S02 E06 - [Special Episode Six:] A Unionists Guide to Cognitive Dissonance and The Trolley Problem

Unionist Central by Andrew Gould
Special Podcast Episode Six of the Unionist Central Podcast. This episode takes a look at the notion of cognitive dissonance, and how it relates to morality. This is done by examining two propositions of the trolley problem, and seeing how people's reactions may differ, despite similarities between the two propositions. The video addition  ...  See more
Mar 02 2022
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  • Murder and Cognitive Dissonance00:00:00 - 00:11:31

Would you Kill a man walking along the street? To any reasonable person, the answer should be no, and rightfully so, we have all agreed that such an action would be horribly reprehensible. However, where the response may have been a resounding no at first glance, as I add context people's hearts may shift. What if this man happened to be a thief, still many say no, what about a violent bank robber, who had just assaulted people, less easy to say but still people remain firm in their agreement that murder is wrong. But what if I were to tell you this man was not just a robber but a murderer, with a reputation for killings, worse yet what if you had just witnessed him kill someone, at this point those in favor of murder have grown substantially, and those against stand there uneasily. After

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politicsunionistphilosophyeconomicsunionismhistorygovernmentsocial contract theorytrolley problemcognitive dissonance