|If I walk up to someone and answer someone who just asked a question about C++... with sandals, half my hair missing, a tanktop, and gym shorts, should my answer be any less valid because of my clothing?|
It depends. If the person asking for help never met you before and got a conflicting answer from someone else who looks better -- then yes, your answer will be less "valid".
And by "valid" I don't mean correct... I mean the person you're helping would be less likely to believe you.
|Logically, this makes no sense. Appearance is simply a fad of society. It has no validity in the world of logic.|
It makes perfect sense logically. It's a natural, evolutionary, social mechanism that we use to make judgements when we don't know/have all the facts.
"That guy looks mean, I better stay away from him." vs. "That guy looks nice, maybe I can ask him for directions."
Of course you can learn to work past it after you've met the person and are more familiar with their personality / knowledge pool.
| But alas, a lot of people judge based on first appearance because that's how they're brought up and cannot think past what was embedded in them. Religion comes to mind. |
I don't know how religion has anything to do with it. It's completely natural. It's not even limited only to humans -- animals do it too.
Rather than go on about how illogical it is -- you should probably just accept it as human nature and work around it so it benefits you.
I mean you want to talk about being logical... if you know that people treat you better when you look good... wouldn't the logical thing to do be to make yourself look as good as possible?
|I know that my physical appearance has worked against me in life. Could not tell you how many times people have told me that they "never would have guessed I was smart". |
Yeah. It's unfortunate, but that happens.