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, October 27, 2008

As Cox enters cell phone business again (remember Pivot?) Engadget geek commenters dutifully make geeks look uncouth as usual...

Cox to enter cellphone biz, link handsets to other cable-related services - Engadget

Being a Cox customer for cable and home phone and Internet, while a Sprint customer for cell service, I would like to see an all Cox Communications solution IF they can beat the Spring pricing which while it would be extremely easy (Alltel already does) is also extremely unlikely given that the cell customer world is pretty much a captive audience kind of thing. If all the carriers give uniformly absurd rates, then you have no recourse. It's not like IP telephony which is much easier for more start-ups to enter than the wireless market where you have to deal with the FCC and limited licensed spectrum.

But I can always dream...

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