Maxims, rules of thumb and other observations on human cognition and sociocultural affectations

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  • 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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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Daffy Gadhafi says US should seek peace with bin Laden…

Gadhafi says US should seek peace with bin Laden | International | Jerusalem Post

Uh… no. You can’t make peace with someone who has no point. Do you want to know what Islamic Supremacists are truly into? It’s not Islam. It’s war and violence for their own sake.

Here’s another miscreant who stated his love for just that:

Like the Islamic Supremacists, he is about as interested in the movement he is associated with as the average person is to being human. It just happens to be a facet, not the defining element. The defining element is actually thirst for conflict.

Gadhafi truly doesn’t know what he is talking about. Maybe he’s going through some sort of midlife crisis of former dictator loons and seriously hopefully believes you can make peace with OBL. Maybe he’s just trying to seem reasonable and a peacemaker in the wake of Gaza. Maybe he’s plain insane. Whichever it is, he’s wrong.

OBL is of the Saudi Wahhabist strain of Islamic Supremacy, firmly in the camp of “America must die” and guilty of the slaughter of over 2,000 people on September 11, 2001. He’s not someone you can make peace with or who deserves any attempt at same. He has no standing as the head of a recognized peaceful member nation of human society. He’s a terrorist, a murderer, and an unabashed supporter of the destruction of everyone not like him and his.

All the way across, no.

Period.

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