Inside the Box—Cognitive Dissonance of Faith

How faith is the ultimate tool to develop cognitive dissonance

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In 1942, Albert Einstein just gave an exam to his senior class of physics students. His assistant asked him, “isn’t that exactly the same exam you gave to exactly the same class one year ago?”

“Yeah, yeah,” said Einstein, “it’s exactly the same.”

“But Dr Einstein, how could you possibly do that?”, the assistant said.

“Well,” said Einstein, “the answers have changed.”

What each of us knows today will be replaced with a more accurate truth in the future. These incremental steps toward a firmer reality are often called “science changing its mind”. It is true, but it is also called improvement towards a more correct answer.

Now in business, according to the data, approximately 3% of people are inclined to even do different things outside the box when what they’ve been doing fails them. The remaining 97% continues to smash into the wall, trying to get different results by doing more or less of the same thing. Using the same answers in a recycled failure.

Enter religion

Rewording, revisiting, attempting to replace the failed with an even older version of what has failed complete civilizations is the Christian way. Ontology was a guess, and it’s reworks and investigations are guesses as to what the guesses meant. And now as it turns out, in the years immediately after the CE began, there was no beginning truth. Only a con man named Paul who introduced his own gospel based on a character that is fictional. Which, btw, is a masterful stroke on basic human psychology. Less fact equals more faith, and zero fact equals great faith—the pride associated with mere belief is a cognitive dissonance dream come true. Belief is an untouchable sacredity for the common people when belief is all the knowledge they can muster, and will then defend a falsehood to the death over pride.

Author: jim-

One minute info blogs breaking the faith trap.

42 thoughts on “Inside the Box—Cognitive Dissonance of Faith”

    1. Thanks. Interestingly the biases can be beaten with a little awareness of the foibles of human psychology, and a realization that any firm belief is utter nonsense. Religion proudly promoting faith as an ultimate prize is stifling.

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      1. All of the things we know should be provisional, very few things are certain, and most subject to change as our understandings improve. Not being able to change our views in the face of more accurate information makes for a fine definition regarding the religious.

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  1. You’re very right, Jim. It is indeed interesting to see the difference in the reactions of the two groups, science and religion, when new information is discovered.

    The world of science can be stubborn and initially resist the discovery of new information, but when it comes down to it science is based on facts that can be discovered, tested, reproduced, etc. and eventually the facts win.

    With religion, well, we all know what happens there when new facts are discovered: Condemnation of the discoverer, cries of heresy, verbal abuse, physical assaults, calls for death, complete denial of fact, claims of conspiracy theories… (Hmm, denial of facts, verbal abuse, claims of conspiracy theories… sounds a lot like the bunch of weasels over in D.C. and most state capitals these days, but that’s another story)

    I think the 97% might be exaggerated, but there are a large number of people who will resist accepting any new facts, even if it is beneficial to them personally. Just ask my wife about her experiences in management.

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    1. The 3% is referring to innovators in business. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. Statistically about 8-12% of Americans could be considered true skeptics, while others still dabble in agnosticism or other paranormal possibilities—ghosts, UFOs, etc.

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    1. Wait! Does that mean I won’t be able to tempt you into taking advantage of my special discount offer on genuine magnetic therapy rings and bracelets? Bummer.

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      1. I prefer non essential oils and any form of multilevel marketing. If your going all out cult, at least you could provide a product that collects dust on the back of the toilet.

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    2. It’s called the feel good factor and most of us humans do it all the time. It’s why drugs are so popular they take us out of this world.

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    1. Most likely the entire thing is made up by someone very keen on the foibles of human psychology. Who would that have been is my question?

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  2. This reminds me of January of 2018 when I just started Maddyz Physics. I was reading A Brief History of Time and I just got informed through the web of this incident of 1942 about Einstein.
    We have improved our understanding of the universe and our thoughts about the universe has revolutionized in past 150 years..

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  3. Oh, Jim,
    Thank you for putting me in the 3%, it means so much to me. But, is that the top 3%, the bottom 3%, or a middle 3%. Oh please tell me it is the top 3%. Oh, I so much want to be part of the top 3%. Tell me true, oh Jim…
    And Jim did say unto his followers, please do not make me say which 3% it is. Just be happy it is the 3%. Being of the 97% is to be part of the sheep. The sheep look up, and they see what is not there. You look up, and you do not see what is not there. That means no one yet sees the mystery that is there. Be glad you are not of the 0%. You would see that everything is nothing, and nothing everything. So spake Jim, and all were confused.

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      1. rawgod 1:1 And the universe was there all the time, just waiting for life to discover it.
        rawgod 1:2 And when life discovered the universe, the fifth and sixth planets rammed into each other. The big bang was heard across that universe, and it woke life up from its eternal sleep.
        rawgod 1:3 And humanity has been lieing ever since…

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        1. Jimoeba 1:3 It may sound strange to say that the universe has always existed but it has a finite age, but this is the way it is. The universe has always existed—there is no time at which it didn’t. There is just a finite amount of time, hence why the universe can be said to have an age. The universe is timeless…time, is not

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  4. Reminds me of the Seventh Day Adventists. Why would they let catastrophic error and misjudgment change their minds?
    Heaven’s Gate: Let’s all take poison and die so that we can be with god.
    Ummm, you said he was everywhere. Why die?
    Jonestown?
    I like the Islamist one: The children are innocent and without sin, they will be in heaven with Allah. Therefore, it is ok if we kill them.
    And they call us bullies because we rebel against this bull shit. Lawdy, lawdy!

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    1. But non belief is a highly stigmatized position. In most regions it is better to admit to a belief in JWs or Islam than admit to not believing. Our evolutionary wiring is due for a reboot. Realities have changed faster than we as a whole can keep up with.

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