The Participation Blog

Telling the Truth Effectively

Whether or not a majority of people ever relearn to discern truth from lies will largely determine what kind of future we leave to the next generations. Helping others recognize and believe right from wrong, real versus propaganda, or truth from bulls*** is a skill that we can learn and must improve. Understanding how people’s belief systems are hacked is a key part of this. The more we know about how people get, process, and retain information, the more effective we’ll be. And one thing that we learned long ago – and I guess somehow forgot – is that people need to hear it again, and again, and again, and … well, you get the idea. Conspiracy theories breed in the pauses and those spaces between the facts.