"Free and critical minds can emerge only by a return to the source-the primary sources. A free and critical mind takes nothing for granted and is not intimidated by "authorities" who frequently may be more confused than the general public. Free and critical minds seek truth without chauvinism or shame." - Dr. Asa G. Hilliard III (1)

“One single bit of information, if missing, incomplete, out of order or just plain wrong, has the potential to significantly alter thought processes, conclusions, decisions and behaviors, even when that one single logic entry exists in a sea of accuracy.”

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Google Alerts & Information Research

Automated Searching

Google Alerts is a research tool that allow users to set up and save search terms. The results are emailed periodically. Search terms may be edited. This is especially useful for topics of interest for self-study. Google Alerts should not be used to the exclusion of separate searches on Google, Bing and other search engines.

Go to Google Alerts.

Transforming Our Research View

Research is nothing fancy or hard. Research simply means to search, re-search and keep re-searching until satisfied information gathered is sufficient to satisfy the purpose for searching in the first place.

Research should always begin with a general idea of current thoughts on the subject and the major sources relied upon to create these thoughts.

Research means, after finding information, updating as needed, based on additional information. Often, research is not an end game. It is usually a “what is able to be determined at the moment” game. Learnderstand this: one of the fundamental universal principles of life & existence is change. All essential functions and energies that maintain life, including growth, require change.

Taking Research Personal

Research is a personal responsibility. It's not someone else's job to be a researcher and do all the studying, analyzing, figuring out and thinking and then tell us how to think, feel and act. This is dangerous in every single way. Even if we use this approach it is not a good idea to trust those whose worldview, value system and definitions are vastly different from ours because worldview, values and definitions matter in how information is approached, comprehended, reported in media and taught in schools.

Where Research Occurs

Life, experience, experimenting, practice, trying again and learning from mistakes is part of what research is. It is not research to make the same mistakes when a reasonable number of reasonable people have made the mistake and the information is available to learn from.

Research includes fact-checking, analyzing and critical thinking. Research includes considering information different, and sometimes even opposite, to what you want it to be, otherwise research becomes limited to what we already think and know. We must practice avoiding confirmation bias.

Researching is soul searching by tuning in to intuition and wisdom. This includes wisdom from conversations with humans and the rest of the natural world. Researching is watching videos or taking a class. Researching is effort applied towards learning and understanding.

Research is more than a head game, computer game or library game. It involves going to primary sources when possible. The natural world is a primary source. The spirit is a primary source.

Research involves the spiritual self and the study of the complete self. For this reason alone, researching is an ongoing, never-ending, personal growth & development daily event.


Unwillingness to change when the need to change is known is a mental illness.

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