Kant - You are in a town in Prussia. A frail looking man accosts you. He knows you know who he is. And he knows that you can see the glint in his eye that says the beating that he’s about to deliver unto you is going to be universalised. 8/10, it’s gonna get Copernican.
Hume - A jovial looking Scottish man approaches. Despite his large frame and somewhat soft appearance you… you… uh, what? Is he here? Are you here? Is this, is this just a bundle of sense data? Somewhere,
however in some small recess of your brain - if that’s a thing, you know he’s barrelling towards you at incredible speed. 9/10, this is going to hurt. Without doubt.
Camus - You’re in a café. You think. It sounds like one, but all you can see is smoke and all you can smell is (other than smoke) deep thought. A man approaches. He smiles. Fighting you would be absurd, he explains, in beautiful floral French. You talk a while, about life, love, his work and honestly he just melts your heart. Fade to black. You awake the next morning refreshed and ready to continue fighting. 2/10, he left money on the sidetable. How rude.
Sartre - You make your way onto a bustling Parisian street. You think. Again, it sounds like one but there’s a still strictly ludicrous amount of smoke. It parts like the red sea. A bespectacled man approaches. He looks at you, and you know that while this man may not know himself, he knows how to fight you. The smoke envelopes you once more. He’s coming. 9/10, hell is this fight in particular.
Žižek - You’re in a fast food restaurant car park in Slovenia, and so on. You are bizarrely aware of the nature of society as you sniff. You don’t have a cold. For some reason you keep thinking about batman. The Soviet national anthem begins to play as a bedraggled man emerges from a bin and lurches towards you and so on. 7/10, the ideology may be pure but this fight is going to get dirty.
Diogenes of Sinope - You’re in a barrel. Masturbating. You reckon you could get used to this. Maybe you’ll go and interrupt a lecture later. Suddenly, the barrel is rolling. Someone yells at you in the most vulgar greek to stop cramping his fucking style. Oh, right. You get up, out of the barrel and lock eyes with the also masturbating Diogenes. In his free hand he wields a plucked chicken like a flail. 9.5/10, behold, a boss battle.
The Trinity - The notion of disrupting a lecture still appeals, so you head down the road to the academy. Before you arrive, you are manhandled into an alley and out and up onto the acropolis. It seems all of Athens has assembled. As you are shoved into… a wrestling ring, the crowd begins to roar derision at you. From the opposite corner approaches a man they bill as the Macedonian Menace. Zeus alive, you already know that syllogistically he’s going to beat your ass. The crowd roars even louder for some reason, and a second man enters the ring. It’s Plato. He roars and cracks an amphora of oil over his head. The crowd goes ballistic. He screams something about the form of the ass whooping. You cower. As if that weren’t enough, a third much older and frailer man approaches, and the two assembled part deferentially. Hovering about a foot above the floor of the ring is Socrates. I was wrong, he says - but more as a thought in your head than a vocalisation, I know one thing. He pauses for effect. The crowd is still. You’re fucking dead. 30/10, good luck.
I have several things about next gen that I’m completely confused on. like why weren’t there more than just a couple of aliens in the everyday crew (honestly how hard would it have been for them to slap some Vulcan ears on a couple of extras?) but my biggest one is how come when Data got his emotion chip, why didn’t he fall in love with Geordi? Without the chip he already basically said that he liked Geordi more than any other human, so once getting the emotion chip they could’ve had him have a crush on Geordi, other than the fact that it doesn’t make sense to me why Data didn’t have a crush on Geordi, I would pay to see a flustered Data trying to ask Geordi out on a date
Extroverted Intuition: “Right then, I think one’s reality is based off of one’s intentions and attention, people need to live spiritual lives, I’m a person, we think reality is what we can absorb through the five senses, spiritual data is beyond that, it’s beyond our senses, it’s literally beyond our senses, anything we describe through science we describe through our limited senses, spiritual data is beyond that, it’s through spiritual practice that I’ve learned my own impermanence, my own irrelevance, the fact that I’m just a person, I’m just a person, shows that I am limited, we are all limited.”
“We can always be mistaken, and one of the most important features of a successful strategy for understanding the world, is that it will constantly be testing its presuppositions, admitting the possibility of error, and trying to do better. We all want to live on a stable planet of belief, where the different parts of our world view fit together harmoniously, but we want to avoid being sucked into a black hole of belief, where our convictions are so strong that we can never escape no matter what kind of new insight or information we obtain.
You will sometimes hear the claim that even science is based on a kind of faith, for example, in the reliability in experimental data, or in the existence of unbreakable physical laws. That is wrong. As part of the practice of science, we certainly make assumptions: our sense data is giving us roughly reliable information about the world, simple explanations are preferable to complex ones, we are not brains in vats, and so forth. But we don’t have faith in those assumptions; they are components of our planets of belief, but they are always subject to revision and improvement, and even, if necessary, outright rejection. By its nature, science needs to be completely open to the actual operation of the world, and that means that we stand ready to discard any idea that is no longer useful, no matter how cherished and central it may once have seemed.”
—Sean Carroll, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
Helpful Function Tools for Typing from “My True Type” by Dr. A.J. Drenth
*Fictional character examples provided by me
Introverted Intuition Ni
Primary Role: To collect conscious and subconscious information, then synthesize it to produce impressions, insights, answers, and theories; to see deep causes, patterns, and laws underlying sense data.
Most Prominent in: INTJs & INFJs; also prominent in ENTJs & ENFJs
Associated with: Deep perceptiveness and insight, deep “knowing,” theoretical genius, powers of analysis and focus, advising and troubleshooting
Famouse INJs: Plato, Jesus, Nietzsche, Jung, Steven Hawking
Fictional INJs: Vanessa Ives (Penny Dreadful), Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings), Yoda (Star Wars), Matt Murdock (Netflix’s Daredevil), Ragnar Lothbrok (Vikings), Twelfth Doctor (Doctor Who)
Extroverted Intuition Ne
Primary Role: To broadly explore, synthesize, and express ideas, associations, and possibilities
Most Prominent in: ENTPs & ENFPs; also prominent in INTPs & INFPs
Associated with: Brainstorming, innovative / artistic / ideational creativity, divergent thinking, holistic / weblike associations, a nose for promising new enterprises
Famous ENPs: Benjamin Franklin, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, John Edward
Fictional ENPs: Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Lorelai Gilmore (GIlmore Girls), Eleventh Doctor (Doctor Who), Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who), Gandalf (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), Hiro Hamada (Big Hero 6), Dr. Walter Bishop (Fringe), Barry Allen (The Flash), Rick (Rick and Morty)
Introverted Sensing Si
Primary roles: To retain, condense, and recollect information; to consult past experiences, routines, and traditions; to perceive inner bodily sensations
Most Prominent in: ISTJs & ISFJs; also prominent in ESTJs & ESFJs
Associated with: Routines, habits, valuing and preserving “the tried and true,” material conservatism, high regard for traditions and authority
Famous ISJs: Dick Cheney, Martin Luther, Mother Theresa, George H.W. Bush
Fictional ISJs: Elsa (Frozen), Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation), Sam Winchester (Supernatural), Lord Voldemort (Harry Potter), Bruce Wayne (Gotham), Sam Gamgee (The Lord of the Rings), Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls), Lieutenant Worf (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Felicity Smoak (Arrow), Rumpelstiltskin (Once Upon a Time)
Extroverted Sensing Se
Primary roles: To perceive and mediate prompt responses to external details and events; to seek a breadth of novel sensory experiences; to physically interact with the world
Most Prominent in: ESTPs & ESFPs; also prominent in ISTPs & ISFPs
Associated with: Sensation-seeking, kinesthetic intelligence, an “eye for detail,” attunement to style and appearances, hands-on activities, effortless performance
Famous ESPs: George W. Bush, Lebron James, Beyonce, Shakira, Donald Trump
Fictional ESPs: Brona Croft (Penny Dreadful), Merida (Brave), Captain Hook (Once Upon a Time), Amy Pond (Doctor Who), Oliver Queen (Arrow), Dorian Gray (Penny Dreadful), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Andy Dwyer (Parks and Recreation), Korra (Avatar: Legend of Korra), Captain Jack Harkness (Doctor Who), Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars)
Introverted Thinking Ti
Primary role: To examine practical or conceptual issues using deep, implicit, and nuanced logic; to develop and refine subjective methods, strategies, or concepts
Most Prominent in: INTPs & ISTPs; also prominent in ENTPs & ESTPs
Associated with: Deep skepticism, tacit logic, self-regulation and self-optimization, personal independence and autonomy
Famous ITPs: Einstein, Bill Gates, Henri Bergson, Robert Pirsig, Robert Nozick, Ken Wilber, Lance Armstrong
Fictional ITPs: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Penny Dreadful), Galadriel (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter), Ninth Doctor (Doctor Who), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars), Elphaba (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West), John Luc-Picard (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Bellamy Blake (The 100), Toph Beifong (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation), Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time), Luke Danes (Gilmore Girls), Cullen Bohannan (Hell on Wheels), Selina Kyle (Gotham), John Constantine (Constantine)
Extroverted Thinking Te
Primary roles: To succinctly express logic-based judgments; to understand or render systems and operations more rational, efficient, and effective
Most Prominent in : ENTJs & ESTJs; also prominent in INTJs & ISTJs
Associated with: Explicit Logic, precise and pointed expressions, bureaucracy and “red tape,” quantitative methods (”Show me the numbers!”)
Famous ETJs: Henry Ford. Bill O’Reily
Fictional ETJs: Sir Malcolm Murray (Penny Dreadful), Boromir (The Lord of the Rings), Martha Jones (Doctor Who), Maria Hill (MCU), Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), Thomas Durant (Hell on Wheels), Eric Cartman (South Park), Regina Mills (Once Upon a Time), Azula (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Paris Gellar (Gilmore Girls), Princess Bubblegum (Adventure Time), Princess Leia (Star Wars), Sokka (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Annalise Keating (How To Get Away With Murder), President Josiah ‘Jed’ Bartlet (The West Wing)
Introverted Feeling Fi
Primary roles: To explore and refine personal tastes, feelings, and values, contributing to a strong sense of personal uniqueness; to maintain inner emotional and moral order; to emotionally invest in a limited number of persons, animals, or interests
Most prominent in: INFPs & ISFPs; also promient in ENFPs & ESFPs
Associated with: Fighting for “Underdogs,” emotional restraint, nuanced morals and values, nurture and caregiving, sensitivity to perceived inequities and injustice
Famous IFPs: Henry David Thoreau, Jean-Jacque Rousseau, Kiekegaard, Camus, Virgina Wolfe, Van Gogh, J.D. Salinger, Jane Austen, Bob Dylan
Fictional IFPs: Ethan Chandler (Penny Dreadful), Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings), Zuko (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead), Harry Potter (Harry Potter), James Gordon (Gotham), Rory Williams (Doctor Who), April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation), Uncle Iroh (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Nick Miller (New Girl), Belle French (Once Upon a Time), Merlin (BBC’s Merlin), Luke Skywalker (Star Wars), Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Extroverted Feeling Fe
Primary roles: To survey a breadth of human emotions, values, and morals, striving toward interpersonal or group consensus; to directly express feelings and judgments; to instruct or motivate others toward growth and excellence
Most prominent in: ENFJs & ESFJs; also prominent in INFJs & ISFJs
Associated with: An interpersonal focus, emotional expressiveness, communication skills, talkativeness, attunement to social norms, advice-giving
Famous EFJs: Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. Phil McGraw
Fictional EFJs: Clarke Griffin (The 100), Dean Winchester (Supernatural), Leslie Knope (Parks and Recreation), Donna Noble (Doctor Who), David Nolan (Once Upon a Time), Ferdinand Lyle (Penny Dreadful), Thor (MCU), Hercules (Disney’s Hercules), Glinda (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West), Laurel Lance (Arrow), Phil Coulson (MCU), Clara Oswald (Doctor Who), Jessica Day (New Girl), Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Piper Chapman (Orange is the New Black), Padme (Star Wars), Olivia Moore (iZombie), Chris Traeger (Parks and Recreation), Snow White (Once Upon a Time)
“Big Data” has been on corporate radar screens for years now. Unfortunately, outside of the data scientists and statisticians who spend their days immersed in truly complex datasets, both end users and key decision makers often struggle to make sense of the data their organizations collect and generate. Whether an organization’s data is really “big” is even a topic of debate.
Characterizing a company’s data, though, can’t simply be dismissed as a matter of semantics. It frequently falls on IT to provide appropriate analytics solutions for heterogeneous users with a wide range of skill sets, job descriptions, and analytical needs, whether the data being analyzed is truly unstructured, web-scale data or just too many spreadsheets. Regardless of the type or scale of data your users need to harness and analyze, they need a straightforward, visual solution that is easy to use on the front end and highly scalable on the back end. Fortunately, IBM SPSS Modeler, SPSS Analytical Server, and SPSS Analytical Catalyst provide just such an ecosystem that can make different kinds of data stores, from Hadoop to those proverbial spreadsheets, useful sources of business insight and decision support.
The Eye of Horus was believed to have healing and protective power, and it was used as a protective amulet.
The Eye was divided into six parts, representing the shattering of Horus eye into six pieces. Each piece was associated with one of the six senses and a specific fraction.
These 6 parts correspond to the six senses -
Touch, Taste, Hearing, Thought, Sight, Smell.
The eye is the receptor of input. It has these six doors, to receive data.
the senses are ordered according to their importance. And according to how much energy must be eaten by the eye for an individual to receive a particular sensation. All of the sensory data input is food.
In the Ancient Egyptian measurement system, the eye of Horus represented a fractional quantification system to measure parts of a whole.
The entire eye measured 1 heqat. And each of the parts of the eye measured fractions of the heqat.
The corresponding sense data are :-
1/64 heqat Touch
1/32 heqat Taste
1/16 heqat Hearing
1/8 heqat Thought
¼ heqat Sight
½ heqat Smell
1. Touch 1/64 heqat
This part of the eye represents planting a stick into the ground. Like planting a stalk that will take root. The Earth represents touch. Planting itself represents physical contact and touching.
2. Taste 1/32 heqat
This part of the eye represents the sprouting of the wheat or grain from the planted stalk. It is the food we put into our mouth. And so represents taste. Taste is also = Touch + Shape. That is to say, the different tastes we experience come from touching different shapes. So, touch is more a fundamental sense that taste.
3. Hearing 1/16 heqat
This part of the eye represents the EAR. The figure points towards the ear on the face. Also, it has the shape of a horn or musical instrument. When we Hear a sound or combination of sounds we find this to be pleasing or unplesant. The sound has a taste for us, causing a preference. Sound requires Touch + Taste and so is a combination of the lower senses.
4. Thought 1/8 heqat
This part of the eye represents thought. We often use our eyebrows to express our thoughts. And this facial feature is closest to that part of the forehead we associate with thinking. We raise our eyebrows to express surprise, for example. Thought = Touch + Taste + Hearing. If you think about it. Thinking is a kind of suppressed sound. The language we think in is like the *touch* of muscle prior to giving voice. And of course, we have a *taste* for different types of thoughts.
5. Sight ¼ heqat
This is the pupil of the eye. And so no more needs to be said. It represents seeing, or the sensation of light.
6. Smell ½ heqat
This part of the eye points to the nose. It even looks like a nose. It represents the sensation of smell.
i think that as a culture its time for us to aknowledge that men are more emotional than women. for a long time we’ve held the opposite to be true, mostly as a way to delegitimize women. it still happens: men who have never studied logic in any capacity and cannot contruct a logical argument when asked will declare that their opinions are logical while mine are not. as evidence, they will point to my passion and their studied lack of affect. many other women will know what i’m talking about here.
however, emotional expression is not a problem, it is human. the problem is when emotions become so strong that they overwhelm sense and safety. the data are clear. men, particularly young men, have the most trouble regulating their emotions of aggression. we see this across all metrics - men lose their cool more often and more completely than women. not every man, but in general, men are more prone to emotional outbursts than women.
we are doing a disservice to women, to men, and to our emotional selves when we deny this.
thoughts on Ayn Rand and her philosophical standpoints?
I think Ayn Rand’s philosophy is trash, and should only be read to understand the underpinnings of some of the social and political ideologies that are enacted in American society today. Let me put it this way, this is a woman who got to her position with the support of the very structures that she attacked in her philosophy, and then spawned an entire collection of individuals who proceeded along similar lines and advanced similar arguments.
The real problem I have with Rand is where Objectivism throws out anything that is considered “supernatural,” and her reliance upon rational self-interest as a guiding force in her ethical theory. The former runs into all the problems of analytic philosophy, especially when you think about her reliance on sense data for her thesis. There are things that our senses tell us that we cannot understand, like being affected by a piece of art, that Rand’s philosophy cannot account for and throws out due to their basis in the “supernatural,” which proponents of Rand have reduced to the metaphysical. This point largely depends on the individual Objectivist, but largely they lump “metaphysics” in with the “supernatural,” when speaking with philosophers, while failing to realize that there are a whole bunch of metaphysical claims embedded in Rand’s stuff.
The “rational self-interest” thing is just messed up from the get go. Let me put it another way: it might be in my rational self-interest to ensure that I keep an entire population subordinated through the manipulation of legal and social structures so that they contribute to the advancement of society while receiving the least amount of benefit from it. Rational self-interest, and Rand’s philosophy in general, presents compassion and altruism as ultimately harmful to the forwards progress of a society (you can really see this in her formulation of individual rights), which is a bad fucking idea, for obvious reasons. Though, this whole rational self-interest thing has a lot of appeal to people who possess a measure of social privilege and need a philosophical system to justify said privilege. Anyone who claims to be progressive on human rights and a proponent of Rand is either a liar or they don’t fully understand Rand’s philosophy, or both.
Now, I might give her some credit for her aesthetic theory, especially when she says that art can allow advanced concepts to be presented in ways that are easy for people to understand, but she never does anything with it. Further, her entire aesthetic theory is in service to her bullshit ethics and epistemology, and only limitedly grants the role of art in cultivating man’s consciousness: for Rand, I’d say that those things that are the “best” art are those things that reinforce rational self-interest and the kind of crass individualism that her philosophy seems to advocate. Since I’m unwilling to remove a single theory from the context of a thinker’s whole system of thought, her aesthetics is implicated in the same bullshit that the rest of her philosophy is mired in.
So yeah, she’s worth reading only to understand the underpinnings of some of the worst people in philosophy and American culture, or if you want an example of how to create a philosophical system to justify oppression.