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I am so looking forward to the "Traumatic"!

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The age of Political Correctness frowns on difficult conversations, but important subjects must necessarily deal with the difficult.

Political Correctness  and engagement when it counts must then be mutually exclusive. I would rather be engaged.

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Emotionally, language requires ambiguity for greater utility, but cognitively it requires less ambiguity, greater specificity and standardisation - what I refer to as autistic language, and packed densely, as Gestalts - for greater utility.

Why should language be useful? It is our primary tool for risk mitigation.

Anything that reduces our language's utility effectively increases risks non-trivially.

Live dangerously: be cryptophasic.

Emotionally, language requires ambiguity for greater utility, but cognitively it requires less ambiguity, greater specificity and standardisation - what I refer to as autistic language, and packed densely, as Gestalts - for greater utility.

Why should language be useful? It is our primary tool for risk mitigation.

Anything that reduces our language's utility effectively increases risks non-trivially.

Live dangerously: be cryptophasic.

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This is perfect post for today!

"How are you?" This is a request for a Gestalt evaluation of your emotional state. It looks at a single domain - affect - and excludes conation and cognition.

I am red or blue or grey or white or black.... Those are affectively meaningful statements even if we cannot articulate exactly what we are feeling. They define consciousness, self-awareness.

Energy levels are at 76.3%, cognitive efficiency is at 48%; motor efficiency is at 33.5%; information resources are unavailable; memory retrieval is unreliable and efficiency undeterminable.... Huh?

"I am fine thanks" = at least you are not ignoring me...

This is communication: it manages relationships and so mitigates risks. People asking "how are you?" are not looking for expression.

Expression is not communication. [I have spoken previously about the differences between signal and expression.]

And I have noted that communication is essentially risk mitigation and risk mitigation has as primary focus limiting losses rather than securing gains.

Expressions are articulated pains and pleasures; they do not protect gains or in any way reduce losses. They presume on an environmental goodwill and that can only be described as childish which is entirely acceptable in children, but not so much in adults.

Expressive adults is an oxymoron. Expression is not communication.

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Except that I take knowing as a verb, so would read "knowing" here as "ignorant doing" which sounds clumsy. Need a better lexicon....
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