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Post time 2007-5-10 23:19:36 |Display all floors
Originally posted by tradervic at 10-5-2007 15:12

Does a person's preceptions become influenced by the first encounter - a series of encounters - or the worse/best encounter?


Hmm, it depends on the individual in question.

Some people are heavily influenced by their first encounter, others will look at general interaction and still more will base it on the good/bad. On the last point, for some a very good "meeting" or "event" will sweep aside other problems - then again something that is very bad can poison a more general trend that was positive.

As to what most people are like, one would hope they would look at the broad picture.
"People are the water, the ruler is the boat; water can carry the boat, but it can also capsize it."

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Post time 2007-5-10 23:35:06 |Display all floors

Puzzle without a Picture

Originally posted by mencius at 2007-5-10 09:19
As to what most people are like, one would hope they would look at the broad picture.


Akin to putting together a 1000 piece puzzle, but without the original picture as a guide?

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Post time 2007-5-10 23:42:47 |Display all floors
Originally posted by tradervic at 10-5-2007 15:35

Akin to putting together a 1000 piece puzzle, but without the original picture as a guide?


Better than making a judgment based on one piece. :)

Besides, if you're trying to form an opinion of a country/people, there never is a single picture you can look at in the first place.
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Post time 2007-5-11 00:02:46 |Display all floors
Can people have fair views on a country that is very different from their own if they have not lived there for a considerable amount of time, but only judge it by what  the western media  presents?

Can people have fair views if they see the country through their political world rather than the real world?

There are a lot of people who have extremely prejudiced views on a country.

For the learned readers, it is not difficult to spot them, the evidence is piling up against them in this forum.

However, there are also many people who are trying to be  fairer.

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Post time 2007-5-11 00:09:02 |Display all floors

From Puzzles to Physics

Originally posted by mencius at 2007-5-10 09:42
Better than making a judgment based on one piece. :)

Besides, if you're trying to form an opinion of a country/people, there never is a single picture you can look at in the first place.


True - Change is the only Constant in the Universe

Goes back to discussions of Einstein and Hawkings - trying to think of the author/host of the series "The Day the World Changed" - in which the view of every that was static became dynamic with the simple change in observation.

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Post time 2007-5-11 00:18:45 |Display all floors
Originally posted by tradervic at 10-5-2007 16:09
True - Change is the only Constant in the Universe


Also mere humans cannot absorb enough information to see or understand something as complex as an entire nation of people - understanding a single person can be challenging!

It's probably useful to not try to make generalisations and put people into "boxes". Everyone is an individual and has the right to be treated according to who they are as a person, not where they come from, which religion they follow, etc. However it is, sadly, too tempting for many people to categorise others and suck the individuality out of them.
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Post time 2007-5-11 01:10:10 |Display all floors

Theme Music?

Originally posted by mencius at 2007-5-10 10:18
Also mere humans cannot absorb enough information to see or understand something as complex as an entire nation of people - understanding a single person can be challenging!

It's probably useful to not try to make generalisations and put people into "boxes". Everyone is an individual and has the right to be treated according to who they are as a person, not where they come from, which religion they follow, etc. However it is, sadly, too tempting for many people to categorise others and suck the individuality out of them.  



Mencius - there lies an issue for all humans - taking the time to process information.  I almost want to cue up "Under Pressure" by David Bowie & Queen for the theme music.

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