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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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Public service announcement - for people who can't stop getting viruses on their machines because they are so stupid that they cannot find porn without infecting their machines


There you go. Have fun. If you get one more damn virus on your machine from loading an executable file from some Russian site that promised free teens with huge boobs doing it doggie style, I am going to smash your hard drive with a hammer, your head with your monitor, and hang your mangled body from your roof with your DSL line.

Or at the very least, not cleaning your machine for you one more fucking time.

(How can so many people be too stupid to find free porn without turning their machines into electronic petri dishes?)

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