Friday, 28 November 2008

Closed thinking

There's an interesting article here about cognitive dissonance, in particular trivialising or ignoring information which does not conform to your world view. In a break with scheduled programming it does not involve religion or the religious, instead it's about those (usually) devout atheist's, the Marxist's;
But my Marxist dinner companions really stunned me when they claimed
that Stalin “wasn’t all that bad,” and that “Mao was even better.”
WOW! the conclusion?
The problem, in other words, is the uniquely human
penchant for adopting an ideological position and then sticking to it,
reality be damned.