By request, I am creating a series of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about important concepts in critical thinking. These will all be short, about a minute or so, and will cover one topic each. This third one is about absolute truths and the importance of keeping an open mind.
Here is the transcript for this PSA:
We all have a threshold of acceptance, a certain point where we accept that an idea is true. Maybe it only takes someone we trust to tell us or we read it in a newspaper or we see it on Dr. Oz.
Others need more convincing. They won’t believe a story unless they see it corroborated in multiple sources. This can lead to believing an untruth simply because a lot of people are saying it.
Someone who uses critical thinking knows that no matter how many times they see or hear something or are told it’s true, that doesn’t make it so. Einstein said “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” In science and in critical thinking, there is no such thing as an absolute truth.
Critical thinkers have a high threshold of acceptance but also know that truth could come from any place at any time and are always open to new ideas. Any idea should always be open to being questioned.
So now you know.