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

New Hampshire still in competition with Vermont for Northeast Dumbass Politics Award

State Bans Method Of Disposing Of Remains - New Hampshire News Story - WMUR Manchester

The process of resomation turns human remains into a liquid. Supporters said it's more environmentally friendly than cremation, which can release mercury. But lawmakers who reacted against what the process involves decided to ban it, even though it has been legal in the state for two years.

Open barn door, release horses, close barn door, pretend horses are still there.

You can move there and find it out for yourself, but we here in Southern New England like to think of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts as our own little slice of West Virginia only with liberal loons, tax evading numbnuts, and one world government conspiracy freaks.

We decided not to send them gun racks when we realized they might try actually getting guns just to put in them and that's just a scary thought.

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