cognitive reasoning

stefan: begs caroline to flip her humanity back and tells her he’s there for her and wants to be with her

stefan: tells caroline loving her changed his life and he will wait till she’s healed and is ready for a relationship

stefan: says “i love you” first

stefan: wants her back the second he’s in town after a 3 year breakup when they’re both in different relationships

stefan: literally asks her to marry him


Okay, but I’m getting really sick of it. Blah blah blah, DSoD & Kaiba & Yuugi & everybody screaming about prideship or peachship or whatever. And then I keep on seeing posts under the cut about the REAL important issue in the movie that everybody’s ignoring, and then I check and exclaim, completely scandalised, ‘that’s not the REAL important issue in the movie that everybody’s ignoring!!’.


Some Things to Know When Interacting with People Who Use Assistive Technology to Write

(especially online, where so much communication is in writing)

All of these are based on my personal experiences using multiple types of assistive technology for text entry together with my knowledge of these technologies and the software that makes them work. I have the most experience with speech to text systems, but I have also used eye gaze keyboards, alternative touchscreen keyboards, Dasher, and stroke based character entry systems. I am familiar with an even wider range of technologies. However, I am approaching this topic from the perspective of physical disability, and you should remember that people who use assistive technology for other reasons, especially cognitive or developmental disabilities, may have significantly different needs and limitations.

What you should know:

1. Formatting is hard, especially when the user interfaces aren’t accessible.

Many times, assistive technology for writing only handles the text itself, not any formatting extras like bullet points, bold/underline/italics, special types of paragraph breaks, numbered lists, special spacing, etc.

If someone is using all caps for emphasis, remember that they might not be able to format the text as bold. (If text in all caps is a problem for you for whatever reason, consider downloading a browser extension to remove it. Conflicting access needs are real, but in this case there’s a pretty easy solution.)

If you get a wall of text, that’s probably because the assistive technology only (easily) outputs text! Depending on the tool, sometimes getting nicely formatted text with paragraph breaks is hard.

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Hey, I finally finished my analysis of @extranuts‘s character Gil!

He was a lot of fun to analyze - not only because of how silly he acts in a lot of @extranuts‘s pics, but because of how much of a jackass he is. Arguably, he and Ano (the other ENTP I have analyzed thus far) should have a fight to the death over who is a bigger troll.

Sorry for the unannounced hiatus between this and my last analysis of @take-a-melody‘s Ariana - I was writing an article a week for a school club, and I should have realized that would take up a lot more time. But now I will post analyses more frequently because 1) I am finished writing those articles, and 2) I will use a simpler format.

Here’s to noodley jackassery!

-Greg (Harmonic-Psyche)

What makes Intelligence Agents tick? (Part one)

There are certain aspects that are considered the building blocks of intelligent agents. Unlike the average man these agents view the world in a novel lens. Their effective habit system alters their perception profoundly. They are capable of extracting information from the most devious sources. They always make the best of what they have, and they pay a lot of attention to details. Their line of trade is rather dangerous at times. That is why it is absolutely crucial to be always ready, prepared and vigilant of your surroundings.

How does one adopt an effective Situational Awareness habit?

This habit can take the toll on you, if you do not know where and how to look. Being constantly observant is very tiring, it exerts the brain’s resources immensely. Selective attention is always advised whenever attempting to observe the outer/external environment. In this article I will be discussing Observation and how to utilize it towards your best interest.

1. Observation

There are two types of observation modes:

a. Passive Observation (Being one’s default mode)

b. Active Observation (Conscious awareness)

The default state in which we observe the world around us is the passive mode. Through which you take the relevant data (enough to let you survive the time being) surrounding you, and comprehend it in the simplest of ways. The world is a very dangerous place, full of potential risks. The passive observation mode let’s you operate accordingly, while maintaining awareness for potential danger. Take for example the sound of the banging engine that takes you by surprise, you automatically direct your attention towards that source to assess the threat. If it proves to be a false alarm, you ease your tension. However, unlike the passive mode, the active mode provides you with a sense of proactive, it makes you aware of potential threats that may arises, dangers that normally would bypass your naive passive observation operator. Through the active mode you are willingly analyzing most of the influencing factors in your surrounding environment, and dismissing all that is irrelevant of course, this can take it’s toll on one’s brain power. That is why it is advised to hone the method of selective attention, as mentioned before. There are a few tips that may get you started with this habit. 


- Close your eyes and try to memorize every detail in your surrounding area (It would be advised to try this with a familiar room/area)

- Open your eyes again and see how many have you missed. You should find a good some of important information that slipped your attention.


Whenever you enter a premise, try to keep track of the following: 

1. Where are the exist

2.How many windows

3. How many people are in the room

4. What is the layout of the room

5. Observe people’s micro expression

6. Observe the people’s behavior and body language as they interact with one another

7. Observe the clothes of the people (There is a world of information in how someone dresses themselves)

I will be discussing further points in the upcoming article.


Procrastination is my default setting.

This is a sad but true fact.  If there’s something that has to be done, then I will do it …

… at the last possible minute.

Shall I expound upon this subject, especially as it relates to INTPs?  Why, thank you for asking!

Actually, I wonder why procrastination is such an INTP stereotype.  People get mad at stereotypes, but the truth is that they are rooted in truth.  In other words, there’s no smoke without some fire.  And, as an INTP, I do procrastinate.  There’s inarguable evidence!

As an INTP, my dominant cognitive function is Ti, obviously.  My introverted thinking function, if it’s working properly, is going to be telling me what is the most reasonable thing to do at any given time.  Thus, it should be telling me to perform my duties before my recreational activities (or whatever else I want to do).  That’s not quite how my reason works, though.

Instead, because I use my reason so much, it reasons its way around stuff that I really don’t want to do.  Remember my least-developed function, Fe?  Well, Fe exists even though it’s not dominant.  I still have feelings, and sometimes my feelings influence my reasoning more than I would like to admit.  Thus, I can reason that I have plenty of time to perform a task solely because I don’t feel like doing it right now.

Yikes!  Unthinkable!  What a thoroughly revolting possibility!

How can my feelings that that much weight on my personal decisions?  I’m supposed to be one of the rationals.  Feelings are supposed to be virtually irrelevant.

Surprise, they’re not.

The great thing about Ti, though, is that it does have a survival mode, at least for me.  I procrastinate, yes, but there’s some instinct that always tells me just how far I can procrastinate.  I may scramble at the last minute, but any project I may have does get completed.

So, yes, that’s quite a longish, hopefully not vacuous, description of procrastination as it takes place in my mind.  I don’t know if it works that way for every INTP, but there you have it!

MBTI = Pseudoscience?

As I sat taking my notes in my psychology class today, I noticed my teacher included the MBTI as a pseudoscience(or fake science). She made a joke to herself about it and i laughed just to hide the fact that I, as an INTJ, as raging with thoughts of proving her wrong. I researched a little bit on the matter and saw one flaw in some psychologists reasoning as to why it is an urban legend. They aren’t looking at the correct process of typing someone. In fact, they are relying on the public and free quizzes rather than the actual process cognitive psychologists use.
The common misconception among all people who know of the MBTI are that they think its the letters in the stack that count. It is not. Its about your cognitive functions. The reason im an INTJ is because my function stack is Ni, Te, Fi, and Se. Im considered an introvert not just because i prefer reading over a party but because my dominant function is introverted. You CANNOT rely on the Extroverted vs Introverted, Intuitive vs Sensing, Feeling vs Thinking, and Judging vs Perceiving part of a personality. Its the functions themselves that determine the type. This is supposed to be a science of how someone goes through their thinking process, not their personality as a whole(although people with similar thinking patterns relate the same behaviors and perferences).
Psychologists go through several different procedures to determine a type, not just the test. MBTI becomes a pseudoscience when you dont take the procedures a trained and educated psychologist does. Thats why theres so many mistyped people out there.
So if you are a psychologist or majoring in psychology, please go into the depth of a speculated pseudoscience or science in general before claiming it is wrong.

Deductions are not good stories.

Deductions can be defined as the inference of a certain conclusion based on various observations.(Which are considered as facts, or premises in that sense). Inferences can take multiple forms. They are either Deductive, Inductive or Abductive. You can make a deduction via multiple methods of reasoning.However, these observations are not necessarily observed on the spot, but can be extracted from one’s Brain Attic (if properly stocked). The average man tends to jump into conclusions when attempting to make decisions, draw conclusions or make impressions. People by nature are storytellers. They dislike uncertainty and complexity. Therefore, they tend to dismiss any complex factor, or perhaps even mold it to their own perception. This sort of behavior, can not only reduce the quality of one’s inference but it can also gravely deceive. This cognitive error is called Misinformation effect (I suggest you google it, if needed). That is why it is a grand mistake to jump into conclusions without confirming that one has all the data (Prematurely assuming that they are facts, of course). The next step would sifting through these facts, dismissing the irrelevant while clutching onto the critical inputs to use whilst building your deduction. The observations must not be based on emotions, intuition, or experience as much as it needs a methodology of reasoning to extract it. People tend to make conjunctions based on stereotypes and past experiences, when drawing the boundaries of a first impression for instance. They rely on empirical knowledge and dismiss the factor of probability and chance. For instance, if someone has had the misfortune of engaging with a serial killer who happened to be a supporter of “X” Football club, that may leave the observer prone to drawing hasty conclusions against any given supporter of the same club. What are the odds of that other fan being a serial killer? Chances are highly unlikely, but the observer would not consider these ‘witty’ and careless statistics. Simply because it puts his life on the line. If he does not engage with these heuristics, he is prone to risk his survival. That Maslow strictly speaking, and not logic.

Occam Razor is another tool that people carelessly use unconsciously, when drawing deductions. They tend to factor out complicated inputs from the equation. They do so, because (as we have mentioned before) man does not like uncertainty. It makes him feel edgy and deprives him from his illusion of control. That is why they favor those good stories they tell themselves, stories that makes them feel secure and comfortable about their decisions. In fact, their deductions are very logical until they hit rock bottom (Ironically enough, hinder bias kicks in to protect their ego, I suggest you look that up as well)

In conclusion, an efficient Deductionist should not draw conclusions without carefully dissecting the facts on hand. They should consider that their own Brain attic’s resources should operate under the lights of chance and probability (otherwise it would lead us astray). Their theories and carefully reasoned hypothesis should be constantly challenged and refined for further adjustment. Finally one should not be attached to their own ‘theories’ and ‘hypothesis’ claiming that they are sound deductions, otherwise they would be telling another good story.

Till then,