19 Oct 2014

How the mind works (or NOt).

The Captain, as many will know, has longstanding issues with the workings of minds – and by extension failures of the mind to work properly (aka stupidity and madness). It’s been some 20-odd years now that I (the Captain, for those who do not know) have been studying the ‘thing’.  By mind I include brain – as I see the two as inseparable. [And I’m not at this stage about to deviate to debate whether the soul is a separate and independent inhabitant of the brain. For those who believe mind and soul are separate and separable, I simply say, submit yourself to me with a request for some brain damage, and we’ll see what happens next about your soul. Jeez.. I always have to distract myself with all sorts of lame arguments that people are likely to come up with – so bare with me or not!].

Right – back on topic, if I may. No – I’m not about to give you the secrets to the workings of the mind/brain. What I will say today – as I do – is that in the last 10 years, there has been an explosion of information and research on certain aspects of how the mind functions (and by extension ‘not’). The unconscious mind is something that people are likely to think, “Oh it’s that subconscious thing – innit – nothing new there. Go away.. it’s old hat!!!” People who go like that – even in the privacy of their own heads -  I immediately would classify as idiots. Tough if you come to feel insulted.

The Unconscious is even deeper than what people would conceptualise as ‘the subconscious’. Oooo.. this could get scary.. and when people get scared they look away!! Do I care?! You don’t believe me – so look here and click the image (at right) to read more:

Or – don’t click it – if you know you know it all, or you spitefully decide not to click it or read further.

Sure – it’s all theory some will say – and that’s fine for them. Some of such people have never seen God but still believe in God, and there is even less tangible (hard) evidence for a God [evidence is different to inferences and reasoning for]. But no, God still exists – and is not a theory for them. But all this ‘psychobabble’ will be categorised as ‘theory’ and dismissed very quickly. I’m always amused by all this.

If there was something in you, like an unwelcome influence over your mind, imperceptibly controlling your responses to the world you interact with – I suspect you’d want to know about it. Well, here is the equivalent. The Unconscious controls how you react to the world and people. It orchestrates all ‘above’ it – and I’m betting that 90-something percent of all people do not know much about it. Did I say it is evil? No – I did not!!! If you even fleetingly thought so, that was your ‘subconscious’ and ‘unconscious’ leading you to react in that way. Implied meaning flashed before you, where none is so expressed. I was simply giving an analogy to awake your consideration (I said nothing about evil nor did I imply such).

What most of us know as ‘the mind’ is that little 10% (or so) at the top that we are aware of, in our daily activities. But make no mistake, the mind’s actions are quite often affected by that 90% or so that is below the surface of awareness. So – I’m not here to tell you all about how it works, because that would be the subject of a few PhD theses. However, it is for anyone interested in this, to springboard from here onto Google to see what more there is. Of course, no one need be interested in any of this – the human race has survived for thousands of years without any of this knowledge. Ahhh.. but will it survive that much longer without recognition and action on it – is the big issue?

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Supplemental reading:

  1. The unconscious mind at work
  2. Think Different: The Merits of Unconscious Thought in Preference Development and Decision Making

16 Oct 2014

TnT Equipped for Ebola!!!

I does laugh like ah demented hyena when I read articles like this. 'Officials' does say anything to make themselves look good. We, the people (at least, me!) know better.

Remember they said that about that Chikungunya? When reality hit, is 87 and counting cases spreading like bushfire in March. Reality shows, they only think they prepared, when the real thing hit, they scrambling like a hornerman looking for clothes when he get ketch.

By the time a diagnosis is made, that person would have exposed himself/herself to the A&E department with hundreds of persons present. Epidemic right there, given the contagious nature of the disease.

Allyuh better pray allyuh eh see even the backside of ebola. I shudder to think what the reality will be.

29 Sep 2014

Yet another duncey homicide!

Once more, a police duncey has committed a homicide upon an innocent bystander.

While escorting the man through the crowd, he escaped, causing the officer to pull out his firearm and open fire on the man. The officer missed his target and instead shot Mohammed, they claimed.

The duncey version, of course, is different.

Inspector Henry Dan, who confirmed reports that about 5.30 am yesterday, a uniformed officer on duty at the party observed a group of men smoking marijuana.

“The officer seized the marijuana and was speaking to the group when one of the men grabbed his firearm. A struggle ensued during which one shot was discharged. The man, who is unknown to police, managed to escape after that.” Dan said it was at this point that the policeman “asked if anyone was injured and persons directed him to a man on ground. He (Mohammed) had been shot in the neck. Officers took him to Port-of-Spain General Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival sometime before 6 am.”

Knowing the penchant of police for resorting to firearms under any circumstances, I know that the police version sounds most unlikely to me. It’s just ‘spin’ to clear the duncey of a charge, but once more, looking at the bigger picture, a life is lost in vain.

Lemme call some names... Shazard Mohammed, Sheldon Des Vignes, Tota-Maharaj, Joel Charles, Simon Khan, Mustapha 'Taliban' Edwards, Hansraj Harripersad and the list goes on... and on... and on... Allyuh see the pattern?

Now, there will be no charge against this duncey, even though he was quick to pull a gun and shoot under cicumstances where, in the civilised world, no such action would be taken. But as Martin Daly said previously:

I always thought that from time immemorial, at least since democracy bridled the power of kings, emperors and fathers of nations, the assessment of evidence of witnesses is the function of the Courts where witnesses are seen and heard and tested by cross-examination in an open manner in contrast to a presentation on paper assessed in the clandestine cloisters of legal chambers.

It is also my recollection that this might not be the first time that a member of the protective services has benefited from intervention before due process could take its full course and I am wondering whether we truly do have categories of persons... ...who qualify for favourable treatment by secret processes outside of the courts.

For 2014, in 9 months, the police killed:

1) Janus Alphonso, 28, on January 10
2) Walcott Ali, 51, January 11
3) Nicholas Sylvester, 19, January 20
4) Kevon Charles, 26, January 31
5) Akeem Price, 22, February 4
6) Anthony Hepurn, 29, February 11
7) Junior Noel, 31, Feburay 14
8) Anderson Deo, 22, February 14
9) Jeremy Innis, 19, March 10
10)  Adrian Charles, 24, March 18
11)  Satrohan Ramhanie, 22,
12)  Anthony Hospedales, 18, March 26
13)  Jerome Clunis, 23,
14)  Gilbert Browne, 25, March 27
15)  Naim Dean, 21, April 11
16)  Roy Thomas, 29, May 1
17)  Chandrabhose Samaroo, 32, May 5
18)  Anthony Amogan, 43, May 9
19)  Antonio  Swan, 21, May 13
20)  Nigel Long, 35, May 13
21)  Dillon Mason, 20, May 21
22)  Jerome Cross, 27, May 22
23)  Joel Apparicio, 31, May 22
24)  Chaquille McCoy, 21, June 5
25) Hakeem Alexander, 16, June 9
26) Tevin Alexander, 15, June 9
27) Christian Ashby, June 19
28) Abba Diaz, 25, June 19
29) Kishawn Daniel, 19, June 21
30) Kareem Stuart, August 13
31) Keron Guy, August 13
32) David Baker, 28, August 17
33) Rubin Richens, 23, August 17
34) Kareem Edwards, 19, August 17
35) Ricardo Mohammed, 17, September 28

Approximately 4 persons per month!

Not for the first time, I am asking for dunceys to be disarmed and a special SWAT team put in place to act when criminals are armed. The average duncey appear not to have the psychological capability to carry a weapon, nor the intelligence to know when to use it.

27 Sep 2014

Political Cowardice

Yesterday,  the headlines resounded with the Prime Minister's political cowardice in the face of giving the LGBT community 'equal rights'.

The 'senior counsel' is of the view that to give LGBT persons equal rights will require a 'referendum',  and that such action right now is not' prudent'.

Obviously,  with elections due next year,  the PM is wary of her political survival,  and is unwilling to tackle any contentious issue,  including this one.

But,  as a 'senior counsel',  the PM ought to be aware that the laws against the LGBT community are illegal.  Not might be,  but actually are.  Given that the Constitution is granting equal rights to all,  those laws that ban homosexuality etc are ultra vires...  Outside of the Constitution.

Oddly enough,  these laws have not been challenged by the LGBT community in court... I'm inclined to the notion that if these are challenged at the Privy Council,  they will be declared incompatible with the rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

22 Sep 2014

Paragraph and text borders in MS Word 2013

Today it hit me that people (in general, or a significant proportions of them), don’t read documents very well. Everybody is so busy or dyslexic or whateverrrr.

Even if I put in headings and emphasise them in different font styles, I’ve noticed that a fair few will miss what is written. So for certain documents I’ve now decided to add borders to headings and certain key text. See demo below.

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I get to be able to do that by the following sequence (which needs some figuring out – yes, I know I’m not a good teacher, or spoon-feeder.)

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Then playing with options here.

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Why have I posted this here, if I’m not teaching anybody anything? Because, it forms part of my notes on how I did it. Sometimes I do forget how I did something on a computer..it happens to a lot of people – it’s jus that they never admit it. Yes I know Microsoft has a help page on this. If you find that better, more kind and loving - then you go there and you use it.