Simplifying information accessibility

Disclaimer: This is an expansion article based on the fundamental premise of my book. 

After further discussion about the way my book, Cause-Oriented Efficiency would best be put to use, I wanted to expand on my thoughts about what exactly the book addresses.

Here they are in a nutshell

  1. In the future, there will only be more access to information.
  2. Number one will make it harder to become informed about complex solutions.

Number one I do not feel needs much of an explanation. Though, number two, I feel, does. And, number two is better off more defined in terms of what types of information will be complex.

Lets further define number two. Complex information that is not easily understood by the average person and takes a specialist or technician to better document and explains the information. As an example, let us think about the medical field.

Simply because we have access to the clinical trials of a medical study, it does not mean we understand the implications for that clinical trial. We have access to that information, but we do not understand it.

Furthermore, because we do not understand it and it is not easy to learn, we do not feel confident sharing the information or making decisions using it. Not nearly as comfortable as we would feel if someone explained it to us in terms that we do understand.

Take, for instance, a doctor explaining that a tumor in your brain is bad and needs removal. We do not understand the biological reasons that the tumor is bad at a level the doctor does, and yet we trust that he is correct.

This is what I would call the information gap. This is the gap that COE would help address.

However simple that statement sounds, it is not to be underestimated. In fact, it is my opinion that C.O.E. may be one of many tiny steps towards more understanding of complex information for the average person. Please let me know if you have questions regarding this and I will continue to expand these thoughts.


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