On the State of Political Rage, Part 6: Resist!–“Gray Rock” AI and Unplug!

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

“Emotient, Inc.’s (AI) technology analyzes facial expressions to measure emotions like joy, surprise, fear, anger, disgust and contempt”.–CNNMoney

Gray Rock (becoming as boring as possible by engaging as little as possible) is primarily a way of encouraging a psychopath, a stalker or other emotionally unbalanced person, to lose interest in you. —Skylar

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On the State of Political Rage, Part 5: On the Reptilian Brain, the Reprobate Brain, and the Holy Spirit Brain

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. –Franklin D. Roosevelt

Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. –Jehovah Jireh

THE REPTILIAN BRAIN

Emotions can stop critical thinking faster than just about anything else; therefore, ginning up emotions is one of the most highly effective weapons in the arsenal of rage-mongers including those in the political arena. Continue reading

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On the State of Political Rage, Part 4: When the Rage Becomes the Message–Remain Calm and Carry On

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Anger is useful only to a certain point. After that, it becomes rage, and rage will make you careless. ― Lauren Oliver

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. –Jesus

At a certain point, if political rage is not calmed and the ragers contained within the law, it reaches a tipping point where it turns  into the issue and the original issue becomes obscured in the fireworks, literally and figuratively. Continue reading

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The Power of God’s Word versus the Powers of the Hegelian Dialectic and Synchronized Brainwaves. What?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. (Mark 4:24 KJV).

Hear, as in “to attend to (to hear) in order to consider what is or has been said.”

Measure, as in “the rule or standard of judgement” applied to what is heard.

In other words, like the old computer acronym, GIGO, garbage (or confusion or obfuscation or chaos) may be going in, but does not have to either stay or go out again if in the interim, discernment is employed.

However, of far more importance–and to my point, here–even if it is garbage, it can sound convincingly like the good stuff (truth or wisdom or beauty or  ascendant revelation).

So here is a believer’s challenge: how to tell, particularly in an era when advertising geniuses know how to spin a lie into ear candy in seven-second sound bytes, or 140 characters or less. Continue reading

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What They Told Him in Hell

Once in a while, I come across a testimony of God’s saving grace that strikes a cord…reminds me of somebody, something, or some time. This is one of those testimonies. May God bless all who view this with His hope, peace, and love.

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When Peace is Threatened by Toxic People, Environments, and Ideologies

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

I have an ongoing interest in the topic of stress as exhibited by the “fight or flight” reaction in our nervous system and mind, and how it affects everything: relationships, families, neighborhoods, and nations. Continue reading

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A Day WITH Immigrants: Two Students and a Teacher Discuss the OTHER Critical Issue

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Last Friday, in between lessons in an Effective Learning class I teach at a local community college, two of my students and I noticed there were quite a few people absent.

Maybe some are getting a head start on a long weekend, chuckled one student. The other reminded us of the national “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

Ah; maybe some of the students were participating in that.

The three of us looked at one another and simultaneously acknowledged we are all of immigrant heritage, too.

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