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Is conspiracy theory nothing more than cognitive dissonance?

Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding contradictory ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions.[2] Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying. It is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance

What is the motivational drive behind conspiracy?  I’d say it is to ask questions, validate truth, challenge the unknown, suspect what is known in order to come to the conclusion that sometimes, Situation Normal is All F‘kd Up- SNAFU. Wired magazine had this to say,

Although we’re all vulnerable to cognitive dissonance – and the paranoid style has always been a loud presence in American politics – we seem to squander ever more time on worthless conversations about Obama’s birth certificate or the spurious link between autism and vaccines. After all, thanks to Google we can find “evidence” in support of practically any belief. If you can imagine the conspiracy theory, there is a website out there ardently promoting it, and a clan of fellow believers who share your peculiar obsession with fluoridated drinking water and the New World Order. http://derrenbrown.co.uk/blog/2010/08/psychology-conspiracy-theories/

I am pretty sure that cognitive dissonance is not paranoia.  It is rather, a justifiable means of exploring what someone else defines as the truth.  To say that it is worthless to seek out the President of the United States birth origin or find a connection with vaccine use and autism, I find rather appalling.  Hardly a waste of time as a U.S. Citizen or for a parent of a child with autism.

Can cognitive dissonance be familial?  I believe so.   Last night our family went for a late night swim under some raindrops.  There was a low ceiling and what was clearly an airplane to the adults, was not so obvious to one of the children who proclaimed, “Look a UFO!”   We’ve talked about the possibility of UFO’s, aliens and the like,  and in doing so I wonder if we did not preclude them to cognitive dissonance- we believe and so do they.

Throw religion into the mix.  We are Catholic, conservative Republicans and so are our children.   A product of upbringing or ?

The grandparents instilled cognitive dissonance and I suspect we are passing it on too.  We justify good, bad, heaven, hell, what is acceptable, what is the norm, what is a conspiracy and what is reality.  Is not uncomfortable by any means to put on the tinfoil hat, unless of course there is a lightening storm.

The idea of “sour grapes” comes from the fable The Fox and the Grapes by Aesop (ca. 620–564 BCE). The fox is unable to reach the grapes, and, experiencing cognitive dissonance, reduces that dissonance by believing the grapes are sour. This example follows a pattern: one desires something, finds it unattainable, and reduces one’s dissonance by criticizing it. Jon Elster calls this pattern “adaptive preference formation.” -wiki

Maybe “adaptive preference formation” is nothing more than the brain justifying what it can’t have or processing what it is that we believe, or want to believe.

I happen to like a good conspiracy.  It helps me stay on my toes, to not take things for granted, to question, to learn, to share insights.  Too not be scared when a UFO lands on my farm!

The question is whether there is a parallel to be made with the individual level, where society would also influence the shape of the phenomenon, so that the interaction is also mutual at the sociological level? For instance, during the 1896-97 airship wave in United States (and Canada), the phenomenon was first described as strange lights in the sky, but it was reported by the press, nationwide, as “airships”. Could the social expectations to see an airship in the sky influenced the phenomenon so that it took an airship shape in the days and months that ensued? http://parasociology.blogspot.com/

Surely someone can come up with a theory for anything, but numerous conspiracy theories have come true.

The JFK assassination plot, aliens crash landing at Roswell, the 9/11 truth movement and charges of government surveillance are all an indelible part of our pop culture landscape and are by and large, total bullshit. So where does your average conspiracy buff go to learn about shadowy plots that aren’t pure tinfoil hattery? Look no further than: http://www.cracked.com/article_15974_7-insane-conspiracies-that-actually-happened.html#ixzz0vqRVK921

Valkyrie and MKULTRA actually did exist, maybe they still do with different players today.

There is no conspiracy behind the fact that you have to, “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” –Lucille Ball, actress and comedienne, born today in 1911.

Does cognitive dissonance allow for a conspiracy that it’s okay to love someone else, convinced that they love you back, while you love yourself?

I love it, and a good conspiracy too.

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Mathew 24- 6- And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for these things must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet.7- For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes…

The end of the world is not yet, but for those people around the world effected by disasters like tsunami’s, volcanoes, war, famine, etc., and the recent rash of earthquakes in Central Italy, we have to look toward the arguments of predictability and governments role in squelching information and limiting free speech. 

“”It is part of the American myth that our major media are objective and unbiased, a mainstay of democracy. We believe, however, that the overwhelmingly dominant corporate media have become merely the voice of an increasingly unilateral and controlled empire, devoted to the indoctrination of the public in the interests of corporate, industrial, military, and ruling powers. ” http://mediafilter.org/caq/ 

Giampaolo Guiliani is a well respected scientist at The San Grasso Physics lab, in L’Aquila, central Italy.  He did not stand on a street corner wearing a sandwich board, proclaiming the end of the world, dressed like Jesus Christ.  He made a prediction based on his years of seismographic study and an interpretation of radon science that an earthquake was forecast for the Central Italy. The Italian government officials censored him and shut him down for “spreading alarm.”  

Rather than relying in his expertise and plausibility, he was admonished by his own government for fear mongering pure and simple.  Fear mongering is just another form of control by governments who believe generally that the populations is stupid, that riots will ensue, and civil unrest will be imminent.   Can a citizen no longer allow people to decide for themselves what is believable?  Many people in the L’Aquila region never heard the warning to make a decision. 

In the US, among others- radio personality Alex Jones at http://www.infowars.com/  offers a conspiracy-tinted view containing strong opposition to socialism, communism, and the New World Order with insight and predictability of governments covert intentions and other conspiracy theories.  Art Bell on Coast to Coast Radio offered an outlet for  a mature outlet of discussion.  At its initial peak in popularity, Coast To Coast AM was syndicated on more than 500 radio stations and claimed 15 million listeners nightly.  Current show host George Norry still discusses off-beat topics like the paranormal, occult, UFOs, pseudo scients and conspiracy theories.

In the U.S. we enjoy a pretty open dialog thanks to the Freedom of Speech clause but for how long?  The Fairness Doctrine moving through the Senate will give the government the power to decide what is on terrestrial radio, satellite radio and may go so far as regulating TV programming.  Is it in the name of fairness or fear? 

Bilderberg icon, Senator Jay Rockefeller has labeled cyber security as the number one national hazard of attack on the homeland of WV, America or anywhere else.  He said, ” it was it better if we never invented the Internet because it is on the Internet that the DOD gets millions of attacks everyday..they can shut down, electricity, banking and anything we have to offer.”  Way to dis Al Gore!

Apparently, In The New World Order, what better means to eliminate the free exchange of information that to eliminate the Internet in the name of national security? 

Daily, we stay connected with our high technology gadgets like ipods, wireless computers, cell phones, hand held blackberry’s, and iphones.  In the bigger picture we a have computerized military with high tech jet fighters, a space program, nuclear subs, missile silos, nuclear bombs, etc.,  Rockefeller expects us to believe that government can’t protect itself on the Internet? 

Keeping the computers off line that control vital systems and classified data disconnected from the Internet so no one could hack into it would be a good place to start.  What reason would critical infrastructures like nuclear bombs, power grids or transpiration networks for example need to be on the public Internet in the first place?

Under the guise of  Acta the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the government would have access to your ipod and laptop computers. Actively being pursued among the G8 nations, the purpose of the Acta agreement is to prevent illegal downloading and ripped copyrighted movies. http://www.bluegrasspundit.com/

Best of all, one person could pull the plug on all Internet communications. “El Presidente can order the disconnection of those networks during a “cybersecurity emergency” or national security emergency if needed,   ” writes http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/06/proposed-bill-would-create-national-cybersecurity-advisor/

Office of the National Cybersecurity Adviser within the White House—is established in a separate short-but-sweet bill running a mere three pages.   The details fall in place in the language of The Cybersecurity Act of 2009  ‘‘our nation’s security and economic prosperity depend on the security, stability, and integrity of communications and information infrastructure that are largely privately-owned.and globally-operated.’’ http://static.arstechnica.com/tech-policy/CYBERSEC5.pdf 

Under Obama if the government operates things and controls information we will all be safer!  Whew, I was worried about having health records on line under certified EHR technology-  qualified electronic health record and that is certified pursuant to section 3001. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread437069/pg1

There is also a new industry-run mailing list to foster discussion of security issues on SCADA systems — the aging and insecure computerized control networks behind the electric grid and other critical infrastructures, but you have watch what you say.

“Due to heightened security and awareness levels worldwide, ALL MESSAGES ARE WATCHED CAREFULLY.  Violators who report methods that are going to disable, damage, dismember, destroy, or disarm any control system, SCADA device, or infrastructure will be reported to DHS (and/or their respective national or federal authority).”  http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/02/scada-security.html#previouspost

One can no longer discuss security issues without the risk of arrest?  Does the security of industrial networks and industrial control systems (seguridad scada) offer a deterrent to crime or a threat to restrict freedom of speech, or is it just plain old fear mongering?

The WSJ says “Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.”  “There are intrusions, and they are growing.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123914805204099085.html

Are the theatrics of Hollywood movie’s and books providing a warning that disasters imagined, may turn out to be real?  In the new movie Echelon, dangerous security operatives chase the engineer across the globe, while a powerful government official pursues a mysterious agenda that threatens the stability of the entire world. The http://lighthousepatriotjournal.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/hollyweird-fantasy-versus-the-real-world/#more-5184 has an interesting post on the relationships on fantasy movies and government censorship.  Rumors have abounded for several years of a massive system designed to intercept virtually all email and fax traffic in the world and subject it to automated analysis, despite laws in many nations (including this one) barring such activity. The system is called ECHELON!  From a 1997 article in the London Telegraph- “There are times in history when technology helps democratise, and times when it helps centralise. This is a time of centralisation.” http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/ECHELON/echelon.html  Centralizing or a New World Order?

Today Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said, “We are creating a new world, a balanced world. A new world order, a multi polar world,..The unipolar world has collapsed. The power of the U.S. empire has collapsed,” he said. “Everyday, the new poles of world power are becoming stronger.”  

In times of prayer for the people affected by the Central Italian Earthquake, and in celebration of Passover and Easter, look toward the Bible in 2 Peter 3, 13 – “But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.   Peter testified that God will create a new world.  

Man or God, someone is bringing The New World Order to reality, and that is no prediction.

Us and Them or Us vs Them?

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