Cognitive dissonance

June 29, 2019


Joel Osteen, Copelands among 10 televangelists who face controversy

June 18, 2019

How the “prosperity gospel” convinces poor people to give everything to grifty millionaire preachers

May 30, 2019

4 January, 2019 19:32

January 4, 2019

Whenever someone asks me what I would say to God if when I died, it all ended up being true, I show them this by Stephen Fry

December 26, 2018

Canon Jesus vs. Fandom Jesus

December 24, 2018

A comment from an internet discussion board somewhere

November 23, 2018

There is a theory of life that states that all living things – from bacteria to countries – work to minimize the difference between their expectations and the data they collect.

There are many ways to do that, from simply ignoring contradictory data to actively seeking it in order to refine your models, and from accepting deltas as predictive failures to working to make predictions retroactively come to pass.

These different approaches compete. Failure to resolve discrepancies between expectations & measurements can result in physical or mental destruction, while winning strategies allow for more and more complex cells, organisms, and societies to form.

The success of religion can be viewed in this context. As a concept, "God did it" resolves any cognitive dissonance without requiring any action or change. Everything can be neatly and fully explained, regardless of circumstance or intellect.

That can have tremendous value as a failsafe. When confronted by the unthinkable, instead of falling into mental illness or mass hysteria one can say "God did it" and get on with things.

Of course, this has to be paired with continual improvement to predictive power or the failsafe becomes the norm, and the organism becomes a dead end.

Christians act as if their opposition to abortion is rooted in a religious belief. The Bible is very clear that you can execute your children for mere disobedience. Many Christians are pro-life despite the Bible, NOT beca

November 20, 2018

GOP Jesus – YouTube

November 13, 2018

Mike Pence’s plan to outlast Trump

August 29, 2018

“He is acting, in fact, as if he is on a mission from God. Some may laugh, but many conservative Christians believe that God is merely using Trump to prepare the way for a so-called true man of faith. ”