av-3496.gifHave you ever had a discussion with someone, have all your points agreed to, and yet still meet with intractable resistance to the conclusion?

I’m sure you have. It seems that at least 50% of us have an inability to alter our viewpoints. That’s right – it isn’t that we aren’t so good at it, we have an outright inability.

Fifty percent of college student think that vision works by some sort of vision-rays coming out of the eye, like superman sees. Regardless of having just read an article explaining how vision is about light coming into the eye, their misconception will persist.

Even the most obvious and easily corrected misconceptions are sometimes extremely resistant to change. Yes, people are that stubborn.

And that is why I know that this recent large scale twin study that shows that a tendency to trust and to be trustworthy is heriditable , combined with studies that show gene pools can meaningfully be classed into races, will be information that most people will not be able to absorb into their world view. Once a candy ass egalitarian, always a candy ass egalitarian.

We’ve all heard how societies tend to structure themselves to value truth more, or less, in order to get their needs met. In a group of untrustworthy individuals, its not in your best interest to be trustworthy, and vice versa. It is well known that trust in Asia works differently than trust in the west. As a blatant example, noobie male tourists routinely get scammed by “good” Thai girls, and send them a monthly allowance, not knowing that she is getting four other allowances and is dating 5 boys and meeting men online to arrange travel dates.

So the Swiss guy may be both culturally and biologically wired up to trust. It just doesn’t occur to him that “his” girl could be playing him.

It took me years of living in Asia to have this well worn phrase directed at me; “Foreigner he know too much”.