The pursuit of truth

While reading earlier I was struck by “the instrumental value of democracy is conditional on the electorate’s commitment to the pursuit of truth”.

It had me reflecting on how much we’re prone to favouring what we want to hear. If we do seek truth, it’s often subjective and based on anecdotes. Not objective, and buttressed with evidence.

Daniel Kahneman’s cognitive bias work showed how readily the brain misappropriates rationality, to confirm the conclusions it’s already reached. The pursuit of truth must be a conscious effort.

Kindly, keep going.

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