Cognitive dissonance explained

2016-12-22

in Films and movies, Internet matters, Language, Politics, Psychology, Teaching

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. March 9, 2020 at 1:19 pm

“A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.”

Leon Festinger, quoted in Mark Jaccard’s “The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success: Overcoming Myths that Hinder Progress”

. July 30, 2020 at 6:03 pm

The ideological fool is the fourth type of climate denier, and they can be intelligent. But they are utterly blinded by their inane, no-limits version of the free-market creed. The climate emergency requires coordinated global action, they observe, and that looks horribly like communism in disguise.

They could explore the many credible climate action plans being pursued, including by those on the political right. But their cognitive dissonance forces them to the conclusion that because state intervention is wrong, acting to avert climate danger cannot be right. Intellectual gymnastics to “expose” climate alarmism then follow naturally.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/30/climate-denier-shill-global-debate

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