|The Wise Path|
—Holding Rigorously Verified Beliefs
Factually Informed people are curious, humble, skeptical, rational, and inquisitive. They not only know what they know but also how they know it. They know the limits of their own knowledge and carefully investigate what they don't yet know. They are skillful researchers, critical thinkers, and they enjoy exploring mysteries. They are interested in the world and love learning. They are literate, well read, and analytically skillful. They rely on a wide variety of reliable sources to rigorously verify information. They know the limits of evidence, the rules logic, and they identify and dismiss logical fallacies and investigate and resolve factual discrepancies. Factually informed people identify and examine assumptions and investigate rather than pass on rumors and gossip. They have good judgment, and are open minded. They are cautious in assigning blame, are comfortable with complexity, and recognize that many factors contribute to each outcome. They often have extensive real-world experiences, and may be well educated. They combine formal education with self-study and life experiences to learn throughout their lives. They apply their well developed theory of knowledge to carefully decide what to believe and what to dismiss. Learning is fun for Factually Informed people.
Working toward the following skills by studying the listed resources and conscientiously practicing the skills or viewpoints they describe will help you move from the Misinformed to the Factually Informed level.
Reading these books will prepare you to become factually informed:
Become proficient in using these information resources:
Continue to stay Factually Informed as you work toward Knowing.
The figure links to the states that neighbor this one. This can help orient you to this state both horizontally, showing the action and emotion states at this level of development, and vertically showing the cognition levels before and after this one.