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Keith Larman
10-05-2010, 11:07 PM
Dear reader... You have a great need for other people to like and admire you. You have a tendency to be critical of yourself. You have a great deal of unused capacity which you have not turned to your advantage. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. Disciplined and self-controlled outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. You have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be pretty unrealistic. Security is one of your major goals in life.

Peter Goldsbury
10-06-2010, 03:58 AM
Hello Keith,

Wow, a cosmic fragment, indeed!

Are you on the couch having a 'stream of consciousness', or sitting behind it talking to the patient?

Perhaps you've been reading too many AikiWeb forums. :D

PAG

gdandscompserv
10-06-2010, 06:19 AM
The Forer effect.
:D

Keith Larman
10-06-2010, 07:19 AM
Hello Keith,

Wow, a cosmic fragment, indeed!

Are you on the couch having a 'stream of consciousness', or sitting behind it talking to the patient?

Perhaps you've been reading too many AikiWeb forums. :D

PAG

:)

Lately it seems that some posts remind me of Joycean streams. If I relax into my chair and "go with the flow" myself I'm reminded of lectures and ideas long past that end up striking me as somehow relevant. Seems ironic on some level or another, although I'm not sure which level. Or whose level. Or... Oops, there I go again.

Keith Larman
10-06-2010, 07:53 AM
The Forer effect.
:D

Yup, good catch.

On a more serious note...

After trying to think of a way to explain something I was reminded of the "blurb" Forer used in his study. It all sounds good. It may in fact all be relatively true. But it really doesn't say much of substance. Yet on another level it says quite a bit about our own image of ourselves. And our "human" nature. And the entire concept of words and meaning. So on those levels it says a lot.

So while "true" (in some sense of the word) and also being a paragraph that "tells us something about ourselves", does it *really* have much meaning if it applies to everyone? Especially if we look around and see how diverse we are. And how much we argue over even small distinctions. A universal truth that sounds deep. That seems "insightful". "... full of sound and fury signifying nothing."

Psychology. Sociology. Philosophy (word games, yay!).

So I found irony. Trying to find a way to communicate a sort of emptiness of ideas I was struck by more ideas that seemed anything but empty.

Either that or it was the Bombay Sapphire talking... :D

Nicholas Eschenbruch
10-06-2010, 09:18 AM
Either that or it was the Bombay Sapphire talking... :D

In which case it must be pure wisdom. Recently I was delighted to find that "sipping wine" was an accepted Zen method back in Ancient China - in the heydays of Ch'an. I had intuitively caught on to that even before I knew...
:D

dps
10-06-2010, 11:25 PM
Keith,

Keep to sword polishing.

David :)

Keith Larman
10-07-2010, 12:02 AM
Keith,

Keep to sword polishing.

David :)

Well, I guess I'm just not as deep as the rest of you guys... Sigh.

thisisnotreal
10-09-2010, 08:23 PM
...http://i.imgur.com/CX9Ok.gif...is what would happen..