Philosophy of Doublethink: Philosophy of Doublethink, by Rick Weires. The concept of "doublethink" has intrigued millions since its introduction in George Orwell's 1984. Weires simply asks the obvious question—can one really tell oneself a lie and then believe it? After demonstrating that the answer is yes, he then carries the notion several steps further, exposing its logical (or rather illogical) consequences, with help from existentialists, cognitivists, and psychoanalysts. Where traditional, logic-based explanations cannot account for various lapses in human reasoning and twisted thought patterns, Weires finds, the doublethink concept can.