You have actually made a slew of false assumptions about me.<quoted text>
That sounds great in theory, but in practice I can say with certainty that you do in fact take certain things based on somebody's say-so. Everyone does, for the simple fact that information is not accessible to everyone. So we have no choice. Certain things we just have to take people's word for it.
Right now, shit's going down in Egypt. Well, or so the media says. Now I'm not gona take a trip to see for myself what is truly happening. I'll just watch the tv in the hope that they are not leaving out anything important in the puzzle. It's more likely than not, a false hope. But what else can I do? What I see and read on that tv and newspaper, will shape my opinion of that country and its people. And "God" help us all, if what we see and read is not unbiased towards some political or economic agenda.
If the media wants information from the CIA, they'll received reams of paper of reports with most of the sentences blacked out. And yet many AMericans trust the CIA. Why? It is because the government told them from a young age that these people are to be trusted, just like any other government teaches its school children from a young age to respect, honour and rely on the police even if in reality the police might be corrupt criminals themselves, enforcing a single party ideology like in North Korea.
You trust a scientist to be objective and whatever conclusions he makes, you believe it, even though the reports detailing the research behind it are not accessible to you. You believe it despite the fact that there are entire "scientific" organisations whose sole purpose is to assert an agenda, perhaps of atheism and secular ideas, or Christian evangelist beliefs. By the time these things self correct, you would've died with false beliefs about nature.
And that can happen in your country. Imagine how much worse it is in countries where information is abundantly and proudly not accessible, like China or North Korea.
You can think for yourself and that's always better than trusting everything, but you are always limited to the information you have access to.
I don't trust the CIA.
I know that scientists can be motivated by personal bias and self interest.
I know that the media cannot be taken as totally accurate and complete information.
And I know that much of what's REALLY happening is documented on the web, where the powers that be, at least in this country, cannot really do anything about it.
I would challenge you to find anything significant that you think I might be indoctrinated in.