A friend, Ute Shaw, asks why we seem too eager to believe the first opinion we hear on a subject, and then seem too skeptical about further contrary opinions we hear. Some possibilities:
- We like to appear knowledgeable by having opinions on many topics, and changing our opinion would undermine that appearance.
- To show loyalty to our group, we adopt their opinions. Changing opinions would suggested changed loyalties.
- To quickly assimilate cultural knowledge, humans are programmed to accept the first opinion they hear. A topic on which contrary opinions are also expressed tends to contain less cultural knowledge.
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