The interpretation of the world within the framework of what we already believe in could jeopardize the stability of essential discussions. It is decisive to start discerning between the evidence and what we believe to be evident, in a context where facts merge with opinions, often deeply rooted. It is interesting to ask ourselves in what measure is misinformation shaping our viewpoint and how could it influence decision-making processes. Nonetheless, is it possible to have a completely factful perspective taking into account that we are emotional beings? How can we balance the factful and the human? Guadalupe Nogués states in Pensar con Otros, ”Our access to reality is imperfect because it is by the means of imperfect tools: our experience is subjective, our senses tell us what happens and our interpretations about the meaning of the events may vary”.
We are in the midst of a binary world, not only characterized by the technological aspect of it but also because of the antagonic dualism that is present in our points of view. Likewise, this fracture conditions the possibility of evaluating a spectrum for the answers to the questions that are relevant to us today. Bombarded with information, it becomes complex to distinguish the signal from the noise. In which way could we possibly align what is and what we consider it to be? Differentiating reason, rationality, and rationalization could be critical when it comes to making decisions collectively that will shape the future
Moreover, today’s abundance of information can paradoxically divert us on the path from data to knowledge, and it can be hard to distinguish the urgent from the important. The dilemma does not rely on the trust that we deposit in our postures, but in how willing we are to doubt them. The idealization of our standpoints can compromise the quest for truth with the purpose of understanding the world. What represents a greater inconvenience: to change perspectives or to live with a biased one?
The following texts delve into the main ideas of each of the subtopics of this edition.
The attention economy