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Is it true just because someone says it's true?

So lately I’ve been questioning the authority of established institutions such as science, education, psychiatry, etc.

It never really occurred to me to do that before.

I’ve questioned religion, and decided I’m not a religious person. Looking back throughout history at institutions such as Western medicine, science, governments, etc., it’s easy to see where they went wrong.

But I never really questioned current science, scientific practices, how scientists arrive at conclusions, etc. I’ve never questioned education and why it’s set up the way that it is and if it all makes good sense.

But like all institutions, they are manmade. That means there is room for errors and flaws.

That means there is room for bias. Room for subjectivity.

Room for change…

Sometimes our world is constructed by nothing more than another person’s subjective input. This can be good or bad, ofcourse.

Take science for example - what is it sometimes, other than a regurgitation of facts?

And those facts – are they always factual?

At some point, I think science becomes like religion. At some point, we simply have faith that what we are told and taught about physics, subatomic particles, insects in Africa or planets, stars, suns, for example, is factual.

We have faith that the scientific approach is the best approach and that it always arrives at the truth. That the conclusions drawn from research are the right ones (in fact, statistics are often based on someone’s interpretation of them).

We construct our knowledge of the world based on facts that are accepted as truths. But everything is subjective…

Why is our education system set up the way it is? Abraham Maslow had some radical ideas about our education. What if we got to choose our subjects? What if there were no tests or exams? If learning was fun and focused on creativity, would that change the way we learn? Would it improve it? Allow for our highest potential? At one point in time, schools were even segregated by the colour of people’s skin. So what about today’s system needs to be changed?

If you think about our current medical model and specifically, psychiatry, what do we really know about treating severe mental health issues? It became interesting to me, as a Psychology student, when I realized last week that I have never learned very much at all, in any of my various psychology courses that I've taken, about the treatment of psychosis and schizophrenia. Is this because they are mainly treated with medication? And do we mainly neglect providing talk therapy for these individuals because we don't know enough about how to treat them? How to conceptualize their alternate perceptions of reality? Why don't we know enough?... 

Things don’t have to be the way that they are simply because they’ve always been that way.

Take a second and read that again. Things don’t have to be the way that they are simply because they’ve always been that way.

What would you change about the world? What would you change about your world?

“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” - Apple Computers