2. Indoctrination and conformance of family, community, peers, coworkers, etc.
3. Level and quality of education.
4. Exposure to propaganda.
5. Native and learned critical thinking capacity.
6. Level of self-awareness.
7. Native tolerance for cognitive dissonance.
8. Native (or learned?) propensity to be motivated by fear rather than more positive emotions.
9. Need to belong to a group (and remain in lockstep with one’s “tribe”).
10. Native or learned ability to hold one’s own beliefs in a neutral space, and either revise or expand them when we encounter verifiable evidence — see diagram below.
11. An understanding and acceptance of science and the scientific method.
12. A native propensity to gravitate towards conspiracy theories.
My 2 cents.
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