Huh?

Someone got here with the search string:

Is having kids out of wedlock a cognitive dissonance?

No! It isn’t.

Cognitive dissonance describes the feelings of mental discomfort experienced by those who believe in ideas that contradict each other. For example, to believe that a god created the world and that we evolved. The two ideas contradict one another. If we evolved, there is no need for a god. If god exists and created us all, there is no need for evolution. Normally when you have such conflicting beliefs, you use motivated reasoning of some sort to allow you to continue to believe in both of them.

Another example would be, and this is a silly one, but let’s say there were two conspiracy theories that went something like:

  1. Elvis is still alive. Government and other powerful people conspired with him and helped him to fake his own death.
  2. Priscilla Presley killed Elvis. But a major conspiracy ensued to help hide this truth. (For no particular reason.)

If you were to believe in both of the above hypothetical conspiracy theories, that would be a great example of cognitive dissonance.

I’ve also always wondered if there are any people who believe both that the Earth is flat and hollow. I’ve even brought it up on their YouTube pages in the past, but they don’t seem to appreciate the question.

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About Jerome

I am a senior C# developer in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am also a recovering addict, who spent nearly eight years using methamphetamine. I write on my recovery blog about my lessons learned and sometimes give advice to others who have made similar mistakes, often from my viewpoint as an atheist, and I also write some C# programming articles on my programming blog.
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3 Responses to Huh?

  1. Ilva says:

    So after reading through quite a few of these search-string posts of yours lately, I felt inspired to take a behind-the-scenes look at whether my own blog’s referral search terms were similarly “colourful”. I was not disappointed… Here are my favourite ones:

    1. my man dra my onderklere
    2. loss lyf site:co.za
    3. vat my poes in jou mond
    4. gebed as jy in ongeluk was
    5. fictional depressing poems about girls
    6. waar is my pantie
    7. poem i’m not a hoe
    8. hoe stop ek n affair
    9. my toekoms as n dokter
    10. ek kou my naels
    11. ek smaak my cherry
    12. in die bed wil ek met jou speel.co.za
    13. spoeg my sop nat
    14. hoe kan ek op hou rook

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    • Jerome says:

      Hahahahaha!

      Waar is my pantie?
      “Spoeg my sop nat”… a spitting fetish. Apparently pissing fetish is also a thing.

      Some of those are really strange.

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    • Jerome says:

      Of course, why anybody would seek help for their husband wearing their underwear, on random blogs, I don’t know.

      Then again, I don’t know how these stats work. maybe some of them come from Google bots. I thought those were from the search feature of the blog itself, but some of those are just too bizarre. More like the search bots are crawling and passing the search strings themselves. Maybe.

      I have noticed that when I write about specific topics, like “meth voices in my head”, or porn, I’ll get a lot of searches using those keywords. But some of them are way off – they match the words but not the relevance of the posts at all. And by writing about them, I might be shooting myself in the foot by inviting more false positive search results. Yet they’re too funny not to write about when I’m in the mood for a light-hearted post.

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