There is no doubt that today we live in a world where, for many although not all, we have access to more information in one moment than our predecessors had in their lifetime. The internet, technology, education, allow us to engage with and consider multitudes of information at any one time.
While the magnitude of data gets larger, our mechanisms for accessing it become increasingly succinct – twitter, facebook feeds, snapchat, instagram… in an age of information overload, we simplify down to maintain some hold over the information presented to us.
But when we do this, something is inevitably lost.
At the same time it is increasingly well-argued (by Michael Shermer in 2006 and 2013, amongst others) that ideology, pre-existing bias or confirmation bias directs our ability to engage with this information. What we believe to be facts may only be a representation of our ability to ignore evidence in favour of what we want to hear.
Endlessly reading on conflicts, faith, politics, religion, international relations and human psychology and working to have a positive effect on the world I am overpowered by the belief that the key information is held in the nuances in each story, rather than the simple version. Every single day over the past ten years I have spent some moment of time re-remembering that life is complex, fascinating, and full of the rich detail that is so easily missed and dismissed.
Hence this blog…
This is not to suggest that I am a special case who is not also blindly ignoring evidence in favour of my personal bias, but rather that I believe we should, at the very least, attempt to understand the more complicated reality behind the small amount we read on any one subject, to look for other points of view and consider it.
This blog based on this theme, that we should pursue the nuance – the hidden stories, the wider picture, and challenge our easy answers in this complicated world we live in.