Saturday, September 6, 2014
The Shortest Sentence is Best
You've heard this many times, and it is because when someone is "under the gun", that is, facing an accusation, short sentences are more likely to be truthful than sentences with additional wording. Each verbose individuals who seem to talk incessantly, but are truthful, will use short sentences, with very short breaths.
It doesn't take someone very long, once accused, to say "I didn't do it!" though you might think that Ryan Braun didn't make friends when he said something along the lines of
"I don't really think that at any time, perhaps, and I would bet my life on this, that perhaps maybe something might have entered my body...' and blah, blah blah.
Shortest sentences are best. The brain thinks quickly when it is speaking the truth because it processes the memory, rather than invent an excuse. This is why "pace" can be an important aspect of lie detection and why I sometimes 'spring the trap' on a subject who I suspect is lying.
This week, I called someone, introduced myself by name, and did not utter another word for 16 minutes.
The subject had very low emotional intelligence (we commonly say "no self awareness") and rambled until I excused myself to get in a sentence. She interrupted and spoke incessantly, to the point, as is my habit, that I put the phone down to do what I needed to do: get lunch.
I had called the subject to relay information and the subject was not going to allow this, therefore, making a sandwich seemed like the best use of my time.
I don't know if she was truthful or not, it was too much work for me to listen, and my blood sugar level was low and that roast beast sandwich was whispering, "Petey? Petey? Are you there? I am here for you, Petey!"
When you were young in school, you used "mnemonics", that is, brain development through the use of memorization.
You were "proven" that 2 plus 2 equals four, by saying,
"Johnny had two apples, and Sally had two apples, and when they put them together, they had four apples!"
Thus, you committed to memory, 2 plus 2 is 4.
But when the next step was taken, teachers felt no need to explain 9 + 6 = 15, since the "proof" had been given early on.
Today, you might think it is "Mohammad had two uzis and Barak had two uzis and when they put them together, they had 4 uzis, ready to take on the Jews!" but it isn't so.
Today, in "common core" mathematics, watch how long it takes to teach 9 + 6 = 15:
What do you make of the amount of time and words it takes to explain this? Mnemonics is an important part of brain development, and lengthy poems, verse recitals, and so on, were used to increase the brain development of children. Even Latin was taught, not so much as the basis of English, but even the purpose of brain development was recognized as important. As video games seize the minds of our youngsters, is the current debasement of mnemonics going to leave us with a generation incapable of higher reasoning?