Cognitive Confusion & Brain Biases

We are all guilty of being biased at times; we believe what we want to believe.  We accept evidence that goes along with our worldview, and outright ignore evidence that contradicts it.  Some call this cognitive dissonance, but why do we reject information that counters our ideology? It’s because, basically, our brains are biased.  Coincidingly, cognitive confusion can be catastrophic when attempting to separate fact from fiction, frankly. Alliteration aside, let’s dig in.. Share47PinTweetShare47 Shares

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The Seven Liberal Arts

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The seven liberal arts are the disciplines of study that the Pythagoreans taught in their mystery schools.  They’re the subjects or skills, that in classical antiquity were considered essential for a free person to cultivate to gain a solid foundation of their physical reality. (Latin: liberalis, “worthy of a free person”) The Trivium is made up of Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric.  But not exactly in the sense of the words.  Grammar is information we gather, the “Who, What, When, and Where”.  Logic is the processing of that data and attempt to make sense of it.  It’s our reason and understanding.  Logic answers”Why”.  Rhetoric is the applying of knowledge to gain wisdom.  Rhetoric answers the “How”. The 7 Liberal Arts The Trivium:  (tri for three) Grammar (Who, What, When, Where) Logic (Why) Rhetoric (How) The Quadrivium (quad for four) Number Geometry (Number in Space) Music (Number in Time) Astronomy…

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Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance | Ancient Knowledge | Psychology

Evidence alone rarely sways the opinions of the people or the person. More creative means must be employed to ignite the fire of self transformation, to clear past the fog of cognitive dissonance that keeps the collective unconscious enslaved to fallacious theories supported by the majority and backed up by ideology instead of reality.   The larger the number of people that believe in a certain ‘truth’, the less interested we are in validating the origin of the ostensible truth.   As a result, no evidence is required to prove the validity of these sacrosanct ‘truths’ firmly established in the minds of the scientific community, the average plumber, and the common house wife. Any aberrant models contrasting the current paradigm of ‘truth’ are quickly cast aside as heretical dissidents, crackpot quackery, regardless of the piles of evidence to back them up. The more we think we know…

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