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I had an idea that might be an epiphany... I think human nature is so important to understand, because it is our nature and it affects how we see and feel about everything. It also helps us understand the people we interact with. One thing I've found interesting about human nature is the way infants and young children learn, which is mostly by imitation. We learn how to walk, talk, and eventually think by imitating the people around us. I was reminded of this fact when thinking about why it is so hard for people to be persuaded.

 

I thought of a hypothesis that perhaps it's not ideas that change people's minds, but rather respect for the person with the new/different idea. A person is not persuaded by information as much as the source of that information, because the effect of changing one's beliefs is not simply changing one's beliefs, but to change one's beliefs to match the source. The goal of persuasion is not to make someone believe something in particular, but to persuade them to be more like you.  That is the biggest hurdle, especially when the person may not like you to begin with.

 

I  was just kicking this idea around in my head... I don't have much to say on it, but I thought someone might relate to this.

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2 hours ago, Dglgmut said:

I had an idea that might be an epiphany... I think human nature is so important to understand, because it is our nature and it affects how we see and feel about everything. It also helps us understand the people we interact with. One thing I've found interesting about human nature is the way infants and young children learn, which is mostly by imitation. We learn how to walk, talk, and eventually think by imitating the people around us. I was reminded of this fact when thinking about why it is so hard for people to be persuaded.

 

I thought of a hypothesis that perhaps it's not ideas that change people's minds, but rather respect for the person with the new/different idea. A person is not persuaded by information as much as the source of that information, because the effect of changing one's beliefs is not simply changing one's beliefs, but to change one's beliefs to match the source. The goal of persuasion is not to make someone believe something in particular, but to persuade them to be more like you.  That is the biggest hurdle, especially when the person may not like you to begin with.

 

I  was just kicking this idea around in my head... I don't have much to say on it, but I thought someone might relate to this.

There's precedent for that...
"I like Ike"...
"I wanna be like Mike (Michael Jordan)"...
"Girls wanna be here, boys wanna meet her..."
 

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