How to Find Truth
This outline is as simple a process as we can think of for truth seeking. It's not magic. You'll probably even find it kind of frustrating, but if it's truth you're looking for, we think this is the way to find it!
- Define Truth
- TruthIt is focused on practical truth. If you're seeking some other kind of truth, or if you don't agree with our definition, you should stop here and consider why our version of truth is insufficient.
- Be Cognizant of Your Flaws
- We maintain a library of information about how phsychological biases can get in the way of your ability to fairly evaluate competing theories. The more you understand how your brain functions, the better you'll be able to overcome these biases. However, you'll never be completely free of them. Just do your best!
Step 1: Gather Information
This step can be tedious, but your goal here is to simply collect as many competing positions as you can along with any supporting data you can find. You should be looking for positions that you personally disagree with as well as those that you find appealing. Really try to be fair, you're looking for truth, not affirmation.
Step 2: Begin Ranking Positions
Apply Occam's Razor by putting the positions in order from least assumptions involved to most assumptions involved. Use a spreadsheet if you have many competing positions to evaluate. Don't worry too much about 100% accuracy. You can come back to this step again later if needed.
Step 3: Begin Falsifying
You'll typically want to start at the top of your list with the positions that have the least assumptions. Think of what would hypothetically make each position false, and devise a way to test. Learn more about falsifying.
Step 4: Assess & Repeat
Leave only the positions that you were unable to disprove through testing. If multiple positions remain, it's possible that more than one of the positions are true, but the ones that have the least number of assumptions are favorable. If you feel unsatisfied with the results, you should repeat the process by gathering information again. Iterating these steps will become natural and you may find that you cycle through them many times on topics you have a keen interest in.