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  1. Corvus Pointer

    Nebu: Origins - Page 9

    I haven't slammed my mouse button on a link so quickly in a LONG time. I am HOOKED
  2. Corvus Pointer

    LoK Vol I Chapter 2 68

    HOOOOOOOH Yah....If ONLY some kind of hero could appear, a hero that could stand up to this BULL....Y
  3. TOOOHHFUUUUUUUUUU Holy CRAP I love your art. I am SO pleased to see you here.

    1. Tohfu


      eeeeeey thank you :D


      may be slow to start but I hope to be around quite a bit~

  4. Corvus Pointer

    Nebu: Origins - Page 8

    WOW......this comic is fucking AMAZING. I am SO grateful you are sharing it with AnthroDynamics!
  5. Corvus Pointer

    Will be less on here due to finals

    Good luck dude, you kick ass on those finals! We'll be right here when you're on the other side!
  6. Corvus Pointer

    Diagnosing the Potential Causes of Our Currently Shared Global Predicament

    Thank you so much. I strongly feel the exact same, precise sentiment RE: action of as many people as possible.
  7. Hey there my friends, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm "Soft-Launching" what will be an ongoing project of sorts,  which I hope will emerge as a paper on diagnosing and providing constructive information on the current breakdown of social media. Please give this a look and let me know what you think, and don't hesitate to share your own thoughts, either in the comments, or in private message format ~ :BullEmoticon:


  8. Diagnosing the Potential Causes of Our Currently Shared Global Predicament ------- A Rough Outline for an Ongoing Project Compiled by Taylor Wickham Hord, MSW / Corvuspointer Version 0.1 - Last Edited 13:42PM - 11.25.2018 See Each Section for Relevant References References are still being added; check back for further progress ---------------------------------------------- Many young people are at risk of suicide simply because they feel alone, scared, or lost in an ocean of confusing thoughts. This project exists for that reason. If you are having suicidal thoughts, please immediately contact The National Suicide Hotline, at 1-800-273-8255, or visit https://www.thetrevorproject.org/ You are very, very special and very, very important, even if it doesn't feel that way right now. - Corvy ---------------------------------------------- tl;dr: --- We currently face an epidemic of neurochemical addiction to social media, smart phones, tablets, and the internet. This addiction is the result of “slot-machine” dynamics present in most modern video games and social media platforms. This has been correlated with an unprecedented increase in self-harm behaviors and suicide, especially in young people born after 1995. -See References below --- This addiction is causing mass outbreaks of symptoms, such as (but not limited to) gradual or sudden onset of: severe depression, severe anxiety, hostility, lashing out at friends, paranoia, uncontrollable moods, scary or confusing behavioral changes, crankiness, self-harm behavior, and suicide. -See References below --- These instant-communication tools (Smart Phones, the Internet, Social Media, etc.) were unfamiliar to our evolutionary landscape until roughly 30 years ago* and were rapidly deployed without much thought for long-term effects (similar to the deployment of cigarettes before the knowledge of their connection to lung cancer), resulting in the unforeseen consequences and perfect-storm conditions for the amplification and acceleration of genetic, human primate behavioral tendencies to "group up" in homogeneous "us versus them" identity / identifier group dynamics. These especially emerge when there is some perceived kind of great moral panic or social danger. --- Similar to orthodox religious groups and cults, the individual is conditioned by way of groupthink and through fear of exile to abandon their previously personal or creative views in exchange for a group-approved, incontrovertible dogma. Straying from this even a little results in the loss of friends and to be re-categorized by the group as its own unique version of a 'Folk Devil,' --whether that individual is guilty or not-- Some examples are: "Outsider / Unclean / Snake / Them / Witch / Satanist / Commie / Nazi / Transphobe / SJW / Alt-Left / Alt-Right / etc." --- The threat of exile is one the deepest primal fears of a human being, with origins going back through millions of years of evolution. This has resulted in a global landscape of extreme, vigorous self-censorship and inauthentic action-taking. People no longer know what is "true" or "untrue" on the internet. -- Most people are now taught: 1.) "What doesn't kill you makes you weaker." Incorrect. Humans are AntiFragile. 2.) "Always trust your feelings." Extremely bad advice, even though it sounds romantic. 3.) "Life is a battle between good people and evil people." The Human Primate Tribal Mentality in a nutshell. --- We have collectively lost the capacity to disagree respectfully and constructively, which risks scientific innovation and the stabilization of culture. --- I am a clinical social worker, and have begun an attempt to compile my findings as dispassionately as possible, in order to share them with others and to find any new perspectives, so that we can work together to solve this looming and very real danger to our species. --- Further empirical and unbiased, quantitative studies are desperately required to better understand this phenomenon. References: Brain Hacking - Sixty Minutes with Anderson Cooper - youtube.com/watch?v=awAMTQZmvPE Dopamine, Smartphones & You: A battle for your time - Harvard University; Science in the News: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2018/dopamine-smartphones-battle-time/ "The Thing We Fear More Than Death" Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-real-story-risk/201211/the-thing-we-fear-more-death Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life - youtu.be/kc_Jq42Og7Q?t=249 - see: 4 minutes, 9 seconds Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons - youtu.be/3E7hkPZ-HTk?t=587 - see: 9 minutes, 46 seconds "Suicide rates rise sharply across the United States" The Washington Post - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2018/06/07/u-s-suicide-rates-rise-sharply-across-the-country-new-report-shows/?utm_term=.1ddbccb63be3 ---------------------------------------------- Intro Many of my viewers might not be aware that I am a classically trained, master’s level clinical social worker. Though I haven't been practicing in the field for a few years now, I still take the NASW Code of Ethics very, very, very seriously, following them not only in my professional life, but my personal ones as well. The Opening Preamble of the NASW Code of Ethics states: "The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession's focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living." The findings of recent empirical research have been so alarming, that I deeply feel it is my ethical duty to try and provide some kind of ongoing assistance in the transparent face of increasing mental illness, self-harm, suicide, and homicide. I am quite certain that our Human family, worldwide, is in very real, very grave danger, due to several environmental forces that have created and contributed to global-scale unease and profoundly severe social decompensation. These are not just things I've observed in others; while I have Borderline Personality Disorder, on top of ASD and Complex-PTSD, the last few months have been a frightening experience of worse than usual mood shifts, panic attacks, paranoia, and crankiness. I know myself very well, and realized something was terribly wrong, well beyond my own diagnoses, so I dropped off the social / public map in order to fall back and begin aggressively examining what was actually happening to me, as accurately as I can. I love the fandom deeply, and I know that a lot of people are scared. That is why I am going to attempt, in an ongoing fashion, to "clinically diagnose" what is happening to our societies and our Human Family. These thoughts and observations are certainly not final ones, nor are they even remotely the only ones, nor are they meant to some ideologically-ossified "Gospel Truth." Instead, I hope they will be useful in our public discourse as a few initial ways of re-framing the anxiety and mood / behavioral shifts so many of us currently experience on a daily basis. ---------------------------------------------- I. The Great Dopaminergic Horror; an Accidental, Collective Epidemic of Novelty & Addiction to Dopamine References: "Dopamine, Smartphones & You:" - Harvard University; Science in the News: http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2018/dopamine-smartphones-battle-time/ "Zeroing in on Dopamine" - Harvard Medical School News & Research - https://hms.harvard.edu/news/zeroing-dopamine Brain Hacking - Sixty Minutes with Anderson Cooper - youtube.com/watch?v=awAMTQZmvPE Simon Senek on Millennials in the workplace - youtu.be/hER0Qp6QJNU?t=196 - see: 3 minutes, 16 seconds Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons - youtu.be/3E7hkPZ-HTk?t=204 - see: 3 minutes, 28 seconds Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons - youtu.be/3E7hkPZ-HTk?t=446 - see: 9 minutes, 48 seconds Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life - youtu.be/kc_Jq42Og7Q?t=44 - see: 44 seconds Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life - youtu.be/kc_Jq42Og7Q?t=224 - see: 3 minutes, 44 seconds - Since 2007, a majority of human beings have been slowly addicted to smartphones and social media, through processes very similar to an addiction to gambling. - The rapid rate at which these new technologies are being publicly deployed (driven only by short-term focused economic motivations) does not leave adequate time for empirical study to examine the long-term effects on society at-large and the unintended consequences that follow. - Dopamine is the "feel good" neurochemical. It is released when smoking, consuming alcohol, gambling, smoking / ingesting cannabis, orgasm / ejaculation, receiving positive comments / "likes" on social media platforms, etc. - Slipping a coin into a slot machine, pulling the lever, and waiting for the response has the same dopaminergic anticipation / response as posting Art / a Status Update / a Personal Thought to a social media platform / etc., and then compulsively refreshing the page to monitor for positive feedback's from Peers, thus delivering these "dopamine rewards" to the brain. - The addiction is not to the dopamine itself, but to the entire process of "losing" (an absence of positive feedback for that "turn") and "winning" (a release of dopamine, or a so-called "dopamine hit") to feels extraordinarily agreeable. Most MOBAs and Blizzard games such as “League of Legends,” “World of Warcraft,” “Diablo III,” “Overwatch,” and "Hearthstone" are all fundamentally behaving in the same neurochemical ways as a slot machine in a casino, and are the same behavioral mechanisms present in social media. - Some consequences of this epidemic (but certainly not all) are the mass outbreaks of the following symptoms of addiction: - Moderate to Severe levels of rapid onset Irritability / Crankiness / Hostile Moods. - New, Previously Unfamiliar Feelings of depression / severe, confusing anxiety. - Unable to moderate feelings or moods. - Losing interest in things you once liked to do. - Isolating / secretive about activities, especially with close friends or family. - Unable to sleep without a smartphone in close proximity. - Unable to moderate Social media / Video Game / Personal Smartphone usage. ---------------------------------------------- II. Social Media and its Acceleration & Amplification of Innate Human Primate Tribalism References: Evolution and the psychology of intergroup conflict: the male warrior hypothesis - Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3260849/ "Evolution Explains Why Politics is So Tribal" - Scientific American - https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/evolution-explains-why-politics-tribal/ "Us" Versus "Them": The Tribalism Trap - Institute for the Study of Complex Systems - https://complexsystems.org/335/us-versus-them-the-tribalism-trap/ "Can We Overcome Our Tribalistic Nature?" - Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/transforming-conflict/201703/can-we-overcome-our-tribalistic-nature Quit social media | Dr. Cal Newport | TEDxTysons - youtu.be/3E7hkPZ-HTk?t=446 - 7 minutes, 26 seconds - For millions of years, tree dwelling primates evolved in "us versus them" tribal groups, competing for resources in a common social geography, usually with each "group" inhabiting their own tree. Groups from different trees competed in this same manner. - The Internet has a magnified our collectively held, genetically based innate primate tribalism, resulting in the clear and present "us versus them" dynamics playing out across politics, social media, pop-culture, and many other dimensions. - Partly due to this reversion, we have collectively lost the ability to disagree respectfully and constructively, resulting in warlike and tribal tendencies between two diametrically opposed groups, whether they are identity groups, political groups, racial / ethnic groups, etc. - Self-identified members of the "Alt-Right / Nazis" and the "Alt-Left / Antifa" are, on a global scale, behaving precisely like two tree-dwelling, human primate tribes, competing for some kind of dominance over the immediate environment. - Some, but certainly not all Signs and Symptoms of Unconscious, Innate Tribal behavior are: - Perceiving yourself as part of an identity group comprised of homogeneous people. - Powerful feelings of Hostility and / or disgust for other Homogeneous Identity Groups. - Frequently engaging in "Us vs. Them" language. - Frequently engaging in "Us vs. Them" Twitter / Social media fights, leading to Dopamine highs. - A sense of extreme exhilaration upon having "Shamed" an outsider individual or group. - Only consuming media and information that is sanctioned by the group leadership. - Only believe "The truth" as it is presented by Group leadership. - Belief that this "Truth" is Final and Inarguable. ---------------------------------------------- III. "Always Trust Your Feelings" is terrible Advice. Cognitive Distortions are clouding many people's barometric reading of the world. Under Construction - Most people are now taught: 1.) "What doesn't kill you makes you weaker." 2.) "Always trust your feelings." 3.) "Life is a battle between good people and evil people." - Cognitive behavioral Therapy has identified over a dozen very common "Cognitive Distortions," where the individual assumes an inaccurate conclusive of self or the world vis a vis negative feelings. Some examples include: All-or-Nothing Thinking, Overgeneralization, Disqualifying the positive, Mind Reading, Fortune Telling, Catastrophizing, Emotional Reasoning, Emotional Reasoning, Always being right. Under Construction ---------------------------------------------- IV. Folk Devils: The Reemergence of Human Primate Tendency for Mass Hysteria and Moral Panicking References: Folk Devils - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_devil "Moral Panic: Who Benefits From Public Fear?" - Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/wicked-deeds/201507/moral-panic-who-benefits-public-fear - The compounding levels of anxiety and our innate-primate nature have resulted in a new historical outbreak of Mass Hysteria / Moral Panics, magnified and accelerated by the Internet, Smartphones, and Global instant-communication platforms. - Mass Hysteria, or a "Moral Panic," is commonly defined as "A moral panic is a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society." - Examples of historically important Moral Panics include: the Salem Witch Hunts, McCarthyism, Day-care sex-abuse hysteria of the 1980's, "Video games and comic Books cause violence," and the 1950's-era fixation on and fear of switchblades. - The words "Nazi / Transphobe / Alt-Right, Alt-Left, SJW," and many others are operating very similarly in public discourse as the word "Commie, Communist, Red, etc." operated in the era of McCarthyism, or the word "Witch" operated during the Salem witch trials, or the word "Satanist / Baby Killer" operated during the period of Day-care sex-abuse hysteria. - As a result, we currently live in a society that cultivates and encourages insecurity. - Some Symptoms include mass hysteria / moral panicking include: - Gradual or Sudden onset of Paranoia or Conspiracy Thinking. - Compulsive belief that any ideas counter to one’s own are made through clandestine ill-will. - Similar to the symptoms of Item II, Gradual or Sudden onset of intense disgust / hatred for specific a homogeneous group(s). - Shunning any ideas that cause any level of discomfort whatsoever. - Uncontrollable obsession with the notion that the opposing group is guilty of "Great Evil." ---------------------------------------------- V. Walking on Eggshells: The Bullied have become the Bullies References: "The Thing We Fear More Than Death" Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-real-story-risk/201211/the-thing-we-fear-more-death "Bullying and Mobbing in Academe: Challenges for Distance Education and Social Media Enterprises" University of Wisconsin - https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1140983.pdf - "Call Out Culture," Cultivated Insecurity. Extreme fear of being "Offensive." - Many individuals now censor their language and thoughts around friends, due to fear of excommunication. - Personal Concept: Many bullied individuals are too scared to Bully someone directly, so they Group up for form a "Meta-Bully," a singular Bully composed of many individuals. - As already stated in Item II, having evolved in trees as smaller primates, we have a deeply primal instinct to not "misbehave" in such a way as to be thrown out of the group onto the dangerous ground below. This has resulted in vigorously severe anxiety and a distinct sense of "Walking on Eggshells" in certain social circles (especially where no such experience was present before.) - Many individuals that have experienced bullying in their past and are given some sense of perceived power over a group, tend to behave as though they wish to "turn the tables" on their bullying, and seem to enjoy consciously or unconsciously bullying others into compliance with the group, and leverage group membership as a way to "Boss" the members around, sometimes simply for amusement only. - Some examples of this presentation of Bullying are: - a sense of being interrogated to explain very specific word / media choice. - a sense that a third-party has control over which friends you have and whether they remain so. - being demanded to do involuntarily participate in actions that seem very uncomfortable. - This impulse is similar to the psychological phenomenon of "Acquired Situational Narcissism" - Peer Pressure is currently at unprecedented levels of severity, and has rendered many people vulnerable to "Bad Actors," and isolated from genuine, trusting peer-groups. ---------------------------------------------- VI. What can we do? These are not even .001% of all the possible recommendations I could make. But for now: - Just like a Dog or Cat growls or snarls when scared, so do humans "snarl" or "growl" when they are scared; this might express itself in a "meltdown," a comprehensive twitter rant, and lonely, fearful journal, etc. Remember, just because individuals sometimes treat others poorly does not mean every person has done so for ill or in bad-faith intentions. While some of them DO have this intention, a majority are scared right now, expressing their fear in their own personal, individual ways. - Something many people do not have right now is someone who will not judge or criticize them for their views; simply listening to someone who is scared can make all the difference in the world to both individuals. - Try to educate yourself on any of the above issues that may have "rang true" for you more than others. - Try to listen to "outsider" viewpoints, even if you do not hold them yourself. You do not have to believe them, but consuming alternative viewpoints is critical to an accurate (as opposed to a skewed) reading of the world around us. - Attempt to disengage from 'Mob-on-Mob' Twitter / social media tribal identity 'wars.' - Remember that mostly everyone is scared. While there are absolutely malevolent, authoritarian, or sociopathic Human primates taking advantage of the current disarray, remember a majority of people are just as scared as the rest of us, and wish to do whatever they can to help. We are stronger working together than we are split and divided. - Know that you are not alone. The Anti-Outrage Pledge I will give less offense – Nobody is perfect, however, try to be more sensitive and make fewer faux-pas I will take less offense – Try being insensitive to words people say to you; “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I will pass on less offense – People are already scared and anxious – try to limit public outrage. We are collectively choking on it. ---------------------------------------------- To Be Continued. Upcoming Additions: - Distorted Cognitive Thinking / Cognitive Distortions run Rampant - Feelings are not an indication of Empirical Reality - Dogmatism, Groupthink, Crusader-mentalities, and anti-intellectualism / anti-individualism - Many people are unable to physically tolerate any thoughts that are counter to their own - The Exploding Catastrophe of Mental Illness, Self-Harm, and Suicide - Antifragility: What doesn't kill you makes you Weaker < What doesn't kill you makes you Stronger If you've read this far, I deeply, deeply appreciate it. What you've read is the initial draft for a much, much more exhaustively research, cited, and written paper. I have easily 20-30 other "Bullet Points" (as opposed to the Five you've just read through) that I'll be stitching into this ongoing draft, but for now, I hope at least one or two of these thoughts will be useful for you for the time being. ---------------------------------------------- If there is any "Group" or "religion" that I have tried to follow and encapsulate in my life, my behavior, and my intentions and dreams, it would be the values and lessons of Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Every week I watched the crew of the Enterprise, the "Good Guys," do everything in their power to save the day, in the name of peace, science, a free marketplace of ideas, and unity. I want to do everything in my power to help. The Enterprise is here to help; PapaBull is one of those Good Guys, I promise. Corvy / Taylor DiagnosticOutline112118DOC.doc DiagnosticOutline112118ODT.odt DiagnosticOutline112118DOCX.docx
  9. Haaaaalllloooooooo my friend!

  10. Corvus Pointer

    Rough Draft for Andrew's ACTUAL Theme

    Thanks man, I really appreciate it, I really genuinely, sincerely do
  11. I'm so happy to see you here dude! Welcome and make yourself comfy!

    1. Domizoni


      Thank you Corvus! I’m looking forward to post some stuff here for everyone to enjoy. Also some conversations be nice too XD 


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