Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

This will be added to on an irregular basis...
  • What is said to humans directly is received with skepticism and considered with dubiousness while that which is heard in passing, especially that which most conforms to their mentality or prejudices, is readily believed.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive latency between exposure to new information or experiences and the ability to think dispassionately and intellectually about it.
  • Humans have a certain cognitive spectrum starting with the moment of exposure to new information or experiences and ending with some point at which the thing is effectively "in the past" for them.
  • This cognitive spectrum is linked to the emotional process often referred to as shock, anger, denial and acceptance.
  • The more and faster information or experiences are presented to people and the closer the quarters and the lesser the distance between people, the more their early reactions in the passionate emotional stage are reflected back to them in the manner of responses to those reactions from others in light of those responses.
  • The more outrages which are suffered without sufficient time to allow emotional bleed-off, the farther the bar for subsequent reaction and outrage are pushed, and the more further events must progress before reaction and outrage.
  • It is possible for serious detriments to eventually sit below this threshold for long enough for their damaging effects to build and multiply until their entire society undergoes some reactive convulsion.
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Thursday, March 31, 2005

So I'm this, huh?


I am a d8

Take the quiz at dicepool.com



Well this is news. I thought I was a 2.5d3.141592653... How disappointing.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The Doctor Lives (the American radio one, not the British time travelling one)

This just in, the place to refresh your cherished memories of Doctor Demento. Welcome to tape trading in the Internet Age. Now if only we can archive every MST3K episode...

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Why do this?

Well, for starters... uh... because everyone else was?

Okay, I know. It's probably not the best of reasons. No need to drag out that tired mother-voice impression in screeching tones and answer with, "if everyone was jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, would you do it?"

"Uh, only if I had a bungee cord. Er... No, probably not even then."

"Go to your room."

I would, but it is in another city.

Stay tuned for anything that crosses my mind or catches my attention and... oooooh! Shiny!

Well, this will teach me...

...to rtfm. Or maybe rtfwarnings. Seems blogger.com has had a bad kernel and is being worked on. Lovely.

In the meantime, welcome to the start of my blogging experience.

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