Cognitive dissonance has been defined as the perception of contradictory information. I have written about the importance of cognitive dissonance before. In fact, I would argue that it is essential for a healthy evolution of the mind. If you hear an opinion that contradicts the view of the world you hold there are three options:
- Keep your existing view and reject the new ideas
- Change your view to accommodate the new ideas
- Keep both views in your mind simultaneously
Option 3 results in cognitive dissonance but it also allows you to consider the ideas and incorporate them into your world view without rejecting them out of hand. You will often find that the new ideas doesn’t actually contradict your world view but modifies and enhances it. In The girl with the X-ray eyes, I mention that Richard Wiseman was quoted on the program as saying that “… if we were to accept such phenomena as Natasha Demkina’s as being true; we would have to throw out all our current scientific theories”. In other words, he had to reject these ideas because otherwise it would produce a cognitive dissonance in him. Of course it would also have allowed him to adapt his world view to incorporate these ideas but he was not prepared to do that.
With this cognitive dissonance there is an awareness of holding the contradictory arguments in you head at the same time, There is, however, a type of this where the person is completely unaware. The alcoholic who denies they have a drinking problem, the person who gets angry and is intolerant but claims they are always calm and listens to people, and so on. In these instances there is a conflict between what is said and what is done. There is also, usually, a complete absence of awareness of the contradiction.
And then there is a third type of cognitive dissonance where the evidence contradicts the ideology but the ideology holds strong. In a way this another example of simply rejecting views that contradict your world view but the ideas are not rejected. For instance, I’ve heard of many examples of people who reject any idea of spirituality of of forces that are outside of science. They will willingly report experiences that are unexplainable in their world view but instead of questioning their world view they will simply say that because they are an Atheist, they they are unable to explain the experience. The Atheism is unquestionable.
An example of this came to my attention when I saw this report. Sir Patrick Vallance told a news conference 60% of coronavirus-related hospital admissions were double-jabbed people – but he later corrected himself. The ‘correction’ was that ‘only’ 40% were double jabbed. Even if we accept this lower number, from this website we can see that:
- The probability of being infected even if you don’t have the vaccine and are in the highest risk group is only 1.4%
- The infection rate is ‘3 time lower’ (presumably they mean one-third but there is deliberate attempt to obscure the real situation) in vaccinate ‘double-jabbed’ people
- The success rate of the vaccination is way off the reported 95% or so
- There is no mention of the number of deaths and other problems that people have had as a result of the vaccinations
So what I was wondering is this: how can intelligent people look at these numbers and still strongly support the Covid narrative that is pushed by governments and the media? It is a form of cognitive dissonance.Philip Braham 22 July 2021