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Cognitive dissonance in the USA

All seems well, but one hears dire predictions on every side.

Psychologists have a concept they call “cognitive dissonance”. It refers to those occasions when one of the senses is signaling one thing and another of the senses is signaling the opposite. An example would be something that smells bad but tastes delicious.

In a recent trip to the U.S., the first in two years, I experienced cognitive dissonance. I spent the time in three different places: New York City and Long Island, Washington, D.C., and a resort in northern Florida where my wife Barbara was attending a conference.

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