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What is Cognitive Dissonance?

Cognitive dissonance is a warning signal about conflicts in our automatic or willful journey of understanding reality. How we resolve that internal disharmony is another issue. Cognitive Dissonance Cognitive dissonance happens when external information contradicts internal information, or when our own behavior conflicts with how others are behaving. We then feel that conflict, disunity and disharmony. That’s the general broad […]

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What is a Principle?

What is a principle? What does it mean to live a principled life? Is living a principled life the same as living an examined life? Principle: “origin, source, beginning; rule of conduct; axiom, basic assumption; elemental aspect of a craft or discipline,” Principles are where motives and drives comes from. It’s at the beginning of how we live. Most of […]

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Great Ideas? Average Events? Small People?

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” I’m sure many people have heard this, especially those who have initiated themselves into an “awakening” of looking into reality more deeply, possibly getting into “conspiracy” research to uncover the hidden machinations going on in the world. Origin Where does this saying come from? What are the meanings […]

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Cheerleader Effect – Cognitive Biases (Pt.12)

The cheerleader effect, or group-attractiveness effect, is a tendency to value appearances based on a comparative assessment with the surroundings. Certain traits will appear more attractive due to the perceived amplification from contrast. When looked at individually they no longer get the contrasting cheerleader effect. Surprisingly, this is a new term, from a 2008 “How I Met Your Mother” episode, […]

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Logic Comic – Anecdotal Fallacy

The anecdotal fallacy is to use a particular personal or isolated example to attempt to prove a generalized universal conclusion. The anecdotal fallacy is also known as misleading vividness. What is most vivid in our environment and most available (availability heuristic) to us, is what is first used to draw conclusions. This vivid availability of information in our memory affects […]

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