Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014
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In general, there are some things commonly agreed upon, by all of mankind, to be displeasing – the supernatural, the unpredictable, the unknown… Factors such as these have always been looked at with malevolence, and for good reason… But why do certain things, appear, unto the eyes of man, as disturbing, whereas others, simply do not?

The Uncanny Valley, as it has come to be termed, refers to the extent of human subjection – the caliber, at which we decree something to be normal, or abnormal. Such is, that the more human something appears to be, the more we generally hold it to disdain… But why does our mind process reality as such? Surely, one would suspect our impression of humanity to be more or less benevolent, not, as this would suggest malicious, by nature. This, however, could not be further from the truth… It is not the application of humanity we hold to disdain, but the imperfection of it – the presences of abnormality… Human-like things, that are not fully human, appear to us, an oddity of the mind -something that simply shouldn’t, and couldn’t, possibly exist, under any circumstance… This observation, this perception of wrong-doing, of foul nature, births within us a pre-rendered bias; a fear, and curiosity, as to that which is unknown…

It is perhaps an instinctual, social stigma, designed to preserve a specific state of being… That such an abnormality, such a violation of human physique is a violation of nature, and thus a threat… Take for example, the existence of basic, and perhaps cute things - a small, cute mouse, with big, and puffy eyes… Now, take that same image, and remove the cartoony flair your mind fabricates and add realistic human features… Notice the difference? No longer is this being, one of a cute, benevolent nature; no… Now, with these realistic features, with these, modifications, it is something of pure terror; a nightmare, set loose upon the world, to consume the hearts and minds of all who cross it… This subjection of reality, this, manipulation of expectation, renders forth a fear factor…

But why then, do we, as a people, crave the depraved? Crave, the very thing, our minds classify as abnormal, as, a threat… Truly, the situation varies person to person, but there are several constants… Adrenaline, caused by fear, stimulates the production of dopamine, which, in a bizarre way, rewards its host for being fearful… Of course, there is the correlation between curiosity and terror; that abnormal conflict, present in the occurrence of anything new… In many ways, we are, brought about by these disturbances, enticed to follow and pursue them, to seek answers… This, combined with adrenaline, combined with fear, creates an anomalous craving for danger… It is why, we subject ourselves, to what would seem to be, and rightfully is, torture – purposefully being horrified, to satisfy temptation... And the more we do it? The more we place ourselves in these situations, the more, theoretically, we learn to enjoy them…

So the next time you find yourself on a roller coaster, or playing Five Nights at Freddy’s, or reading Creepy Pastas, know that the scariest thing of all, is that you WANT these things, and not only do you want them, but you’re addicted to them!

Happy Halloween! But seriously, the scariest “holiday” is just down the road – Election Day… Political speeches, corruption, and social discord, truly, a terrifying thing!

Image: http://rack.1.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEyLzEyLzA0L2Y5L2ljZWNyZWFtc2hvLmFEMC5qcGcKcAl0aHVtYgk5NTB4NTM0IwplCWpwZw/685454a9/a9e/ice-cream-shop-releases-pair-of-creepy-ads-you-must-see-69c0dda5b2.jpg

Source: http://quantumcat-thhs.org/wp/2014/01/03/why-do-we-find-some-things-creepy/

8 comments:

  1. great article! everyone loves a good scare!

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  2. This was so interesting to read. Great job!

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  3. Great article! HALLOWEEN is gonna be so much fun!

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  4. I hate being scared but good job on the article

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  5. One word!!Bizarre!!!

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  6. Great article. But i dont like this picture

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  7. Good article! I know the video where the picture is from..it freaks me out!

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  8. I love Halloween. This article is really well written and it definitely makes you think. Good job Tommy.

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