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Percy
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Message 361 of 415 (669617)
07-31-2012 3:52 PM
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07-31-2012 2:50 PM


Re: Still, there is the problem of dogpiles and jerk evolutionists
NoNukes writes:
Nobody gets suspended for being off topic. Although it is probably possible to get suspended for deliberately refusing admin direction for such, I don't know anyone who gets suspended this way.
Persistence at being off-topic is usually rewarded with loss of posting permissions, usually only for that forum.
--Percy

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RAZD
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Message 362 of 415 (669629)
07-31-2012 6:44 PM
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07-31-2012 9:03 AM


worldview conflict causes cognitive dissonance
Hi PaulK
RAZD, my assertion was that the Great Debate forum alleviated the problems of dogpiling and "jerk evolutionists". I did not claim that it solved or helped with any other problem.
And I agreed. It is actually more likely to just put off the inevitable (I've been in a few).
However I must disagree with you on the idea that creationist arguments proceed by reasoning. More typically they jump to conclusions based on a superficial - and often selective - view of the evidence, or argue from their own authority (which they expect to be accepted). Examples are not hard to find. What reasoning there is is best labelled a crude rationalisation.
I would suggest that the major difference is that creationists take the apologetic mindset which starts with conclusions and has little regard for evidence, reasoning or understanding - and they often cannot understand why anyone would not be as heavily biased in favour of their beliefs as they are.
Correct, they start with the conclusion and then try to reason how the evidence fits, that is their cultural modus operandi and firmly entrenched in their cultural worldview.
This is what causes the dissonance with evidence based first sciences whenever there is a conflict in beliefs (where there are no conflicts in beliefs the evidence is ignored as important because they know from their worldview ... like the earth is roundish).
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Message 363 of 415 (669631)
07-31-2012 8:02 PM
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07-31-2012 3:52 PM


Re: Still, there is the problem of dogpiles and jerk evolutionists
Persistence at being off-topic is usually rewarded with loss of posting permissions, usually only for that forum.
Exactly. Persistence, not simply posting an off topic message, but continuing to break the rules despite warnings.

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience (1846)
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead. William Lloyd Garrison

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Message 364 of 415 (669646)
07-31-2012 11:28 PM
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07-31-2012 8:02 PM


The creationist goes off-topic and the evos gladly follow
So, should the evolutionists that follow going off-topic also be treated equally?
Moose

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Message 365 of 415 (669647)
07-31-2012 11:43 PM
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07-31-2012 11:28 PM


Re: The creationist goes off-topic and the evos gladly follow
So, should the evolutionists that follow going off-topic also be treated equally?
Other than objecting to the goofy title "evolutionist" sure. But again, nobody gets punished for simply being off topic.

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience (1846)
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead. William Lloyd Garrison

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Message 366 of 415 (669648)
08-01-2012 12:35 AM
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07-31-2012 11:43 PM


nobody gets banned for being off topic, wink.
You are right nonukes, nobody REALLY gets suspended for being off-topic, what they really get suspended for is for complicating admin's stated purpose of convincing fence sitters. But of course he needs a good looking reason to suspend someone other than that, so its called "being off topic."
Its easy to call someone off topic isn't it, if any words you type don't match the title of the OP you can say someone is off topic. Its the easiest way in the world for admin to just ban someone he doesn't like. Its kind of odd that only creationists get banned for being off topic, don't you think?
Or we are just to believe that evolutionists are just so superior at staying on message, and that's the real reason?

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Message 367 of 415 (669649)
08-01-2012 12:43 AM
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07-31-2012 11:43 PM


Re: The creationist goes off-topic and the evos gladly follow
What is goofy about the title evolutionist?

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Message 368 of 415 (669650)
08-01-2012 12:44 AM
Reply to: Message 362 by RAZD
07-31-2012 6:44 PM


I think you have your own cognitive dissonance. Its an easy charge to make isn't it?
Just say you have the evidence and the other side doesn't. If you say the evidence points to what you say it does, that's all you have to do right? You can paste a graph and say see, look these fossils look similar, evolution is true! Or see, bacteria can adapt to different food sources, Darwinian evolution has been proven! See, we have evidence, its you who has a hard time accepting reality!
You whole claim of who has cognitive dissonance has no evidence, but that doesn't stop you from repeating the claim ad infinitum.

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Message 369 of 415 (669651)
08-01-2012 1:03 AM
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07-30-2012 8:54 PM


{Off-topic content hidden. Use "peek" if you must see it. - Adminnemooseus}
Edited by Adminnemooseus, : Hide and off-topic banner.

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Message 370 of 415 (669655)
08-01-2012 1:31 AM
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07-30-2012 1:39 AM


Re: levels and levels and levels
{Hide off-topic snark (or something like that). - Adminnemooseus}
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Percy
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Message 371 of 415 (669656)
08-01-2012 9:48 AM
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08-01-2012 1:03 AM


This is an excellent discussion of a topic, it just doesn't happen to be this topic. If you'd like to discuss Genomicus's views on ID then just propose a thread over at Proposed New Topics.
--Percy

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RAZD
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Message 372 of 415 (669657)
08-01-2012 9:53 AM
Reply to: Message 364 by Minnemooseus
07-31-2012 11:28 PM


Re: The creationist goes off-topic and the evos gladly follow
Minnemooseus
So, should the evolutionists that follow going off-topic also be treated equally?
They should be more aware of how to handle the issue (like start a side topic in coffee house and direct comment there, if admin wants to move from there to another forum that can be done)
It is just as annoying to thread followers and tends to make the off-topic discussions more persistent to the point of disrupting the threads.
Perhaps it should be a new ground rule ...
Enjoy.

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Message 373 of 415 (669660)
08-01-2012 10:24 AM
Reply to: Message 368 by Bolder-dash
08-01-2012 12:44 AM


Hi Bolder-dash
You whole claim of who has cognitive dissonance has no evidence, but that doesn't stop you from repeating the claim ad infinitum.
Everyone has cognitive dissonance, in different degrees and on different topics. It is due as much to your cultural upbringing, education, opinions than anything else (example difference between liberal and conservative outlooks and gun control).
It is a much studied phenomena in psychology, and thus there actually is an evidentiary basis for it.
Cognitive dissonance - (Wikipedia, 2012)
Cognitive dissonance is a discomfort caused by holding conflicting cognitions (e.g., ideas, beliefs, values, emotional reactions) simultaneously. In a state of dissonance, people may feel surprise, dread, guilt, anger, or embarrassment.[1] The theory of cognitive dissonance in social psychology proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by altering existing cognitions, adding new ones to create a consistent belief system, or alternatively by reducing the importance of any one of the dissonant elements.[1] An example of this would be the conflict between wanting to smoke and knowing that smoking is unhealthy; a person may try to change their feelings about the odds that they will actually suffer the consequences, or they might add the consonant element that the smoking is worth short term benefits. A general view of cognitive dissonance is when one is biased towards a certain decision even though other factors favour an alternative.[2]
Cognitive dissonance theory warns that people have a bias to seek consonance among their cognitions. According to Festinger, we engage in a process he termed "dissonance reduction", which he said could be achieved in one of three ways: lowering the importance of one of the discordant factors, adding consonant elements, or changing one of the dissonant factors. [5] This bias gives the theory its predictive power, shedding light on otherwise puzzling irrational and even destructive behavior.
Dissonance is aroused when people are confronted with information that is inconsistent with their beliefs. If the dissonance is not reduced by changing one's belief, the dissonance can result in misperception or rejection or refutation of the information, seeking support from others who share the beliefs, and attempting to persuade others to restore consonance.
An early version of cognitive dissonance theory appeared in Leon Festinger's 1956 book, When Prophecy Fails. This book gave an inside account of the increasing belief that sometimes follows the failure of a cult's prophecy. The believers met at a pre-determined place and time, believing they alone would survive the Earth's destruction. The appointed time came and passed without incident. They faced acute cognitive dissonance: had they been the victim of a hoax? Had they donated their worldly possessions in vain? Most members chose to believe something less dissonant: the aliens had given earth a second chance, and the group was now empowered to spread the word: earth-spoiling must stop. The group dramatically increased their proselytism despite the failed prophecy.[14]
That third paragraph ties into confirmation bias
Confirmation Bias (Wikipedia, 2012)
Confirmation bias (also called confirmatory bias or myside bias) is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses.[1] People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. For example, in reading about gun control, people usually prefer sources that affirm their existing attitudes. They also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations).
A series of experiments in the 1960s suggested that people are biased toward confirming their existing beliefs. Later work re-interpreted these results as a tendency to test ideas in a one-sided way, focusing on one possibility and ignoring alternatives. In certain situations, this tendency can bias people's conclusions. Explanations for the observed biases include wishful thinking and the limited human capacity to process information. Another explanation is that people show confirmation bias because they are weighing up the costs of being wrong, rather than investigating in a neutral, scientific way.
Confirmation biases contribute to overconfidence in personal beliefs and can maintain or strengthen beliefs in the face of contrary evidence. Poor decisions due to these biases have been found in military, political, and organizational contexts.
And here the invasion of Iraq comes to mind as an example of this effect in a non-creation\evolution issue.
I've been discussing this on Cognitive Dissonance and Cultural Beliefs, where the focus is more on dissonance between cultural groups than on individuals. Of course the individuals are involved coming from inside the cultural groups, but it appears that the group is a more important driver in understanding the tenacity of beliefs.
For me, one of the issues I find most dissonant is why showing a creationist a long list of information and evidence for the age of the earth (ie Age Correlations and An Old Earth, Version 2 No 1) doesn't result in an epiphany of understanding that the earth is indeed old.
What I come to understand from looking at cognitive dissonance between cultural groups is that reinforcement from within a persons cultural group is a buffer\barrier against being forced to change the belief due to the confirmation bias they can fall back on.
Enjoy.

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Message 374 of 415 (669663)
08-01-2012 11:10 AM
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08-01-2012 12:35 AM


Re: nobody gets banned for being off topic, wink.
You are right nonukes, nobody REALLY gets suspended for being off-topic, what they really get suspended for is for complicating admin's stated purpose of convincing fence sitters. But of course he needs a good looking reason to suspend someone other than that, so its called "being off topic."
I don't expect you to accept the blame for anything you do. If admin were looking for an excuse to ban you, it wouldn't be terribly difficult to find one.

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also in prison. Thoreau: Civil Disobedience (1846)
The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead. William Lloyd Garrison

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Message 375 of 415 (669664)
08-01-2012 11:23 AM
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08-01-2012 11:10 AM


Re: nobody gets banned for being off topic, wink.
Right.
Like calling a post off topic and hiding it, in a coffee house forum that is not supposed to be moderated you mean?
I guess every other post in this thread is exactly on the topic of creationist shortages. I can see that clearly.

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