Filters

Evaluating what to share today, I realized the theme was filters. For many, the day might start with coffee and the news. And nowadays, news is COVID-19.

Face masks or face-coverings — what kinds are there, should we wear them, should we require wearing them, is it a political statement, is it dangerous for black or brown men, should young children wear them, should we wear them while exercising, how do you make masks, etc. I can’t believe the number of recent articles about masks. (And I often read them because somehow the titles often capture my interest). Here’s one that ties into coffee: “Coffee Filter Giant Melitta Making Millions of Face Masks.”

Some other articles that I’ve collected and wanted to share have to do with coffee and health. I know, it’s frustrating, because all of us have probably read that scientific studies show XYZ (e.g., coffee) is good for you, only to be told later that it isn’t, then a few years later, it’s the new healthy, wonder food. It’s frustrating because we want to do the right thing, but it’s hard to know what to believe. I like to read the articles, and I suspect that like many of you, the articles that stick with me are the ones that “prove” the conclusion I want to have or that serves my purposes. In all the books I like to read about thinking, biases, and decision-making, they keep citing studies that demonstrate how we humans tend to make assumptions and draw conclusions on scant proof.

With that caveat of sorts, here are two articles I found interesting:

And, because this post’s loose tie amongst the shared articles is filters … here’s one more in case you want to really nerd out on filters:

The article referred to TDS several times, and I didn’t see the acronym defined. Apparently, the acronym warrants its own article (nerd out, level 2):

After wading deep in the weeds, I’ll float up to a higher level with quotes that might actually be helpful in a larger sense:

There is an overwhelming amount of information available to us all on the web each day, not to mention what is shared with us by our family, friends, fans, and followers. This necessitates the need to filter through all that information and to decide for ourselves where to put our attention.

Simon Mainwaring

We do not experience things as they really are! We experience things only through a filter and that filter determines what information will enter our awareness and what will be rejected. If we change the filter (our belief system), then we automatically experience the world in a completely different way.

David Wolfe

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