How to Avoid Falling Prey to a False Belief System.
When we look around us, we see so many others whose minds have apparently been parasitized by a false belief system. This could not be you, dear reader, of course.
But what can we do to minimize the chances of becoming the victim of a parasitic set of memes?
I would suggest that the safest way to proceed is to stop looking for truth and start studying untruth and those who believe it.
Find one or more belief systems that are clearly false, and study them. Read books about common misconceptions or at least:
Learn what causes people to believe untrue things, and act accordingly. This book is a classic. I highly recommend it.
Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science (Popular Science)
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I suspect that the way to find the truth is not to seek it directly, which is too dangerous because parasitic memes have evolved to seem like truth. Rather we should perhaps seek untruth, and by a process of elimination eventually find out what is not untruth.
This is much like what science does. In science (supposedly or ideally), there are no theories that are regarded as true, but only theories that have stood the test of time, and all the attempts to disprove them. A good theory is in principle capable of being disproved by an experiment, but for a long time no one has found an experiment that actually does disprove it.
This is another good book.
How to Lie with Statistics
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This is a very good book, with a format that children and teenagers will like.
The First Honest Book About Lies
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Good luck in your quest to become a wise person in a world of deluded people.