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Jun 14, 2014
When stupidity is threatened by truth, kill the truth.
 
 
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Jun 14, 2014
This reminds me of part of the ending of Metal Gear Solid 4.

When the nanites ceased to function and the soldiers started remembering all the slaughter they did. They couldn't function.

What PHB is experiencing is the same. Remembering how much of an Idiot he was.
 
 
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Jun 14, 2014
This reminds me of the old Hee Haw joke - "Doctor, it hurts when I do this!" "Well stop doing that!"
 
 
Jun 14, 2014
I have two copies of essentially the same comment:

vaidyar: after he pulls back the veil, he won't have to pretend, because he will be unable to remember the things that he's not seeing anymore.

ccdesan: when the veil is in use, he's not cognitively dissonant, because that would require cognitive resources that he won't have.

Put into Brené Brown's terms (she gave a TED talk) he will be too stupid to notice that he's vulnerable.
 
 
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Jun 14, 2014
There is, out there, a very old science fiction story about a cultivar of coffee that did the same thing; I read it over 40 years ago and have never been able to find it since. It may not even have been in English, I can't recall. At one point it makes its way into the halls of Congress or the United Nations or some such institution, and at once one of the delegates stands up and shouts "It's all balls!" A new era of logic and reason ensues. It was very similar to Clifton Marks' story "The Conqueror," which involved dahlias instead of coffee. A pity no such substance has ever been isolated; what is clear is that from now on, PHB will shun dark chocolate, preferring to live in his world of cognitive dissonance.
 
 
 
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