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, February 25, 2008

Further reports from the rebellion...

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Pakistan blocks YouTube website

The government has valid reason for that, but they have to find a better way of doing it. If we continue blocking popular websites, people will stop using the internet.

Mmmmmm... no.

The government has valid reason for that, but they have to find a better way of doing it. If we continue blocking popular websites, people will stop using find other ways to access the internet.

Fixed it.

If the government is going to feel free to wiretap any time, any way they want, and deal with the Constitutional niceties later, then people will by default go to encryption. They will go to composite and multilevel encryption techniques. They will rapidly implement ever newer and more complex methods. They will defy the government and make wiretapping totally useless. THAT is the result of this idiocy.

Around the world, governments are trying to close the barn door after the horse have already gone to town to catch a porn flick and go gambling. They're doing everything their tight-ass self-important anal-retentive nannies don't want them to do, and the more you tell them no and without a logical rational basis that resonates with their conscience, the more they want to break the rules.

Great fucking counterproductive way of making dealing with criminals impossible. Instead of doing things by the book and taking the chance of maybe catching them, you're rewriting the book and virtually insuring that human nature will make their maximum defenses go up and you know what? They'll buy the solutions online at and at WalMart while they go shopping for bread and batteries. They'll buy the new encryption packaged standard with their PCs, download it casually from, and have it mailed to them by friends to their Yahoo mail.

How are you gonna keep them down on the farm now that they've seen how little you trust them?