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Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

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In my philosophy, Rational Praxis-ism, the individual, even in relationship prehends their resources.  That is to say, that your resources do your will because it is a meritocracy and you earned your resources.  Even in relationship your resources do your will unless you have made an agreement to the contrary.  All of the time I hear people arguing for what other people should think and say and do.  In my system your actions, thoughts, and self expression are yours and yours alone.  Only when someone has proven their correctness to you and NOT to themselves and you have agreed to change your behavior can they hold it against you if your behavior is not desirable, or if you changing your behavior is necessary for the success of the endeavor and is reasonable, as in mitigation.  

People are so full of their stupid judgments.  They presuppose their own self appointed moral authority, I refer to this as not being smart enough to detect your own horse shit.  What’s good for you is good for you, and what’s good for me is what’s good for me.  You don’t get to choose what is good for me.  This is known as judging tacitly from analogy.  It is a normative bias in which the person thinking that everybody should think like themselves pecker slaps people with their perspective, arguing that they should change their expression, that they are experiencing life wrong.  It is one thing to say, “this is my experience of life.” or, “you cannot relate to me in this way by doing this with me, I will not participate with it.”   it is quite another thing to say, “you are experiencing life incorrectly and you have to change the way you think, express yourself, and behave.”  especially when their has been no contest of proof, no scientific experiment, and no debate with reasoned arguments. 

The most annoying thing, I think, to me, is that there are soooo many more stupid people than intelligent people, and stupid people are not less judgmental, they are more so…..

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MICROEXPRESSION HELL

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I am not like other people, I relax into philosophy and thinking.  The problem is that every time a read a book or study a new science I get smarter, and then the world looks stupider and more evil to me.  And then I see things more acutely and whereas I would like to be wrong about a lot of things I find that I am actually more correct than I knew which then makes me more depressed.

A few years ago I became interested in microexpressions and I bought a bunch of Paul Ekman books.  Now I am so sensitive that I can read peoples faces like books and I find this more depressing than ever.  It was useful to plug into my theories on relationship and philosophy but it is one of those things that you can’t shutoff.  I get to see how everybody is in relationship with me.

It is interesting if you consider that our brains are hardwired to recognize faces and read faces to a certain extent.  So every time something repeats it creates neural myelination in your brain, it reifies something.  So when I see a repeated reaction to myself it characterizes me to myself.  It becomes part of my sense of self and who I feel myself to be.  At least it would if I was normal and gave a single fuck what people think about me.  Fortunately for me I know that the vast majority of people are insipid fools so I don’t take their reaction to heart anymore.  I kind of use it against them in a way which I will get into later.

They have found that facial expressions of contempt and disgust are the single biggest factor in signaling the end of relationships.  So it is interesting when people meet me for the first time and know literally nothing about me and they react with contempt and disgust.  I know that relationship is not even an option.  It is over before it began.  All they know about me is how I look so I know that they are prejudiced.

Some functional psychopaths usually with histrionic personality disorder like to scream with their faces to “communicate a state”(my term :D) to people, to manipulate their emotions to make them feel bad about themselves or to make them think they did something wrong.  I get this all of the time.  Instead of modifying my behavior I repeat the “offensive” behavior and then I repeat tautologies of that behavior.  I look for exactly what their trigger is and then I put it on fully automatic.  My feeling is that if you can be offended you need to be offended.  If you don’t want to see homosexuals kissing on the street or you think that my 7 pound cockapoo is the devil because a black dog prevented Gabriel from finishing a mission, your ass needs to stay inside where you are safe from the dirty, dirty, world.

I want you to consider something, all of your experiences are tainted by the fact that you are the one having them.  Everything that has ever happened to you creates a normative bias and a sense of who you are.  People react differently to you and relate differently to you than they do to anyone else.  In the yoga sutras of patanjali this is discussed although I say it more plainly than most.  My psychologist ex gf used to chide me about my approach to people, I constantly explained to her that people don’t react to me like they react to her so I will not get the same results with her strategy.  I have to use the strategy that gets the most positive results for myself.

Ekman says that being in a permanent refractory state is the same as being crazy and indeed I have driven people insane that tried to communicate to me that I was annoying them and therefore I must modify my behavior.  The hidden subject is that they feel I am attacking them by existing in the universe being visible to them.  So the only way I can be part of the solution is if I died or disappeared and that is not going to happen.  I am not responsible for your emotions.  You do not get to win by being a victim or feeling victimized or being mentally and emotionally damaged and not wanting to be sane or mentally healthy.  If people want to be obsessed with me and to dedicate themselves to my destruction and silence, well then….

COME AT ME, BROH!

…but seriously, you don’t know what kind of mental kung fu I have and if you want to antagonize me you will find yourself fighting a tidal wave or a hurricane.  That is how your mind compares to mine.  So do your worst mental midgets.  But I digress, I have driven people mad that fucked with me, not even joking, we are talking asylums….

I am not responsible for your emotional reaction to me.  You are responsible for your own damn emotions.  Grow the fuck up.  Take some fucking responsibility for yourself.Image

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TRANSGRESSIVE SACRALITY

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Furthermore, I don’t aspire to being normal and I never intend to be normal if I can help it.  In India there is a practice of “transgressive sacrality” it is used to remove ones feelings of superiority and self righteousness.  One does something despicable like eating poop or some flesh from a rotting corpse that floated by in the Ganges.  It is a particularly harsh form of yoga but the reasoning behind it is sound philosophically speaking, and I was trained to be a jnani guru.  Jnana is the yoga of philosophy.  Associated with the ajna. 

See puritanical pursuits are obsessive compulsive, they are unaware of the law of diminished returns.  Beyond a certain point purity becomes a disease.  One feels that oneself is clean and the world is contemptuous and disgusting, that one is too good for the world.  You expend more energy being clean than you derive benefit from it.  

Raising the bar on purity issues has always been a way of excluding the lower classes or non caste.  “see they are not like us, we are clean and they are like animals”.  Everybody must attain at least this level of cleanliness to be sanctioned and everyone below that level is excluded.  The funny thing is this perspective is unsustainable.  Think about places like Iran and Egypt where muslims all consider themselves too good to pick up their own filth.  In Iran they bring in abid from somalia, that’s right, dark skinned slaves.  In Egypt they let the pigs eat the garbage they leave on the street.  Muslims recently used the “swine flu” as a reason for getting rid of the pigs to force their way on all the other religions, but people started getting sick because the garbage was rotting in the street, so the pigs had to be brought back.  

Jesus apparently got kicked out of India for the same thing that he got in trouble for with the Jewish religious leaders, hob knobbing with the hoi polloi.  he would grab grains of wheat when walking through the fields and rub them with his hands and eat them because he and his disciples were hungry.  The pharisees said, “YOU ARE WORKING ON THE SABBATH!  YOU DIDN’T WASH YOUR HANDS UP TO YOUR ELBOWS!”  To which J-bone responded, “The sabbath was made for man, so he wouldn’t have to slave seven days a week, man was not created to observe the sabbath.” 

Human beings have a cognitive bias known as normatizing.  We arrogantly assume that what is normal from our perspective is also good.  We judge tacitly from analogy thinking that other people should be like us and think like us.  Pure environments are uncreative environments because they are judgement rich environments.  That means that everybody is afraid that they will cross the line and offend someone.  But every year we more pure which is to say we become more sensitive.  people are thin-skinned and they win by getting offended, which means nobody can do anything.  

I have all these Persian neighbors that have recently moved in and they have brought with them their normative judgements that dogs, alcohol, bad language, sexuality and just about everything else that makes life enjoyable is bad.  We need to lower the bar in the community area.  If you don’t like it stay home.  We aren’t supposed to have the streets filled with judgemental, thin-skinned babies running around wagging their fingers and pecker-slapping people with their stupid judgements.  The house is for the babies, stay your judgemental ass home.  Stop forcing your judgements on everyone around you.  Peoples judgements almost never tell us anything useful about the world and everything about their world.  

The last time I checked this was still America and our founding fathers guaranteed us the freedom to pursue our own happiness.  We used to have positive freedoms and now we only have negative freedoms.  You have the right to get offended and have an authority champion your butthurt like the little pussy you are and every time you do so you give away some of your freedom, some of your power.  you are paying for the structures of authority to police you and others.  They are there to protect and serve not to take the beer out of your hands in your hot tub.  

If you can be offended, you need to be offended.  I use transgressive sacrality in my stand up comedy routines for this reason.  Help me lower the bar.  I also use Masculine Communication Rituals.  You might have noticed my abrasive style.  That is there for a reason.  That is how real men think.  that is what it sounds like inside their heads.  The masculine voice is being squelched, strangled, banished in America, but it is going to make a rather quick come back, mark my words.