Sunday, September 17, 2017

Word of the Day: Lateral Thinking

Logic will never change emotion or perception. - Edward De Bono

lat·er·al think·ing
  1. the solving of problems by an indirect and creative approach, typically through viewing the problem in a new and unusual light.

Lateral Thinking by Edward de Bono

THE classic work about improving creativity from world-renowned writer and philosopher Edward de Bono. In schools we are taught to meet problems head-on: what Edward de Bono calls 'vertical thinking'. This works well in simple situations - but we are at a loss when this approach fails. What then? Lateral thinking is all about freeing up your imagination. Through a series of special techniques, in groups or working alone, Edward de Bono shows how to stimulate the mind in new and exciting ways. Soon you will be looking at problems from a variety of angles and offering up solutions that are as ingenious as they are effective. You will become much more productive and a formidable thinker in your own right.

Our Brain, the Schematic Thinker

Our brain is more of a schematic thinker not a computer driven by straight logic.

Schema, A Cognitive Psychology Definition....

In psychology and cognitive science, a schema (plural schemata or schemas) describes a pattern of thought or behavior that organizes categories of information and the relationships among them.[1] It can also be described as a mental structure of preconceived ideas, a framework representing some aspect of the world, or a system of organizing and perceiving new information

Stuck in a Rut

Once certain patterns become fixed in our minds, they are often quite resistant to radical change even if the pattern is demonstrated to be false. In fact, most people unconsciously block out things that they cannot fit into their existing worldview. When their minds are unable to ignore, they often come up with some irrational reason to explain it away, something known as cognitive dissonance.

Vertical Thinking - The Conventional way of Thinking.

ver·ti·cal think·ing
  1. the solving of problems using conventional logical processes.

Vertical thinking is the conventional everyday means of thinking used in the West. In general, it relies fitting something slightly different and grouping it in with a pattern that we already understand. It may require a slight restructuring of an existing schema. This is a good means for solving common, everyday problems but, often, does not work to resolve more complex or unique issue requiring us to think several steps ahead or in new ways.

Lateral Thinking - Creativity without the Mystique

Lateral thinking requires certain techniques that allows us to break the mindset of trying to fit things into an existing pattern. It allows one to see the world with a more open mind and create new patterns and/or radically alter existing ones.

Methods to Creative Madness

Perhaps, the biggest difference between creative types and more mundane thinkers is the willingness to fail. When trying new things or new ways of thinking, there is often a large failure rate. Creative types understand that they do not need to win by having a thousand new ideas that all solve a unique problem. What they do need is for one of those thousand to work. Many people avoid risk since failure is associated with shame.

Creative types seem crazy because they are have a much higher tolerance for failure than most. There are also a lot of pseudo creative types that give it a bad name by believing that just "thinking different" for its own sake is creative.

Here David Bowie explains the "Cut Up" technique that has been used by many artists from the writer William Burroughs to the song writer Curt Cobain to great success:

Word of the Day: NeoPhobia

Today's word of the day is:

  1. extreme or irrational fear or dislike of anything new, novel, or unfamiliar.

It is sponsored by our modern agricultural industrial complex.

In this post, JohnQ posits that the processed food industry uses a common fear in children to condition them into eating highly processed foods and rejecting more nutritious options into adulthood. I noticed this with my children, who when they were living in Japan, ate a surprisingly wide variety of fruits, vegetables and seafood. When they started going to American schools and participating in the school lunch program their tastes radically narrowed to just a small spectrum of high sodium, low nutrition, highly processed, bland options.

School lunch the American way...

The American public school system often hires large corporations to highly process low grade government surplus food that is then reheated by low wages slaves. - How the Food Industry Eats Your Kid's Lunch

School lunch, Japanese style...

Some of the key differences with the Japanese lunch is that it is effectively homemade with a ton of local/fresh/top quality ingredients. It is homemade because mothers from the neighborhood are hired by the school to work with the school children themselves to make it with ingredients purchased from local farms.

In Japan, the students themselves are the ones mainly responsible for cooking and cleaning at the schools under supervision of local moms and teachers. - On Japan’s school lunch menu: A healthy meal, made from scratch

Japan does struggle with childhood and adolescent eating disorders. Schools in Japan give their students the sort of food they’d get at home — not at a stadium, as in the United States. The meals are often made from scratch. They’re balanced but hearty, heavy on rice and vegetables, fish and soups, and they haven’t changed much in four decades. Here’s a look at a day in the lunch-break of third-graders at Tokyo’s Umejima Elementary School.

Fear Sells

One major truth of modern life is that we live in a hive with an associated hive mind. We are not independent but rely on complex networks to provide us with our needs and luxuries. The collective unconscious mindset operates at a primitive level, one where love, rage and fear dominate. In their quest for power, the elites battle for market share by exploiting this knowledge in order to get us to click the buy button. - Fear Sells, and We're All Buying: How Marketers Channel Dark Forces to Rake in Billions

In this case, they are playing on a primal fear of young children regarding food in order to condition them into favoring unhealthy processed foods into adulthood.  Kids are herded into institutional cafeterias and hand them dingy food trays with reheated low grade junk food. Further playing on their fears, students have no hand in preparing the food and the people who do prepare it are often (frankly) creepy. There is some truth to the lunch lady jokes.

Neophobia, Processed Food Connection

Kid's in general are programmed to be somewhat cautious of new foods. It is natures way of preventing them from poisoning themselves. What American schools do is ramp up this fear to meteoric levels which racks up their conditioning towards junk food:

Neophobia was associated with lower consumption of fruit and vegetables, protein foods and total calories, but there was no association with intake of starch or snack foods.

Primal Fear of Food 

Neophobia is associated with fear of novel foods. Children normally develop this fear starting in their twos, up through their late teenage years. Evolution-wise this is thought to be a beneficial trait as it kept foraging youngsters trying poisonous foods. 

  1. not providing adequate or appropriate adjustment to the environment or situation.

In modern societies this trait is thought to be maladaptive since people are not out foraging for food in the wild and food bought in the supermarket is generally safe.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Word of the Day: Divagate

  1. stray; digress.

    "Yeats divagated into Virgil's territory only once"

DeJa Vu 

It is a popular notion that deja vu is proof that we live in a glitch filled matrix, a computer simulation. Recent scientific experiments point to a different conclusion: - NEUROSCIENTISTS JUST FIGURED OUT WHAT CAUSES DÉJÀ VU (AND IT’S NOT A GLITCH IN THE MATRIX)

“What we found was that it wasn’t memory-linked regions that are driving déjà vu,” he said. “Traditionally, researchers thought déjà vu was being driven by false memories. What it actually is is that the cognitive control, error-monitoring conflict-checking frontal brain regions are the ones which show greater activity in people reporting the experience.”

Hot/Cold Therapy

It is too bad that in America baths and saunas have become synonymous with perverts. In most civilized societies, they are spots where one can rejuvenate in a family friendly atmosphere.

In Japan, several of my places did not have built in bathing facilities so I had the pleasure of being a regular bath goer.

Steam Baths...

Steam baths are my favorite but, sadly, they seem to be the most scarce. Here are just some of the benefits of a taking a steam bath: - Full STEAM Ahead: The Benefits Of A Steam Bath

Steam bath deeply cleanse and reset ones mind and body via two main systems our skin (which many consider our largest organ) and our respiratory tract. Steam supercharges our skin to excrete toxins while the also helping to either moisturize dry sinuses or clear out the bio film (snot) from clogged ones.  The humid heat also boost your circulation and resets the immune system bring relief from immune related disorders like asthma, allergies and arthritis.


Saunas have also been shown to be excellent for ones health as well: - Potential health benefits of using a sauna

\When a person sits in a sauna, their heart rate increases and blood vessels widen. This increases circulation.
The effects on the body from sauna use may have some potential health benefits. Increased circulation may help reduce muscle soreness, improve joint movement, and ease arthritis pain. The heat in a sauna may also promote relaxation, which can improve feelings of well-being.
A potential health benefit from sauna use may be a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. One study conducted in Finland followed 2,315 men ages 42 to 60 over the course of 20 years
Cold Therapy...

Cold therapy is something that is proving to have some amazing mental and physical benefits too..

Hot tubs...

I am lucky enough to own a hot tub and it has become a part of my nightly wind down in preparation for deep, restful sleep so lacking in modern society. Here are just some of the benefits of a hot tub: - 7 Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub

  • Improves sleep. ...
  • Reduces stress and anxiety. ...
  • Reduces arthritic and chronic pain. ...
  • Lowers blood sugar. ...
  • Lowers blood pressure. ...
  • Promotes Healthier, Younger Looking Skin. ...
  • Decreases Frequency of Migraines and Tension Headaches.

  1. a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing.
    synonyms:pet peevehatebête noireanathemaaversionbugaboo

  1. liable to change.

    "the mutable nature of fashion"

    synonyms:changeablevariable, varying, fluctuating, shiftinginconsistentunpredictableinconstantfickleunevenunstableprotean;
    "the mutable nature of fashion"

  1. abnormality of movement and behavior arising from a disturbed mental state (typically schizophrenia). It may involve repetitive or purposeless overactivity, or catalepsy, resistance to passive movement, and negativism.
    • informal
      a state of immobility and stupor.

  1. 1.
    hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature.

    "the liberal case against all censorship is often cant"

    synonyms:hypocrisy, sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, pietism
    "political cant"
  2. 2.
    denoting a phrase or catchword temporarily current or in fashion.

    "they are misrepresented as, in the cant word of our day, uncaring"
  1. 1.
    talk hypocritically and sanctimoniously about something.

    "if they'd stop canting about “honest work,” they might get some.

Situationists and the Society of the Spectacle

“The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.” - ― Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle

Reading more of Chaos Monkey today and the author made some deep points about his experience working at Facebook where, post IPO, the company become split between the haves and have nots. Those that became fabulously rich and colleagues often working right next to them that did not share in the fortunes.

Caution: Marxist alert. Guy Debord is a Marxist. While he makes some good points, JohnQ does not think that Marxism is a good solution to the problem.

Here is a good guide to Guy Debord's main work, The Society of the Spectacle: - An Illustrated Guide to Guy Debord’s ‘The Society of the Spectacle’

It was one of the main inspirations for the Situationist Movement in Paris during the 60's:

  1. 1.
    relating to stone and gems and the work involved in engraving, cutting, or polishing.
  1. 1.
    a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems.

Will Power and the Quest to be Part of Something Big

The author of Chaos Monkeys also does a good job reviewing how a democratic society and a marxist society often face many of the same issues, a rat race.

In many cases they will be working under a revolutionary founder who had the will to seize power and hypnotize people into following them. The followers main impulse is to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Caution: Marxist alert. The author raises some valid points but Marxism has shown to be a poor answer to addressing the issues raised.

The Marxist theory is that the property owners most benefiting from this situation are able to get their managerial lackeys to enforce this system over others who including themselves who are disproportionately less rewarded by it.

When Prophecy Fails

The Author of Chaos Monkey also refers to the book, When Prophecy Fails, by Leon Festinger and Stanley Schachter

It speaks about a cult that failed to accurately predict the end of the world and coped with the failure via cognitive dissonance. - When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted the Destruction of the World

"We've all experienced the futility of trying to change a strong conviction, especially if the convinced person has some investment in his belief. We're familiar with the variety of ingenious defenses with which people protect their convictions, managing to keep them unscathed thru the most devastating attacks. But human resourcefulness goes beyond simply protecting a belief. Suppose an individual believes something with a whole heart; suppose further a commitment to this belief, suppose irrevocable actions have been taken because of it; finally, suppose evidence, unequivocal & undeniable evidence, that the belief is wrong: what will happen? The individual will frequently emerge, not only unshaken, but even more convinced of the truth of such beliefs than ever before. Indeed, s/he may even show a new fervor about convincing & converting others to this view. 

  1. a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.
    synonyms:hater of mankind, hatercynic

The Goolag Swamp

Goolag's James Damore

Listened to Joe Rogan interview James Damore about his recent firing from Google for questioning their diversity practices.

James thinks there are deeper reasons for population disparities in certain occupations than racism or sexism. For example, he notes that women are more cooperative, less assertive. He says Google, like many companies, rewards people for owning projects and seeing them through. There is far less of a reward for cooperating and helping on various projects. James says changing the reward structure to value cooperation more could get more women involved. James relates to this as he sees himself as less assertive and more cooperative too.

Rather than loosening standards for hiring people, he brought up issues like this as positive steps that could be taken to more fairly reward team players but was shot down.

Damore has been criticized for his piece on the subject as being unscientific. He stresses that his original writing was scientifically grounded and came with citations. Unfortunately, these citations were removed when others republished them.  He encourages people to verify what he says on their own.

JohnQuincy took up his offer and did find that studies showed that there were substantial differences between sexes when it came to cooperation: - Sex Differences in Cooperative Behavior? Depends on Who's Watching

"while both males and females wish to gain the approval of their in-group members, the actions that are socially desirable differ across gender. Males wish to signal that they are formidable, while females wish to signal that they are cooperative."

James points out that many media outlets are not interested in the truth but are instead just pushing a narrative.

One area where James has been criticized is when he stated that women tended to be more neurotic than men. He points out that this is a well studied fact and that he was not using the term in the layman's sense, which is used to indicate craziness. Instead, he was referring to a one of the big five personality traits.

This personality trait is also known as emotional stability. Like other personality traits, it has both its good and bad points. For example, people with lower emotional stability are often positively viewed as dynamic personalities. One the bad side the are also seen as less stable.

Whether good or bad, studies back up what he says: - Gender Differences in Personality across the Ten Aspects of the Big Five

Replicating previous findings, women reported higher Big Five Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism scores than men. However, more extensive gender differences were found at the level of the aspects, with significant gender differences appearing in both aspects of every Big Five trait. For Extraversion, Openness, and Conscientiousness, the gender differences were found to diverge at the aspect level, rendering them either small or undetectable at the Big Five level. These findings clarify the nature of gender differences in personality and highlight the utility of measuring personality at the aspect level.

According to Damore, the big issue with Google diversity efforts was people predetermining the problem and how they would deal with it without looking at the facts. Since no real overt sexism could be found at Google, the diversity teams pushed ideas like unconscious bias and micro aggression being behind the lower levels of females involved in tech work. It became a stifling environment where people pushed leftist ideology rather then looking at facts.

Further, in off the record meeting, the diversity teams admitted to lowering standards in order to try and meet targets. James posits that people are hardwired to stereotype based on environment and that lowering of standards has a negative impact, one that will have many people questioning whether all females working in tech are truly qualified since some were hired using lower standards.

Diversity Blackmail - Many big companies use contractors to run diversity programs. James posits that these are often headed by activists that will blackmail companies into promoting ideological programs.

Here is an example in higher education: - Affirmative Blackmail

The American Bar Association’s Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted in favor of “equal opportunity and diversity” standards. Under these standards, any law school that seeks to maintain or acquire ABA accreditation will be required to engage in racial preferences in hiring and admissions, regardless of any federal, state or local laws that prohibit of such policies. 

Here is one involving a major corporation: - Jesse Jackson Accused of 'Shaking Down' Toyota

The company agreed to spend $7.8 billion over the next decade, or roughly a third more than what it currently spends, on a variety of programs to increase the hiring and training of minorities as well as the amount of business conducted with minority-owned equipment suppliers and advertisers.

In its press release, Toyota did not mention that Jackson had threatened an economic boycott of the company. 

James was targeted by activists within Google. They coordinated on a campaign of tweets, HR complaints and complaints to his management intended to shame him into silence, all for bringing up well researched differences between the sexes and how this knowledge could be used to truly
encourage more engagement by women in tech instead of relying on false ideology.

Rather than acknowledging studies like ones that show that prenatal testosterone in the womb may impact career choices, activists want to bend the truth to meet there predetermined narrative. On the left there is a trend of not accepting that there are biological differences. There is no acceptance for looking at things objectively. Instead, anything that challenges their preconceived notions is labeled as evil and witch hunts are conducted looking for villains.

There is no cost benefit analysis of these ideologically driven diversity drives. It is all about leveling outcomes no matter the price.

Shaming is the preferred tactic for silencing anyone who questions the narrative but this has taken a dangerous turn. While shaming may have its place in helping enforce societal norms, it was something that evolved in small tribal settings. With the modern internet, shaming of individuals can rapidly turn into a worldwide mob attack on one individual. Humans are not designed to cope with this type of mass shaming on a such scales.

Rather than learning from this situation, Google has decided to double down on its ideologically driven diversity efforts. They discriminate against anyone who is not left of center politically. They are doing things for brownie points on the left side of the political spectrum without truly addressing issues with people who are conservative being the main victims.

noun: asymmetry; plural noun: asymmetries
lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of
something; lack of symmetry.


nonlinear benefits for working a little more per week.
nap pods

men become more obsessed with systems
men approach computer as a toy and become obsessed
women see as a tool to improve the world, not interested in
the pc as an end unto itself.

men fight for status
they will fight for high paying job for status

gender norms
providers and protectors
need to be follow stricter gender norms

do not need to follow as stric
eg tomboys

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Scott Adams - Trump's Powerful DACA Strategy

We are visual creatures. Visual things stay put, whereas sounds fade.- Steven Pinker

Visual - Visual persuasion is the best kind. Trump talks about security in terms of the wall. He leave sdetail out so you can visual your own wall. - Why Visuals Communicate Better than Words

  • Your brain processes visuals 60,000 x faster than text.
  • Photos on Facebook generate more “likes” and “shares” than text, video or links.
  • New and different information is easier to remember when it is presented visually, rather than in text format.
  • Ninety-three percent of communication is nonverbal.
  • Sixty percent of people are visual learners.
  • Publishers who use infographics realize an increase in traffic of 12% over those who don’t.
  • Pinterest generated more referral traffic for business than TwitterGoogle+YouTube and LinkedIn combined.

Simplicity - The one with the simplest plans appears smarter.

Insider's Guide to the Art of Persuasion By Rick Kirschner

Pacing and Leading - Match the person you want to persuade in some way and them lead them where you want to head. You gain people's trust by pacing which then allows you to lead them elsewhere.

Fake Asset - There is a low risk to send back DACA migrants. He created a sense of urgency about faking sending them back and in return got something real.

Community Practice: Theories and Skills for Social Workers by By David A. Hardcastle

Big First Demand/Offer - He initially said he was sending all illegals back so whatever

Strategic Ambiguity - He allows people to think whatever they want to think as long as it makes them happy. You cannot have a deal if both people do not think they get something.

Think Past the Sale - We are no longer debating whether to strengthen the border. Now the argument is just how much. He already made the sale, tightening the border. - Thinking past the sale

Here's how it works. Let's say you want to persuade someone to do something they probably wouldn't do if they consciously thought about it. You manipulate them into thinking about choices they would make "past the sale," meaning taking the sale as already done.

Apologies to Bernie, but it was too perfect an image not to use.
The car dealer doesn't try to get you to buy a car. If you're interested, he'll start talking about all the wonderful options, so you're focused on those enticing alternatives, with the mutual unstated assumption you're going to buy the car.

You hardly think about the purchase because now you're focused on whether or not to get the Nav system or the upgraded audio.

High Ground - Low ground is the details, should we have a wall. The high ground is the goal better border security.