Differences of opinion or belief should not be confused with differences in information.
Opinions and beliefs based on myth, lies, and propaganda may seem normal, correct, or even “common knowledge” and yet hold no validity.
— Caren Black, guest on Titanic Lifeboat Academy – Navigating a Path to Resilience (episode 216)
It seems to me that much of our public discourse involves throwing around a lot of opinions and beliefs as if they were backed by information. We see it in some of the comments on Peak Moment episodes. Episode 191 with Lierre Keith, The Vegetarian Myth is a prime example. People are strongly attached to their beliefs about The One Right Way to Eat, and scientific research, studies, physiology, and history be damned.
It sure muddles up the conversation, be it in politics or economics or health. Surely much of it is intentional obfuscation: keep the public from knowing what’s so, keep ‘em pacified, and carry on to your advantage. It gets tougher to weed the noise out from the facts. I’m thankful for people and media who work hard to give us accurate information, and those whose well-tuned antennas filter out noise from information. Thanks Bill Moyer and Carolyn Baker.