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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Friday, January 16, 2009

Hero Pilot's Records, IQ Scores Released by School District in 'Accident', Hundreds Dead and Thousands Injured

Well no, not really, but it sounded dramatic, didn’t it? And I am sure that if this stupendously stupid act is taken as seriously as it should, hundreds will be investigated for their compliance with information security procedures already in place. IF any.

FOXNews.com - Hero Pilot's Records, IQ Scores Released by School District in 'Accident' - Local News | News Articles | National News | US News

Well maybe the problem I see explains why this happened. Can you spot the problem?

I don't know how that got out of the district," said Cavin Boettger, Denison High School's principal. "That was an accident that was not intended to be released.

His records and IQ scores were an accident that were not intended to be released. As in his records and IQ scores were the accident. Not the release of them.

That was from a high school principal.

DO they have information security procedures? If they don’t after this little dust-up then at least I already know why. The people in charge of education are uneducated.

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