most people have a hard time managing cognitive dissonance, AKA the state of holding inconsistent beliefs. everyone does this, but it’s difficult to confront. no one wants to acknowledge their own hypocrisy or be called out for it, so they shield themselves from the possibility
cognitive dissonance is useful to acknowledge but difficult to dwell on. some hypocrisies are in people's control to change, others are not. fixating on that tension leads to stress and can easily slide into an unproductive state, but it's important to grapple with once in awhile
holding opposing beliefs in your mind is called dualism (or duality). when you hear a contradicting thought, the first reaction is often fight or flight. it creates a tension because opposing thoughts don’t naturally coexist in harmony, but you can train your mind to manage it
dualism doesn't mean you have to give equal credence to opposing beliefs in your mind, rather it teaches you how to contemplate them for better understanding. practicing this can help you avoid knee-jerk reactions to information that triggers fight or flight responses if need be
if you spend each day online scrolling through countless opinions and bits of information, it can be helpful to slow down. consider the tensions in your own beliefs and how they relate to the beliefs of others. practicing this can give you better patience and communication skills
everyone is constantly reacting to information online. it's knee-jerk and often effortless. stepping back to contemplate the tensions between your own beliefs is uncomfortable and takes effort, but over time it can lead to healthier outcomes

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11 Sep
conspiracy theories are baked into human nature, they don’t only affect the fringes. all people naturally seek patterns to make sense of the world’s randomness and develop in-group, out-group prejudices that make them vulnerable to all kinds of propaganda, paranoia, and extremism
people are often led by intuitions and overestimate their ability to understand complex subjects. that, coupled with the natural tendencies to seek truth, meaning, and belonging, can make even the most well-intentioned and intelligent people vulnerable to conspiracy theories
research shows that social conditions and personal traits can make someone more vulnerable to conspiratorial thinking, such as lower analytical thinking, lower education, schizotypy, being distrustful, narcissistic, powerless, alienated, anxious, or prone to projection
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4 Aug
here are some beef tips to publicly engage with the growing number of ideological conspiracy theorists and their content online. these are based on the assumptions that you have good intentions, understand the relationship, and use tact in conversations
ask conspiracy theorists one question at a time to keep them on track to reveal what they believe and why they believe it. this takes minimal effort and can lead to better understanding, openness to change, or them unraveling the irrationality of their beliefs on their own accord
only engage in conversations that remain primarily based in material reality. when unfounded theories are introduced, demand evidence. not everything can be quantified in a given time, but if there’s no good inductive reasoning, state that this is merely speculation and disengage
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9 Jul
we’ve paused all our marketing the past couple months because it's been a difficult period for both our workers and business due to coronavirus, and we’re really sorry for going silent. here’s what’s been going on behind the beef (THREAD)
steak-umm has luckily remained in demand (thanks everybody) despite national supply side meat production lowering in recent months, but our costs have risen and operations have been unpredictable due to internal and economic complications from the virus
the meat industry experienced a number of facility shutdowns early in the pandemic, which had a downstream supply effect on us. currently, that supply side has readjusted to meet new consumer demands, so our work routine is getting back to normal
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24 Apr
critical thinking beef tips, A THREAD

critical thinking is not a singular skill. it’s a constant state of metacognition, measuring evidence, and recognizing when to defer to experts. it's analyzing this tweet's substance, motivations, credibility, and source, not just reading it
critical thinking isn’t what to think, it’s how to think. you may critically think about this tweet, but lower those defenses for the next one. most people's natural state is to seek or settle for whatever confirms their preexisting beliefs (duh). life's more comfortable that way
there are endless proposed critical thinking strategies and endless ways to integrate them, but they're all incredibly challenging to teach because thinking about thinking has to be developed over time, constantly refined, scrutinized, and customized per an individual's context
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17 Apr
in science there are “rules” and “exceptions.” rules provide consensus and patterns, while exceptions provide outliers that challenge (prove) the rules. in hard sciences like physics, a virtual 100% consensus is possible, but in soft sciences like economics, it's never that clean
because all people are cursed with motivated reasoning, if the scientific rule of a subject challenges their beliefs or desires, they actively seek exceptions to reaffirm them. exceptions can sometimes be proven useful, or even correct, but this bias muddies the search for truth
in our recent statements on following consensus and data, not anecdotes and conspiracies, critics added that exceptions do exist. *sometimes* conspiracies or fringe experts are proven true. apologies for lacking more caveats in our message to reestablish trust in expert consensus
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13 Apr
during this pandemic it’s vital to stay wary of charlatans peddling “miracle cures” that are “all natural,” such as colloidal silver or herbal remedies. many people are afraid and extra susceptible to scams. please counter falsities if you see them with both data and compassion
the "naturalistic fallacy" is when someone equates what is "natural" with what is "good." unfortunately, people do this all the time with medicine, food, and other material trends. please remember that nature on its own can range from healthy to poison, and compassion to murder
many material benefits can be found in nature, some of which may alleviate stress during these chaotic times. that said, we must reestablish trust in our medical experts who are currently testing treatments around the clock to ensure clinically sound safety and efficacy
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