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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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

In my day, we actually got naked in front of each other...

--In one incident, a girl and a boy took nude photographs of themselves and sent the photographs to each other. This happened off campus, he said.
--In the other, a girl was given a cell phone by a boy. She took the cell phone into the girls bathroom at school, took nude photographs of herself and gave the cell phone back to the boy, he said.

Police: Students exchanged nude cell phone photos - Breaking News from the Press-Register - al.com

Wow. People are so conservative now they do it via electronic means. When I was in junior high girls and boys flashed each other in the hall near the bathrooms. News reports? Heck, we didn't even have the Internet. Teachers just suspended people for a day IF that much. Big freaking deal. Back then, they were smart enough to think that child pornography probably didn't include children themselves taking the pics because they were CHILDREN, JUVENILE, IMMATURE, ETC.

Now, they're sex offenders. Welcome to Political Correctness run amok.

They give the kids Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Romper Room and Sesame Street, then they give them nuclear war, AIDS, Al Queda, and Sex in the City. WHAT KIND OF FUCKING MADHOUSE DID YOU EXPECT EXACTLY?! Fail to raise your children, have the Internet and television do it, and what happens? THIS COUNTRY TODAY.

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