Truth can be a tricky thing to find. Author Scott Adams suggests using six filters to put your information through to help determine actual truth.
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Generally, no one source can ever produce absolute truth. Adams lists the six filters of truth, and why each cannot stand alone:
1. Personal experience (Human perceptions are iffy.)
2. Experience of people you know (Even more unreliable.)
3. Experts (They work for money, not truth.)
4. Scientific studies (Correlation is not causation.)
5. Common sense (A good way to be mistaken with complete confidence.)
6. Pattern recognition (Patterns, coincidence, and personal bias look alike.)
Information from any one of those single filters is not enough for you to accept something as truth, but Adams recommends a test that can help you get as close as possible.
When seeking truth, your best bet is to look for confirmation on at least two of the dimensions I listed. For example, if a study indicates that eating nothing but chocolate cake is an excellent way to lose weight, but your friend who tries the diet just keeps getting fatter, you have two dimensions out of agreement. (Three if you count common sense. ) That's a lack of consistency.
The more filters your information can pass through and remain consistent, the more likely it's true. Consistency is key.
The Six Filters for Truth [Sources of Insight]