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  1. More likely yes than no.
    In mathematics, there is Godel's incompleteness theorem.
    Let there be a certain number of axioms (what we accept without proof)
    Only one of two options is possible:
    � – There is a statement that can neither be proved nor refuted.
    � – The system of axioms is contradictory and anything can be proved from it.

    Trying to put this into speech, it turns out that we can
    ” – Lead ourselves by the nose (come to different conclusions with different proofs)
    � – Don't know the answers to some questions

    P.S. Expressing ourselves is difficult, we very often lead ourselves by the nose. Complex words like: “soul”, “spirituality”, “good”, … should be used very carefully.

  2. Doublethink has long since migrated from Orwellian dystopia to sociology, political science, and cognitive linguistics, and is used as a term to describe the worldview of citizens of totalitarian states. And often – with references to the experience of the Soviet Union with its slogans: “Everything in the name of man, everything for the good of man”, “The son is not responsible for the father”, “Soviet means excellent”. But this principle is best “justified” in jokes: “Do crocodiles fly? No! But comrade commander said that they fly. Ah, well, then – very low.”

    In addition, doublethink has a number of synonymous concepts in many disciplines — this is the policy of double standards, Hottentot morality, ambivalence, and others. There are many works about the policy of double standards (double morality), the concept of which appeared in English in the XIX century, and only got into Russian in the 50s of the last century thanks to Soviet ideologues (and now in Russia you can observe the “renaissance” of this rhetoric). A special case of the policy of double standards is the Bradley effect (also known as the Wilder effect, Dinkins effect), which is manifested in the political life of countries with race relations.

    Both Eigen Bleuler, who first introduced the term into scientific usage as a sign of schizophrenia and schizoidism in general, and Sigmund Freud, who spoke about the inherently opposite deep drives of a person in general (the craving for death and the thirst for life), wrote about ambivalence. The concept of ambivalence is also actively used in literary studies.

    Hypocrisy is also a form of doublethink (add pharisaism and hypocrisy).

    The Bible says about double-mindedness: “A man with double thoughts is not firm in all his ways” (James 1:8).

    By the way, in Russian, “doublethink” is an obsolete word that previously meant ” ambiguity “(Yefremova's Explanatory Dictionary, 2000).

  3. Yes, from the point of view of psychology, “doublethink” is possible. In practice, it is difficult to achieve such a level of ideologization and at the same time – ideological flexibility. In the USSR, for example, they were well aware that even a snake can break its back by following the general line of the party. And within the framework of double-mindedness, the snake simply follows the general line of the party and does not break its back.

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