November 30, 2023 | Mark Paradies

What Do You Believe?

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Why Do You Believe?

I was talking to my kids about things they read (or YouTube/TikToc videos) on the internet and asked them …

How much of what you see online do you believe?

I told them that less than half of what I see or read online is believable (maybe way less than half).

But the next question I asked was more difficult …

How do you know if something is believable?
How would you prove it?

This made them think …

I said that I have a lifetime of experience that I can use to judge if something sounds believable or not. Of course, that isn’t proof … but it does make me suspicious when something sounds too good to be true.

Little Life Experience

They didn’t have much life experience and, therefore, find it harder to judge when things are too good to be true.

However, even people who are old need to step back and think …

How can I prove that?

What do belief and proof have to do with incident investigations and root cause analysis?

Here is a simple question…

Do you have a built-in lie detector that helps you
judge when someone is making up a story?

I’ve seen experienced investigators develop a sense of when someone is making up a story.

We all need to think about how we collect and VERIFY facts. Do we accept stories that we are told, or can we verify them with physical evidence?

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