CDL 27: I nearly forgot


Interference theory refers to the idea that forgetting occurs because the recall of certain items interferes with the recall of other items. In nature, the interfering items are said to originate from an over stimulating environment. Interference theory exists in three branches,Proactive, Retroactive and Output. Retroactive and Proactive inhibition each referring in contrast to the other.

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CDL 26: Victory




Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu – Chapter 31

Good weapons are instruments of fear; all creatures hate them.
Therefore followers of the Tao never used them.
The wise man prefers the left.
The man of war prefers the right.

Weapons are instruments of fear; they are not a wise man’s tools.
He uses them only when he has no choice.
Peace and quiet are dear to his heart.
And victory no cause for rejoicing.
If you rejoice in victory, then you delight in killing;
If you delight in killing, you cannot fulfill yourself.

On happy occasions precedence is given to the left,
On sad occasions to the right.
In the army the general stands on the left,
The commander-in-chief on the right.
This means that war is conducted like a funeral.
When many people are being killed,
They should be mourned in heartfelt sorrow.
That is why a victory must be observed like a funeral.

(translation by Gia-fu Feng and Jane English)


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CDL 25: A rush of endorphins


A combatant must pay a physiological price for an enervating process so intense. The “price” that the body pays is an equally powerful “backlash” when the neglected demands of the parasympathetic nervous system become ascendant. This parasympathetic backlash occurs as soon as the danger and the excitement is over, and it takes the form of an incredibly powerful weariness and sleepiness on the part of the person.

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CDL 21: Crimson Lake

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He stood before a lake of blood, as the fiercely setting sun lit the thick water with the guilt of war. The last place to be built here was, like the husk of a boiled insect, beautiful, yet no longer wild. It had surrendered to the inevitable, adulterated with cinnabar and starch, dissolved with ammonia, part of the relentless expansion into any suitable land left inhabitable.

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CDL 20: Twelve Eight RePulse

Twelve Eight RePulse

The names of the numbers: one, two, three, ten, twenty, thirty, … are different, of course, in the various languages. Number symbols (see Arabic_numerals, Babylonian_numerals, Egyptian_numerals, Greek_numbers, Indian_numerals, Mayan_mathematics) have also differed widely. Those we are accustomed to, which we call Arabic numerals, came into use relatively late in history. In primitive ages, before the invention of writing, there were names for numbers but no number symbols. Without referring to any particular number symbols, or any particular language, let us see how an extended counting process can be carried out using only the ten fingers of man. In one South African tribe, it goes along smoothly in the following manner.

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