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Fear, Loathing, and Horror.

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Cramulus:
:mittens:

I love it - HORROR: reaction to the unknown unknown, the thing which comes from outside your mental model of the world, thereby shattering it

EGADS! IT'S ALIVE!!

Doktor Howl:

--- Quote from: Cramulus on August 13, 2010, 07:07:26 pm ---:mittens:

I love it - HORROR: reaction to the unknown unknown, the thing which comes from outside your mental model of the world, thereby shattering it

EGADS! IT'S ALIVE!!

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Yep.  That can be good or bad, depending on both what that change in perception is, and how you yourself react to change.  Some people have a positive reaction to ALL change (which is kinda sick), some people have a positive reaction to some change, and a bad reaction to others, and some people have a bad reaction to ALL change (most of humanity).

Horror doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing.  HP Lovecraft said that the essence of horror was walking into your garden and finding that your roses are singing.  I'd kind of dig that, even though it would definitely make my hair stand on end.

On the other hand, I've had experience with homocides, and they're frequently far worse than what you hear on TV.  Finding out that some people like to rub one out in their victim's wound(s), or even give the wound a little lovin' (I wish I was joking about this) alters your perception of reality in a way that is DEFINITELY NOT enjoyable, and in fact leaves scars in your mind.

Both are horror.  Obviously, the former is preferable to the latter.

President Television:

--- Quote from: Doktor Howl on August 13, 2010, 07:05:25 pm ---
--- Quote from: Doktor Plague on August 13, 2010, 07:03:31 pm ---What do we call it when we are repulsed by a part of someone else's perception of the natural order? Like, say, racism? Would this fall under Horror? Or does Horror exclusively refer to that which has not been encountered before?

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Horror consists of new, undesirable additions to your perception of the natural order.  Racism is a loathing thing, except for the odd hippy who thinks it's dead and gone, and then witnesses a teabagger rally.


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Yeah, that occurred to me as I was typing the post but I wasn't sure how to put it in so I left it out.
Anyway, I'm liking the new terminology.

Horror: NAMBLA for many people. I'd say a major sign of horror is that your initial reaction, upon hearing of it, is "that can't be true." Right?

Doktor Howl:
Thanks, BB.  I'll split that out later (in it's entirety), when I get this ball rolling this weekend.

Jenne:
I like this--gels nicely with what I've experienced and observed.  I look forward to your reports on your experiments, Herr Doktor.

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