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

Saudi Arabia offers Israel cyanide and Gaza $1B

Saudi Arabia to donate $1 billion to rebuild Gaza - Yahoo! News

As usual…

Israel has to understand that the choice between war and peace will not always stay open and that the Arab peace initiative that is on the table today will not stay on the table," said Abdullah during a speech.

The initiative, which was first proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002 and relaunched in March 2007, offers Israel collective Arab recognition in exchange for Israeli withdrawal from territory it occupied in the 1967 war, the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and a just solution for the problem of Palestinian refugees.

Uh… No.

First off, the Saudis better than anyone in the world of Islam know that the far mosque was not at Jerusalem on the old Jewish temple mount. That was a claim put together for political and tourism purposes by the rulers of the area centuries ago and not seriously believed by Muslims far off in Arabia until the anti-Jewish and especially anti-Christian purposes of accepting the claim were clearly perceived.

Second, the first claim to Jerusalem goes to the Jews who have returned home after having lived there and their presence being recorded by the Romans and previous conquerors of the area and previous empires and societies of the area in their trade with them.

Third, Jerusalem being handed over to Muslims despite their own pre-20th century writings making clear they didn’t seriously believe the mount to be theirs and thus in the name of a lie to mollify the false passions of people who know it is a lie engaged in just to hurt the Jews and dispossess them is outrageous.

Nope. I say don’t do it, no way no how. Give up the holiest city to Jews in the name of a lie for a temporary false peace and you might as well surrender the rest of Israel which is the entire point of the Arab offer.

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