This session aims to explore the relationship between open-mindedness and skepticism. It is vitally important to be able to know where the line between the two is. Of course to be open-minded is a good attribute. As continuous learners we need to be open to new ideas and knowledge. On the other hand we can’t not just accept every new piece of information as being true. The question how do we get the balance right between being open-minded and skeptical?

How do we know what we read or see on the internet or in any media is true? Over and above a critical appraisal of the kinds images and the language of web content, beyond our emotional responses and the way we apply reason to what information we find – there is always a question of reliability. 

I have set this page up to help you to be sure that what you read is worth finding out ….

This dramatic picture shows a scuba diver swimming around the submerged subway station in Times Square NYC in the days shortly following Hurricane Sandy. A startling shot it quickly became unveiled as a fake.


Similarly these photographs of sharks swimming freely in the flooded streets of New Jersey in the days after Sandy have been unverified (yet there are other images going around that are clearly faked showing huge great white sharks swimming in back streets).

Sorting the real Sandy photographs from the fakes

Penn Jillette’s Guide to Skepticism

google search education

novemberlearning web site reliability page


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