What is truth? How do you seek truth?


What is truth? Truth is information about reality.

But how do you seek truth? My approach involves two fundamental steps: 1) Gather evidence. 2) Think for yourself.

In my opinion, this method is a decent way to seek truth — it’s the very way I navigate the complex landscape of understanding. It requires a delicate balance of evidence and independent thinking, echoing the scientist’s methodological approach.

However, there are alternative ways to seek truth.

One might choose to adopts the beliefs of others. However, have you stopped to consider why the “other” believes what they do? Perhaps, like us, they too have gathered some evidence and reflected on their experiences.

Why do I use the term “seek” truth? I think it’s very hard to actually obtain truth; one can always dig deeper, asking “why?” or how?” on a topic. Our perspective and bias limit us, and some truths may elude empirical evidence, requiring a different type of validation. Don’t forget to consider your personal experience — they too play a crucial role.

These are my opinions on truth-seeking, closely aligning with critical thinking principles. Remaining open-minded and embracing new perspectives is crucial, recognizing that different approaches suit different contexts. I have to admit that these questions are complex and I’ve only begun to scratch the surface.

How do you determine good approaches to truth-seeking? What is truth?

Here are a couple books I added to my already long reading list:

  1. “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius
  2. “The Republic” by Plato
  3. “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions” by Thomas S. Kuhn
  4. “On Liberty” by John Stuart Mill
  5. “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark” by Carl Sagan
  6. “Sophie’s World” by Jostein Gaarder
  7. “The Structure of Scientific Discovery” by Karl Popper
  8. “The Gene: An Intimate History” by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  9. “The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God” by Carl Sagan
  10. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari