My guide during post-graduation at AIIMS New Delhi, was Prof Dilip Pawar and he has influenced my ways of learning and teaching the most. I believed every word he said, he was (and is) my Guru but he would say “ don’t believe what I say, go to the library and read”. You know it well what I did, I still believed him more than what the books said, that is because I saw him in the Library more than myself. Later in life when I came to his position (became a teacher), I did exactly the same. I check and re-check what I had say.
You Learn While You Teach, If You Don’t, Then You Are Not A Teacher. At The Same Time, If You Make A Mistake, You Own Up To It and Rectify It.
It’s no great secret that as humans we disagree on just about everything from politics to how best to lose weight. However we all share the exact same desire, which is to have as many “true beliefs” as possible (something which is sometimes impossible with all the “fake news” spread by social media).
In Simple Words, We All Want Our Views And Practices To Lawfully Align With Reality.
EPISTEMOLOGY Epistemology is the theory of knowledge. Where some people are using reliable epistemological processes (i.e. ways of knowing) there are others who use less reliable epistemic processes (social media knowledge or Smk, sounds like smoke). Regardless of how smart we are, cognitive bias, heuristics (problem solving by trial and error), and logical fallacies not only cause us all to misjudge the evidence of our own experiences, but also cause us to often establish these false beliefs which are often reinforced by propagating them (like something what we all share and re-share again on WA till it comes back to us).
DR FOX HYPOTHESIS J Scott Armstrong, associate professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania, has demonstrated in a series of tests for both written and spoken communication, that people are impressed by “experts” from within their own field even when what is said is completely unintelligible.
Armstrong calls this the “Dr. Fox hypothesis”, based on an experiment in which an actor posed as Dr Myron Fox and delivered a lecture to a group of science professionals of “double talk”, patching raw material from a Scientific American article into non-sequiturs (invalid arguments) and contradictory statements interspersed with jokes and meaningless references to unrelated topics.
An anonymous questionnaire was filled out afterwards in which the professionals reported that they found the lecture clear and stimulating.
The authors hypothesized that given a sufficiently impressive lecture paradigm, even experienced educators participating in a new learning experience can be seduced into feeling satisfied that they have learned despite irrelevant, conflicting, and meaningless content conveyed by the lecturer. These results confirm the hypothesis that the audience members were seduced into believing a meaningless lecture gave them meaningful information. And, given their level of academic achievement, this (false) impression was not due to a lack of intelligence or knowledge of the subject matter.
WHAT IS THE WHOLE IDEA? Whole idea is that those who call themselves as“experts”or those who are labelled by others as “experts”may not be what you believe, just like the actormasquerading as Dr Fox. People can easily fool you or you can be easily fooled. The solution to this is to check the facts from reliable sources like journals and standard textbooks. Unfortunately there are many unreliable journals that publish for money. Recently there has been few news on this “fake science” publication industry and how this can be damaging (Images).
What I can assure is that on this group (The Anaesthetist Facebook Group With more than 17,000 members), we try our best to present sound knowledge and try our best to reference it to standard publications.