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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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Visible Volcanic Shockwaves and UFO’s?

Iceland’s rumbling, smoking volcano Eyjafjallajokull shows rainbow-like shockwaves belching from the crater like snakes from a can of nuts.  Nothing to fear, though, it’s merely the aftereffects of Plinian events. via Fox http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/23/stunning-new-video-shows-shockwaves-icelands-volcano/ The video was loaded April 20, 2010.

Nothing to Fear?  Fear itself?

The explosions are called Plinian events, after the historian Pliny who described the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

The gases expand rapidly and separate from the magma, causing explosive bursts of tremendous magnitude equivalent to a significant dynamite explosion. As the video shows, the explosion hurls incandescent blobs of lava hundreds of feet into the air — and cause visible shockwaves.

Bursts of tremendous magnitude? As big as a dynamite explosion? Visible shockwaves? Mmmm?

The seismic activity surrounding the volcano isn’t showing the kind of activity you would expect from an eruption large enough to create visible shockwaves. 

We have this report that things are relatively calm:

The power of the Eyjafjallajokull eruption has remained stable for at least the last two days according to emergency coordinators in South Iceland. The volcanic cloud has swung round to the northwest of the glacier today, but there is little ash fall. The cloud has become lighter in colour, indicating more steam and less ash.  http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2010/04/23/iceland-volcano-update-2/

The GPS stations have provided important constraints on the evolution of the activity at the volcano. Thorvaldseyri (THEY) started moving south in the end of December followed by rapid deformation at Skogaheidi (SKOG) and Steinsholt (STE2) in the weeks prior to the eruption. Stations Solheimaheidi (SOHO) and Godabunga (GOLA) have also shown significant deformation due to the activity.

Two new sites were installed in the two days prior to the eruption on Fimmvörðuháls (20. March), FIM2, a quadripod station on Fimmvörðuháls, and BAS2, steel rod in Básar. Another steel rod site, SVBH, was installed north of THEY and closer to the summit crater on the 15. April, day after it started erupting.

BAS2 Monitoring Site

Hard to believe something so simple looking could provide so much data. Surprisingly though, the readouts aren’t showing the kind of shifts one would expect from an earthquake spewing lava.

BASAR - GPS Time Series

The U.S. Geological page shows absolutely no readings from this volcano. http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php. A few quakes are being reported at Iceland Mets Physics Department at http://hraun.vedur.is/ja/englishweb/.

In opposition to Ice News saying things are calm, The Institute of Earth Sciences and various collaborators said in the most recent update, “Some fluctuations, with a peak shortly after midnight 22 April related to a small flood of meltwater. Since the onset of the explosive eruption the tremor has overall been gradually increasing, with superimposed fluctuations.” http://www.earthice.hi.is/page/ies_Eyjafjallajokull_eruption

Visible shockwaves aren’t uncommon, occurring with any volcano having an explosive eruption, Quick explained.(sic. Associate vice president for research and dean of grad studies at Southern Methodist University) On the smaller scale, Plinian events cause them and lead to ejecting blobs of lava. But Quick notes that such rumbles can have much greater ramifications.

“On the larger scale, they cause Plinian eruptions like Mt. St Helen in 1981,” he pointed out. via Fox News.

UFO or Solar Flare?

In the debate over whether or not the volcano is becoming more or less active, and how much invisible ash there is; there has been a frenzy of odd images and conspiracy.  Check out this UFO in the above photo, a black sphere shaped object sitting in front of the sun near the volcano at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/ufo-near-iceland-volcano-on-webcam/

A perfect sphere or just the sun? A lense flare caught at just the right moment?

At this video from Earth Changes UFO’s Iceland Volcano Sky News V-Shape UFO Formation 18/04/10 one poster claims:

The Iceland volcano UFO was a single scout craft of the terraforming fleet, serving within the Federation. A craft of the member Star Nation of Tau Ceti…from the constellation of Cetus 11.8 light years away…..
So not actually a “formation,” as conjectured..

These boomerang or diamond-shaped scouts were similar types to those observed over Phoenix Arizona in 1997, known as the “Phoenix Lights.”

April 23, 2010. What is that OBJECT?

Eyjafjallajokull volcano 23th of April 2010. Ten Minutes Later.

Another UFO, a solar lense flare? What?

You can still watch the eruption through the clouds. Vodafon has imposed limited access unless you live in Iceland and the Mila.is webcams gets overloaded. Photos in ten minute increments are at http://picasaweb.google.com/102175391233488315229.

Here is a lovely shot of the sun over the volcano from this morning-sans UFO’s and lense flares.  Enjoy the weekend!

April 24, 2010.

P.S.- There is a Quake Watch 2010 Forum at for the latest at http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread531038/pg118

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