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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Friday, January 18, 2008

Da da da, da da da, da da da da da da, da da da da da...

A little bit, just a little bit. A little vibration in the seat and the car, not a big difference but enough to know they're back there," adds driver Don Balente. And that's exactly why Tulsa Police bought them. Officers say, even with their lights on and sirens blaring, drivers don't notice their patrol cars.

Today's THV - KTHV Little Rock News Article

Play that funky music white boy, play that funky music right...

Kicker box, synthesized siren sound modded down to lower pitch, net cost? I'm betting way less than this thing. For added win capacity, this needs to be hooked to an insecure wireless municipal network such that some plucky ne'er-do-well teens hack it and change the siren over to a clip of Michael Vale saying that line he made famous from those commercials from a certain mass market coffee and cake shop we know so well.

"Is that a cop following us?"

"I don't know, but I could really use a Coolotta now that I think about for some reason..."

Astronomy Picture of the Day