Gullibility Starts at Home

Welcome to the Philippines; a country rich in politicking thieves who get re-elected over and over, people who imbibe backwater remedies sold without clinical trials, fearful religious who jump from one congregation that don’t give evidence for its claims to another equally ridiculous congregation with the same modus with a different branding. Some have implied gullibility is in the Filipino gene. While we are truly constrained by our biology, it is the detrimental memes, the bad ideas that spread linguistically and culturally that contribute to gullibility. I’d like to extend Chino F’s seminal piece “Filipino Family Values: A Source of Dysfunction“, which covered the bad of the bad of Filipino families since it overlooked one thing: The Filipino brand of parenting impairs a child’s thinking ability.

The foundation of our society starts at home and boy, what an authoritarian home it is. Parents force their children to conform to ideas they subscribe to, since parents are the children of authoritarian homes, too. In many ways, Filipino parents are fond of “believe it, do it because I told you so” rather than explaining the reason behind the instruction. Parents insist on conformity so much they respond with hostility when children ask questionsContinue reading

Quick Reads Recs

The Pandesal is very busy, therefore Weekly Digests have been …suspended

1. Know Your Gullibility Index by James Randi. For mental tools that’ll make you less gullible, see previous post.

2. Parallel to the RH/RP debates and the thoughtless “Protection of the Unborn Child” Bill by Rolio Golez is a the story of Shuai, a depressed pregnant women who attempted suicide and was arrested.


That’s right: according to the ways the laws are being applied here, the state of Indiana believes that any pregnant woman who smokes or lives with a smoker, who works long hours on her feet, who is overweight, who doesn’t exercise, or who fails to get regular prenatal care, is a felon. And the list of ways these laws could be construed to unconstitutionally prosecute pregnant women goes on and on…

3. Would you look at that: not all Filipinos are Catholics. Other churches give their two cents on the RH/RP debates and the CBCP doesn’t get a nod.