CORDELIA FINE ~ A MIND OF ITS OWN ~ 2006

~ T-V-B-FA-S/K-R ~ The – Vain – Brain – For A –Softer / Kinder – Reality

~ TBISVVTIECTLTAIYNTBMATTTD ~ The Brain Is So Very Vain That It Even Considers The Letters That Appear In Your Name To Be More Attractive Than Those That Don’t

~ TBIESAW-PP-CDAS-BTTE ~ The Brain Is Especially Self-Advancing When – Poor Performance – Could Deliver A Substantial – Bruise To The Ego

~ BCO-PB-I-MAR-TBC-SEACTT-BAOATW-MFA-S-K-A-AMPR ~ By Calling On – Powerful Biases – In – Memory And Reasoning – The Brain Can – Selectively Edit And Censor The Truth – Both About Ourselves And The World – Making For A – Softer – Kinder – And – Altogether More Palatable Reality

~ F-IPTGEOTE-A-TWTVBDIBTBTDATUG ~ Failure – Is Perhaps The Greatest Enemy Of The Ego – And – That’s Why The Vain Brain Does It Best To Barricade The Door Against This Unwelcome Guest

~ M-IOOTEGA-GT-AO-TTSAFFITBC-W-BS-HAHO-SA-~ Memory – Is One Of The Ego’s Greatest Allies – Good Things – About Ourselves – Tend To Secure A Firm Foothold In The Brain Cells – While – Bad Stuff – Has A Habit Of – Slipping Away

~ M-BTTFTMTBMTS-CYATTA ~ Memory – Brings To The Fore Those Memories That Best Match The Self-Concept You Are Trying To Achieve

~ OS-STTBAAABOFMIOPCDUTRT ~ Our Self-Serving Tendency To Blame Anything And Anyone But Ourselves For Mistakes In Our Past Can Doom Us To Repeat Them

~ I-O-UE-A-O-WAL-WS-TUU-H-TBDHAHSIPTMSM-WWFWA-CTBM-WA-VOAL-UR-AWQCOF-‘WOR’-IPWKO-AFBTF-O-STA-OO-D-IM-H-T-WOR-ISSMTTEB ~ Inevitably – Our – Unrealistic Expectations – And – Our – Weaknesses And Limits – Will Sometimes – Trip Us Up – However – The Brain Does Have A Helpful Strategy In Place To Minimize Such Mishaps – When We’re Faced With A – Choice To Be Made – We Actually – View Ourselves And Life – Unusually Realistically – As We Quietly Contemplate Our Future – “Window Of Realism” – Is Presumably What Keeps Our – Aspirations From Becoming Too Fanciful – Our – Strivings Too Absurd – Once Our – Decision – Is Made – However – The – Window Of Realism – Is Snapped Shut More Tightly Than Ever Before

~ TEB:SFIATP ~ The Emotional Brain: Sweaty Fingers In All The Pies

~ O-E-FWOPWAEL:FT-SS-TT-RAC ~ Our – Emotions – Fiddle With Our Psychological World At Every Level: From The – Seemingly Straightforward – To The – Rich And Complex

~ SCR:HMSIS ~ Skin Conductance Response: How Much Someone Is Sweating

~ IW-MOETTWS-TISFSOOTTOTIACOSOF-TECBCFTO–JAD ~ If We – Misattribute Our Emotion To The Wrong Source – Thinking It Stems From Some Origin Other Than The One That Is Actually Causing Our Surge Of Feeling – This Error Can Be Carried Forward To Our – Judgments And Decisions

~ E-MEE-IP ~ Even – Mildly Experienced Emotions – Influence Perception

~ O-D/O/M-CABSABOEU-OWOEN ~ Our – Decisions / Opinions / Memory – Can All Be Set Adrift By Our Emotional Undercurrents – Often Without Our Even Noticing

~ IIO-F-NMHT-TLUKWAA ~ It Is Our – Feelings – No Matter How Trivial – That Let Us Know We Are Alive

~ TMIOTWASTMFODP-FWSWPO-F-WSATCT-L-I-S-M-U ~ The Myriad Injustices Of The World Are Simply Too Much For Our – Delicate Psyches – Faced With Some Wretched Prey Of – Fate – We Struggle Against The Conclusion That – Life – Is – Savagely – Mercilessly – Unfair

~ III-I/TD/TMT-T-FFAVWTBW-T-RTFRS-O-T-RTOTB-TW-S-T-A-E-S-WPOTTHBTMOT-SSIONTBIA-JW-(SO-W-T-TNFOOO-ML-J/H/H/S/C)-TWYTTMCDT-BTHTBP ~ If It Is – Impossible / Too Difficult / Too Much Trouble – To – Fight For A Victim’s Wrong To Be Righted – To – Recompense Them For Their Suffering – Or – To – Relieve Them Of Their Burden – Then We – Succumb – To – Another – Easier – Strategy – We Persuade Ourselves That They Have Brought Their Misfortune Onto Themselves – So Strong Is Our Need To Believe In A – Just World – (Since Otherwise – We – Too – Through No Fault Of Our Own – Might Lose – Job / Home / Health / Sanity / Child) – That We Yield To The More Comfortable Delusion That – Bad Things Happen To Bad People

~ B-WASBTH-TSOOPSMAT-OSTT-C-S-ST-WWAITO-B-SAC-WWFOO ~ But – We Are Strangely Blind To How – The Subtleties Of Other People’s Situations Might Affect Them – Our Sensitivity To The – Context – So – Sharply Tuned – When We Apply It To Ourselves – Becomes – Sloppy And Careless – When We Focus On Others

~ TSIOOPIMTATETOWWFOOOTA-WGOLCFTGITWGOFOO ~ The Sheer Invisibility Of Other People’s Intentions Make Them All Too Easy To Overlook When We Form Our Opinions Of Their Actions – We Give Others Less Credit For Their Good Intentions Than We Give Ourselves For Our Own

~ TMOIVIEDOBTNDOOC ~The Murmur Of Internal Virtue Is Easily Drowned Out By The Noisy Demands Of Our Circumstances

~ TS-EDOTHB-TK-IAITATO-S-IFDTPTS-I ~ The Self-Enhancing Distortions Of The Human Brain – This Knowledge – Is Almost Impossible To Apply To Oneself – Somehow – It Fails Dismally To Penetrate The Self-Image

~ EWWGSTT-O-C-DCAA-CLUIWEAO ~ Even When We Genuinely Seek The Truth – Our – Careless – Data Collection And Appraisal – Can Leave Us In Woeful Error About Ourselves

~ OB-OA-ETMEB-EAUDOPFRAR-TB-E/T/D/M/EMUE-ASTWCRTSSOBITR ~ Our Beliefs – Once Acquired – Even The Most Erroneous Beliefs – Enjoy An Undeserved Degree Of Protection From Rejection And Revision – The Brain – Evades / Twists / Discounts / Misinterprets / Even Makes Up Evidence – All So That We Can Retain That Satisfying Sense Of Being In The Right

~ ETFWOB-IQWTTMBC-C-OTOH-MSTCIAETWPNBAI-PCWUHTBEMSASC ~ Evidence That Fits With Our Beliefs – Is Quickly Waved Through The Mental Border Control – Counterevidence – On The Other Had – Must Submit To Close Interrogation And Even Then Will Probably Not Be Allowed In – People Can Wind Up Holding Their Beliefs Even More Strongly After Seeing Counterevidence

~ ERASTTEOE ~ Even Rats Are Susceptible To The Expectations Of Experimenters

~ T-IB-RIO-WOSE-DFT-FCE-TWSGAC-(A-ASMFTII)-YCTTTIFA-T-WOE-ISETSTBWI ~ The – Initial Belief – Recruits Its Own – Web Of Supporting Evidence – Derived From The – Facile Causal Explanations – That We’re So Good At Creating – (And – Are So Much Fun To Indulge In) – You Can Then Take The Initial Fact Away – The – Web Of Explanation – Is Strong Enough To Support The Belief Without It

~ IIHNTTTEETHAU-PAAWTMLSLC ~ It’s Human Nature To Try To Explain Everything That Happens Around Us – Perhaps As A Way To Make Life Seem Less Capricious

~ TTIOEMBIOB ~ Trivial Things In Our Environment May Be Influencing Our Behavior

~ S-C-‘MM’-BFWU-EQMFOS-CLYIASWSSFASAOS-RAC-TISNEWTGA-PTMIFACOT ~ Self Control – “Moral Muscle” – Becomes Fatigued With Use – Even Quite Modest Feats Of Self-Control Leave You In A Surprisingly Weakened State So Far As Subsequent Acts Of Self-Restraint Are Concerned – There Is Simply Not Enough Willpower To Go Around – Pick The Most Important Fight And Concentrate On That

~ TUOSPIWOYHASHORTTCEBY ~ The Unconscious Only Starts Pulling Its Weight Once You Have A Solid History Of Resisting Temptation Through Conscious Effort Behind You

~ TSINJTMA-R-YMAWO-E-HAW-YWDI-A-‘II’-WTW-B-HOCTTFU ~ The Secret Is Not Just To Make A – Resolution – You Must Also Work Out – Exactly – How And When – You Will Do It – An – “Implementation Intention” – Work Their Wonders – By – Handing Over Control To The Faithful Unconscious

~ EAWMSOTMIDOOL-WABUSBTBCC ~ Even As We Make Some Of The Most Important Decisions Of Our Lives – We Are Being Unwittingly Swayed By The Brain’s Capricious Concerns

~ ME-TMOB-E/M/S/S/ASO-LSOTE-W-WAAOTPTIU ~ Mental Events – That Manipulate Our Brains – Emotions / Moods / Schemas / Stereotypes / And So On – Lose Some Of Their Effect – When – We Are Aware Of Their Potential To Influence Us

JONATHAN CRARY ~ 24/7 ~ 2013

~ TSS-AQFSWPCWMCATFON-HAAN-AHHS-W-RI-A-IAIA-BSS-A-T-SS-WBTFOT-S-WOC ~ The Sleepless Soldier – A Quest For Soldiers Whose Physical Capabilities Will More Closely Approximate The Functionalities Of Non-Human Apparatuses And Networks – As History Has Shown – War-Related Innovations – Are – Inevitably Assimilated Into A – Broader Social Sphere – And – The – Sleepless Solider – Would Be The Forerunner Of The – Sleepless – Worker Or Consumer

~ N-SP-F-ALO-A-E-FM-AN ~ Non-Sleep Products – First – A Lifestyle Option – And – Eventually – For Many – A Necessity

~ OOTFOT-SD ~ One Of The Forms Of Torture – Sleep Deprivation

~ CF-ATTNLP-BCT ~ Continuous Functioning – A Time That No Longer Passes – Beyond – Clock Time

~ 24/7-IATO-I-AWTFOHLIIIAWWSHNNOI ~ 24/7 – Is A Time Of – Indifference – Against Which The Fragility Of Human Life Is Increasingly Inadequate And Within Which Sleep Has No Necessity Or Inevitability

~ TPB-R-AA-N-S-WS-O-A-AO-SM-O-I-C/T/S/D ~ The Planet Becomes – Reimagined – As A – Non-Stop – Work Site – Or – An – Always Open – Shopping Mall – Of – Infinite – Choices / Tasks / Selections / Digressions

~ S-ITSIW-P/C/D-O-WP-HTEOLATDOR ~ Sleeplessness – Is The State In Which – Producing / Consuming / Discarding – Occur – Without Pause – Hastening The Exhaustion Of Life And The Depletion Of Resources

~ T-IOS-IIFTODOSPIOS ~ The – Injuring Of Sleep – Is Inseparable From The Ongoing Dismantling Of Social Protections In Other Spheres

~ AT-CDW-HBPDATG-B-PAP-WTAMO-BW ~ Access To – Clean Drinking Water – Has Been Programmatically Devastated Around The Globe – By – Pollution And Privatization – With The Accompanying Monetization Of – Bottled Water

~ SICDOSIOTBS ~ Sleep Is Crucially Dependent On Society In Order To Be Sustained

~ PS-AN-CPTDS ~ Public Spaces – Are Now – Comprehensively Planned To Deter Sleeping

~ TPBSDPO-UH-EMD-YFAMAT-THAIO-US ~ The Pervasive But Socially Disregarded Phenomenon Of – Urban Homelessness – Entails Many Deprivations – Yet Few Are More Acute Than – The Hazards And Insecurities Of – Unsheltered Sleep

~ SN-M-P-S-NE-IWOCN-S/C/ENR-TIARIOT-N-TO24/7-IEAOSOPL ~ Since No – Moment – Place – Situation – Now Exists – In Which One Can Not – Shop / Consume / Exploit Networked Resources – There Is A Relentless Incursion Of The – Non-Time Of 24/7 – Into Every Aspect Of Social Or Personal Life

~ ISOT-OP-OT-C-E-H-B-HT-A-TTONS-T-LR-OTRA-D/F/CD ~ In Spite Of The – Omnipresent Proclamations – Of The – Compatibility – Even – Harmonization – Between – Human Time – And – The Temporalities Of Networked Systems – The – Lived Realities – Of This Relationship Are – Disjunctions / Fractures / Continual Disequilibrium

~ CTMC-TIAO-DOMAPC-RTTEOM ~ Contrary To Many Claims – There Is An Ongoing – Diminution Of Mental And Perceptual Capabilities – Rather Than Their Expansion Or Modulation

~ TIO-TC-A-Q-A-DBSPOAO-S-O-AMAO-CSR-TBAA-N-U-C-AT-FON ~ The Idea Of – Technological Change – As – Quasi-Autonomous – Driven By Some Process Of Autopoesis Of – Self-Organization – Allows Many Aspects Of – Contemporary Social Reality – To Be Accepted As – Necessary – Unalterable – Circumstances – Akin To – Facts Of Nature

~ FTVM-O-PAC-RT-IT-WCTB-EAD-BOTVAW-NPE-A-AW-AR-OESTP ~ For The Vast Majority – Our – Perceptual And Cognitive – Relationship To – Information Technology – Will Continue To Be – Estranged And Disempowered – Because Of The Velocity At Which – New Products Emerge – And – At Which – Arbitrary Reconfigurations – Of Entire Systems Take Place

~ A-ATN-IAAQDOOATADO24/7R;IIAPOAEITNOPAWAIIMIA-A-O-N-WCSAE ~ Any – Apparent Technological Novelty – Is Also A Qualitative Dilation Of One’s Accommodation To And Dependence On 24/7 Routines; It Is Also Part Of An Expansion In The Number Of Points At Which An Individual Is Made Into An – Application – Of – New – Control Systems And Enterprises

~ ENPOS-PIA-EFT-BOOOL-AE-GNORAN ~ Every New Product Or Service – Presents Itself As – Essential For The – Bureaucratic Organization Of One’s Life – An Ever-Growing Number Of Routines And Needs

~ IA-TIA-IAIU-TO-CLOS-M-T-IOCAA-IOOTFOT-GSO-A-R ~ In Actuality – There Is An – Imposed And Inescapable Uniformity – To Our – Compulsory Labor Of Self-Management – The – Illusion Of Choice And Autonomy – Is One Of The Foundations Of This – Global System Of – Auto-Regulation

~ TMAFO-SADA-UB-IA-ANEITTMSOLB ~ The Most Advanced Forms Of – Surveillance And Data Analysis – Used By – Intelligence Agencies – Are Now Equally Indispensable To The Marketing Strategies Of – Large Businesses

~ E-WAT-NA-‘OP’-T-ASIOPF-B-TPOT-AB-IACF-TTOMSRIMAQF-IIEA-SOIL-TCIW-PII-A-W-OBAPSO-DHAS ~ Everyone – We Are Told – Needs An – “Online Presence” – To – Avoid Social Irrelevance Or Professional Failure – But – The Promotion Of These – Alleged Benefits – Is A Cover For – The Transfer Of Most Social Relations Into Monetized And Quantifiable Forms – It Is Equally A – Shift Of Individual Life – To Conditions In Which – Privacy Is Impossible – And – Which – One Becomes A Permanent Site Of – Data Harvesting And Surveillance

~ SI-A-T-ROP-T-HAER ~ Sensory Impoverishment – And – The – Reduction Of Perception – To – Habit And Engineered Response

~ OOTM-FOC-OTLTY-HBTETA-NVA-T-PPOL ~ One Of The Main – Forms Of Control – Over The Last Thirty Years – Has Been To Ensure There Are – No Visible Alternatives – To – Privatized Patterns Of Living

~ INANITSO-AER-FOOSEAP-TW-A-RAR-TS-TO-TD-A-TS-I-IITU-A-ST-WPSAITUOSM-WIB-H-EAI ~ If Networks Are Not In The Service Of – Already Existing Relationships – Forged Out Of Shared Experience And Proximity – They Will – Always – Reproduce And Reinforce – The Separations – The Opacity – The Dissimulations – And – The Self-Interestedness – Inherent In Their Use – Any – Social Turbulence – Whose Primary Sources Are In The Use Of Social Media – Will Inevitably Be – Historically – Ephemeral And Inconsequential

~ 24/7-HPA-AOTIPAD-TAETAFODD:TP-TLTO-TWOTTS ~ 24/7 – Has Produced An – Atrophy Of The Individual Patience And Deference – That Are Essential To Any Form Of Direct Democracy: The Patience – To Listen To Others – To Wait One’s Turn To Speak

~ S-IOOTFREW-KON-WAOTTCOO ~ Sleep – Is One Of The Few Remaining Experiences Where – Knowingly Or Not – We Abandon Ourselves To The Care Of Others

~ S-RPDF-NAD-IOTEASO-IAU-IIAFOTTLUETTTTWOOATWN-I-ORASORTBIAESWAN-MD ~ Sleep – Requires Periodic Disengagement From – Networks And Devices – In Order To Enter A State Of – Inactivity And Uselessness – It Is A Form Of Time That Leads Us Elsewhere Than To The Things We Own Or Are Told We Need – Involuntarily – One Reclaims A Sensitivity Or Responsiveness To Both Internal And External Sensations Within A Non-Metric Duration

~ S-OOTUROTE ~ Sleep – One Of The Unvanquishable Remnants Of The Everyday

CARLO CIPOLLA ~ THE BASIC LAWS OF HUMAN STUPIDITY ~ 2021

~ OIRARSBTFT:PWOHOJRAITOTBUS=OIHIOABSIWASAUITMIPAATMIM ~ One Is Repeatedly And Recurrently Startled By The Fact That: People Whom One Had Once Judged Rational And Intelligent Turn Out To Be Unashamedly Stupid + One Is Harassed In One’s Activities By Stupid Individuals Who Appear Suddenly And Unexpectedly In The Most Inconvenient Places And At The Most Improbable Moments

~ SIAIPOAHGAIUDATACP-TOFTSPOSPWOICVLGODWVSO-YAHTFTSPOSP-WP(IAWTFL)WASYE ~ Stupidity Is An Indiscriminate Privilege Of All Human Groups And Is Uniformly Distributed According To A Constant Proportion – Thus One Finds The Same Percentage Of Stupid People Whether One Is Considering Very Large Groups Or Dealing With Very Small Ones – You Always Have To Face The Same Percentage Of Stupid People – Which Percentage (In Accordance With The First Law) Will Always Surpass Your Expectations

~ WTBTDHW-AGOAL-T-D-IUTDTDANT ~ Whether The Blow To Dick’s Head Was – A Gain Or A Loss – To – Dick – Is Up To Dick To Decide And Not Tom

~ TFITRPHDCAUUB ~ The Fact Is That Reasonable People Have Difficulty Conceiving And Understanding Unreasonable Behavior

~ NTG-F-C-E/D/H-TINE-OB-TIOOE:TPIQIS ~ Nothing To Gain – From – Causing – Embarrassment / Difficulties / Harm – There Is No Explanation – Or Better – There Is Only One Explanation: The Person In Question Is Stupid

~ S-S ~ Super-Stupid

~ SAP-TDPOASPIRTTPOPAC ~ Stupidity And Power – The Damaging Potential Of A Stupid Person Is Related To The Position Of Power And Consequence

~ TPOS ~ The Power Of Stupidity

~ S/P/I-P-ETDPOASP ~ Social / Political / Institutional – Power – Enhances The Damaging Potential Of A Stupid Person

~ E-SPADAD-B-RPFIDTIAUUB-B-TSPADNCTTROR-OIGCBS-OCOARD-B-TAILARS ~ Essentially – Stupid People Are Dangerous And Damaging – Because – Reasonable People Find It Difficult To Imagine And Understand Unreasonable Behavior – Because – The Stupid Person’s Actions Do Not Conform To The Rules Of Rationality – One Is Generally Caught By Surprise – One Cannot Organize A Rational Defense – Because – The Attack Itself Lacks Any Rational Structure

~ OOOITTAOWASI-FOOS-SAMCOHDE-B-IIBOACMOTENOS-IGTSPAS-BOT-EBOTS-OCNFATS-AAR-A-BLOWBPBTUMOTS ~ On Occasion One Is Tempted To Associate Oneself With A Stupid Individual – For One’s Own Schemes – Such A Maneuver Can Only Have Disastrous Effects – Because – It Is Based On A Complete Misunderstanding Of The Essential Nature Of Stupidity – It Gives The Stupid Person Added Scope – Because Of The – Erratic Behavior Of The Stupid – One Can Not Foresee All The Stupid’s – Actions And Reactions – And – Before Long One Will Be Pulverized By The Unpredictable Moves Of The Stupid

CHERYL RILLY ~ ILIA-LY SPEAKING ~ GREAT MOMENTS IN SEX ~ 1999

~ A:ABS ~ Acousticphilia: Arousal By Sounds

~ A:ABH ~ Acrophilia: Arousal By Heights

~ A:ABTTOHSWAA ~ Acrotomphilia: Arousal By The Thought Of Having Sex With An Amputee

~ A:ABASOM ~ Agalmatophilia: Arousal By A Statue Or Mannequin

~ A:ABBIPPOO ~ Agoraphilia: Arousal By Being In Public Places Or Outdoors

~ A:AWOCHOL ~ Agrexophilia: Arousal When Others Can Hear One’s Lovemaking

~ C:ABD ~ Choreophilia: Arousal By Dancing

~ C:ABBCTSS ~ Clastrophilia: Arousal By Being Confined To Small Spaces

~ C:ABF ~ Coprophilia: Arousal By Feces

~ G:ATSOP ~ Gerontophilia: Attraction To Significantly Older People

~ R:ABF ~ Rhabdophilia: Arousal By Flagellation

~ S:UOFFSP ~ Sitophilia: Use Of Food For Sexual Purposes

~ S:ABHSWASP ~ Somnophilia: Arousal By Having Sex With A Sleeping Person

~ U:AFSAIU ~ Urophilia: Arousal From Sex Acts Involving Urine

~ X:ABS ~ Xenophilia: Arousal By Strangers