Cynthia (
Thu, 07 Oct 1999 18:01:00 -0700

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> I'll make an analogy to science here: there is a scale with total
> credulity on one end and pathological skepticism on the other; let's
> call it the old 1 to 10. At 1 are those who will believe anything
> they hear immediately; at 10 are those who refuse to believe anything
> regardless of the evidence. Society at large, I think many of us
> may agree, is too low on this scale, maybe around 3. While the most
> effective, empowered people are closer to 8 or 9. If we could move
> society as a whole at least a little to the right, we'd be in much
> better shape.

Credulity is one factor, in whether people are willing to accept what they hear, but there are many others.

I think there are a lot of people who will immediately accept as true, anything that they like. If they think it sounds good, or if it supports I position that they favor, they immediately accept it as true. But the same person will immediately dismiss any idea that they don't like, or is too weird for them.

On the other hand, their are open minded truth seekers. Who will give fair consideration to all ideas. And only come to a conclusion after a great deal of thought and research.