The act of looking for information isn’t inherently honorable …
Wow. That’s actually a really cogent observation.
A lot of people try to either justify their conclusions or shut down debate by saying something like “I researched it”.
But it isn’t really research if you’re picking and choosing things that already conform with your predispositions.
This comes from an article about a mother who chose not to vaccinate her kids, and changed her mind after the entire family of five contracted rotovirus.
… She said in an interview that … “I should have taken more time to research both sides.”
“I scoured everything I could possibly find about why vaccines might be harmful. I became pretty convinced.”
The thing about O’Meara’s technique (scouring everything about why vaccinesmight be bad for you) is that it conveniently leaves out the settled science that vaccines are actually not bad for you …
When you put it this way, it’s easy to see that this also dovetails nicely with Taleb’s parable about the drowned worshippers.
Always remember folks: you’ve got to be able to make the arguments both for and against a position in order to figure out which one is better.