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sociology - the structure of analysing belief systems

language for manipulation,
exaggeration and hypocrisy

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language for manipulation, exaggeration and hypocrisy continues from the moderation problem.
Most human communication is rubbish.
Through observing the increasing numbers of psychological mistakes originating from popular mass media and other opinionators, abelard pinpoints how current language damages society's mental and social fabric.

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." [1]

"Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing." [2]

"How can I help but see what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.”

“Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder." [2]

    the meaning of survival in the human state
    1. A great deal of human behaviour is driven by blind survival drives.

    2. Humans are becoming conscious, and need to understand how to control those drives, otherwise they will wreck the planet and themselves with it.

    3. The prime inherited drives are to breed and to not be eaten.

    4. Humans are often a damn nuisance to each other.
      They form collectives which interfere with their ability to get on with their own lives.

the meaning of survival in the human state
breaking paranoia's positive feedbacks
nightmare! the corruption of language by politicians and reporters ;
emotion displaces reason- a non-word dictionary
just so stories
politicians drip poison
exciting, inciting behaviours in others
detecting fake emotions
hatred as a weapon of mass destruction

bibliography         end notes
related reading about sociology and socialism
  1. Yet, if they do not form collectives, other collectives attempt to invade and thus otherwise to disrupt their lives.

  2. Thus they tax each other, they tend to war against each other, instead of getting on with their own quiet and productive lives.

  3. Much of the abelard.org website describes the logic of just getting on with your lives.
    But then comes the irrationalist, collective pressures.

  4. However, if you are not part of a collective, for instance a nation, you are vulnerable to any highwayman or opportunist dirt bag.

  5. Thus there is a conflict between your independence and your simple wish to be left alone.

  6. These insecurities tend to drive most people to overvalue money and commit all manner of crimes to get their hands on money.

    breaking paranoia's positive feedbacks
  7. Paranoia sets up dangerous positive feedbacks.

  8. The black is paranoid of the police, and so acts negative,    suspicious, uncooperative.

  9. So the police learn to expect it.
    In turn, they become nervous, irritable.

  10. Thence blacks, gypsies or other minorities in turn learn to distrust police (and other would-be 'authorities') .

  11. This is a generalised problem in human behaviour.

    It cannot be stopped until people learn better people skills.
    Thus, it is better that such skills taught systematically in society.

    nightmare! the corruption of language by politicians and reporters;
  12. I doubt that I could ever emphasise adequately the vast amount of fiction and just so stories that parade in the rhetoric and drivel that is served up by politicians and media as commentary upon everyday happenstance. This is all organised by monkeys seeking to enhance their control over resources (and money). It is all wrapped up in a tinsel of adjectives and emotional superfluidity.

    Reporters and politicians destroy language as they encourage people to emote instead of to think.

  13. You may string together longer words to make non-sense, just as you may string short words, and vice-versa.

  14. It is time for a dictionary of fashionable non-words with their translations.
    These words are often subjective to the person using them and so intended to influence the recipient to mutually agree or disapprove.
emotion displaces reason - a non-word dictionary
non-word word   non-word word
nightmare minor disturbance moment of truth what happens next
disgrace minor mistake justice what we want, frequently money
outrage minor problem victim, survivor upset, looking for sympathy/compensation
perfect storm coincidence
two events ('problems' happening at the same time
PTSD upset, looking for sympathy/compensation
(absolutely) devastated
(absolutely) gutted
minor disappointment
pay tribute to looking for sympathy/compensation
meaningless adjectives
virtue signalling
• to be honest
• to be perfectly frank    and honest
• to be clear

I am about to lie to you
normally I lie to you
make history winning a goal in an obscure football game tragic deaths I am a good person who cares.
Now a death cannot be mentioned without adding 'tragic' (or else 'sadly')
I need
we need

I want

awesome, super cool,
110%, wonderful,
amazing, spot-on,
important, hugely massive
good, person or action that is approved of
We, everybody, most people I, me
the country wants
my constituency....
the party...
I want
[often used by politicians]

(originally, a colder temperature)
I like/approve
clever, good, original to me

self-esteem encouraging a person to believe that they can do a task that in reality they cannot (a belief that they are more capable than ability warrants) significantly
is not a number
closure revenge we're making progress we're far behind
feisty badly behaved, aggressive banter aggressive comments and chatter
the adults in the room
agrees with me I can't wait! Please, please, don't change channel to something less boring
tax inspectors
people above the law
someone who does not agree with me
I don't understand the subject, but I intend to bluff my way through I will blather
that's a good, a brilliant question patronising
I will now blather, or dodge the question
I've not thought about this but... ... now to dodge or blather
crisis my rent is due, it's a crisis
crisis, I can't find my pencil
a subsection on wokespeak
reach out talk to, ask   reveal tell
push back answer identify as pretend to be
speaks to someone else agrees with my analysis/commentary/version step down, step back
be asked to step down/back
be sacked
problematic does not accord with current 'modern think'    
manipulative physical behaviours
continual head nodding you agree with me, don't you?
I agree with whatever you are saying, however ridiculous
'scientists' and other 'experts'
probably I haven't a clue      
most likely  
    just-so stories
  1. Much use of language involves just so stories. Every salesman seeks supposed advantages for her victim, let alone politicians or even reporters. Thus, the estate agent doesn't tell you about the problem with the drains. Every barrister in court tells you butter wouldn't melt in the mouth of his client, or else the defendant's the worst monster since Stalin. And so it goes on, not a seeking for facts but attempts to distort, confuse, and to gain advantage. Most humans are not very nice, but we do the best we can.

    People make up just so stories that embellish, or justify, or absolve their actions - "I am a victim", "I had no choice", or provide 'virtue signalling'. Other , mostly visual, just so stories claim a country's racial make up to be the inverse of reality.

  2. politicians dripping poison
  3. A common behaviour of politicians is to try to undermine their opponents by a steady drip-feed of unsupported, dishonest exaggeration and poison.
    I shall use Stalinmer (Labour/Socialist Opposition Leader, Kier Starmer) as a current example of this process in action.
    Note that their cronnies will also pile in opportunistically.
  4. 1. This recent spate of political poison in the UK (2022-23) started with a ridiculous campaign about an alleged birthday cake for then Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and moved seamlessly from one unresolved attack to another, supported as usual by media surrogates.
    2. Outlandish wage demands among train drivers and nurses.
    3. Taxing private school fees, with the objective of undermining, or even destroying, a major, serious education resource for future major leadership positions, including in parliament..
    4. The latest step in this campaign is to try to make an issue out of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). This has been used since Attlee's 1947 debacle to produce cheap government buildings, and ever since.

    Notice that as each attack fades away under analysis, a new piece of nonsense takes its place, until that too starts stumbling as it is analysed.

  5. exciting, inciting behaviours in others
  6. Humans spend much of their time trying to excite and incite other human monkeys into doing what they want others to do, rather than encouraging those people (monkeys) to act in their own interests.

  7. Unfortunately, humans are remarkably inclined to states of excitement. This may work for a band of chimpanzees, or a football crowd, but it is not a wise behaviour for reasoning beings. It may even have worked for bands of warring tribes, but it is suicidally self-destructive for modern societies.

  8. People are not narcissists, they do not seek control.
    These labels are attempts to control the narrative of other people.
    "I'd rather they do what I want them to do, not what they are trying to do themselves that they decided themselves to do."
    All sounds rather narcissistic to me!

  9. detecting fake emotions
  10. While observing interviews and interactions, I am reminded of an amusing but trivial film which illustrates the fake emotions used to manipulate those less capable of independent thought and analysis. Noticeable is the repeated expression, "Put on your happy face."

  11. You may notice politicians and the like nod their head as they say something affirmative and shake their head as they say something negative. A method of trying to force 'the targets' into agreeing with whatever they are saying, however foolish the speaker's assertions may be.

  12. "A feigned smile, such as one we make for a photographer, often continues for more than four or five seconds, by which time most authentic expressions have faded. Feigned smiles also get switched on more abruptly and off more abruptly than a genuine smile."
    [paraphrased from Bugental, p.399]
    You can see this continuously on the faces of participants of television advertisements.

    a: feigned smile/b: spontaneous smile
    a: feigned smile/b: spontaneous smile [image: Schmidt]
  13. hatred as a weapon of mass destruction
  14. Isn't it about time people stopped slagging off poor old Herod?
    Surely paranoid Putin has already killed more baybees?

    And what about other previous babee (and adult) killers like Hitler or Stalin?
    For how long can you hold grudges?

  15. Maybe Maigret has a point, "Hatred is a disease. It makes you enjoy things that must not be enjoyed."[3, with video excerpt and comments]
    That includes things like anger, revenge, rancour, resentment, spite, and other physical and emotional violences.

  16. We have quite enough problems with our latest mass murders without dwelling on those of a hundred years ago, let alone 2,000 years past.
    We don't need rhetoric to keep alive old fires of hatred.
    We need the will to stop those in the present age.



Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Independently published, 2020, pbk

£19.00 [amazon.co.uk] {advert}

ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08CWG63D4
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8656091077

Independently published, 2021, hbk

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ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8484624218

Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson

1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

 ValdeBooks, pbk, 2021

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ISBN-10 : 1444475029
ISBN-13 : 978-1444475029

Sanage Publishing House, 2020
Kindle edition

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Just so stories for children by Rudyard Kipling
Just so stories for children by Rudyard Kipling

Suzeteo Enterprises; Illustrated edition, hbk, 2019

£12.00 [amazon.co.uk] {advert}
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ISBN-10 : 1645940160
ISBN-13 : 978-1645940166

This edition is an illustrated reproduction of the original edition.

We have not included any paperback editions because the publishers of these appear to think they know better than Mr. Kipling as how to illustrate the stories, or even how to write them.

Strictly Ballroom, also known as Ballroom dancing
Strictly Ballroom dvd
  • 1992
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 94 minutes
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ English, Korean
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ NTSC
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07KPJXNPT
  • Region Free DVD :
    Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible

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Note that the offerings at amazon.com (USA) are often, bizarrely, region 2 only, region 2 being Europe.

Ballroom dancing dvd

Unmasking the "Polite Smile": Situational and Personal Determinants of Managed Affect in Adult-Child Interaction
by Daphne Blunt Bugental

Strictly Ballroom dvd

Personality and social psychology bulletin,
Sage Journals
Volume 12 Issue 1, March 1986, 7-16, p.399

Available behind paywall set up by Sage Journals

See also
Movement Differences between Deliberate and Spontaneous Facial Expressions: Zygomaticus Major Action in Smiling by Karen L. Schmidt et al.
J Nonverbal Behav. 2006; 30(1): 37–52


by David G. Myers
Worth Publishers, 13th edition, 2020  
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  • 630 pages

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1319341020
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1319341022

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  • pbk

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end notes

  1. Quotation from Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  2. Quotations from 1984 by George Orwell

  3. I do not believe that this incident or these words appear in the book written by Georges Simenon. As remarked elsewhere, it is a vanity of script writers to believe that they can do better than the original writer.
    [Rupert Davies as Commissary Jules Maigret in Peter the Lett (1963)]

    video excerpt: 45 secs
    return to the index

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