This headline may have brought you here, but I want it to make you stop and read further for it is as true as the day is day and the night is night.
“Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things … well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds … Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true.” – Terry Pratchett Through The Character. Lord Vetinari from his The Truth: A Novel of Discworld.
What does this mean, are we all really so pre-programmed, YES we are. This is a further thought to a post a made some time ago called Ideaological Amplification. It’s part of a line of thought known as Confirmation Bias, or rather how we as humans construct evidence, regardless of fact or fiction to reinforce our ideas.
A little food for thought for you.