Could people be trained to be less gullible? Or are you as stuck with gullibility as you are with skin colour?
People can undergo a sudden change of thinking and loyalties under threat of death or intense social pressure and isolation from friends and family.
People repeat behaviour that leads to flooding their brains with pleasurable chemicals. The short-term reward loop acts over hours to years, and the long-term reproductive success loop over generations.
People under the influence of cults is similar to that we observe in addicts. Typical behaviour for both includes draining bank accounts, neglecting children, destroying relations with family and losing interest in anything except the drug or cult.
Some people recovering from drugs or alcohol stay with the programs indefinitely, making the recovery program their family, a long-term source of attention rewards.
Humans have evolved to be exquisitely sensitive to changes in status.
Lie detection is like language; there is a learning window. Telling whoppers to small children seems to be a family tradition in many families.
If anyone wonders why the airlines are not doing well it is because flying has been made such an unpleasant and degrading experience.
Anyone who has ever had the feeling of being higher than a kite after giving a public speech is well aware of the effects of attention.
Action leads to Attention. that in the short-term releases Rewarding brain chemicals and in the long term improves reproductive success.
Evolution acts slowly. Our psychological characteristics today are those that promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environmen.
Primates will continue to play social games without the least insight into what is killing them.
Brigham Young had 47 children, and over 50 women as wives.
Genetic studies in Iceland have found that many of the women who were the founding stock of Iceland came from England and what is now France. Some were probably captured and carried off in Viking raids only 40 generations ago.
The information that is passed from person to person and from generation to generation is the primary factor that gives humans a competitive advantage over other animals.