By Leon Festinger
The writer contends nation of deadlock exists inside studying conception mostly simply because a few of its significant assumptions stand in obvious competition to cetain well-established experimental effects. The ebook places ahead a brand new thought that turns out to reconcile those facts and assumptions. This new conception can account for information with which different theories have hassle: it integrates empirical phenomena which were considered as unrelated, and it really is supported by way of the result of experiments designed in particular to check its implications. those experiments are totally defined within the text.
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Nope, don’t know how I got it. . Nope, not sure when it’s going to go away. . Contagious? Don’t think so. . What is it? ”). But this isn’t the case with abductees. For them, what happened is meaningful and they want to know the cause. The search for meaning is the catalyst for alien-abduction beliefs, but this quest hardly makes abductees unusual. Thinking about oneself, trying to understand why one has certain disturbing or baffling emotions, is a cultural preoccupation, and finding causes for personal experiences and feelings is a major industry.
But as it turned out, most people who answered the ad merely believed they’d been abducted: in fact, they had no detailed personal memories of their abduction experience. An initial phone screening would reveal that, yes, they thought they’d been abducted by aliens, so we would set up an interview at my office. ” “Oh, I don’t have memories,” they’d say. I was amazed. “You don’t have any memories of the experience? ” Because, I was told, their memories had been rendered inaccessible. ” Whatever the mechanism endorsed, the consequence was the same: there were no personal memories of the abduction.
I al- How Do People Come To Believe They Were Abducted By Aliens? ” Even if people did know how to think probabilistically and parsimoniously, would they? Even if they understood that anecdotal reports don’t count as evidence, that the probability of alien life is infinitesimally low (never mind alien life that defies all known laws of physics, biology, and chemistry to abduct you from your bedroom and mate with you), would they think any differently? I doubt it. Lots of crash courses in scientific thinking might whittle down the number of people who “believe,” but believers would still exist.
Cognitive Dissonance Theory by Leon Festinger