Assumed Understanding

I suspect that in many cases people assume that they understand a whole bunch of stuff way better than they actually do. People imagine that they can read others and predict to an extent what they will do under a given circumstance. I can think of several {many} occasions where people have behaved in a particular way towards me and then have been mightily surprised when I have not done what they anticipated. They assumed that they knew and that they knew me.

As a thought experiment if someone presented as a go-getting high tech. entrepreneur what would you expect them to do? How would you expect them to behave? What ethos would they hold and practise?

I’ll wager that in ~99.7% of people, there is no way that people would guess that someone presenting as a high tech. entrepreneur would be an adherent to the twelve principles of Buddhism, which I put up yesterday. It simply would not compute. There are many of these things which I call DNCs, Does Not Compute.

Assumed understanding has these massive DNC shaped black spots, blind spots.

I am a living example of what for many was/is a DNC.

Why would someone who had a tenured relatively well-paid job at a world top ten university resign without another relatively well-paid tenured job to go to?

DNC, DNC…Imagine a Dalek saying DNC, DNC in order to get my drift.


It is related to an HTTP error code.

403 Forbidden

The request contained valid data and was understood by the server, but the server is refusing action. This may be due to the user not having the necessary permissions for a resource or needing an account of some sort, or attempting a prohibited action (e.g., creating a duplicate record where only one is allowed). This code is also typically used if the request provided authentication by answering the WWW-Authenticate header field challenge, but the server did not accept that authentication. The request should not be repeated.

405 Method Not Allowed

A request method is not supported for the requested resource; for example, a GET request on a form that requires data to be presented via POST, or a PUT request on a read-only resource.

406 Not Acceptable

The requested resource is capable of generating only content not acceptable according to the Accept headers sent in the request.

417 Expectation Failed.

The server cannot meet the requirements of the Expect request-header field.

418 I’m a teapot (RFC 2324, RFC 7168)

This code was defined in 1998 as one of the traditional IETF April Fools’ jokes, in RFC 2324, Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol, and is not expected to be implemented by actual HTTP servers. The RFC specifies this code should be returned by teapots requested to brew coffee. This HTTP status is used as an Easter egg in some websites, such as’s I’m a teapot easter egg.


I twigged a while back, that because I had renounced something which many people spend a great deal of effort pursuing and is in a highly competitive arena, I am/was suspect. Nobody was willing to believe that I did it of my own free will. People assumed that there was some scandal or that I had been asked to fall on my sword, or that I had been pushed onto it. It is easier for the conspiracy addicted human mind to fabricate some salacious reasons, rather than accept that a being would do this, jack it all in.

We have a DNC here in the garage. It is a right-hand drive Peugeot 207 with 22 Bretagne plates. On numerous occasions people look at me in the passenger seat and without a steering wheel. DNC! It is the combination of a French car, with French number plates and UK steering wheel which is the DNC.

It does not take much to make a DNC for most people.

As a little experiment:

How many DNCs have you got?

In what way might they impinge on your assumed understanding about a whole bunch of stuff?