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

Show me your sexually oriented materials papers!

A new state law that requires sellers of adult material to register with the state has Hoosier bookstore owners fuming about government censorship and threatening a legal challenge.

"This lumps us in with businesses that sell things that you can't even mention in a family newspaper," said Ernie Ford, owner of Fine Print Book Store in Greencastle. Advertisement Ford was talking about House Enrolled Act 1042, which Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law last week.

Ford was one of 15 independent Indiana booksellers who signed a letter last week urging Daniels to veto the legislation.

The new law that takes effect July 1 requires businesses that sell sexually explicit material to pay a $250 fee and register with the secretary of state, which would then pass the information to municipal or county officials so they can monitor the businesses for potential violations of local ordinances.

Booksellers incensed over sexual content law | | The Indianapolis Star

Your are guilty until proven innocent. Until we get around to charging you with something, you pay us to watch you and eventually charge you with something.

That's the basic attitude here. It is wrong. And the American people will silently go to the slaughter of their civil rights, each time moving a foot closer to the inevitable, because it sounded good, not because it was good.

If the state of Indiana were a private organization, this would be a clear case of extortion and protection, and punishable under the RICO statutes. How nice the governments can engage in practices that when others do, they react with self-righteous indignation, ignoring the subliminal discordance in the public which can only engender disrespect for the rule of law and the very institution of government.