Ever heard of Reflexology? Of course you have, you press on areas of the feet, hands, or ears and somehow, "reflexively," areas of the body are stimulated or healed. You've probably even seen these little pictures:
"Recently, as a result of my developmental studies on human embryos, I have discovered a new version of reflexology, which identifies a homunculus represented in the human body, over the area of the buttocks. The homunculus is inverted, such that the head is represented in the inferior position, the left buttock corresponds to the right hand side of the body, and the lateral aspect is represented medially. As with reflexology, the “map” responds to needling, as in acupuncture, and to gentle suction, such as cupping. In my studies, responses are stronger and of more therapeutic value than those of auricular or conventional reflexology. In some cases, the map can be used for diagnostic purposes.
The whole of human knowledge is accessible to you right now. Want to know the main export from the Democratic Republic of Congo? Just look it up on one of many available platforms right in front of you. Turns out it is minerals, cobalt and copper and such. When I was hand-writing reports in elementary school, that would have required a trip to the library. Information has certainly become plentiful, but is all that information helpful?
What happens when misleading information, intentionally incorrect information, or naive wishful thinking present themselves as knowledge? Every conspiracy, every hoax, every email forward chain, and especially everything Dr. Oz says, will be passed around endlessly on the web. Believe that Autism is caused by gluten? There is a community for you, complete with false promises and product lines despite evidence to the contrary. Believe that 9/11 was a conspiracy? There is a community for you. Believe that reptile-like aliens are taking over positions of power in the government? Yep, that exists too.
How does one separate the good ideas from misinformation?