Category Archives: Cognitive Dissonance
Disbelieving the obvious, despite the mental effort required to do so.
It’s quite difficult to describe the way people can completely distort a topic by framing a debate. Just because I can explain it, it doesn’t mean you can understand it. Basically people can leave out certain parts of a discussion, because it doesn’t support the point they are tying to make, or their general overarching beliefs. Often it is deliberate, but sometimes an incorrect belief occurs because certain facts or observation are simply not known and the lack of information has framed the observation. Example, if a space alien landed on earth on an Australian beach in the summer, that alien might think people always wear beach wear, because its always hot. That alien might think everyone speaks English, wears rubber sandals, drinks beer. Of course the aliens observations are framed by only seeing part of the picture. Of course we could also deliberately frame the observation and show the alien our science institutions to make the alien think we are smart.
Even really smart people can draw the wrong conclusions from a framed observation or debate. Its easier to explain with some pictures.
This is the same picture with just a little more added to the frame, suddenly your mind starts doing all kind of back flips trying to explain to itself what is wrong here and what piece should be ignored or is perhaps some sort of trickery. The problem is you have been caught by the cognitive dissonance of your optical perception. Your visual processing wants to chop certain parts of the picture out because they fly in the face of a fundamental assumption, gravity. As you are struggling with this other piece start to seem out of place that you discounted before at being too trivial to worry about. Finally you realize you were tricked from the beginning, because you made an incorrect assumption from the beginning. Your world was literally upside down.
This is how powerful framing is in debates and information in general. You can be made to believe things fundamentally opposite to the truth and be quite certain of them, if you consider only some of the available information. So what trickery did I use to make those pictures? Just the cropping tool and a vertical flip of the picture. I could have done it with a few printed photos, a razor blade and ruler, a computer was not required and neither was anything complex.
Remember what just happened in your head and how it happened,
you are probably being fooled like this about a lot of things.
With recent scandals such as #Gamergate, censorship, moderation bias and the infestation of SJW moderators, The diehard politically incorrect /pol/ users (AKA Polacks) have largely left 4chan and have set up their HQ in the rather new 8chan, also called infinitychan.
8chan was designed to look much like /pol/ did on 4chan and its is just as politically incorrect as ever. Its not a place for the weak of heart, stomach, or nerves.
Have you blood pressure medication in standby, along with you butt hurt cream if you dare visit 8chan/pol/ . You’ll read some interesting discussions which you will be able to take part in anonymously* (what passes for anonymously these days at least), you also read some complete crap and some really offensive things. You’ll read things there some people won’t wont you to read, and one of those people may be you.
It’s called freedom of speech,
and it also includes the freedom to be offended,
and offend others.
If the following video offends you, 8chan/pol/ may not be the right place for you.
A television series from Norway broadcast in 2010 attempting to address a series of issues that had been heavily influenced by cultural Marxism in many Scandinavian countries.
The series uses the provocative title meaning ‘Hjernevask’ brainwash, implying the entire society has been brainwashed and simply cannot see the fact.
When the man from the anti racism body states “there are no races”,
it really makes you want to ask “if there are no races, how can there be racism?”
What makes the series most interesting is that it does not really push any one conclusion but rather shows a series of viewpoints from high profile Norwegian and international commentators.
So make up your own mind.
Make sure you turn on subtitles!
The entire series as a YouTube playlist:
Or simply start at part one of the seven part series:
The legal system, oh don’t make me laugh it would be more funny if peoples live hadn’t been ruined by it. It tries to appear so austere and pensive with careful debate and reasoning, but that’s just what you saw on TV or some movies. Since you watched so much TV I’ll put in terms you understand better, In reality the legal system is like fantasy island for the lawyers, police and courts. For you its complete dystopia, until you can find the cracks in the facade and start poking around with the set and props. Then the cast of the show start to get worried that every one will think its fake and the fantasy will be exposed and loose its power. The cast of the show see their own fantasy island as the only way they live or would want to live so if a few stupid extras get thrown off the show its all OK. If you are an extra and you are thrown off the show that’s probably a good thing, because you have been ejected from a dystopia. Don’t be part of their fantasy, don’t play their game, start learning where they are creating the illusion and where the critical misdirection is allowing them to frame the shot. Remember you live in the real world they don’t, pull them back into the real world as much as possible, the real world terrifies them.
The fantasy island legal system is based on provable untrue statements, and if you can bring up these fantasies, the whole illusion collapses.
Look a bit harder and try to figure out the details, because they matter.
Their fantasy is your nightmare.
Tyrants love exploiting human decency and rules of etiquette, stop giving them this latitude and start restating the rules, no exceptions.
The majority in a democracy do not pander to the minority, doing so is more common in despotism. So if you want despotism keep pandering to the extreme minority.