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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Thursday, May 08, 2008

HeraldNet: Mom appalled at racy books in store for teens at Alderwood mall

Killer line:

She encouraged Milfs to work with Urban Outfitters to resolve the issue.

I second that. Especially if I am shopping because milfs are always good eye candy at the mall.

HeraldNet: Mom appalled at racy books in store for teens at Alderwood mall

Examples?

She was surprised to find sexually charged books that she believes have no place in a clothing store for teens and young adults.

On one end of the spectrum was "Porn for Women," a photo book showing men doing housework. On the other was "Pornogami: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Paper-Folding for Adults," a guide for making anatomically correct artwork.
"When I saw it, I was shocked," Milfs said.

The books are displayed on tables in the Alderwood mall store with other socially and politically irreverent books, such as Stephen Colbert's "I Am America (And So Can You)."

How brainless can you get that with a name like Milfs, you actually draw attention to your name in public? So when someone asks for them at a restaurant, "looking for the Milfs", does she say, "I'm a Milfs?"

(Go look up the phrase MILF on Google with safe search off and you'll get this whole thing.)

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