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The discovery of my false beliefs can begin with analyzing the source of the information. These false beliefs can’t be eliminated until they have been potentially identified and then analyzed for their likelihood of being false.

Once a belief has been identified as being false, a search can be made for others who have had similar false beliefs and then reported the various ways they attempted to cope with their problems.

The Roman author Seneca wrote a book-length article on On Anger about the year  45 AD that I found helpful when attempting to challenge one’s own beliefs and behaviors. He struggled mightily with that problem and was functionally murdered (forced to commit suicide) about fifteen years later by Emperor Nero, the very person whom he had tutored as an adolescent.

There are many ways to attempt to cope with the discovery of true information, which will be discussed below, but first, it is reasonable to filter the information coming to us according to its source. The chart below analyses the information’s source from intentional obfuscation by an unknown author about unverifiable facts through 14 steps of increasing agreement culminating in opposing forces with skin in the game finding an agreement about some details of the information. That information is itself available for open assessment for its trustworthiness because all of the various factors are readily observable by any interested person.

This style of information assessment is presented in the chart below and a larger chart can be printed by clicking here — Trustworthiness of Information.Trustworthiness of Information

Trustworthiness of Information

We can prioritize information in various ways by checking through various techniques. And apply all of them and then choose which will be most applicable to our goals and needs. Pareto charts, Scattergrams, Timeboxing, Triage, Reverse triage, SAP value mapping CARVER matrix. All of these techniques are intended to help the user make the problems and their potential solutions more available to the investigation. Once they are visible the relative merit of the potential solutions may be prioritized and the most beneficial outcomes with the lowest risk and highest likelihood of success chosen. Then there will be coping methods such as antifragility, etc.

I hope to work with each of these soon as I become more aware of my false beliefs.