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A Skeptic’s Guide to Identifying Fake from Fact

Ability to converse based on facts. (Ability to grasp facts from various angles and digest them)

Too many people believe in unfounded rumors and unproven fake news.
The following article investigated why this phenomenon occurred.

◆Reference
The people who believe in COVID-19 conspiracy theories are usually younger, less educated, and have lower incomes. Those who have a strong conviction in conspiracy theories usually distrust science and are reluctant to comply with public health guidance. (Int J Environ Res Public Health 2021/6/11)
https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/18/12/6343

In the beginning, Japanese people who thought that it was just an event in Wuhan had a hard time believing it even when the Diamond Princess cruise ship became Japan’s first COVID-19 cluster.
However, the death of the celebrity, “Ken Shimura” immediately filled our minds—which have a strong “wide show” TV culture—with the coronavirus epidemic.
Once we enter this state of hysteria, we become blind to the news in the US, London, Singapore, and Beijing. I have named this phenomenon the “wide show brain” in my book “Ready for the Paradigm Shift?”

◆Reference: “Ready for the Paradigm Shift?: Creative Minds Post Corona” (Speedy Books)
https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B0881BP4N3/

This “wide show brain” robs us of our ability to see the big picture. People whose views have been narrowed are put in the spot where they become gullible to rumors and fake news.
The vaccine conspiracy theories and reports of adverse reactions disrupt our ability to look at the facts (from various angles).
In the coming days as we close in on the night before we take the 2nd dose of the vaccine, we will see lots of news covering people who say, “I was tested positive for COVID even though I took the 2nd dose” so be on the lookout for these obvious alarmists.
For example, what do you think about the following article?

◆Reference
21 vaccinated people infected with COVID-19…Specialist Doctor “After taking the 2nd dose”, “Continue taking precautions to prevent infection”
https://news.yahoo.co.jp/…/29712511377258dad7f165218d46…

You’re probably thinking, “What’s the use of taking the vaccine, then?!” However, if you get to the bottom of articles like this…this is what you will find.
“Among the 21 people who were infected, the average number of days until they developed symptoms was 5.1 days after the first dose and 8.3 days after the 2nd dose. ‘They may have yet to develop enough immunity in their body when they were infected.’”
You wouldn’t know this fact unless you have a strong desire to understand this case. All of these people were infected way before they developed enough antibodies from the vaccine. If it was 4 weeks after their 2nd dose, this wouldn’t happen to any of them. Additionally, even those who had only gotten the 1st dose only had mild symptoms and did not develop severe symptoms.
Everybody, let’s look at the facts from various angles and continue to question ourselves while learning “the importance of skepticism”!

◆Reference
The importance of “skepticism”, a lesson from Nobel laureate Tasuku Honj

『信じない』大切さ ノーベル賞受賞・本庶佑教授の教え