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I imagine that landing an F-18 on a carrier is an event that so concentrates the mind as to trigger the the same physiological response as having a gun pointed at your head. In 65-mph traffic on an interstate once the car in front of me side swiped the concrete side barrier and slide sideways across three lanes only to bounce off the opposite side barrier and came back across all three lanes again. It all happened in less that three seconds but I remember waiting for the car to clear me in front on the first slide then shifting into a lower gear to speed up enough to get in front of the second slide and not be in the middle of it. It worked. All in slow motion, or so it seemed. I even had time to think about how we might collide and that I’d steer into the slide to avoid a rollover if my escape maneuver didn’t work. All in three seconds.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2011 on A Work in Progress at ShrinkWrapped
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Ashley, I also think it is stress and adrenaline. At least in life threatening situations. When facing a threat human beings will experience incredible physical and psychological pressure or "stress." This life threatening stress causes fine motor skills to deteriorate, perception of time to slow down and the senses to focus on the threat, to the exclusion of almost everything else. It is an adaptive trait that was selected and retained by evolution during the time when humans lived in a hunter gather world. Those with the trait had a better chance of surviving the threats that were common then, so we have inherited it. Like everything else, it’s benefits are not 100%. A case out of Florida involved a man who justifiably shot an attacker in self defense. He immediately called 911. The operator asked him when the shooting occurred and he said, “about 5 minutes ago.” It had actually been just seconds ago. The prosecutor then used this statement against him to argue in a later trial that he failed to report the incident right away and that he must have been staging the scene during the 5 minutes that he waited before calling the cops. A good lawyer was able to fix this by having an expert explain to the jury that the stress of being attacked and fearing for his life had caused this man to experience a distorted sense of time.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2011 on A Work in Progress at ShrinkWrapped
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But they volunteered, I think.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2011 on A Work in Progress at ShrinkWrapped
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Egad, I thought I was the only one. I’ve never needed an alarm clock, even when I have to get up at 4:00 AM for something important. You call it “trouble.” Don’t you find it to be a benefit? Or perhaps you mean you set yourself to wake earlier than you really want to. I don’t do that, I tell myself what time I want to wake up, and voila! I can hit it within 10 minutes.
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2011 on A Work in Progress at ShrinkWrapped
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In the meantime, for an interesting piece on human cognitive timing and the mystery of the brain, check this out: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/25/110425fa_fact_bilger Maybe Shrink will write something on it when he returns.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2011 on A Work in Progress at ShrinkWrapped
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While you’re all waiting for Shrink to come back why not start your own conversation in the comments so he’ll know what his readers are thinking in his absence.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2011 on A Work in Progress at ShrinkWrapped
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Sexually frustrated young men have always been a formula for trouble of one kind or another. Since nature tends to keep the number of males and females in the population close to (but not exactly) equal, any culture that permits some men to monopolize multiple women will necessary leave some number of other men out in the cold. Those men will make trouble unless they are constrained by force or tricked into believing that some foreign enemy is responsible for their misery. The scam is taken further by getting them to believe that a sexual paradise awaits them after they blow themselves up in a suicide attack against the supposed outside enemy. First calm them down by giving them someone else to hate, then get rid of them by convincing them to commit suicide. Even their own mothers are tricked and appeased. Of the strong men who created this world, I’m thinking of the line in the Dire Straits' song Money for Nothing, that goes, “Them guys ain’t dumb.” Mixing men and women in the military is a mistake because of the strong sex drive in men of a military age. They are in an environment that is already stressful and the presence of women in close quarters adds sexual tension. While some of the men score with the women others don’t because the military will necessarily include men of all kinds, some less attractive to women than others. Outside of the military such men can go elsewhere to find their bliss. There usually is somebody for everybody if everybody has freedom of movement. That’s not ever the case in the military. Of the generals, admirals and politicians who wrote this plan I would say, “Them guys are really dumb."
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