Reliability

What it does it mean to be a Digidestined?

To some people, Digimon is a fictional franchise. To others, it’s a television show they used to watch when they were children. To me, it’s real. Let me explain.

Digimon taught me the core values on what it means to be a Digidestined. A Digidestined embodies COURAGE, LOVE, and SINCERITY.
To be COURAGEOUS when the situation at hand puts you in a fearful position. To LOVE those you hold near to your heart. To be SINCERE and genuine to the people you meet.

Being a Digidestined is being RELIABLE and KNOWLEDGABLE. When people have put FAITH on you and RELY you, you should always try and pull through. It means to be KNOWLEDGABLE of every situation you come into and not be ignorant.

Digimon taught me the value of FRIENDSHIP. That these people in your life are there to help you grow and become a better person. It taught me to cherish those relationships with special people in your life. It taught me to be KIND, even to those who are not.

Most importantly, being a Digidestined means to always have HOPE and to be a bright LIGHT in the world. The world can sometimes be grim, but it doesn’t have to be like that all the time. MIRACLES happen when you have HOPE.

That’s why Digimon is important to me. Being a Digidestined is being a decent person and embodying goodness through times of darkness.

International Digidestined, you are the change in this world. I believe that we can change this world together.

Reliable

I once thought I needed a crutch to stand 
but now 
I am beginning to realize 
that I am the crutch in your hand.

You fall to pieces before me.
You play your little games-
And I know you’re up to no good,
Yet I am your blanket, just the same.

I’ve seen your contorted faces,
With downcast grimaces, and circles beneath your eyes

(Can you breathe?)

I’ve given you one of my masks
To borrow until you emerge from this wretched phase

It seems I’ve confused helpful with reliable, though, 
because now I’m as good as dead.
I’ve tried swimming against your tide-
But, I gave you my vest.

I’m sputtering in your wild currents
knew it’d end like this
But I am duty-bound
To loving you so!

I’ve been in your deep water so many times
You’d think I’d tread more carefully
You’d think that I’d know my limits,
That I wouldn’t be pulled in,

I’ve tried to keep you at bay
And protect myself
In my lonesome glade

(How do you always penetrate my walls?)

I knew this was coming
This cold, dark death
I’m sinking into your oblivion
I’m trapped below the depths

And though it was you,
Who took my salvation
To save yourself,
It is who is the enemy-
I am my worst foe

Dear Fool,
I think, 
As I drift,
Finally in peace,
Where are you now?
How could you let this get so out of hand?
You deserve to rot, here, in this pool.

And I am so sorry I couldn’t do more
Why am I so guilty
Why do I continue to please
Even here at death’s door?

“Rest now, friend,” You say, returning,
Brandishing my vest about your torso

“This won’t take long.”

I’m held under the water
Until it seeps into my lungs
And I breathe air no more

Ah, 
Such a reliable friend.

MBTI Community - A Call to Arms
  • Im in my second semester in my masters for industrial organizational psychology, or the interdisciplinary study of business psychology & psychometrics, or the construction & development of empirical tests.
  • I am having some issues with Myers and Briggs empiricism and have a proposition for the community. If you are passionate about Myers and Briggs I encourage you to read on.
  • A little about me - I have studied Myers and Briggs and been apart of some MBTI community since 2010. Anyone who has studied MBTI in depth is an advocate of the functions for understanding. Anyone who has studied it for a bit probably has run into roadblocks for how to explain that MBTI is not "scientifically valid or reliable". This simply means that the MBTI test has not been found to be generalizable from a sample to a population.
  • Over the past 5 months it has come to my attention (and dismay) that the work psychologists I know and respect deem MBTI a pseudoscience. They are not wrong - the Myers and Briggs test has not been supported empirically.
  • Since I began studying MBTI I've had to deal with the valid counterargument that "but it's not real science". Most of us write this off because.... if MB isn't generalizable then what the hell is?It's intuitive and makes sense of just about everything... If it's wrong I don't want to be right. So whatever I'll just ignore the elephant in the room and cite the both large and active community both on and offline as a testament to its "generalizability".
  • I understand that. We've all done that. But now that I put theories under a microscope I can't help but face this fact. Pretty much everything you read of Myers Briggs is bullshit.... Unless it's the functions. Introversion and extroversion have nothing to do with personality except how they influence ones FUNCTIONS.
  • But this is not another tirade on how important the functions are - this is a call to arms from this community for those who care about MBTI. For those who would like to see it scientifically backed.
  • Maybe it doesn't affect you now, but the lack there of will and does influence your involvement in it - more so for me than others...
  • The opportunity to be taken seriously in a future career as a work psychologist would most likely go POOF for me. POOF to consulting, hello to administrative HR payroll. I wish I was joking! Search industrial organizational Psychology on Twitter or LinkedIn and you'll find about 100 psychologists who HATE MBTI talking shit on it right this second. I read 3 articles this week on MBTI as a discredit to the practice and profession of psychology. It's a big fucking deal people.
  • Why?? It needs to gain scientific support to be used because it is backfiring to be a black mark on psychology as a discipline.
  • Think about it... What happens when unscientific theories become popular to the public? Bill Nye and Neil Degrasse Tyson logic our asses into reality!
  • But...but... Why don't we have a psychologist version of them? Well for starters they're not taken SERIOUSLY! It's not "science" - Myers Briggs is a testament to that.
  • Case in point - I want to change that.
  • I intend to privately construct a new test by the time I graduate or soon after within a 2 year timeframe. Operative word being privately cause if it fails I'm not planning on going down with it.
  • That said, this is relevant for every single person in this community who would like Myers and Briggs AND psychology to be a respected part of the scientific community. For everyone who's ever been questioned about the accuracy of it or who want to use it without being scoffed at.
  • You can help. When I get to making the test, I will need all of the help I can get in validating it which means I need as many PARTICIPANTS as I can get!
  • There will probably be times I will get on here and ask for participants for my studies. But in the next few years one of those times will be asking this community to put aside the shit posts and song typing to contribute something meaningful to the field of psychology and theory of Myers and Briggs. I do not care if you agree or disagree. I do not care if you don't like me for insinuating I will break ties if it does not work out... I am not here to argue. This is my call to arms. Hope to see you all there.

How To Make Your New Years Resolutions Digital:

I’m sure you all have your new years resolutions all sorted out by now, but just in case you don’t, I’m here to help ya.

In the new year, always remember…

Have Courage. The courage to do what you normally wouldn’t. The courage to say things you wouldn’t normally say. The courage to stand up for what is right. The Courage to fight for what you love. Have the courage to find your Courage.


Treasure Whatever Friendship Comes Your Way. Find new friendship where you least expect it. Don’t run away when friendship seeks you out. Mend broken friendships, and allow new ones to flourish. Have faith in the friendship you currently have. 


Love more. Just love more. Love those close to you. Love those who are far. Love your friends. Love your family. Love your community. Spread love to those who need it most. Love people for who they are, and love yourself. 


Find the Sincerity you need, the sincerity that is so hard to come by, and don’t ever loose it. The sincerity that others look for but rarely find. Be sincere in everything that you do. Be true to yourself. Mean every word that you say. Stay on course, and have faith in yourself.


Use what Knowledge you have to the best of your ability. Jump at the chance to learn new things. Learn, and teach others, so that they may learn, and they may educate others. Don’t take knowledge in vain, and don’t run away from it. Use the good judgement you have, and understand what is going on around you.


Discover your sense of Reliability. Allow yourself to become a reliable person, and be sure to find someone that you can always rely on. Rely on fate, rely on destiny, and rely on the fact that if you want to, you can change it.


Always have Hope. Hope for the future. Hope for your future. Hope that things will get better. Hope that tomorrow will be better than today. Hope that those suffering will soon find peace. Hope for everything and everyone… Hope when there is none.


Find Light in your situation, whatever it is. Search for light when all you can see is darkness. Be lighthearted. Help others to find the light in their lives, no matter what that light is perceived as or believed to be. Be the light in someone’s life, and find someone or something to light your life.

Are you ready for the new year?

Reliability of neuroscience research questioned

New research has questioned the reliability of neuroscience studies, saying that conclusions could be misleading due to small sample sizes.

A team led by academics from the University of Bristol reviewed 48 articles on neuroscience meta-analysis which were published in 2011 and concluded that most had an average power of around 20 per cent – a finding which means the chance of the average study discovering the effect being investigated is only one in five.

The paper, being published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, reveals that small, low-powered studies are ‘endemic’ in neuroscience, producing unreliable research which is inefficient and wasteful.

It focuses on how low statistical power – caused by low sample size of studies, small effects being investigated, or both – can be misleading and produce more false scientific claims than high-powered studies.

It also illustrates how low power reduces a study’s ability to detect any effects and shows that when discoveries are claimed, they are more likely to be false or misleading.

The paper claims there is substantial evidence that a large proportion of research published in scientific literature may be unreliable as a consequence.

Another consequence is that the findings are overestimated because smaller studies consistently give more positive results than larger studies. This was found to be the case for studies using a diverse range of methods, including brain imaging, genetics and animal studies.

Kate Button, from the School of Social and Community Medicine, and Marcus Munafò, from the School of Experimental Psychology, led a team of researchers from Stanford University, the University of Virginia and the University of Oxford.

She said: “There’s a lot of interest at the moment in improving the reliability of science. We looked at neuroscience literature and found that, on average, studies had only around a 20 per cent chance of detecting the effects they were investigating, even if the effects are real. This has two important implications - many studies lack the ability to give definitive answers to the questions they are testing, and many claimed findings are likely to be incorrect or unreliable.”

The study concludes that improving the standard of results in neuroscience, and enabling them to be more easily reproduced, is a key priority and requires attention to well-established methodological principles.

It recommends that existing scientific practices can be improved with small changes or additions to methodologies, such as acknowledging any limitations in the interpretation of results; disclosing methods and findings transparently; and working collaboratively to increase the total sample size and power.

A trusty companion.

Mohamed El Bacha is a taxi driver in Essaouira, Morocco. His trusty companion: a Mercedes-Benz 240 D which is over 40 years old and, despite covering millions of kilometers, is still in service.