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, April 30, 2008

What we need is...

...a crystalline matrice through which Boron and protons can be accelerated and forced to fuse as they pass through the far end like that previously mentioned merge-down of too-fast moving cars on a narrowing highway.

Then we merely have Helium and x-rays/gammas to deal with, and the first can be used directly as a charge potential generator and the second through photoelectric effect.

Remember that other power about using metal crystals to get gradients of 1GeV in a single cm. We need only 500-600KeV for the proton against a Boron nucleus at rest. So how little would it take to do that and how efficient could we be? Generating particle collider potentials is astoundingly easy. The average cathode ray tube power supply is close to it as it is. What matters is efficiency from end to end.

Think of what it would be to bring the sun's reactions millions of miles closer to the photovoltaic systems we use, as in finely divide the reactions right down to the ion-ion single reaction level. A one to one relationship. Instead of an inefficient hot plasma, we micromanage them right down.

Across an array, of just a small size, the fusion power pack might be what, the size of an air tank for a scuba? We can deal with the efficiencies by micromanaging them.

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