So sometimes i don't make it to the forum as much as I'd like, so I apologize if this has been discussed previously.

 

However, I was reading an article on www.randi.org (if you don't know it, you really should) about cognitive dissonance and how Leon Festinger tested his theories of cognitive dissonance on a UFO cult. Here is the quote from the article:

 

"He tested his theory by studying a UFO cult that believed that there would be a great flood on December 21, 1954, and that a flying saucer would save them.  When December 21 passed with no flood and no flying saucer, the members of the group became even more dedicated to their beliefs.  This is because most of them had given away everything they owned and had given up everything to their belief in the prophecy.  They told themselves that their sincere commitment stopped the flood from happening, and that this belief proved that they were right. (Festinger, et al. 1956)"

This just made me think of the May 21, 2011 doomsday folks. Since may is fast approaching and I am certainly not making preparations for the end, I thought it would be interesting to see what predictions you have for what they'll say after it comes and goes?

 

Perhaps we could make a pool out of it. We all place our bets on what their official excuse will be and the winner gets.... something... a shirt or.. something. haha

 

(also.. I placed this under what I thought was the appropriate category... please don't delete it.)

 

Tags: 2011, 21, cognitive, dissonance, doomsday, excuses, may, predictions, theories

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Interesting thoughts. I'm partial to "It did happen, but we were not righteous enough to bring up to heaven" when they will begin to push their FINAL date of October 21, 2011.

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