQgFc8?t=95 She...

How do you explain near exclusivity of left wing MSM?

(I can't wait for the tap dance routine for this)

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Budwick 2 days ago

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Took a graphics class did ya? good luck on the final.

Vic, I know you don't know anything - no put down you said so yourself. But everyone on the planet - other than you knows that the MSM is left leaning - some more than others. Fox news is the one exception - they are mostly right leaning.

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Budwick yesterday

In response to “Took a graphics class did ya? good luck on...

You might be right, I know I am not. Either way. I can find reference to many people who disagree. So not 'everyone' knows.

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VicZinc yesterday

In response to “You might be right, I know I am not. Either...

I bet I can find more that actually know.

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Budwick yesterday

In response to “I bet I can find more that actually know.

An interesting 'fact' about google. It remembers what you click on and uses heuristic algorithms to sort the articles it 'thinks' you want to see to the top of the heap.

Two people can google the same keywords and get different results based on what google thinks they want to hear.

It is a build in confirmation bias.

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VicZinc yesterday

I agree. Humans are pre-programmed to believe **** and it starts the second you are born.

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Tiffanee 3 days ago

A six. I like to remain optimistic

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TomboyJanet 3 days ago

It is more trust than belief, for me.
I trust my knowledge that it is raining and cold. I went outside, got wet and shivered.

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Carla 3 days ago

I'm susceptible to confirmation bias. I think we all are. But then there's that lunatic fringe BS that some people buy. I have no idea what's going on there.

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PhilboydStudge 3 days ago

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