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A Probaway page view event.

A screen grab showing the moment of turnover of a million and a half page views.

I knew this blog was close to turning over a silly milestone, a million and a half page views. It doesn’t mean much, and yet it means a great deal. Converting page views into 8½ x 11 inch paper, the amount of Probaway text read would total 189 miles. The public currently likes my medical posts – How to do a deep cough to clear inhaled food. — A cure for the common cold using 105° F baths. — Colonoscopy – and how to enjoy drinking the foul-tasting purging fluids. — How to stop broken ribs from hurting when you sneeze. — A migraine prodrome aura cure with a strange eye exercise. — Reducing the flu threat for everyone. — Preventing Alveolar osteitis, a dry socket, after losing a tooth.

Those popular posts probably resulted in some people living noticeably better lives, and there are presently a total of 3,334 other Probaway posts – and they too must have had some positive impact on someone. I hope so! But I wonder!

Earlier today I was involved in a conversation with a lot of unverified and unverifiable assumptions being discussed, and things being pronounced as eternal truths only because the person saying them wanted them to be true. These are successful people, and sane too, and I do love and respect them, but the question arose of how can we trust information. We base our beliefs on our perceptions and the information that those perceptions bring to us, but how can we know the stuff is true. As soon as my turn came to speak I presented my chart on the trustworthiness of information.

Trustworthiness of Information

Trustworthiness of Information

I presented this chart as quickly as possible and I don’t think anyone got the point that multiply challenged information is more trustworthy than singularly proclaimed information. I think a cow making a pie in the middle of the room would have been better accepted. I suspect the reason for rejecting the ideas illustrated in this chart is because they are stated in a way that most people would think of as negative.

Even the most positive statement in the whole document, in the lower right corner, sounds negative. “Complete clarity always leaves material open to questioning.” People want answers that they can believe! Thus they “Hunger for an eternal validity” and “seek fabulous rewards couched in fine rhetoric.” (top line center). This chart discounts that as “hoax, fraud, con, treachery, treason, swindle, trap, speciousness, spuriousness, glorified, sophistry.” People want to believe what they believe is true!

How can people hope to relate to reality in a way that will give them what they need if they refuse to look at reality in a way that can be verified? Of the 3,340 Probaways, the Trustworthiness of Information is a critical one for discovering the reality we are immersed within. Perhaps it should have been linked at the top of every one of the million and a half page views.

When you encounter any idea check its source against the Trustworthiness of Information chart.