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Earth Man Running Head: THE MAN FROM EARTH The Man from Earth Patrick Flynn University of Oklahoma 1
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Earth Man A Man from Earth What if a human being suddenly suggested that they were Jesus Christ in human form? To his credit, he is able to answer any question others pose in an attempt to probe the truth out of him. This would really send some individuals off their rocker because everyone wants to enjoy sanity, which is easy if what they know is easy. Breaking news such as the aforementioned to those with strong beliefs creates a bridge within an individuals mind known as cognitive dissonance. In the movie “The man from Earth”, John Oldman examines how the human psyche is affected when an increased amount of dissonance is present. In accordance with Leon Festinger’s original research, those with increasing amounts of dissonance seek to lessen this dissonance in two fashions. One, they focus on assonant thoughts, in an attempt to reaffirm past beliefs; or two, they change their value system in order to make the dissonant thoughts become assonant. (Festinger, 1957) As demonstrated by the movie, other than these two reactions in the face of cognitive dissonance, humans seem to seek an overall peace with themselves after continuous increased levels of dissonance. Whether it is the idea that the earth is round, or the idea of Christianity, history has taught humans for centuries about life on earth. Learning from the mistakes of prior generations is how human have made some of the most prolific discoveries of all time. In order for discovery to exist, however, the mind must be able to comprehend a concept that it previously could not. This process of acquisition that the human mind endures is known as cognitive dissonance. It is the constant struggle between what the mind already knows and the new information available to it. Cognitive dissonance can be conceptualized as internalized pressure toward psychological consistency, and away from 2
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Earth Man inconsistency. The fascinating thing about cognitive dissonance is that it’s immune to intelligence. No matter how smart someone is, they cannot think their way out of it. Once an individual’s actions and self-image get out of sync, the result is an absurd rationalization. This rationalization is generally produced from the brain trying to correct an imbalance in the mind, causing the individual to seek comfort through a decrease in dissonance or an increase is assonance. In an artist’s sense, the human mind is a lot like a blank canvas, awaiting colors and lines that change and alter what hopes to become a great painting. With age the canvas fills up, each stroke creating a new, altered vision. However, with this new vision comes a price: the old vision. As the mind processes new information, some traditional thoughts or beliefs become jeopardized. While the new information is processed, some old information becomes null and void, and later dropped from our memories. Somewhere along the way the mind draws a line; the decisions made at this line create
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