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After all, what is Fake News?

On one occasion a man in a hurry thought that his car door had a puncture and thought it was caused by a nasty person who took a nail or the point of a knife and twisted it vigorously.

The next day, he took the car for washing. Upon receiving the washed car back, there was no puncture. It was just pigeon poop.

1. One perception is new in relation to one that is old. If you don't have an old one, you won't notice anything new.

2. The human mind is creative by nature: it invents what it perceives and gives meaning according to the expectation of someone, person or group.

3. Life in groups, in society, needs us to create realities together so that we can live together in shared spaces and times. These realities are constructed and not given by “mother nature”. However, once built, they are valid as if they were natural. For example, walking in public dressed in a certain way, greeting people “appropriately”, acting with “ethics”, “respect” and so on.

4. The mind tests the difference between the desirable, the expected and the perceived to produce what the subject considers “true”, “correct”, “fair”, “good” and so on, guiding decision-making.

5. In a society like ours, with an excess of information, we trust what we are told or written without going into the merits of how this conclusion was reached. We are simply not thinking critically and reflectively. Think about it!


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