Cognitive Dissonance

If you leave a rat in a Skinner Box for long enough, it will begin to develop theories about the moral rightness of pressing levers and the personal failings of those with fewer pellets. It is somewhat less likely to develop theories that the box and levers are necessary or desirable, because the pragmatic importance of acquiring pellets is self-evident.

: Zubon

6 thoughts on “Cognitive Dissonance”

  1. LMAO!

    Oh man, I really enjoyed that…

    btw… the pellets are not really there, they exist only in the rat’s imagination… what about that?

    1. It’s true. A skinner box with real pellets is more like makework.

  2. I know I’m late, but I wanted to say that I find this post awesome! Thanks!

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