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Unteachable Thu, Jun 30, 2005
I think there are some people who are absolutely unteachable.  They usually happen to be older.  But what's weird is that they act like they're willing to learn.  Now I'm not talking about learning engineering (something complex) or musical taste (something specific and opinion-driven).  I'm talking about Bible stuff here, but I think it can apply to other stuff as well.  For example, there's a lady in my Bible study at work.  Sometimes she asks questions:  some are well thought-out, and some are completely off-topic.  But that's not the issue.  She asks these questions and then doesn't even really listen to the answer.  I can actually see the moment in time when she stops listening.  It's like her switch was turned off.  So then she interrupts the answer and doesn't listen to what's being said.  And in the end, she repeats the question or reaffirms her feelings about the answer that she already had in her head.  My problem is this:  why does she waste the time to ask the question when she has no interest in the answer?  My answer:  she's unteachable.  It's not that she can't learn anything new.  It's that she doesn't want to.  She's turned that part of her brain off.  "No longer accepting any new information." #psychology

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