new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

cognitive dissonance on 'for good reason'

dj grothe interviews carol travis:

'carol tavris describes dissonance theory and how self-justification and self-deception often keep people from changing their minds even in the light of compelling contrary evidence, because the evidence is often dissonant with one’s self-image. she details the implications of dissonance theory for the persistence of psychic charlatans and other peddlers of the paranormal, and how it may explain how someone like sylvia brown can live with herself, and also how it may explain how believers remain so gullible about such unsupportable claims. she describes confirmation bias as a component of dissonance theory. she talks about how dissonance theory applies to the skeptic movement, both in terms of suggesting the best strategies for engaging the credulous, and in terms of fostering skepticism about one’s own skeptical views. and she argues that skepticism should be affirmative rather than destructive in its approach, and focused on both critical thinking and creative thinking alike.'

EDIT: i really loved this, btw.

1 comment:

  1. I've been meaning to check out DJ's new show. Thanks for the reminder, I will listen to it on the way to work this morning.