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, May 12, 2008

90 year old croaks on the toilet, left there for two months, family goes on about business...

Kids, mom lived with 90-year-old's corpse for weeks in Wis. -- --

Lewis told the deputy that Middlesworth had died about two months earlier, but that God told her Middlesworth would come to life if she prayed hard enough.

That G-d, what a kidder.

This is probably one of G-d's biggest problems with dealing with humans. The only perspective they can deal with Him through is their own and humans are notoriously fallible. Not to mention gullible in the face of their own delusions. How often are people resurrected after croaking? Just going by statistics it looks to me like it wasn't in the cards.

Oh wait, she thought she was some kind of nun answering to some kind of bishop, neither of whom is any such thing and she has kids.

If this story wasn't from Earth, I'd have much harder time believing it.