Editor: Michael Allen

 

Someone once said that if you want to acquire a general knowledge of something, first read five books on the subject. The majority of us in the first-world have access to information on a scale unprecedented in history. Yet many of us still fall into the trap of the echo chamber by immersing ourselves in publications, websites and social circles which reinforce what we already believe. 

 

This doesn't change the fact that some opinions are, by virtue of how they come to be formed and the underlying facts, better than others. Arguments stand or fall on their own merits independent of the person making the claim or the authority to whom they appeal. Rarely is an issue black or white and it is the responsibility of every one of us to think critically and base our beliefs on evidence. Be critical, not suspicious and draw your conclusions from facts, not the other way around.