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59 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 February 2008 11:57PM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 26 February 2008 01:00:08AM 4 points [-]

The ability to endure cognitive dissonance long enough to find the resolution to the dissonance, rather than just short-circuiting to something that makes no sense but offers relief from the strain, is a necessary precondition for rational thought.

I don't think it can be cultivated, and I don't think there's a substitute. Either you pass through the gauntlet, or you don't.

Comment author: SecondWind 02 May 2013 02:27:37AM 0 points [-]

Couldn't you start with easier cognitive dissonances, and work your way up?