A while ago, a woman dropped me from her Facebook friends list. I could see it coming. She was an alt-right believer, while I was not. Simply put, our views didn’t mesh. Beliefs, like black holes, seldom emit light. Reason forces us to reevaluate ideas according to new information.
One of my favorite Shakespearian lines comes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream when Puck says to his Lord, “What fools these mortals be.” (Act iii, Scene 2.) He spoke at a time before psychiatry existed, and no one had coined the term cognitive dissonance disorder.
Cognitive dissonance is a term psychologists use to explain how the human mind protects itself from its inherent contradictions. Smokers deny a link between cancer and cigarettes so they can go on smoking, for example. (Blogs 3/17/16, 3/17/16) We all behave the same way. We’re h
Depending upon what surveys you read, a majority of women voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but not by a wide margin. (Click) Thirty-nine percent went for her opponent, a certifiable misogynist. One woman explained she was uncomfortable with her support