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Popper’s Revisionist Ethics

By Karl Popper It is impossible to avoid all mistakes, or even all those mistakes that are, in themselves, avoidable. Mistakes are continually being made by all scientists. The old idea that mistakes can be avoided and that one is therefore in duty bound to avoid them must be revised: it is itself a mistake. It still remains our duty to do everything m can to avoid mistakes, but it is precisely in order to avoid them that we must be aware of the difficulty in avoiding them, and of the fact that nobody succeeds in avoiding them all; not…

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Bach vs. Handel

By M.R. Bukofzer The musical style of Handel must be seen in the general perspective of baroque music, and must be evaluated in relation to its opposite pole: the style of Bach. There are many striking similarities between these two ultimate representatives of baroque music: both were born in the same part of Germany, both were reared in the atmosphere of cantors and organists, both were famous for their improvisations, both preferred the organ to any other instrument for their own playing, both were stricken with blindness, both dictated their respective last work, which was in either case a revision of…

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Why Parmenides Might be ISTP

By Hannah Strachan Firstly, he seemed to really only have one great idea (as described in Smith’s article here), and then he builds on this. At no point does he explore lots of ideas or different perspectives from his own. He seems very, very confident (at least, if we assume the goddess is presenting his own views) that he is correct – as Smith’s says, if we take him on his own terms, his philosophy is almost impossible to argue with. And if you did try to present alternative ways of viewing/framing the debate I have a feeling he would dismiss you…

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4 Reasons Bjork Might be ENFP

By Hannah Strachan Based on this interview here. 1. Doesn’t actually seem all that introverted. She seems to be quite an adventurous person, and to be very light hearted about making life-changing decisions (I can’t remember the interview, but I saw one where she explained that the formation of the Sugarcubes band was a bit of a joke/con and they just decided to try and make it as a band because they had nothing better to do). Behaviorally, she actually is quite open (in the sense that she talks a lot) and funny in interviews, even though her demeanor is…

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Illustrating Function Axes

By Boye Akinwande In this piece, I wanted to provide a few simple diagrams that illustrate my understanding of the mirroring of and tension between the two functions on each function axis. While I’m aware that the functions are far more complex than they appear in the diagrams, my intention is to make the relationships between them easier to digest. Te/Fi As I’ve said in previous articles, Te/Fi types are prone to stressing the differences between individuals and thus perceiving the interests of others as diverging from their own. So much is illustrated in both the Te and Fi diagrams…

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Perception Axis Bias in ITPs

By Michael Goist In explanations of Introverted Thinking, there is often a tendency to attribute elements of the INTP personality to ISTPs. An example off the top of my head goes something like: “Introverted Thinking seeks out the few binding principles that govern broad collections of information and data.” That sounds about right, but I’m an INTP. The “binding principles” part applies to ISTPs, but with the “broad collections” part we are unwittingly grafting qualities of Ne perception onto a psyche governed in part by Se. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Although he tried to be unbiased, Jung’s type…

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INFP Portrait

By Tiffani Warren INFPs at their best are empathetic and authentic individuals who explore various possibilities and interpretations of the world in an effort to fully develop their own personal identity and value system. They attempt to construct a fundamental understanding of the nature of humanity and what it means to be good or bad, valuable or worthless, and right or wrong. They then interpret events and information and make decisions based on their strong internal desire to live in harmony with their chosen value system, to be true to themselves and stand up for what they believe in. That…

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Why David Foster Wallace is ENTP

By John Barnes In his many interviews Wallace comes off as sensitive, caring, and self-conscious about being self-conscious. These seem like stereotypical traits of an introvert, especially an intuitive introvert like Elon Musk or Richard Ayoade. It’s surprising to people (and to me initially) to see that CelebrityTypes has Wallace under ENTP. One of the complaints against this typing is that it doesn’t take into account the usefulness of certain stereotypes about ENTPs, e.g., ENTPs aren’t shrinking violets. The first part of this essay will be a counter-stereotype that breaks the perception of Wallace as an effete artist and supports…

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INTJ Description

By Jesse Gerroir Detached pragmatists, INTJs are systematic and often visionary problem solvers. They approach problems in a methodical manner. Where often slow to act, they are unconsciously observant and analytic; slowly noting how the parts of the whole fit together before, in decisive action, arrange things to suit their needs or towards a particular goal or overall vision. Outwardly INTJs often appear distant, and for the most part, unexpressive. They can often come across cold and or even harsh, but are more or less just detached. They do not easily get caught up in their emotions, the emotions of others…

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INTP Portrait

By Tiffanni Warren INTPs at their best are rational and curious individuals who seek to understand the nature of the world and are always on the lookout for new perspectives and ideas. They construct a logical framework to describe the world, seeking to understand the true structure and causal relationships of and between objects and events. They seem to never tire of acquiring knowledge. It is important to them that the ideas, theories, and facts they accept are internally consistent and make sense to them, so they are very difficult to mislead or manipulate. That said, they sometimes struggle to…

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