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angelatc
11-12-2016, 09:30 AM
http://blog.dilbert.com/post/153080448451/the-cognitive-dissonance-cluster-bomb


Earlier this week CNN.com listed 24 different theories that pundits have provided for why Trump won. And the list isnít even complete. Iíve heard other explanations as well. What does it tell you when there are 24 different explanations for a thing?

It tells you that someone just dropped a cognitive dissonance cluster bomb on the public. Heads exploded. Cognitive dissonance set in. Weird theories came out. This is the cleanest and clearest example of cognitive dissonance you will ever see. Remember it.

This phenomenon is why a year ago I told you I was putting so much emphasis on PREDICTING the outcome of the election using the Master Persuader Filter. I told you it would be easy to fit any theory to the facts AFTER the result. And sure enough, we can fit lots of theories to the facts. At least 24 of them by CNNís count.

Generally speaking, the greater the persuasion, the more cognitive dissonance you get. Trump is Ė in my opinion Ė the greatest persuader of my lifetime. I expected this level of cognitive dissonance. Next time you see a persuader of this magnitude, you can expect the outcome to be cognitive dissonance in that case too.

This brings me to the anti-Trump protests. The protesters look as though they are protesting Trump, but they are not. They are locked in an imaginary world and battling their own hallucinations of the future. Hereís the setup that triggered them.

1. They believe they are smart and well-informed.

2. Their good judgement told them Trump is OBVIOUSLY the next Hitler, or something similarly bad.

3. Half of the voters of the United States Ė including a lot of smart people Ė voted Trump into office anyway.

Those ďfactsĒ canít be reconciled in the minds of the anti-Trumpers. Mentally, something has to give. Thatís where cognitive dissonance comes in.

There are two ways for an anti-Trumper to interpret that reality. One option is to accept that if half the public doesnít see Trump as a dangerous monster, perhaps he isnít. But that would conflict with a personís self-image as being smart and well-informed in the first place. When you violate a personís self-image, it triggers cognitive dissonance to explain-away the discrepancy.

So how do you explain-away Trumpís election if you think you are smart and you think you are well-informed and you think Trump is OBVIOUSLY a monster?

You solve for that incongruity by hallucinating Ė literally Ė that Trump supporters KNOW Trump is a monster and they PREFER the monster. In this hallucination, the KKK is not a nutty fringe group but rather a symbol of how all Trump supporters must feel. (They donít. Not even close.)

In a rational world it would be obvious that Trump supporters include lots of brilliant and well-informed people. That fact Ė as obvious as it would seem Ė is invisible to the folks who canít even imagine a world in which their powers of perception could be so wrong. To reconcile their world, they have to imagine all Trump supporters as defective in some moral or cognitive way, or both.

As I often tell you, we all live in our own movies inside our heads. Humans did not evolve with the capability to understand their reality because it was not important to survival. Any illusion that keeps us alive long enough to procreate is good enough.

Thatís why the protestors live in a movie in which they are fighting against a monster called Trump and you live in a movie where you got the president you wanted for the changes you prefer. Same planet, different realities.

otherone
11-12-2016, 10:57 AM
I think it goes beyond that. The WH, DNC, universities, and media had and continues to create an insulated echo chamber. That media continues to turn to Ivy League pundits for answers about this election proves it. If progs want to understand what happened, they need to turn off NPR, put down their "smart" phones, and talk to those who actually voted for Trump.

rprprs
11-12-2016, 11:13 AM
I think it goes beyond that. The WH, DNC, universities, and media had and continues to create an insulated echo chamber. That media continues to turn to Ivy League pundits for answers about this election proves it. If progs want to understand what happened, they need to turn off NPR, put down their "smart" phones, and talk to those who actually voted for Trump.

Ya know, they might even do that. And then edit out and broadcast some redneck yahoo with a heavy southern drawl who has nothing more to offer than "MAGA". One with a confederate flag as a backdrop might be nice, too.

Origanalist
11-12-2016, 11:15 AM
I think it goes beyond that. The WH, DNC, universities, and media had and continues to create an insulated echo chamber. That media continues to turn to Ivy League pundits for answers about this election proves it. If progs want to understand what happened, they need to turn off NPR, put down their "smart" phones, and talk to those who actually voted for Trump.

Why do you hate people of color and LGBT you racist bigot?

otherone
11-12-2016, 11:28 AM
Ya know, they might even do that. And then edit out and broadcast some redneck yahoo with a heavy southern drawl who has nothing more to offer than "MAGA". One with a confederate flag as a backdrop might be nice, too.

That's the media. I meant actually progs...the ones crying in the streets.

otherone
11-12-2016, 11:32 AM
Why do you hate people of color and LGBT you racist bigot?

The echo chamber created the notion that people really give a fuck either way about minorities or LGBTs. Maybe less time taking "selfies" and more time considering "otheries" would help to broaden their perspective.

timosman
11-12-2016, 11:33 AM
Any illusion that keeps us alive long enough to procreate is good enough.

:eek:

angelatc
11-12-2016, 11:33 AM
Why do you hate people of color and LGBT you racist bigot?

I think most people - me included - only listen to wait for a point to interject a talking point . I am not immune to cognitive dissonance, because I can't figure out for the life of me how a guy like Glen Greenwald can still believe that government is the solution.

Origanalist
11-12-2016, 11:38 AM
I think most people - me included - only listen to wait for a point to interject a talking point . I am not immune to cognitive dissonance, because I can't figure out for the life of me how a guy like Glen Greenwald can still believe that government is the solution.

I follow him on twitter, we have some serious disagreements along with the things we have in common.

angelatc
11-12-2016, 12:21 PM
I follow him on twitter, we have some serious disagreements along with the things we have in common.

Yeah. We agree on a lot of the problems but IMHO his solutions are much more of the same. If only we can elect honest people, blah blah blah. Of course he probably sees libertarian solutions in the same light.

Seeing things through the Scott Adams lens, fear is the biggest persuader. So those of us trying to convince people that big government is more dangerous than terrorists have a tough row to hoe.