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Old 06-07-2017, 05:11 AM #11
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how do you prove that a successful stoner would have been better of not smoking? the brain is far too complex, there are too many variables.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:07 PM #12
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COGNITIVE DISSONANCE






COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person when confronted with new information that contradicts said beliefs, ideals, and values.

Cognitive-dissonance is just one of many biases that work in our everyday lives. We don’t like to believe that we may be wrong, so we may limit our intake of new information or thinking about things in ways that don’t fit within our pre-existing beliefs. Psychologists call this “confirmation bias.”

We also don’t like to second-guess our choices, even if later they are proven wrong or unwise. By second-guessing ourselves, we suggest we may not be as wise or as right as we’ve led ourselves to believe. This may lead us to commit to a particular course of action and become insensitive to and reject alternative, perhaps better, courses that come to light. That’s why many people seek to avoid or minimize regret in their lives, and seek “closure” — imposing a definitive end to an event or relationship. It reduces the possibility of future cognitive dissonance.

Self-awareness seems to be a key to understanding how and when cognitive dissonance may play a role in your life. If you find yourself justifying or rationalizing decisions or behaviors that you’re not quite clear you firmly believe in, that might be a sign that cognitive dissonance is at work. If your explanation for something is, “Well, that’s the way I’ve always done it or thought about it,” that may also be a sign. Socrates extolled that “An unexamined life is not worth living.” In other words, challenge and be skeptical of such answers if you find yourself falling back on them.

A part of that self awareness that may help in dealing with cognitive dissonance is to examine the commitments and decisions we make in our lives. If the resolution of cognitive dissonance means that we move forward with a commitment and spring into action, making us feel better, maybe the dissonance was trying to tell us something. Maybe the decision or commitment wasn’t as right for us as we initially thought, even if it means overcoming our “no second-guessing” bias and making a different decision. Sometimes we’re just plain wrong. Admitting it, apologizing if need be, and moving forward can save us a lot of time, mental energy and hurt feelings.
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I'm sure the use of myrcene-heavy, stoned out of your gourd, indicas is detrimental to the speed of cognitive brain development. The use of quality sativas is another story completely. The use of CBD rich strains, with little to no high/stone, is something I'm sure they haven't studied at all.

Prohibition pressures have created a huge variety of non-functional cannabis strains.

News flash, reading studies produced by people who don't understand the subject can cause confusion and arrested development. Just don't do it.
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imagine if Bob Marley or Jim Morrison had waited until after age 25 to smoke weed!
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This whole argument is absurd. We have one group of people that are going to believe that weed is straight up death, while the other group comes unhinged at the mention that there may be a downside to weed. Anyone ever think that the truth is somewhere in the middle, and the effects, both good and bad, will be different from one person to the next?

Do I believe that weed can cause developmental issues for some people, absolutely. I also believe that there are many other issues involved, such as the differences in people's mental make up, to the amount they use. If I had to advise someone if to smoke or not, I would suggest light/infrequent use (a joint or two on the weekends) no earlier than about 16, and heavy use no sooner than say 19-20.
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COGNITIVE DISSONANCE

In the field of psychology, cognitive dissonance is the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person when confronted with new information that contradicts said beliefs, ideals, and values.
A state of mind which is being frequently experienced by anti-cannabis researchers.
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A state of mind which is being frequently experienced by anti-cannabis researchers.
well, if you have a position you are trying to prove, you are not doing "research". that is what is known as "bullshit". a true scientist wants to know the FACTS, not try to twist mumbo-jumbo shit to make it look like he (or whoever is "sponsoring" his "research") was right all along.
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well, if you have a position you are trying to prove, you are not doing "research". that is what is known as "bullshit". a true scientist wants to know the FACTS, not try to twist mumbo-jumbo shit to make it look like he (or whoever is "sponsoring" his "research") was right all along.
Unfortunately, a TRUE scientist is still human. A biased and self-deluding individual, slave to their previous programming. This is why it takes a full generation for new information to be accepted by the scientific community. Only those who are educated without the existing bias, are able to accurately compare the correct and incorrect information.

Humans... ain't they fun? lol
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While some scientists may be true, science itself isn't the same as years past. The days are gone where a study was done and the unbias results were revealed. Now scientists are paid to find specific results which leads to many problems. And nothing can be 100% trusted when money is driving the results.
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