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9/11 – The Ultimate Litmus Test

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

Thirteen years ago the world changed; though it is only with the benefit of perspective may we clearly see the extent and duration of that change. But change it did and remarkably so after perspective is found and the world is seen for what it really is rather than what we are told it is. Or what we want it to be based upon our own cultural conditioning and personally biased worldview.

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Dispatches from Occupied Territory – Awakening Alone While in a Relationship

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

This is the fourth in a series of fictional explorations into an individual’s awakening to the suddenly unfamiliar world around and within her while still engulfed by the day to day insanity. These short stories in letter form are intended for the more sensitive and inquisitive reader who wishes to look more deeply within and explore in depth their beliefs and perceptions as well as how to cope with a world gone frighteningly mad. It is the author’s hope to accomplish this by way of an intimate and revealing first person correspondence between two long time friends as they discuss her ongoing awakening. The first three chapters may be found here.

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Dispatches from Occupied Territory – Fear Is The Mind Killer

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

This is the third in a series of fictional explorations into an individual’s awakening to the suddenly unfamiliar world around and within her while still engulfed by the day to day insanity. These short stories in letter form are intended for the more sensitive and inquisitive reader who wishes to look more deeply within and explore in depth their beliefs and perceptions as well as how to cope with a world gone frighteningly mad. It is the author’s hope to accomplish this by way of an intimate and revealing first person correspondence between two long time friends as they discuss her ongoing awakening. Here are the first two chapters. Continue reading Dispatches from Occupied Territory – Fear Is The Mind Killer

A Charity Case

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

I hate fund raising. Or more accurately I hate being hit up for funds during fund raising season. Either I’m encouraged to feel cheap because I didn’t chip in last time, thus I’m a free loader. Or I’m a social deviant for not helping out a good cause. The only thing worse than manipulative psychological games is when you understand the game……yet you still allow yourself to be manipulated into giving by expert leveraging of hidden guilt, shame or desire.

But now that the shoe is on the other foot, suddenly perspective is gained and there is a greater understanding of what is really going on and why. We, that means you and I, the only two people who count right now, are either going to make a donation or we are not. No one can compel either of us to do so under these circumstances. In fact pretty much the IRS and the police/courts have an exclusive franchise on that ‘coerced donation’ market.

Essentially a donation made is remuneration for a contract entered into, even if the ‘benefit’ received is just the emotional high from helping out, rather than for ‘goods’ received. In return for your donation of any amount to TwoIceFloes I promise not to send you cheap trinkets, day glow orange t-shirts with my logo or bumper stickers you need a flame thrower and an acid bath to remove. Nor will I engage in witty banter and psychological trickery designed to seduce that credit card from your wallet or purse. Well……never again after this.

What we do promise is to continue to bring you high quality original articles from Mrs. Cog and I, a steady stream of well written and thought provoking guest posts from a variety of global websites, unknown and amateur authors who write on a wide variety of topics, a rapidly expanding forum area restricted to members for commenting, but which is wide open to everyone to read, and of course a beautiful website that pleases both the eye and the mind.

When we rolled out this website on Valentine’s Day of this year the very first article posted (Welcome to Two Ice Floes) promised a total commitment from Mrs. Cog and I to produce a top quality website. In return we asked for your participation and financial support to help us make it all happen. Between the two of us we devote 60-80 hours a week to TwoIceFloes including backroom customer support and website upkeep, forum maintenance (a huge job) and the writing and editing of quality content.




 

So please, click the donate button (here or on the side bar on the front page) and give till it hurts….or at least till you think doing so will shut me up. Better yet, consider purchasing a membership to TwoIceFloes and join the Insane Asylum.

Thank You,

Cognitive Dissonance

Control the Language and You Control the Mind

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

As is pretty common these days, the genesis for this article was a conversation between Mrs. Cog and me regarding word and phrase definitions within a larger discussion about perception and understanding. In essence the question was this; how do you think outside the box when your language and belief system have you trapped within? While I am most definitely sympathetic when someone protests “It simply never occurred to me……” ultimately only slaves are not responsible for the language they use and the thought boxes they keep. Continue reading Control the Language and You Control the Mind