Sidney Mazzi – 12 min read
To warm up we will discuss two very basic ideas. First we will quickly pass by the human communication system (Chapter 3) — which humans trust implicitly, and that’s a mistake. Secondly, we will expose how (and from where) humans perceive reality (Chapter 4). You will start to see the difference between seeing and projecting reality, which is crucial for understanding your prey.
Interestingly, this understanding will allow us, for example, to demonstrate why humans are condemned to repeat the same mistakes time and time again (Chapter 5).
Note again that the ideas we present here are basic, but crucial — a necessary foundation for you to build upon your understanding of the human animal. Having this solid foundation will pay off. Additionally, the whole thing will get more complicated as we move towards the end. Wait and see.
CHAPTER 3 – JUST CODES – A Broken Communication System
If we fully understand how inefficiently humans communicate with one another, we can use this knowledge against them.
To show you how important this is, during wars, one side will often target its opponent’s communication channels to isolate, divide and mislead. So, when hunting, understanding the intricacies of your prey’s communication is vital.
As you know, many of Earth’s animals communicate through sounds and gestures. Humans, however, use more complex sets of codes and symbols that seem efficient, which is the inaccurate perception we will explore.
Let’s first start with a weird metaphor that exaggerates the problem.
Tell a human this story: Flags & smoke signals
Imagine an ancient sailing ship with a bank of oars, several cannons and hundreds of crew. To communicate with other vessels, the captain uses several flags to send coded messages (stating the country his ship comes from, its purpose, if it is a merchant or warship, etc.), which receivers then decipher using a codebook.
Or, picture villages that are miles apart communicating using smoke signals.
How does this apply to humans? And how can you use it against them?
Now, no human would expect recipients of the messages to understand all that is happening on the other end. How could they? And, humans know full well that using a set of codes, such as flags or smoke signals, to communicate would be extremely limiting. This is obvious. For some reason, though, humans struggle to understand that their everyday language, too, is inefficient; it is just a system of codes and symbols that are ripe for misinterpretation.
WORDS, FLAGS & SMOKE SIGNALS
ALL ARE JUST INEFFICIENT SETS OF CODES
Ask a human to speak a foreign language (that he knows quite well, but it is not his native tongue) to explain what’s going on within his head, and he will soon realise how cumbersome his words are for speaking his mind. It’s easy to see that he would feel limited in his capacity to express himself. And, he wouldn’t be at all surprised, either; after all, it’s not his first language! What humans don’t realise, though, is that even the words they grew up with are clumsy vehicles for self-expression — just a set of codes.
Language is merely a translation into words of the images inside a human’s head. However, because communicating in one’s ‘mother tongue’ feels natural, humans have a hard time accepting that words are vague facsimiles of what they want to express. Humans often think that they are explaining themselves completely because it feels natural — they are accustomed to the code.
Let’s be very clear. If a human states something simple, like “I want an apple,” obviously the other human will understand. What we are saying, though, is that the imagined apple could have a slightly different shape, colour and size to what the receiver understands. You see, apple is just a word representing a thought. The gaps between meaning and interpretation become bigger when humans discuss topics that are subjective, like hierarchy, power, money, relationships, expectations and success. It is the bigger gaps that we want to explore.
As if the inefficiency of human language isn’t enough, humans filter these codes and symbols depending on factors such as their past experiences, mood, insecurities and knowledge (but this is a topic for a later chapter). What matters for now is that misunderstandings can become much worse because, as you will see, in complex situations a code can have multiple meanings.
CONCLUSIONS (Chapter 3)
The codes humans use to communicate are highly inefficient, like old submarines that transmit Morse code to each other. Of course, one craft won’t be able to express everything that is happening inside its shell. So, in the same way, no human can express himself fully, even though they all like to think they can. So, when humans filter rough codes from other humans, it’s easy to understand why there is so much confusion on planet Earth.
For you, knowing this simple truth about the inefficiency of humans’ sets of codes is valuable. Wait and see. You can use it to your advantage in situations where misunderstandings take place, and even create misunderstanding for your benefit.
In the next chapter, we show how each animal creates its own reality. By exposing how humans perceive (and distort) the world around them, we will start to demonstrate how isolated within themselves they are and how their codes give away tips for how to manipulate them.
CHAPTER 4 – ALTERNATIVE REALITIES – Inside the Cabin (shorter version)
Let’s look at another example. And, yes, we’ll stick with the captain and ship examples — it’s essential that you have a solid and natural understanding of the separation between a human’s Captain (consciousness) and his Crew.
Tell a human this story: The Captain inside his Cabin
Again, imagine the ancient sailing ship described in the previous chapter. The captain, due to his importance and desire to avoid possible attacks, spends his days working in isolation inside his cabin.
Of course, the captain needs to know what’s happening on and around his ship — he’s in charge, after all — and, when necessary, he relies on messengers to keep him informed. And inform him they do; although, it’s important to understand the limitations of the messages they deliver.
So, here is the sequence: First the lookout sees something. Then, he explains his sighting to the messenger, who then explains to the captain. Simple. Now, consider this:
A lookout, perched high in the ship’s crow’s nest, spies an approaching vessel. Now, this lookout’s knowledge of ships is minimal — he’s young and has been a sailor for only a few weeks. Consequently, he can’t distinguish between an ancient frigate, caravel or galley — they all look the same to him.
If this young lookout knew more, he would probably notice features such as the number of sails, oars or cannons the ship has. But, to discern and describe those features, and the difference between the vessels, first requires a basic understanding of ships.
It’s not surprising that when the young lookout reports his sighting to a messenger below, he can’t explain the details very well — he hasn’t noticed them. The lookout makes ‘best guesses’ about the object he has seen based on what he knows and his past experiences.
When the messenger eventually reports news of the approaching ship to the captain, can you understand how compromised the message might be? In the same way, the description of the surroundings will also be compromised because the lookout will never be able to explain precisely the shape of the clouds, the waves, the wind. He will just state general weather conditions, without significant details, unless the captain really pushes him.
You see, the integrity of a message depends on what the lookout saw (or didn’t see) — the amount of information he can translate into words compared to the picture he sees — and his ability to explain his sighting to the messenger. And finally, how the messenger then explains it to the captain.
How does this apply to humans? And how can you use it against them?
What humans don’t realise is that when their central system (brain) receives information (from eyes and ears), like the lookout and messenger, it makes ‘best guesses’ about what the information means and what to send to their Captain.
As expected, not all best guesses or translations are the same. In fact, they are slightly different. So, what a human sees and notices is slightly different to the others around him. This is because what a human sees, hears or smells isn’t reality; instead, it is a hugely filtered best guess of what is real. Consequently, every human being’s interpretation of reality is different. It is interpreted and replayed inside his head, like a hallucination. This may all sound crazy, but you will get what we mean. You will also learn how different points of view change how you observe human behaviour.
For example, if a human knows about fashion, he will notice subtle nuances between items of dress — the material, the thread — that others will not — ‘non-followers of fashion’ will literally see no differences between the clothes. Each human’s brain projects different images inside his head. The same applies to those knowledgeable in pretty much anything, like types of cars and houses. As weird as it sounds, images, sounds or tastes don’t reach the Captain as you might think. He literally sees (or hallucinates) a standard item of clothing without the details. If, however, you ask him to pay attention and check it out again while you explain the differences, details will emerge that he will swear were not there before. The same thing happens with new car designs; one human will see the latest trend in shape, and the other will be oblivious to it unless it is pointed out and explained. It is not just attention differences; every human’s Captain sees different images.
The same applies to taste. Take beer (or wine, or even tea) for example. Humans will each experience diverse sensations, depending on how much they know and care about beer. Just like the captain must train his lookout and messenger to differentiate types of ships, so they can provide more accurate information, humans also must undergo a lengthy training process to sharpen their sensitivity to develop the ability to differentiate between types of beer. So, as mentioned before, attention plays a significant role here, but it is not just that. The ability of humans to distinguish between types of beer, dresses or cars will vary between them, and if a human’s Lookout doesn’t translate accurately, he literally sees just a beer, or a dress or, like in the story above, a ship. His brain (Messenger) decodes the message in a standard, rudimentary way.
So, two humans in the same room seeing and tasting the same things actually have different experiences, depending on their knowledge, culture and past — as well as some other stuff. Each human lives in a different reality because their brain translates information from their senses differently. Of course, this feature doesn’t make much difference in simple situations, like two humans seeing the same apple. However, it gets interesting when things become complicated — and they always do. As you will see in Part II, these differences can expand in unbelievable ways, and you can use them while in pursuit of your prey.
A human hears a song in an unfamiliar language. If he learns the lyrics, next time he listens, the music will affect him differently. The first time will be a blur; second time around, though, the human will listen to the words — the music will seem different. It is like a musician who hears songs differently to non-musical humans. In his mind, he can clearly separate the sound of each instrument or notice mistakes made by performers. So, a musician and a non-musician will hear different music. It is not just attention, but their brains translate the music differently. In effect, what they are listening to is different.
Note: The idea is not (or should not be) new to humans. Take touch for example: Humans are well aware that those who are blind can usually detect tactile information faster and in more detail than seeing humans because the brain of a blind human is better trained to collect information from touch. However, very few humans realise that the same beer he and his allies drink together tastes different to each of them.
A trained eye matters:
Interestingly, how well-trained a human’s brain is at seeing something alters how they see it.
Here’s a simple example: Humans from one part of the world generally struggle to differentiate between humans from another. To illustrate this point, humans from a place on Earth called Europe may be unable to distinguish between two dark-haired humans from Asia (another place on Earth) who generally feature facial characteristics unique to Asians. Of course, there are exceptions. But, let’s say that, in general, a brain from Europe is likely to be less adept at noticing details in an Asian face than a brain raised in Asia. And, it works both ways: Many Asians find it tough differentiating between two blonde-haired Europeans. Of course, this example is also valid in many other parts of the world and situations.
Remember, every day a human is exposed to an avalanche of information, and only a fraction will reach his awareness (the Captain). This is because his ‘capable’ Messenger has the Captain all figured out and removes what he thinks is irrelevant. Believe it or not, humans don’t realise that this filtering takes place, which is unfortunate for them and lucky for you. They are like a naive ship’s captain who believes that the lookout and the messenger are telling him everything (every detail) that is happening around the ship.
TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS CHAPTER
Everything happens inside out, like an in-built projector. If you understand the difference between seeing and projecting the stuff around you, you should find this book, and humans, easy to understand.
The misunderstandings about reality that we have mentioned seem small, but, as you will see, they add up.
CHAPTER 5 – THE ISOLATED CAPTAIN – First tips (shorter version)
The first practical application
With the Captain-in-the-cabin mindset, it is easy to understand why humans are usually condemned, fated — cursed — to repeat the same mistakes endlessly.
When you begin observing and hunting humans, you will notice that they often face the same problems time and time again. If a human has an angry boss, he will quit his job and find another angry boss. If colleagues bully him, he will be bullied wherever he works. The same dysfunctional pattern of behaviour also occurs with humans who are often let down by friends or move from one ‘batshit crazy’ partner to another. Jealous humans, too, always seem to find something to be envious of. The same applies to paranoid humans or those who continually get into arguments and can’t explain why.
What makes humans so dysfunctional?
From what we have presented until now, a human’s filtered reality (his ability to notice certain things and his selective attention) is a culprit.
First – Alternative Reality: Every individual human being will tend to pay attention to things — objects and situations — that others may not be aware of or care about. Also, based on each human’s background and experience, they can notice different things and details while in the same situation. So, as previously said, humans see reality differently. Remember, reality is complex, so there is always something happening around humans that allow them to reach the conclusions that they desire. No matter what the situation, humans can always find some reason to be anxious, paranoid or jealous, etc. The world really is unique for each of these creatures. Dare we say, humans see what they look for and understanding this fact will help you recognise the problems they face.
There are two other reasons for the problems humans grapple with. Let’s look at them now.
Secondly – Desire: Each human has a pattern of desire, so he is attracted to and finds pleasure in the same things. Without noticing, humans usually chase the same type of humans over and over again. So, it’s often their desire — what they chase — that creates the reoccurring problems humans complain about. It is like a human with a partner that ignores him. He always complains about being “invisible”, but it’s an inattentive partner he chased in the first place. In this case, should the partner begin paying him more attention, the human will lose interest and start looking for a new, less attentive mate. And, the problem continues.
Thirdly – Behaviour: Without noticing, humans also create problems by the way they behave. For example, some highly competitive humans take an aggressive approach to others. Consequently, they appear confrontational, even when they don’t mean to be. Why? Well, it’s their belligerent body language, pronunciation of words and several other signals they can’t help but project. Then, from time to time, they meet others who act the same, and, naturally, these aggressive humans end up in conflict. Many have no idea that they are part of the problem, that they created the fight, and so they blame their opponent.
Strangely, for the cases above, these patterns are habitual, and humans don’t notice the cause. For human beings, life is a mystery. They are like creatures with shit on their foreheads that don’t understand why flies follow them, no matter how many they swat away. Humans can’t comprehend that, most often, they are the architect of their problems. And, like we said, the same happens with humans who are anxious, jealous or paranoid.