Did I tell you I’m back in school working on my masters? Please pray for me. I have to remember how to think again, in a more academic way. I truly hate citations and footnotes, but I swear I will find a way to bend my brain back into formulating proper academic responses and papers.
Anyway, I digress before I get started.
My current class is about Fake News. (Don’t get me started. It’s thesis material.) One of the assignments is to watch this TEDX talk which I share with you here.
Paul Sloane from the University of Brighton says we’re all mental prisoners of our beliefs and assumptions and we aren’t particularly open minded. But he believes being open minded is actually something you can develop; you can practice it. And one of the ways is to get a different view, change your routine.
AH HA! It’s really the same as Do the NEW!
Walk instead of drive to work. Order something different on the menu. Change the radio station. Switch up your news source.
Sloane also suggests we should welcome the unexpected and serendipity instead of looking at whatever happens as an annoyance. The creator of Velcro got the idea from observing the burrs that attached to his pants leg after walking through a wooded area.
It’s true. We get our best creative ideas while we’re at play, or doing something unrelated to our work or spontaneously saying Yes to an invitation to do something different. DO THE NEW!
Anyway, (back to class)…
We are more likely to be pulled into click bait and fake news if it somehow aligns with our own beliefs, what we already think. BUT, if we expose our brain to new ideas, different experiences and we practice turning “toward the strange”, as Sloane puts it, we become more open minded, which makes us better thinkers.
There! And so I come to an oversimplified conclusion, but dear friends here it is.
Please resist staying in your own news bubble where everyone thinks the same.
Stop doing the same thing over and over again. Follow Sloane’s advice.
Keep an open mind. Think better. Do the New.