[ExI] Holding contradictory beliefs is very common

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 5 20:19:41 UTC 2023

Thanks! But if they say that a person can walk around with
conscious cognitive dissonance and just ignore it with no consequences, I
will disagree with them.  Dissonance is a feeling of conflict,and therefore
there is no such thing as unconscious dissonance.  Dissonance only occurs
when the conflict is conscious.  Anxiety is usually there, and that is
something you physically feel.  I do think that your unconscious can
overlook your conscious mind and produce some memory/belief that leaks into
your conscious mind, like something trying to escape for repression a la
Freud.  But the last time I looked (quite a while) repression still had no
experimental evidence for it.  The idea of unconscious conflicts, the
resolution of which was the goal of psychoanalysis, was that mental energy
was tied up in the fighting ideas.  I don't think that idea has any
physical basis.  Energy just doesn't sit there.  Neuron centers don't just
idle like reverberating circuits, trying to get expressed.  bill w

On Wed, Apr 5, 2023 at 2:38 PM BillK via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Wed, 5 Apr 2023 at 20:18, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat
> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> >
> <snip>
> >
> > Do recall that you have a genuine Ph.D. in experimental social and
> clinical psychology in the chat group.  bill w
> > _______________________________________________
> Oh, I did!  I was hoping you might comment.  :)
> But the authors of this piece also have Ph.Ds
> This article is adapted from Brain Briefs: Answering Questions to the
> Most (and Least) Pressing Questions About Your Mind by Art Markman and
> Bob Duke. It is reprinted with permission.
> About the Author
> Art Markman, PhD, is one of the premier cognitive scientists in the
> field. He has been on the faculty at the University of Texas since
> 1998, where he is the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of
> Psychology and Marketing and director of the program in the Human
> Dimensions of Organizations at University of Texas. Markman has
> published over 150 scholarly works on topics including analogical
> reasoning, categorization, decision making, and motivation.
> Additionally, he is a member of the medical advisory board of the Dr.
> Oz Show and on the scientific advisory board of Dr. Phil.
> Robert Duke, PhD, is the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial
> Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at University of Texas
> at Austin. A University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Elizabeth
> Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education, and Director
> of the Center for Music Learning, he is also director of the program
> in psychology of learning at Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles. Duke
> has published over 75 scholarly articles related to music learning,
> memory, perception, and behavior, and has received national awards for
> research and teaching from the Music Educators National Conference and
> from the Music Teachers National Association.
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