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, February 22, 2008

A reminder about Iran, Israel, and nukes

Israel: bonafide nuclear power
Iran: would-be nuclear power

Israel: never threatened to use any such power to eliminate Iran
Iran: constantly threatens directly and indirectly to eliminate Israel

Israel: surrounded by over a dozen nations within reach of nuclear fallout
Iran: would evidently not care about dropping that fallout all over those predominantly Muslim nations, Arab, Persian, and Turkic alike

Israel: has thousands of Palestinian citizens living and working there
Iran: would evidently like to incinerate those Palestinians as much as the Jews

Israel: has solid documentary evidence of Iran backing terrorist actions responsible for the death of their citizens
Iran: has solid documentary history of proudly backing terrorist actions responsible for the deaths of Israeli citizens

To you in charge in Iran, I hope you enjoy the hell you're going to bring down on yourselves. When that bomb slaughters Palestinian Muslims, Palestinian Christians, Druse and others, when the fallout lands in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, what do you think your Muslim brothers will do to you to avenge their dead?

To you the Iranian people... it was nice knowing you. Too bad your leaders are looking to get the entire eastern hemisphere of the Earth to turn on you.

Oh wait, did I forget the inevitable involvement of Russia and China and that your country will be center aisle, front row seat for that aftermath?

Sucks to be you.

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