The Cosmopolitan Divide, part 9

Basically, when we encounter information that does not match our patterns, our idea that we are right, we experience what is called cognitive dissonance. This dissonance causes mental discomfort. There are many responses to it; creating subcategories (“you’re one of the good ones”), discounting the source (“these scientists are liberals and have a bias that distorts their data and conclusions”), changing one’s mind (you can think of examples from the final act of your favorite films), or if you’re really cool, just sitting with the conflicting thoughts for awhile.

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