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A replacement for the Myers-Briggs? by Anonymous on February 18th, 2012, 8:01 am
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is wildly popular personality test. Problem is its pseudoscience.

A major premise of the Type model is that only one of the 16 Types best describes each person โ€” the Type to which you are born will be the one you take to your grave. We may adjust our behaviors over time โ€” or at a party versus a funeral โ€” but our personal Type remains the same for life.


however about half of people will retest as a different type after four week (1). It was with that in mind that my curiosity was perked when I read about the Holland code test, which has a much higher test-retest validity (2). After taking the test I am not convinced I have found a replacement MBTI though. I scored a somewhat contradictory result.


It said my RIASEC marker, was IAE (Investigative, Artistic, Entrepreneurial) but i...

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Masters dissertation. by Anonymous on May 5th, 2009, 9:39 am
The deadline for my masters dissertation is rapidly approaching. I am currently trying to go through my draft in order to tart it up and make it into a thirty page rollercoaster of emotions rather than the dull chronicle of what is meant to be a year's worth of work that it currently is. I wish that had I not been so lazy and actually managed to make a decent measurement before the Easter holiday (or during it) as was planned. I then could have spent more time writing it up until I was happy with it.

Getting it out of the way will be good though. In a mere 11 hours I'll be one step closer to graduating.
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Realism about Aesthetic Properties - Alan Goldman by Anonymous on March 15th, 2011, 4:21 pm
From The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 51:1, 1993, pp. 31-37.

Goldman's provides an account of evaluative aesthetic properties in the following manner: Aesthetic judgements, through which aesthetic properties are ascribed, have an essentially evaluative component (p.32). Evaluate responses are in part constitutive of aesthetic properties, and so aesthetic properties must consist of relations between formal objective (non-evaluative) properties and evaluative responses (ibid). For the non-realist, of course, this is perfectly permissible and indeed very much in the spirit of her position. A realist may complain, however, that one can talk of evaluative aesthetic properties without any such reference to individual responses, and that such responses are merely the means by which we (or ideal observers) become aware of the properties in question. Nonetheless, the position he presents remains compatible with...

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mouth emerging from the primordial ooze of sleep... by Anonymous on June 19th, 2014, 6:53 am
ultimately you are the variable of an identity of meaning... the nexus of the intake and the crux of the output... its really not about the 'illusion of choice' its more about smiling for the love of your life despite wanting to escape and break both of your hearts in some sardonic and elaborate plot to self destruct in such fashion that they, them, the root of your paranoia, change because of...
cats typically aren't big enough to keep you warm at night unless its a lion or tiger or panther or cougar or unless its a warm night... then you can sleep with the sheet all akimbo to your grains... the way a vestment drapes across a cross at holy ghost tent revivals and in small chambers off to one corner of a church during holy days in the calender of tradition...
you can dream and be unaware that you are dreaming... and even though the hodgepodge and anarchay of them is unbelievable, if you don't remember them as the work of an unconscious mind, they will eat up meaning in your life... in short...

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Why is relativity so hard to learn?[10X] by BurtJordaan on May 5th, 2017, 12:13 am
This is a "whiteboard dump" for a post following on part [9] of a Philosophy of Science thread with the above name. I have thought to move things deemed too technical here for reference (As sort of Appendices).

BurtJordaan ยป 04 May 2017, 11:44 wrote:That said, in the next piece we will make Alice turn around en head home, and provided that her long-playing rocket has enough fuel left, make it little swifter.

As Mitchell has indicated above, there is a slight possibility that a future super-dooper technology could perhaps bring Alice back home with the amount of fuel that she has left. As we also discussed, if you have the technology, a higher acceleration would be better, so let us look at a one earth gravity (1g) setting ...

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