After observing the posts, beliefs, and attitudes of the members of this board I have come to several conclusions:
1) There most certainly are paid disinfo agents (PDAs) on the board meant to obfuscate, misdirect, and distract in discussions on topics of truth. Who
they are and how many there are is up for debate. These people are not the concern of this thread.
2) There are many people on both sides of the debunker/believer fence who have been accused of being PDAs because of the rigidity and steadfastness to
a certain point of view. These are the people whom we will examine.
Festinger's (1957) cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid
disharmony (or dissonance).
Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an
alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance etc ...
a powerful motive to maintain cognitive consistency can give rise to irrational and sometimes maladaptive behavior. According to Festinger, we hold
many cognitions about the world and ourselves; when they clash, a discrepancy is evoked, resulting in a state of tension known as cognitive
dissonance. As the experience of dissonance is unpleasant, we are motivated to reduce or eliminate it, and achieve consonance (i.e. agreement).
Cognitive Dissonance (CD) is used all the time by the dark cabal to get away with things right in front of people's faces. Take 9/11 for example, or
the high correlation of drills cooccurring with terrorist attacks. It is too cognitively uncomfortable for people to consider that elements within the
government, or worse yet, a secret shadow government, took down the WTCs, so they don't see what is right in front of their faces.
CD creates a drive to argue fiercely for one's point of view despite apparent evidence, to the point where a person is being accused of being a PDA
because of the intensity of the argument (if a person subconsciously feels threatened they will tighten their metaphorical bite.)
A more common example of cognitive dissonance occurs in the purchasing decisions we make on a regular basis. Most people want to hold the belief
that they make good choices. When a product or item we purchase turns out badly, it conflicts with our previously existing belief about our
Elections come to mind in this case, as do peoples pet theories as we all like to think we are intelligent, thoughtful people.
And then we come to the 3-edged sword.
Quoting the Vorlon ambassador Kosh from the great sci-fi series Babylon 5:
“Understanding is a three-edged sword; there is your side, there is the other side, and then there is the truth.”
I let you take a minute to let that sink in...
In other words, what I am saying is that nobody is truly right, everybody sees truth distorted through their own filters and experiences. Anybody that
has read my posts over time knows that I clearly fall on the believer side of the argument, but also know truth when I see it in regards to the other
When people cling too tightly to their own point of view and pet theories, they tend to become Haters, arguing back and forth from whatever side of
the fence they are standing on, yelling across to the other side. If the haters of any stripe would just get over themselves long enough to really
understand the first two parts of this post, then we might have something resembling a dialogue and people just might learn something.
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