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Videos Updated Oct 2018

Our Caboose - October 29, 2018

Bear Watching - October 7 2018

Grin and Bear It - Black Bears visit - August 29, 2018

Bob - A Fledgling Robin Story July 2, 2018

Butternut Blues - Canning Soup with Mrs. Cog,  February 24, 2016

Mountain Musings, June 8, 2015

Making Progress, April 5, 2015

Playing Possum, January 30, 2105


Colder Days, December 30, 2014


Autumn 2014 on the Mountain, October 8, 2014


Summer 2014 at the Cogs' Mountain Home, September 17, 2014


Cog's magic window, May 9, 2014


An interview with Cognitive Dissonance by Gemini of Time Monk Radio, March 21, 2014


A few of our new mountain acquaintances, February 28, 2014


Taking a walk, October 29, 2013

Wisdom, Experience and Just-In-Time Thinking

Wisdom, Experience and Just-In-Time Thinking


Cognitive Dissonance


I try to remind myself each generation considers itself smarter than the previous iteration. If you follow the bouncing logic ball, this means the next (younger) generation believes itself smarter than its present day cohort. In essence the millennial generation of today feels superior to those older than them while simultaneously inferior to the pack nipping at their heels.

Call it a superiority/inferiority complex, though admittedly the superior portion leads the inferior since we are all immortal gods at that age. Soon enough that wears off, usually around 30ish when we begin to recognize vulnerabilities already present and obvious to all but ourselves.

Ultimately smartness or intelligence is a relative measuring tool. There is no doubt my nineteen year old college student rocket scientist is much more adept at deciphering mathematical equations or manipulating genomes than I am. But can she determine which way a tree will tend to fall before cutting it, or smell snow in the air long before it begins to fall? Continue reading Wisdom, Experience and Just-In-Time Thinking

Where Will You Be When the End Game Begins?


Cognitive Dissonance

Sometime after oh dark thirty it will begin, the previously cocked trigger suddenly released to wreck havoc throughout the world’s financial system. Like an intricate and interwoven design made entirely of standing dominoes, all it takes is a slight disturbance to knock one off its base and start the cascade of toppled consequences running down the line.

With the benefit of hindsight it will be seen that the trigger itself was not the killer. Instead, sometime later, a specific projectile will be (most likely falsely) identified as the blunt instrument which tore economic flesh asunder and quickly bled the system of ‘liquidity’ faster than a slash to the femoral artery. Too late to make a difference, tourniquets will be applied to stem the red tide. Sadly, all it will accomplish is to extend economic life long enough to enable a final frenzy of looting before the bloody end.

And the totalitarian end game will have only just begun. Continue reading Where Will You Be When the End Game Begins?

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