Mesomania and cognitive dissonance part 3

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Mesomania scholar encounters Letter VII – h/t Scott Adams One of the most frequent questions posed to me is, “Why does anyone still believe in the Mesoamerican theory of Book of Mormon geography?” It’s a great question. In fact, that’s the question that prompted me to research the topic and write Mesomania. In my experience, […]

Check your biases!

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One obstacle to consensus about any issue is confirmation bias. People see what they want to see. As one scholar put it, Mesoamerican proponents “can’t unsee” Mesoamerica when they read the Book of Mormon. Advocates of every alternative generally feel the same way. Including those who don’t accept the Book of Mormon. For many years, […]

Lifey

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I’ve met some guys doing a phenomenal project that more people should know about. It’s called Lifey (Life + Story, basically a video selfie that is searchable and shareable). http://lifey.org/ Check it out. ___________________ They also created http://preparetoserve.com/, which is an awesome resource for missionaries (and travelers).  ___________________ (Relevance to this blog: as a historian, I like […]

Reasons were never part of Mesomania

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When people claim reason A for a belief, but then change to reason B when reason A collapses for some reason, you know that reasons are not the explanation for the belief. Instead, the belief is based on identity and wishes. When it comes to Mesomania, the original rationale (reason A) was the belief that […]

Mesomania and cognitive dissonance part 2

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When you have two different interpretations of historical events, current events, scientific facts and models, etc., one or both may be a product of trying to minimize cognitive dissonance CD. One way to tell which side is experiencing the greatest CD is the side that bases their argument on what someone was thinking in their inner […]

Mesomania and cognitive dissonance part 1

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This is part 1 of a series I’m doing on cognitive dissonance. Because so many people have begun following this blog in the last few months, Part 1 is a republication of a post I did on another blog in November 2016. I’ll develop the ideas in upcoming posts.___________ Cognitive Dissonance Cluster Bomb on Cumorah […]

Consensus is an information problem

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Scott Adams recently explained why he thinks most problems are information problems: “I have a hypothesis that nearly all solvable problems in the modern world are information problems in disguise. For example, unemployment is largely (but not entirely) a problem of people not knowing where to find jobs, as opposed to no jobs existing. I […]