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, May 27, 2008

GW reaches goal of surpassing his father!

May consumer confidence falls to near 16-year low - Yahoo! News

The May reading marks the fifth straight month of decline and is the lowest since the index registered 54.6 in October 1992 when the economy was coming out of a recession.

His father was still in office until January 1993, and this milestone thus allows our current president to boldly and proudly proclaim having surpassed his father's accomplishments, which is often one of the central subconscious drives of males everywhere.

Unfortunately while the specific achievement, destruction of an entire economy before leaving office, was achieved, it took him two terms to do it, so the Guinness Book people will have to get back to us on the exact categorization of the achievement and the award if any.

While no one has managed to get close enough to the president to ask how he feels about this, it is highly likely that he would in all due modesty share the credit with the following and we agree in advance: American outsourcing of manufacturing and other job capital to the third world allowing them enough money to join the modern age and consume fossil fuels with the same gluttony we do, rampant schizophrenic investment trends among the upper middle class, an idiot electorate who have few enough brain cells to be taken in by Ted Kennedy for two billion terms as a singular of many for instance, and the loss of Alan Greenspan who seemed to be the only person on Earth capable of juggling the numbers long enough to forestall the inevitable collapse of the stupidity under the onslaught of reality.

Congratulations are in order therefore to one and all. Good job everyone, but I feel I must warn you that you need to pick up the pace and improve your competency at economic incompetence if you're going to truly compare on the world's stage across history. So stop your slacking people, put your nose to the grindstone, and get back to work on fucking up everything you touch.

That is all.