Quora Question: How can a normal person deal with having conflicting beliefs? What philosophers or philosophy should one read?
Holding beliefs that conflict with one another is more common than you might think. Often, these conflicts go unnoticed because most people do not examine their beliefs deeply or carry them through to their logical conclusion.
One of the problems with doing this is that it increases the likelihood of something called cognitive dissonance where a person has to directly confront the fact that their beliefs are in conflict. The most common response to this cognitive dissonance is denial. People simply deny that their beliefs are in conflict.
Let me give you three tips that can help deal with this conflict and then suggest some good philosophical books.
Your beliefs are tools that can advance your values. But, if your beliefs are not advancing your values, they can and should be changed. Changing them becomes easier if you can recognize that they are not the same as your values.
Here are some good books that can provide you with more insights:
Julia Galef The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't
Adam Grant Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know
Jamie Holmes Nonsense: The Power of Not Knowing
KEVIN J. BROWNE
Philosopher / Educator