Society is a cornucopticon

Cornucopticon is a blend of the words “cornucopia” and “panopticon.”

Society is a “cornucopticon” in that it provides a cornucopia of ideas and opportunities while at the same time being a panopticon that watches us day and night, thus also restricting our range of activities.

My partner came up with this blend word while we were on this subject last night.

Incidentally, bittersweet is a word that does not sound nearly as strong as it should. Since almost all experiences are to some extent bittersweet, one would think we would have more words describing this dual nature.

Disgust and sex

Disgust is a primary emotion.

The others are anger, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise. There is some controversy about how to group these basic emotions, but generally, expressions associated with primary emotions are recognizable across all cultures and are experienced by all functional human beings.

A new study has found that stress, which is probably interpretable as disgust in this case, was experienced by all of the (heterosexual) men being studied when viewing male-on-male kissing.

From the study’s abstract:

The results of the current study suggest that all individuals, not just highly sexually prejudiced individuals, may experience a physiological response indicative of stress when witnessing a male same-sex couple kissing.

The study is here: What do two men kissing and a bucket of maggots have in common? Heterosexual men’s indistinguishable salivary a-amylase responses to photos of two men kissing and disgusting images.

Co-author of the study, Karen L. Blair, says:

It is difficult to specifically state what this means. It could mean that participants found the images of male same-sex couples kissing to be equally disgusting as the disgusting images. It could mean that they had an anxiety response to the male couples kissing and a disgust response to the disgusting images, but that physiologically, we could not tell the difference between these two emotions. (Straight men’s physiological stress response to seeing two men kissing is the same as seeing maggots)

Make of this data what you like.

Just two months ago another study found that disgust plays a significant role in how people respond to people from other cultures or who look different.

An article about that can be found here: Multiculturalism fails due to “behavioral immune system”.

In my view, it is hard to argue with primary emotions. Our neocortexes may want us to be perfectly tolerant and judiciously blind to all human differences, but maybe that’s not actually possible?

Edit 07/22/17: “Yuck, you disgust me!” Affective bias against interracial couples

CNN guilty of extortion?

What happens when the press is judge, jury, and executioner?

CNN extorts amateur satirist who made video tweeted by Trump: if you make fun of us again we will harm you archive.is/o7izm#selectio… (Link to original)

Edit 9:30 AM: The Tweet below was deleted as the meme storm rose. Far as I know it is authentic.

This is what disturbs me most about the left—they always want to control your mind, your communications, your thoughts. And they always think they are fit to make those judgements.

Edit 4:15 PM: The latest from Project Veritas: CNN Producer Doubles Down on “Stupid as Sh*t” Comments About Voters

Citizen journalism: James Comey and his connections to the Deep State

This overview is outstanding, well-reasoned and well-sourced.

Link: EVERYTHING You NEED to Know about Comey and his History.

It provides a very plausible take on how James Comey allegedly fits into numerous Clinton and Obama scandals.

The author claims this is what “Drain the Swamp” truly means.

No matter what you think of Trump, The Swamp, Clinton, or Obama, this is a must-read. Don’t miss it.

Material like this shows that we are in a new era of journalism. Any of the major news outlets could have put this story together, but none of them has.

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