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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Monday, April 21, 2008

We are the government. Resistance is futile. Your genetic material shall serve us.

WASHINGTON - The government plans to begin collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested by a federal law enforcement agency a move intended to prevent violent crime but which also is raising concerns about the privacy of innocent people.

Feds to collect DNA from every person they arrest - Yahoo! News

Did you know you leave bits of DNA in skin cells when you use those ATM card readers at the store? When you smoke a cigarette? Better not drop a butt.

This is a killer statement of über-naivete:

(Erik) Ablin said the DNA collection would be subject to the same privacy laws applied to current DNA sampling. That means none of it would be used for identifying genetic traits, diseases or disorders.

Emphasis mine. Italic gives first name mentioned in earlier paragraph.

And we know that none of it would be used how? What in all the 232 years of this country tells you that our government would follow the law here any more than it has followed numerous other laws we already know they violate at will. Laws we have to follow but they don't.

Those who support the expanded collection believe that DNA sampling could get violent criminals off the streets and prevent them from committing more crimes.1

A Chicago study in 2005 found that 53 murders and rapes could have been prevented if a DNA sample had been collected upon arrest.2

"Many innocent lives could have been saved had the government began this kind of DNA sampling in the 1990s when the technology to do so first became available," Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said. Kyl sponsored the 2005 law that gave the Justice Department this authority.3


  1. They believe this why? Alien 3 and "double y chromos"? What exactly makes them think that DNA determines human behavior? Is this not just as stupid as the idea that skin color decides behavior? What the fuck happened to "the content of our character"? Did we not just have a self-congratulatory arm breaking back patting festival of ego masturbation for Doctor King recently? Obviously we have a long way to go if we believe DNA determines outcome of your choices. Sorry Doc King. We're working on it, but people are still pretty damn stupid and superstitious.
  2. What study, how was it done, and exactly what rationale says that murders and rapes can be prevented by knowing the DNA of previous offenders? That we could have matched DNA found at crime scenes? We already take DNA of previously convicted offenders. Oh wait, convicted. Merely arrested is what we're doing now. As in, if you were arrested previously you obviously are a bad sort in general for all time. This is by the way yet another piece of evidence that this is either not a Christian nation or Christians are hypocrites. Hello, Jesus, turn the other cheek, forgiveness and all that. Assuming people guilty flies in the face of assuming possibility of change which is the prerequisite for forgiveness and reintegrating the transgressor in society. Guess that core tenet was missed somehow.
  3. There's little to no evidence of any such thing no matter how much CSI you've been watching. DNA testing is just not that advanced or fast. This is 2008. Not 3008. Not even 2018. We are not the Federation. This is not Star Trek. Stop watching TV and pick up an encyclopedia.

For all you apocalyptic Christians worried about the mark of the beast, don't worry about RFID chips. Your own DNA you were born with which the L-rd your G-d put in your cells by His divine design and genius will be used instead of a mark of the beast.