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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Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Verizon accuses cable TV operators of dragging their feet when consumers try to switch to Verizon's voice and television services.

PC World - Verizon Complains Cable Operators Slowing Switch to Fios

Hmmmm... Should I feel any sort of pity for them given that they have a better than 50% chance of failing to deliver a proper error-free T1 line by the deadline they give customers, and deliver it late with errors, closing the order without cooperative testing for acceptance by the customer, and then force the customer to file three trouble tickets in a row at the customer's expense when if they'd done the job they were paid for in the first place it would be working weeks earlier?

Take a frigging guess.