Cognitive Dissonance

A Tale of Grapes, Politics, Cults and Aliens and Why People Cling to False Beliefs



One hot summer’s day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch.

“Just the thing to quench my thirst,” quoth he.

Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success.

Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: “I am sure they are sour.”

It is easy to despise what you cannot get.

Continued here:

A Tale of Grapes, Politics, Cults, and Aliens: Why People Cling to False Beliefs

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From the Queen’s Bench of Alberta… (Meads V Meads)

This is a very detailed account of a court case ~ Meads vs Meads (Citation: Meads v. Meads, 2012 ABQB 571) and the reasons for the decision of the Associate Chief Justice J D Rooke.

Here’s the link to the PDF version

OPCA or “Organized Pseudolegal Commercial Argument”

So make yourself some sandwiches because its a long (but interesting ioho) read 🙂

Thought Food

A link to a now closed forum in which Stewart Swerdlow is discussed along with a few other topics.
Of note from the various contributors:

“How many people don’t realize that they only pick the programming or reality that coincides with their desires?”

“It’s not about believing, it’s about knowing. So, .. check for yourself as much as possible.”

“… much of the new age stuff is fabricated….. to weaken you…. with the the help of old systems like the kabbalah, which likely can be seen as a “software” program to applicate the metaphysical in one (programmed) specific way.”


“Most of the new age stuff is based on many ancient systems like the kabbala which was created by the ego of man which also “created” gods and hiarchies as thought forms or archons so man becomes controlled by his own creation? just a thought.”

Read the whole thread to get the context.


Judge not lest ye be judged….. (Matthew 7 v 1) KJV

This is one of the often quoted phrases from the biblical ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and one which is frequently used against us when we express critical views about the actions or behaviour of others, particularly when commenting on the internet, in an attempt to shut us up.

So, what does it mean and should we try to avoid making any sort of judgement about others?

Whether you are a Christian or not it is clear that the established church does not practice what it preaches.  Over millennia quite the opposite has been true with constant judgements being made against anyone who disagrees with what it says, often resulting in condemnation, torture and death!

Theologians have debated at length as to what was really meant by the statement (similar statements/proverbs occur in other religions).  What they all seem to agree on is that it does not mean that we should suspend all judgement of others.  They suggest two key elements:

  1. That we should exercise care when making judgements about others especially when we ourselves may be guilty of hypocrisy.
  2. That the reason for being careful is that God or some other divinity  will judge us on the same basis that we judge others.

But whether you accept the religious aspect of this or not, do you think it is either right or practical to adopt this approach?  I would argue that this is neither possible nor desirable to refrain from judging.

We spend every day of our lives making judgements about people and events.  Are we really supposed to accept and ignore behaviour which is rude, discourteous, dangerous and unlawful?  Should we remain silent when we judge that an injustice has occurred?

Judgement based on known facts should form the basis of our decisions and enable us to take action.  Even if we then decide to do nothing we have taken action.

So Christian or not, please stop using this phrase as a defence when people criticise your or others’  actions and don’t pretend that you don’t judge others not least because when you use this phrase you are of course making a judgement yourself!

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