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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Monday, January 19, 2009

From a reply of mine at DovBear about Hamas

DovBear:The murder of Palestinians in Gaza - Guest post by Lurker 

My Reply

(In response to a suggestion that if they love death like their enemies love life that perhaps it should be given to them.)

Mass termination might in the future be seen in retrospect as a mercy. Whether or not it is depends upon how we proceed.
If we leave the Arabs (and Persians, Indians, Asians, etc.) to the tender mercies of Islamic Supremacism the law of the jungle devolvement I have warned of will become reality. That being the case, it effectively is reality now.

In extremis, all solutions must follow. As we grow closer to that point of no return, kill or be killed, our options for mercy become constrained by that which cannot be effective before we are destroyed by our enemies. As it draws nearer, talking is less and less an option.

And these Islamic Supremacists mean to make that day ever closer. They do not love life as you do. Not because they are not the same species but because they are the same species as you. You all know what you are inherently capable of as a race deep down. You know that were someone to find the right chord, you could be plucked to such a crescendo of raw mayhem as to be unrecognizable to yourself as you are now.

These Islamic Supremacists are attempting to drive themselves to such in themselves right now. Their philosophy is that death is preferable to letting their idea of G-d down. Their philosophy is that death in the course of achieving unrivaled unchallenged supremacy is not only okay, but a righteous thing. Your death is not only okay, but a righteous thing. Islamic Supremacists are the embodiment of that which humans wrote into the fictional Klingons of Star Trek, the ultimate expression of the samurai way, another facet of human fanaticism.

Fanatics cannot be argued with. Only contained through marginalization, physical isolation, or termination. Were they in the USA committing acts of murder and mayhem against rivals, they would be on death row or in maximum security prisons. Courts would have no pity on them, judgment by peers would be harsh and unflinching, judges would be unabashedly damning of them.

Well, these are your fellow human beings. What say you about their behavior? Is there anything in your heart as a human being that tells you that there is some other standpoint, some other point of view from which, this is okay?

The world has throughout this conflict sat in judgment of Hamas and Israel and done as much as an American jury sitting through a month long trial of a biker gang arrested for mayhem and murder, listened to the evidence and seen the acts and heard them bragging of their deeds in their own words... and found the police guilty for enforcing the law that society expected of them.

The human survival imperative expected no less of Israel than it brought to the situation and were condemned.

Perhaps the human race deserves Hamas.

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