When coming across an opinion in a magazine or on a social media site ask the following questions:
- Has the expresser of the opinion ever been responsible for proposing a solution to a problem that had a chance of being implemented?
- If the expresser has ever been responsible for proposing a solution to a problem that had a chance of being implemented, was his or her proposed solution in fact implemented?
- If the expresser was responsible for proposing a solution to a problem that was implemented, did it make the problem a)better b)worse c)leave it the same, or d)is it too soon to tell?
- If he or she was responsible for solving a problem and it was successful was it a problem that resembled the problem he or she is expressing an opinion on? For example if he or she is expressing an opinion about how to deal with ISIS has he or she ever made a decision about the use of military force, or about the social engineering of large groups of people motivated by a religious ideology, or about say a double-parked van that nobody knows who it belongs to?