How can we know if information is true? Verifiable information is more to be trusted than mere assertion of truth by someone, no matter how reliable a source of information that spokesperson asserts themselves to be. About the time a human reaches the age of four they are aware that things are not always as they seem, and that people make up stories to fool the unwary. Even after one hundred thousand years of human development, there hasn’t been a measure of trustworthiness, and every individual has had to trust in their own prowess to discern truth from falsehood. Until now. The Probaway Trustworthiness Scale gives a person a ready method of discerning the likelihood that what is being proffered is true, and how much confidence may be placed in various assertions of trustworthiness. Basically this is a scale for measuring the verifiability of information and its sources.
TST~0 Unverifiable source of data with clear problems in the historical record, and with the probability of translation spins, and no opportunities for verification.
TST~1 What little information is provided is biased to the point of anti-knowledge, with little chance of any verification of facts.
TST~2 Constructing doubtful realities from generalities derived from doubtful facts from unconvincing sources.
TST~3 Referencing seemingly reliable outside sources which are difficult to access, but which would be generally approved if they were accessed.
TST~4 Information such as news reports that are based on what will gain viewers to enhance ratings, and profits, and there is no real opportunity for verifying data.
TST~5 Slanderous gossipers rail about personal foes, theories, personal problems, TV, movies etc. which may or may not be truthful, but at least the hearer has access to the same basic information.
TST~6 Rumormonger blabbing about people’s behavior, thoughts, motivations and character with the intent of influencing, and controlling local relationships between people.
TST~7 Friends with conversational interaction about well known subjects about personal relationships.
TST~8 Experts giving helpful information which is easily used, and verified by following the information.
TST~9 Textbook authors who have care for the accuracy of the facts, but their books omit the confusing challenges of true science.
TST~10 Collaborative sharing of governmental repositories of factual data like birth certificates with everyone.
TST~11 Juried scientific papers, and old encyclopedias which have been reissued with corrections, and updates.
TST~12 You walking through your own home or scientists redoing experiments to verify things which are well known.
TST~13 Informed group reworking known ongoing information, and processes with well seen, and consistent results.
TST~14 Groups of cross-purposed accountable viewers observing the same ongoing events, and agreeing.
The trend of this scale is from non-accountable with nothing to lose if the material is exposed as a patent lie, to information derived from fully accountable individuals with a lot to lose if the information is slightly incorrect. Thus, a person from a distant time, and place who resided in a foreign culture, and has now been dead for so long there are not even any known relatives cannot be held accountable, and therefore be made to pay in some way for harm done by the purveyed false information. This type of information should have an extremely low level of believability, and current decisions based upon the recommendations from those sources should also be held to be highly unreliable, and suspect even though they may appear sound. Those conducting the information from some original source must also have some degree of accountability if they fail to transmit the information perfectly; thus if there is any opportunity for spinning the data or interpretation of the original facts, that transmitter must be held to a very high standard of authority, reliability and accountability.
There are many junctures for error – from the raw natural data, from the method of observing the phenomena, from original observation of the data, to error in recording the data, error in transmitting the data, error in translating the data, change in languages between translations, changes in culture and the meaning of various things between time, place and situations.