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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Monday, January 07, 2008

Kittehs 1, Humans 0

Woman Drowns In Rain Barrel Rescuing Kitten - Albuquerque News Story - KOAT Albuquerque

Detectives said the kitten is alive, and most likely climbed out over Hill.

In the good old pen and paper days of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, there were these third-party books called Grimtooth's Traps wherein it was noted the propensity of humans to be stupid enough to stick their hands in vases. In this case, stupid enough to stick themselves into water filled barrels.

My heart goes out to the next of kin and I pray that kitten not be mistreated in vengeance. It just shows lateral thinking on the fly is not well taught these days and why when people see it in television or movies, they love it. It's actually a novel concept to NOT throw yourself into the barrel and let's say reach an arm down with something in hand the kitten can grab.

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