Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Stellar Metamorphosis: The Fox and the Grapes
""The Fox and the Grapes" is one of the traditional Aesop's fables and can be held to illustrate the concept of cognitive dissonance. In this view, the premise of the fox that covets inaccessible grapes is taken to stand for a person who attempts to hold incompatible ideas simultaneously. In that case, the disdain the fox expresses for the grapes at the conclusion to the fable serves at least to diminish the dissonance even if the behaviour in fact remains irrational. The moral to the story is "It is easy to despise what you cannot get."
This is how people treat new understanding which is out of their reach. The new understanding was prevented by "The Curse of Knowledge" in my previous post.
We can see this attitude among educated individuals. It is easy to despise what you cannot get, as well it is easy to insult the messenger than consider the new insight:
Stellar Metamorphosis is a sour grape to educated folk.