How well do you know God? When I was young I asked about God. I read about God. I talked about God. The funny thing was, I did not know God. This seems to be the state of much of the world today. Religion is broken apart into sects. People require different beliefs. [...]
A shooting in an elementary school is horrific and unjustifiable and leaves many feeling puzzled. The answers sought after hit to some of the most fundamental questions plaguing society since Babylon. The most pertinent involve an explanation of the mechanism. How? How could this happen? How could someone do this? Why would they do it? [...]
Can Psychopathy explain sexism? I believe that it may go beyond being a simple correlate. When presented with the evidence I will soon lay out you may be convinced that it is the primary factor explaining the gender gap, possibly explaining even more than obvious maternal factors. The glass ceiling may have been put in [...]
Celebrity gossip is common and it has many roots within the fact that these “role models” have been disgraced. You hear about them being arrested, getting a divorce, doing drugs, or any number of scandals. It serves to highlight the danger of idolizing such people. There is a deeper layer. Should we be modeling after [...]
Politics is supposed to be something you don’t talk about with friends. This time of year the urge becomes irresistible to most as they stand up and try to convince others of the choice they have made to run the United States of America for the next 4 years. Friends become enemies, usually [...]
I have certain experiences that occur to me every so often as I am drifting in and out of sleep. One of two things will happen… one is that I become paralyzed inside of my body while entirely conscious. The other is that I will see things that do not exist in extremely vivid fashion [...]
With election season along with televised debates now in full swing it seems like a good time to remind people of the mind control being sent out via the mass media. You’ll note that in many ways I am referring to both political parties and the mainstream media as being in the same light. It is very true as in certain ways they are almost the same industry. When companies spend money either on a politician or the media they are purchasing the same thing which is influence. They want to buy the people’s opinion via the media (which helps influence politicians and policy) and then directly they want to buy a politician’s favor in deciding how he votes. The money is intended for the same purpose and that is to promote legislation favorable to them and to stop legislation unfavorable to them. This happens continuously and is not just during election seasons. This ends up being a marriage between politicians and the media. Politicians gives the media something to cover as well as money through political ads and the media decides what to cover and who to cover and both are controlled through the same interests.
At it’s simplest, Cognitive Dissonance can be explained as such: The brain does not like contradictory information which causes dissonance and adjusts competing facts to relieve dissonance so as to strive for a singular world view. This phenomenon works alongside a complimentary phenomenon known as the confirmation bias. The confirmation bias is the tendency to remember information which confirms your beliefs and ignore information which contradicts your beliefs.