Cognitive Dissonance

by Richard Riehle

Is this much about (nearly) nothing? Is there more here than merely a pseudo-intellectual snark put forth towards complexity or ambiguity? Does the topic of cognitive dissonance cause cognitive dissonance?

Cognitive Dissonance and Non-adaptive Architecture: Seven Tactics for Denying the Truth Permaculture Research Institute
by Nikos A. Salingaros, The University of Texas at San Antonio Abstract: Human physiology can lead people who have acquired false beliefs to stubbornly persist in holding them. Intelligent persons conform to irrational groupthink, employing a stock of tools to fight against any idea that conflicts with those already held.
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The Black Swan Remember Bertrand Russell’s chicken. Predictably Irrational Economics is not useless! Irrationality Are we doomed to act against our own self-interest? "Before we try to explain something, we should be sure it actually happened."–Ray Hyman If you want to prove anything, just assume p and not p.
Cognitive Dissonance
Explanations > Theories > Cognitive Dissonance Description | Research | Example | So What? | See also | References This is the feeling of uncomfortable tension which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time. Dissonance is often strong when we believe something about ourselves and then do something against that belief.
“Cognitive dissonance” occurs when a person is faced with two contradictory and incompatible thoughts (Tavris & Aronson, 2007). This state generates emotional tension and anxiety, and can lead to paralysis and inaction because the decision mechanism cannot resolve the conflict and decide upon any proper course to take. Clearly, this is a very dangerous state to be in, and human beings must avoid getting locked into a state of indecision (analogous to a computer program freezing up). Situations w
Cognitive Dissonance and learning
Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomenon which refers to the discomfort felt at a discrepancy between what you already know or believe, and new information or interpretation. It therefore occurs when there is a need to accommodate new ideas, and it may be necessary for it to develop so that we become "open" to them.

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