Limits to questions Within many belief systems you
find an apparent readiness to accept questioning, and this may be quite
impressive at first. However, this openness is usually confined within
limits. Becoming a member of a group dedicated to the study and practice
of such a system is rather like learning a new game, with very
complicated rules many of which are never spelled out but have to be
picked up as you go along. Peer group pressure is undoubtedly an
important factor in such circumstances.
Psychological experiments have shown that group attitudes can affect how
people perceive things. For example, if you are shown two lines of equal
length when you are a member of a group in which all the other
participants have previously been told to say that the lines are
unequal, it's quite likely that you, too, will perceive them as unequal.