What obstructs our view of reality?
There are various things that
get in the way of seeing reality, things that occur
accidentally, and things that occur on purpose. Humans are
fallible, so it is necessary to take that into account.
If we know what some of the
things are that can cloud our vision and keep us from looking
deeper, we can try to counteract them.
That's the purpose of these
articles. We want to share some information and ideas
about what can get in the way.
Intentional: We're going to start with
ways people intentionally obscure our ability to see reality.
They try to tell us not to look, it's not really out there.
Or they try to distract us and get us to look at things they
want us to look at, so we won't see stuff that might tell use
where the real threats to us are.
Or they try to keep us
from looking beyond the surface.
Or they try to sow seeds of doubt to
minimize or obfuscate facts and realities.
Or they try to provide us
with false or misleading information, including the idea that
that's what others are trying to do to them is misleading, when
read a brief introduction to intentional obstruction and links to the
Then, we'll move on to those
things that obscure reality that can be and often are less intentional, or
Some of these result from
self-fulfilling prophesies (our actions based on our
prophesies cause them to come into reality)
Some result from faulty reasoning and
various fallacies (and there are a lot them).
Some result from our
unavoidable and inevitable biases, so it's best to know what
they are and how to counteract them.
read a brief introduction to unintentional obstruction and links to
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