Category Archives: Cognitive Dissonance
Disbelieving the obvious, despite the mental effort required to do so.
A false dichotomy is a logical fallacy ( an illogical argument) which states there are only two option option A or option B. Clearly there are many possible choices for most questions. A perfect example is in every bottle store when one decides which drink one might like to have. If a situation is painted as having only two choices it is possible a false dichotomy is being offered. Given the choice of beer or wine, one might wonder why vodka or whiskey (or anything else) are not being offered. Some times political situations are deliberately polarized to create the idea of a false dichotomy where such a binary choice is neither real or even helpful.
In Australian politics for a significant period of time the false dichotomy of Liberal(+National) vs Labour(+Green) has been not only offered, but even reinforced by the STV voting system. The classic response to this has bee the third option the donkey (informal) vote. Of course this is people either disenchanted with politics or not fully understanding the system, but clearly represents an additional option. Funnily enough in the recent Australian senatorial president election there were two donkey votes, clearly they were deliberate as you couldn’t really expect two senators to not know how to vote. Well one donkey vote maybe was possible, but I’m not looking in my rear view mirror at anyone in particular. Sometimes such donkey votes are a protest at the futility of voting against such large voting blocks or even a subtle insult to an expected last place getter.
Sometimes geopolitical situations can be described at a false dichotomy by the puppet masters, particularly if it suits their purposes. Here is the last two ‘world’ wars and the real false dichotomy that was an likely still is in place. Of course if you attack the false dichotomy both sides of the dichotomy will be instructed to attack you, which ironically proves that it is a false dichotomy for all those awake enough to see through the cognitive dissonance.
Of course sometimes the situation is so complex that making a dichotomy of it is not possible, though some people will try very hard and often limit and distort information in order to do so.
Once again Facebook being used against its users, looking more and more like the matrix all the time.
Are you going to wake up once you have to plug a cable directly into your brain to use Facebook?
The frog boils slowly.
Here are some of the main articles of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights to which a number of countries, including Australia, India , China , most of Europe and South America voted in favour.
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
- Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.
- Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
- No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
- No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
- Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.
- All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.
- Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
- No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
- Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
A number of Islamic countries originally also voted in favour of the declaration (whereas Israel did not), however, since the Eighties they have declared that the UDOHR contradicts Sharia Law (No surprises there, having your right hand chopped off for adultery is a violation of articles 2 and 5 , for example.)
“In 1982, the Iranian representative to the United Nations, Said Rajaie-Khorassani, said that the Declaration was “a secular understanding of the Judeo-Christian tradition” which could not be implemented by Muslims without conflict with Sharia.“
“What needs to be pointed out to those who uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be the highest, or sole, model, of a charter of equality and liberty for all human beings, is that given the Western origin and orientation of this Declaration, the “universality” of the assumptions on which it is based is – at the very least – problematic and subject to questioning. Furthermore, the alleged incompatibility between the concept of human rights and religion in general, or particular religions such as Islam, needs to be examined in an unbiased way.“
Interesting that countries like China or India have also signed up and last time I checked they were not Western countries, however, their spiritual traditions like Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism would be very much in accordance with the declaration of human rights, therefore refuting that it is a Western concept.
Of course every country is guilty of acting against the declaration of human rights, human nature being what it is.
What follows on Wikipedia is a good example of moral relativism :
A strong argument can be made that the current formulation of international human rights constitutes a cultural structure in which western society finds itself easily at home … It is important to acknowledge and appreciate that other societies may have equally valid alternative conceptions of human rights.”
What rights are we talking about here? The right to kill unbelievers and apostates? The right to hurt, oppress and subjugate women in the name of religion and law? the right to imprison and torture people for private transgressions like “adultery” or marrying a person your family did not choose?
Why not the right to eat people and sacrifice babies for “Satanists”? Why not the right to rape 5 year olds for paedophiles?
Of course moral relativism in many ways is a good thing, as it allows people to express their individuality, creativity and culture.But when take to extremes, moral relativism becomes a license for harm, torture and murder.
In bizarre turn of events North Korea’s 31 year old dictator threatens to nuke occupymelbourne.net . In his statement he explained given his recent remarks about Julie Bishop and Seth Rogen, he felt he needed to do some good to reduce the blowback for the west, “Yes I’m getting on the band wagon” he said, “What are you going to do about it?” He also stated the occupymelbourne.net’s recent decision to acquire a AC 130U gunship make him concerned that occupymelbourne.net might become a regional power and needed to be neutralized before they became too powerful to buckle under to hollow threats.
Hi JS, we have decided to not approve your comment as it is misleading and contained numerous errors.
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You can use the search feature on the left to find our previous articles by keyword search. This media outlet has been the official media site of Occupy Melbourne since March 9 2013. The ‘.org’, twitter and facebook groups were hijacked and refused to respond to the wishes of the occupiers. We decided to remain anonymous to keep our ego’s out of the way of the message.
If as a lawyer working for the government, you are going to post general disparaging comments against activist groups from your Facebook account from work when you are ‘working’ for the government, I really need to ask: Are you skiving off from doing your job or is this your actual job?
I mean seriously are you a paid troll? Because it really looks like it.
Or this this just massive cognitive dissonance?
If you know how to look through the media mayhem we produce you’ll realize we do some serious investigative journalism, that’s why when we talked about Mega Mosques in Melbourne the mainstream media listened.
Don’t ask how we know, but we have proof.
We suggest you reread you copy of 1984.
Should we expose the name of the suspected paid troll? We’ll do a poll from the comments to this article.
While on the same day yesterday, The age published two stories on Muslim issues but seemed to fail to understand any connection between the two stories. Do you guys even read your own paper? Of course it didn’t help that a ugly caricature of Tony Abbott in Speedos with a soccer ball was between the two stories discouraging any intelligent eye from moving in that path.
These publications took an interest in the mega mosque story.
Funny you didn’t care when they were building a mosque in Bendigo, but on your own doorstep, you did.
We call that NIMBY, Not In My Back Yard. Maybe you should all care more about this country, not just your own house price or debt to equity ratio.
Any statement from an Islamic body cannot be relied on,
as Islam demands that all Muslims must lie in order to advance the cause of Islam.
This practice is called:
Where is the money coming from?
In other news… Denice Cosgrove WorkSafe Victoria still at large
Now that’s what I call journalism…
there is a little thing at the bottom of the page called ‘comments’ with a number next to it, if you read that section you might get some more context before you run off half cocked, I think you have that feature on some of your articles, we have it on all of our articles. And yes we moderate comments also.
The two most common accusations thrown at critics of Islam are racism and islamophobia. Racism is easily refuted : Islam is not a race but a belief system. Anybody can follow this belief system, no matter what their race, in fact Islam encourages them to do so, otherwise they would be called “Infidels”.
Here is an example of a famous ex-muslim apostate, who, apart from other idignities, suffered genital mutilation as a child, but is now classified (by some) as a right-wing racist bigot in her new homeland , the United States Of America : Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Which leaves the term “Islamophobia”, which is not even a recognized word.
Ali Sina, an ex muslim apostate , who is behind faithfreedom.org has this to say about the term:
“Islam is a belief system. It is a human right to disagree with any belief. Calling that disagreement “phobia” is a logical fallacy. Islam is the only ideology, whose followers try to discredit its critics by calling their criticism “phobia”.”
” All ideologies have their critics and opponents but we do not hear Christians calling the critics of Christianity Christianophobe, communists calling their critics communitophobe or Hindus calling theirs hinduphobe. The term “Islamophobia” is both technically and logically incorrect and misleading.”
The detailed version of his article about “Islamophobia” can be found here: http://www.faithfreedom.org/oped/sina60526.htm
Any one even vaguely aware of politics has this week heard of the federal budget. As almost everyone is saying ” Wow, I’m really gonna get screwed”. It seems to be the type of budget that hurts everyone and those already struggling the most. Even members of the former Howard liberal government are calling it crazy.
It is a budget to fix a deficit that does not exist, to create a pretext to funnel more money to the corporate puppet masters.
Here at occupy we were telling you about the problem of corporate influence in politics years ago and this is exactly what we were warning you about.
This budget is treason pure and simple, fortunately the Australian Constitution gives us remedy.
Of course the global warming people will call the Met Office ‘a fringe anti-government cult’ or ‘paid off shill’.
The last time global warming was a plausible theory was when Bill Clinton was in office.
Global warming and climate change celebrates 15 years of cognitive dissonance.
An interesting experiment…
A chilling conclusion from some insightful analysis.
On Facebook more followers means less people are likely to respond to what you are trying to convey.
The more you pay to promote it, the worse it gets.
Oh that’s a deviously twisted ploy.
So not only is face book a spying tool where you volunteer information about yourself, your messages are filtered partly by technical constraints and partly by a ham fisted (possibly deliberately underhanded) grab for money. We have reached ‘peak Facebook’ hopefully it will go the way of Myspace and slowly fade into obscurity.
Ironically someone will share this on facebook and the 2 other people on facebook might look at it.
P.S. get a blog, built in spell checker, formatting options, and its not that much harder to use, and you get search engine traffic.