Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

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  • 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, April 22, 2008

WTF do you think will happen?

In the photo caption:

The girls at the stand often wear negligees or pasties, depending on the day of the week.

Stripped-down baristas report harassment | KOMO-TV - Seattle, Washington | Local & Regional


The barista said that she saw a passenger in the front seat pull a digital camera out of the glove box while he waited for his order. She warned him that photos weren't allowed, and that if he took any she'd call 911 and report harassment.

The men were in their own vehicle and therefore no one has the right to prevent them from taking pictures of anything plainly within sight of the vehicle unless it is a military or other government installation where the sights are classified by law. A drive-through with skimpy servers is not such a place. Anything you see from your car you are free to photograph.

Wear pasties, bounce the boobies, do it at a coffee shop drive-through window, and you wonder why people want to take pics, and then on top of it you call it harassment?

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