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 11, 2008

WTF Round-Up For Today...

12-Year-Olds Accused Of Sex At School - Greenville News Story - WYFF Greenville

As expected, you see no one saying that maybe this should NOT have been a legal matter, that the school should have been quiet, saved face for the CHILDREN, and kept it between school administrators and the parents. Instead, now the kids are going to be known for getting arrested for getting it on, and bet your ass, no adult demonstrably guilty of lack of child rearing sense will be punished at all. Just the kids for doing what comes naturally.

Montgomery's Finest Won't Pay Fines - washingtonpost.com

Simple solution: have the owner of the vehicle, the municipality or country, pay the fines and then dock the pay of the offending officers and reprimand and punish them. OR remove the cameras. Using cameras everywhere like the UK is doing is odious and basically the final nail in the coffin of trusting each other on which our free society depends.

Vermont towns vote to arrest Bush and Cheney | U.S. | Reuters

I would vote to have the entire state of Vermont arrested for intellectual perversion. That is, daring to think that what they think matters one fucking bit to anyone outside of a mental institution. Personally, I am all for a boycott of their state and all its economic offerings. Let's see them play Cuba of the north.

Gilligan's' Mary Ann Caught With Dope

Feel free to respond, "but that dope was Bob Denver years ago..."

Lack of material, girl: Madonna wears see-through skirt to her Hall of Fame induction | the Daily Mail

Check out the view through the second picture. She's wearing a strapless number underneath the see-through outer portion NO LOWER THAN MOST OTHER EVENING FORMAL GOWNS and the pants underneath aren't remotely like panties or a thong, they're more covering like gym shorts. In short, the outfit that Wonder Woman wears is more skimpy and this one makes Madonna look like a super villain enemy of Wonder Woman. But see-through gets played up? Slow news day Daily Mail?

School's bizarre ploy to beat internet perverts - masking pupils with Acid House smileys | the Daily Mail

Anyone else thinking of that Ghost in the Shell series?

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