|The house in Amsterdam which was the author’s home during the events documented in The Tyranny of Ambiguity|
An Introduction to
The Tyranny of Ambiguity
being an account of the development of the system of behaviour analysis called
The Tyranny of Ambiguity consists of three book-length parts:
It is a documentary account of the experiments I did on the streets of Amsterdam, which led to the development of the Procedural Analysis system.
Simon G. Sheppard
The Tyranny of Ambiguity is a narrative account of an in-depth study of Amsterdam society by an independent researcher. It is an at times amusing, at times searching adventure of discovery into human sexuality.
Amsterdam has a population of 725,000 and few of its two million visitors per year gain insight into real Amsterdam culture as it is experienced by those living in the city. The book includes perceptions into the social effects of tourism and the sex industry, amongst other things.
Applying knowledge of sex differences and evolutionary psychology, the author formalizes mating and other strategies and discovers in a series of experiments how, by the manipulation of sex, females influence society. Quoting examples in the extreme environment of Amsterdam, the form and nature of that influence is uncovered. Some contrasting accounts during visits to Britain are also documented.
As the narrative develops a series of formal propositions and theorems are presented. A number of population surveys were also undertaken to support the author’s observations. The result is a refreshingly direct and honest account detailing many basic mechanisms of human interaction.
Simon Sheppard left a job as a music recording engineer to study at university. After obtaining a degree in Mathematics, and having already by this stage written several articles about computing for the Guardian newspaper, he ran the Issue computer company. He has published two scientific papers in medical journals and a psychology paper. He is still engaged in science.
On re-reading the accounts some of the encounters seemed to me to be incredible, and many I would have had difficulty believing myself had I not actually been there. The book, which runs to five hundred pages, promises to be a good read. During editing much later, often even I didn’t know what was going to happen next!
I was the Hunter, familiar now to the street entertainers and stall-holders and observed in reflection in shop windows with conspicuous regularity. My frequent appearances would be interpreted either as profound inability or exceptional promiscuity.
Background to the Study. The Primary Subject. Sex Differences and MESS. Value of Difference. Study of Extremes. Protocol and Notation. Experiment Zero. Considerations in the Unfeminated State. First Theory: Proposition 1
Experiment 1, Sit and Wait. The Environment of Amsterdam. Displacement of Cost. Pussy (and Other) Displays. Trophyism. Proposition 2. Distribution of Guilt. Proposition 3
Experiment 2, Random Approaches. Breaking. Television Vision. Early Considerations of Approaches and Bonding. Direct and Indirect Proposals. Strategies. Instincts. Paths of Resistance. Invalidity of Instinct. Sexual Definition Cycle. Homosexuality. Parkinson’s Law. The Dynamic System
Costs. The Local Form. Mistakes. Female Masturbation. The Tyranny of Ambiguity. The Canadian Tourist. The Dubious Statement of Unavailability. The Emphasizer. The Finnish Tourists. The First Move. Inverted Transmission of Diminishment
Projection. Diversionary and Disguised Purposes. Paragonism. Male Targeting Templates. Template Set. Proposition 4. The Costs and Benefits of Sex. Experiment 3
Control of Information. Divulgence and Referral. Female Miasma. Interview with a Bitch. Male and Female Postures. Erroneous Signalling. Dysfunctional Signalling. Some Conclusions
Mistargets. Creative Transduction. Big Sister. Relational Initiatives. Sex With Female Friends. Disclosure. Shop Dives. Things Said. Leaving Politics. Happy Shoppers
The Coffee Experiment, Part 1. Pair Zero. Psychology Experiments. Provisional Pram Survey. Template Set. Template Stack. Do You Have A Light? Assessment of Relationships. The Basic Problem
Trading Up. The Coffee Experiment, Part 2. Fast Walking. Status Relationships. Dynamics of Male Selectivity. Proposition 5. Pair 1. Thanatos. Complicatedness of Multiple Relationships. Normalizations. Size
Origin of Signals. Signals Day. The Multiplex Case. S14/F13. Proclamation of Enhancement. Signals as Fashion. Formalization of Hunting. Virgins. Intentions and Objectives. Jeremy Bentham
Integrity of Communications. Basic Categories of Signals. Signals List. Exaggerated Behaviour in Alien Culture. Female Preference for Signals. Conspiracy Mechanisms. The Indulgence of Romance
The Fundamental Human Neurosis. Effect of Signals. Mechanisms of Intensification of Neurosis. Integrity and Role of Signals. Aberrant Relationships. Acute Neurosis. Societal Neurosis. Ambiguity of Intention. Dominance by Divergence
Mistakes. More Intentions and Objectives. Tell Don’t Ask. More Approach Responses. Reason To Live. First Transduction. Tear Day. The Ugly Girl Incident. Our Cosy Circle. Happy Weed
Nature versus Nurture. Normality or Usuality? Some Essential Sex Differences. Proposition 6. Human Characteristics at Three Levels. Peer Group Loading. Tendency of Females to Conform. Artificial Media Role Models. Basic Instincts. Substitutes. Intensification of Male Breeding Competition
Body Pouting. Name Games. Bar Games. Pair 2. Acute Empathy. One Big Café. Pair 3. Pair 4
Removal of Male Pride. Exaggerated Behaviour In Alien Role. Rules of Engagement. Bonding. The Bonding Curves. Sex Problems. Miscellaneous Approaches. Squat Folklore
Survey 1, The Pram Survey. Vicarious Generosity. Unlimited Female Appetite. Use of Children. Normal Sequence. Darkrooms and Dykes. Frustration. The Dream. Stonewalling. Condom Use. Lying by Females. Denial. Traditional Roles. Tit For Tat. Inferiority of Females. Rape. The Plain Truth
Introduction. The Fall. Neurotic Suspension. Weakening of Distress Signals. Freedom to Follow Instincts. The Instinct Park. Speculative Fixes. Perceptions. Females Signalling Pleasure. Affectionate Farewells. Eloquence Advantage. Transduction. Bureaucracies. Bevies. First BIGBAR3 Note
The Basic Mechanisms of Human Interaction. Appetent and Inappetent Markers. Local Tokens. Female Love of Telephone. Glimpses of Normality
Reverse Strategy. Approach Response Repertoire. Intentions and Objectives. Proposition 7. F22D First Game. Positive Transduction. Expediency versus Justice. The Indulgence of Romance. Normal Dishonesty
The Induction of Psychosis. Cycle of Reinforcement. ‘Telepathic’ and Assent Signals. Response to BIGBAR3 Notes. First Matriarchy
Domestic Pets. An Experiment with Amphetamine. Female Perception of Single Males. Emotional Fascism. The Fundamental Female Neurosis: The Second Switch
Able Woman. Bad Girls. The Bimbo. The Bitch. Defective Female. The Lady. Liability Girl. Personality Girl. Scatterbrained Female. Thug Woman. Unstable Female. Tit For Tat/Take Back. Spoiling. Written and Unwritten Rules
Loud Verbal Utterance Signal. Male Priority. Second Evening. Spite and Jealousy. Epilogue
Basic Dishonesty. Transsexuals. South of England. North of England. Telephone Relationships
The Silent Kalverstraat Incident. Basic Relational Transaction. Theorem 1, The Dynamical Laws of Female Behaviour. Creative Transduction. Limit Corollary. Advancement of Selection. The Trial. Menstrual Synchronization. Lemma 1 for Theorem 2
Neurotic Emotions. Origin of IoR. Queen’s Day. Approach Displacement. Response Displacement. Advanced Level
Female Longevity. Substitutes. Hypothesis of Matriarchy. Signals Above Speech. General Transformation of Markers. Female Response Instincts. Matriarchy
Femination and Masculination. Forms and Indicators of Female Influence. Compulsive Smiling. Survey 2, The Preference Survey. The Clearance Instinct. Lemma 2 for Theorem 2. False Accusations
Ideal Female Employment. Bureaucracies. The Feminization of Society. Progress. First Nice Then Nasty. Base and Spoiled Female. Lemma 3 for Theorem 2. Tenuous Female Grasp on Reality. Stonewalling. Theorem 2. A Prospective Fix. Traditional Roles
The Psycho-Darlings. The Dice Game. The Mindfuck Experiment. Female Conspiracy Mechanisms. Typical Female Quotes. Boasting. The Induction of Psychosis. Prostitutes
Proposition 8. Intolerance of Ambiguity. Serial Killer. Pair 6. Role of Humour. Formal Definition of the Mindfuck, the Mental Assault. Little Johnnie’s Law. Proposition 9
The Accumulation and Exercise of Power. Female Terrorism. Behavioural Establishment. Matriarchal Consolidation. Population Level as a Measure of Female Influence. The Police as an Arm of the Matriarchal State. Rape. Music Business. Affection Beneath. Theorem 3, The DSoD Theory. Theorem 4, Super Masculine and Super Feminine States
Distraction of Signals. Routine Abnormal Behaviour. Induction and Transduction. Origin of Female Influence. Typical Transduction. Monotonic Female Voice. Need to Rebel. Spoiling by Males
Trends. Kies Kleurig. One Spring Evening in BIGBAR5. Second Queen’s Day. Origins of Female Preference. First and Second Level Mental Assaults. Male Instincts Regarding Mixed Race Couples
Double Reinforcement of Female Characteristics. Imitation. Conspiracy. Spoiling. Attention-Seeking. Sublimation. Dynamical Laws. Musical Challenges. More SLM’s. Balance of Opposites. Debasement
Exultation. Wilful Defiance. Absence of Limit. Survey 3, The Race Survey. Relationship Inception Sequence. Alternative Money Systems
Reinforcing Cycle of Fear. Conclusion. Tolerance and Liberality. The Fulcra. Collective Advantage, Individual Detriment. Tokenism. Institutional Incompetence