Please take a look at Articles on self-defense/conflict/violence for introductions to the references found in the bibliography page.

Please take a look at my bibliography if you do not see a proper reference to a post.

Please take a look at my Notable Quotes

Hey, Attention on Deck!

Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!


When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:


I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn


Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung

WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE

The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.


Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.



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Karate’s Cognitive Blindness Syndrome

Blog Article/Post Caveat (Read First Please: Click the Link)

Here is how this works:
  1. An issue has the community divided into two sides. (Example: One side has some really dogmatic beliefs of their system or style while the other side, also practitioners of the same system or style, has a different view of those same beliefs and neither side can come to any type of middle ground decision because one and the other has a firm dogmatic BELIEF of their beliefs.)
  2. You read, hear or perceive an issue/concept/idea, etc., that agrees with your side and provides solid evidence to support it. What you hear, see, read or perceive mentions the argument on the other side in summary form but dismisses it as unworthy of consideration. (Example: You do deep authentic historical research, you analyze that research and perform adequate fact-finding efforts to validate the information and then you synthesize a presentation that refutes the other sides information but the other side at the first instance of disagreement with their beliefs stops, assumes you are wrong and then begins to refute your side even when they don’t know the rest of the story.)
  3. You remember (falsely) having heard, seen, read, or perceived both sides of the argument. What you really perceived was one side of the argument plus a misleading summary of the other side. (Example: see comments in no. 2 above.)
  4. When someone presents you links to better arguments on the other side you skip them because you think you already know what they will say, and you assume it must be nonsense. For all practical purposes you are blind to the other argument. It isn’t that you disagree with the strong form of the argument on the other side so much as you don’t know it exists no matter how many times it is put right in front of you. (Comment: this begins the moment the first piece of information associated with a particular person become blinded through cognitive blindness so any future/further information based on fact, fact checked, etc., gets tossed into the circle file, i.e., electronically dumped into dev/null, just because it is associated with the person’s name.)
How this is often answered and responded to is, “I have witnesses, interviews and video documentation and these guys are just wrong, incorrect or plain liars, etc.!” Then the begin the Bible thumping rhetoric as to how wrong others are and how right they are and so on. 

If you are truly unbiased in your research you will find that most arguments, both sides, have merit and that those same arguments are solid ones on BOTH sides of the debate. It comes down to established status and perceptions of the presenter on either side, their perceived expertise and how well indoctrinated their perspective groups are toward their teachings. In short, how persuasive is one side or the other and how well they present their source materials and a huge obstacle in this community is that little to no written historical information is available to refute or validate any side. 

What is Cognitive Blindness? “It probably does have a name. It’s a mix of cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias at the least, but a special case in my opinion.” - Scott Adams (I concur with Mr. Adams, why I stole his words and made them fit my subject, etc.; Note: the bulleted items are also derived directly or indirectly from his article you can read here: )

p.s. “When a person who already believes strongly about something is presented with evidence that is contrary to their belief, they can tend to react in one of, or a combination of three ways; ignore the information (citing that it is irrelevant or blatantly wrong), rationalize the information or belief (citing that their view allows for this information or that the view is correct still by citing other unrelated information, or that they’ve always believed what they believe so it must be true) or react strongly against the information (stating that their already held beliefs and information like it are the only truth, anything to the contrary is false).” - Martin S. Pribble on July 7, 2010 in Thoughts http://martinspribble.com/2010/07/denial-cognitive-dissonance-and-confirmation-bias/

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