One Screen, Two Movies

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One Screen, Two Movies is an idea created by Scott Adams to describe how people, or groups of people, can interpret events and narratives very differently, because they have different mental frameworks.

The following are quotes from blog posts about the topic:

Two More Movies on One Screen

I present the exchange here as an example of how two people can look at the same screen and see completely different movies.

Good Example of Our Two-Movie Reality

I have been saying since Trump’s election that the world has split into two realities – or as I prefer to say, two movies on one screen – and most of us don’t realize it. We’re all looking at the same events and interpreting them wildly differently. That’s how cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias work. They work together to create a spontaneous hallucination that gets reinforced over time. That hallucination becomes your reality until something changes.

Scott Adams also argues that, when people are forced to come face-to-face with their own cognitive dissonance, then they will hallucinate an alternate state of affairs that confirms their biases.