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Holding Contradictory Beliefs

bsh1
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3/23/2015 3:18:49 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Is it possible to hold two contradictory beliefs? Is it possible to hold such beliefs after the contradiction is made known to you?
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3/23/2015 3:50:04 PM
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At 3/23/2015 3:18:49 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Is it possible to hold two contradictory beliefs? Is it possible to hold such beliefs after the contradiction is made known to you?

Of course it's possible insofar as someone who holds contradictory beliefs will not vanish in a puff of smoke. I guess you could argue that contradictory views cannot genuinely be held by the same person once the contradiction is brought to their attention, but I don't see any evidence for that. There's such a thing as cognitive dissonance. If you're asking is one justified in believing contradictory things, then the answer is no, since they cannot both be true (by definition) in which case you know one of them is wrong. However, if you don't care about truth, then it doesn't matter I guess.
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3/23/2015 7:05:56 PM
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At 3/23/2015 3:18:49 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Is it possible to hold two contradictory beliefs? Is it possible to hold such beliefs after the contradiction is made known to you?

Yes.............errr no............errr...........wait.

Most of the time I think people just come up with something adhoc, with that adhoc is it really still a contradiction ?

Person 1: Killing babies is wrong always wrong
Person 2: God killed babies in the global flood (implying person 1 is in contradiction)
Person 1: God can do what he wants (implying contradiction resolved

So killing babies is always wrong becomes killing babies is always wrong.......except when God does it.
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3/24/2015 8:03:45 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/23/2015 3:18:49 PM, bsh1 wrote:
Is it possible to hold two contradictory beliefs? Is it possible to hold such beliefs after the contradiction is made known to you?

Yes, it happens all the time, the descriptive term is "Doublethink" when the person is unaware of it, when they are aware it usually results in a mental stress or discomfort called "Cognitive Dissonance".
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3/24/2015 10:46:12 PM
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I'd say there's at least one possible world in which someone can believe p and not p, especially if the belief is subconscious. The law of non-contradiction doesn't apply in this case. If the person were made aware of their contradictory belief structure, I can still imagine someone holding out on it, even if they genuinely believed what that person was saying.
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3/27/2015 1:42:02 AM
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I firmly believe abortion is wrong.
I firmly believe imposing my beliefs on some one else is wrong on such a matter.
I can understand why abortion, in some cases, may be a means to a better end.

Spit-balling, here. Not sure its a true contradiction or not.
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3/27/2015 6:21:25 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/27/2015 1:52:28 AM, Maikuru wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Man I was going to say that.

Except I wasn't going to be nice enough to post a link.
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3/27/2015 6:22:19 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/27/2015 6:21:25 PM, ConservativePolitico wrote:
At 3/27/2015 1:52:28 AM, Maikuru wrote:
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Man I was going to say that.

Except I wasn't going to be nice enough to post a link.

I'm glad you said it was nice. For a second there I thought it might look rude to just post a link lol
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