Positions

Validation of knowledge


The Alliance supports democratic, public institutions that validate knowledge.

These institutions have the mission to establish the collective degree of validity of information: data, proposals, arguments, hypotheses, theories, etc.

Reasons:

  • Ignorance can be a major source of suffering for various reasons;
  • An individual is not always capable on their own to establish the value of information, and public institutions are necessary to assist them;
  • Discussion among individuals is only possible if there is a consensus on the relative value of arguments;
  • Collective decision-making through discussion creates less suffering than decisions not based on argumentation, taken for example through force;
  • Institutions that validate knowledge are more credible if public and democratic, as each member of the community will have confidence in them.