I found out first hand what culture shock was. It’s a panicky feeling, like, I don’t even know how to buy a coke. I’ve never been to Europe but I imagine it wouldn’t be so bad there. The contrast between the east and the west is all about the different way things are grouped and interrelated. These mental models dictate what the whole world looks like. how it functions. That’s why steros go louder than TVs, and hospitals have to define visiting hours.
Two seater couches make a wordless statement about how humans relate to one another
- – -Outside Context Problems are a mental model problem. The example everyone cites is tribal hunter-gatherers coming face to face with pale invaders with epaulettes and guns, but it’s happening right now in your life.
The reason people lie to themselves is because it’s the path of least resistance. It takes more effort to change.
There’s a maximum number of OCPs that an entity can absorb for a given unit of time before something bad happens. The bad thing is the entity must disregard new models, because the rate of change has become crippling. So to succeed, new truths must be disregarded. It seems counter-productive until you try it. When the singularity comes, no one will be alive for the rapid ascent up the J-curve. The whole of everything we know is gonna rattle to tiny pieces on the runway.
That’s probably why man has never attempted to put a horse into space. It’s not a question of ethics. Horses just aren’t very aerodynamic. Plus they’re completely the wrong temperament. Even the most docile pony won’t stand still in a wind tunnel.
A quarter horse in zero gravity is an accident waiting to happen. An angry stallion tumbling end-over-end in a space shuttle is likely to bite your fucking hand off if you get too close.
This is your first and final warning people. A pre-emptive I-told-you-so for the miserable, horse-bitten astronauts of tomorrowland.