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    I'm Still Alive ^_^ and I Have a Question for Y'all

    I dunno. INFJs are kind of nuts anyway. INFJs don't really like hanging out with equals, they like hanging out with people they can emotionally manipulate. SPs can be cool. A lot of them seem to have no direction to their life though. They're good to party with though!
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    Personality Trouble

    So, hacker news had a really discussion on this article: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5343590 Especially: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5345909 Whatever type this guy is-- he's not very well developed. He's been cushioned by academia and hasn't had to develop other...
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    INTP worst fear: Dancing.

    Hah! me too.
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    Confession of a lost INTP

    I just refreshed my page and lost the ramble. That's probably for the better. My 3 points were: Natural abilities are bullshit, everything is gained through practice. See the article on 10k hours to master something. The first handful of times you practice something it is going to suck...
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    I want to be the Lead Developer

    Hey INTPs. I'm excited about this thing but I don't want to share it with friends/family yet, because it's so speculative. I just learned that there is a possibility that I could get the Lead Developer position at the 15-person web design & development firm I work at. I'm super excited...
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    So um... I have knowledge on the subject. I dated Ashenstar for awhile (we met here! How cute!) but we broke up in Jan/Feb 2010 and that was what prompted her to leave. :-( I'm sorry, I wish that breaking up hadn't caused her to stop posting. There is a very small possibility that she's...
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    INTPFORUM down since 25th november

    Yeah, I *almost* made an "INTPforum survivors" thread on INTPcentral. But that felt wrong. And it felt wrong to remind INTPcentral that we exist because, as aforementioned, INTPc sucks. We should really figure out a rally point though. I was IMing with firehazard during the outage and he...
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    What should you be doing right now?

    Building my personal website. Investigating a bug that has me totally stumped for an android app that is currently on the market. Editing & sending an email to the advisor for the computer science masters program at the UW.
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    Freelance INTPs?

    I'm a software developer and an INTP... and I actually prefer to work in the office. I'm at a small company-- we're 12 people. Communication is one of the important qualities in a programmer, and being in the office really helps clarify what people are doing, what the requirements & design...
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    What happens when you try to flatter an Intp?

    If I am not expecting the compliment, or I'm surprised by it, or I don't believe it then I'll examine the compliment-giver quizzically. Try to examine motives, or study my own actions to see if they really were worthy of the compliment. Also watch out for sarcasm. If I agree with the...
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    Homework FAQ

    My answer is: "almost yes!" There's a few key differences. Neural networks are artificially hosted, so the selection constraints and mutation rates are whatever we want them to be. Whereas, anything living doesn't have the luxury of being hosted in memory. Extinction is a real possibility...
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    Americans Win Nobel Prize for Economics

    Yup, that's it. Politicians ignore economists... and even economists will dabble in politics too, unfortunately. My father is on the Governor of [state-removed]'s board of economic advisers. The governor met with that group once, and other than that the board just meets with lackeys. For the...
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    Americans Win Nobel Prize for Economics

    Wow. All of you have no understanding of the Nobel prizes. We're INTPs, have some fucking curiosity and read the wiki. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobel_Memorial_Prize_in_Economic_Sciences Americans won the prize, but the USA did not win the prize. It went to individuals. The prize is...
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    The edge of insanity... I may just jump in...

    So! Being good at writing & English (analyzing literature) is awesome. But an English degree isn't super useful in the real world. Toughing through astrophysics would be really good for you, and would build character. A lot of people can kind of skate through college on their raw brains, in...
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    Random thoughts on academia from a non-math INTP

    I'm curious about which math class too. I only did okay in Calculus (I think that's highly dependent on your teacher) but I wish I had taken discrete algebra. As for other classes... I dunno. I feel like a lot of academics only teach you things to memorize or analyze, rather than teaching...
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    Homework FAQ

    GYX: yes! Except I'm out of school now. At best, I might be doing a masters program in the next few years. But I do have a degree in biochemistry, sooooo Yes, Agar is made from seaweed extract and forms a "scaffolding" for bacteria & fungi to live in. We could use straight water, but...
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    Wanting to retreat

    Ah! Awesome. awesome awesome line to end it with. I've got a fucking book to write and a booky girl to fuck. Anonymity is awesome. In gigantic crowds, you often feel totally comfortable with what you're doing. Especially if you get the vibe that a lot of other people are also not sober.
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    The Location of Moonflowers

    The moon doesn't grow flowers!
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    What jobs have you held?

    Summer 2006 -- Research Intern at a Recruiting firm. (I pretty much used the internet to track down commercial loan officers & what banks they're working for.) Summer 2007 -- Delivery guy at Round Table Pizza Summer 2008 -- Weird research guy at a Real Estate Brokerage firm. It involved...
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    NPR's top 100 Sci-fi/Fantasy

    39! Woot! Good selection. There's also maybe 5-10 books that I've started but aren't interested in finishing. (Red Mars, Dispossessed, etc.) I think I'll order some books off of it.
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    Online job for an INTP

    BLAST. Comeon, both of those things are good for INTPs b/c they often have new interesting challenges. Why are you excluding them? Still, you could: Create an online market for something. There'd be lots of organizing and customer service and doesn't that sound dandy. There are starting...
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    Career Fatigue

    Ouch!! That cut deep. Is that really how we are? I don't want it to be how we are. I definitely want to be able to take criticism. But your MBTI-quack might've been right. There are interesting things to ask me about, and to criticism me about, but if you ask me about dumb fucking details...
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    Fire Spinning

    Lucifer gave man fire so that he could swing poi at Burning Man! I've swung non-flaming poi a few times and my friend runs a fire-spinning internet supply store based in Seattle. I should really get into it more. I love watching it. :)
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    Deprived of alone time.

    Okay. I know it's San Fran, it's busy, but there's gotta be quiet places. How about the library? The conservatory in Golden Gate Gardens? But you're right. There's still people. I think renting a car might be a bit extreme, how about just a day trip? Go north, find some space.
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    The Magician & being a hero

    So I just finished Lev Grossman's book "The Magician King" it is awesome and dark and it will fucking rip your heart out. It's the sequel to "The Magician", which will also leave you bewildered and emotional at the end. Mild spoilers to follow. They won't ruin anything-- they'll hit you...
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    Customer Service and Sales

    For sales you definitely have to be outgoing. But it's not too bad b/c the people usually aren't giving you problems or expressing their stress at your company to you. I would not raise the bar to "outgoing" in customer service. I think that the important thing is not to be rude. I've...
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    How to identify INFPs: They steal lawn gnomes

    That's it. I know how I'm going to meet INFPs. I'm going to start a lawn gnome hunting meetup group in Seattle. Long walks + minor trespassing = romance.
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    How to identify INFPs: They steal lawn gnomes

    Seriously. It's almost pathological. Two INFPs I've been close to have both been prolific lawn gnome thieves. I was just browsing OkCupid and found a cool girl (who's probably INFP-- they're my type, after all) and one of her interests is "lawn gnomes". Does anyone have any more anecdotal...
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    Hot or Cold?

    summer! I need my vitamin D, and I love swimming in the river.
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    What level are you?

    Agh, no, it's supposed to be collaborative! Add more challenges for me & others! I agree that is silly, but you're looking at it the wrong way. The levelling is silly, but this is a good opportunity to see what other INTPs see as good life experiences. And then you might be like "oh...
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    What level are you?

    Well... you guys can go being non-serious. But this is an awesome idea. The level system is a little bit silly, but there is awesomeness in this. The INTPs who collaborate would get to see what *other* INTPs see as being valuable, and they would get to set challenges for themselves. And...
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    INTP Defense Strategems

    We might look to the 36 Stratagems for ideas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-Six_Stratagems ================ I did the cold-shoulder a lot in the past. I try not to do it as much. I usually regretted the cold-shoulder, because I felt like I was the one giving in to them. And that I was...
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    Members from INFJf keep telling me I'm an INTP.

    Woah! Bird, you were named in a thread talking about Dominant Ni! http://www.infjs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18569 First post in thread: Soo.... wanna tell us what it's like to have a dom Ni? :-P
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    INTP-compatible groups

    In question 1 I think it should be "are" instead of "is". Driving me nuts over here... I was thinking about my answer when I ran across a problem. INTP-compatible groups tend to have INTPs in them! And then the question arises: is the group INTP-compatible because of the inherent nature of...
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    "Authoritarian" types gone bad - a field guide

    Why the hate on Bill Gates? I'm not even convinced that he's an ENTJ. I don't think you really understand Gates any more than I do, and you're just throwing out his name because he founded a company which ended up growing to be gigantic & somewhat annoying.
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    Also calling all INTP women

    Um. Jenny, I love you. The capitalist in me is so proud.
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    I need some help making a gif!

    ?!?! What? How do you live without downloading things?
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    I need some help making a gif!

    PM me too! I don't actually know how to create gifs.
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    Calling all INTP engineers

    Scaaaaaaammmmm! I'm very sorry for saying that if you actually are a 28 year old INTP/J engineering. But you type like a Nigerian. And the membership thing is fucked up. The way of modern innovation tends to be open source tinkering. Yes, you guys need money-- but if someone can't...
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    I want to join! My skype name is: Peter / Civilian
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    Massachusetts, actually! The pole is graffiti'd, but most of it's color comes from school kids...

    Massachusetts, actually! The pole is graffiti'd, but most of it's color comes from school kids, every year they re-paint it. It's a maypole. :D
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    So where do you live? I'm guessing India?

    So where do you live? I'm guessing India?
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    Recreational drug use/experimentation

    +1 for this. I agree so much, especially with the quote: Yeah. Unfortunately, I've reached this point with traditional psychedelics (LSD, shrooms, 2c-_ )
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    WSJ: Mental Illness & Leadership

    In case this emailed link gets turned off (the link is from my dad) I've copied the article contains, in the spoiler. The article is pretty short and didn't really go into the analysis (has anyone read the author's book, "A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and...
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    Merged: The 5 INTP subtypes

    Re: The 5 INTP subtypes Thread necromancy... why?! On an interesting unrelated note, this thread is where I got my one & only infraction, for flaming Perseus.
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    I write "cute" non-fiction.
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    You're a horrible person

    And so am I! Horrible/hilarious picture, RIGHT MEOW
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    Non-Africans Are Part Neanderthal, Genetic Research Shows

    Thanks for being brave :) motivation & passion is EVERYTHING, brute intelligence and knowledge count for nothing in the long run. I'm really happy to see you trying it out. However, I think you're wrong, and here's why. It is much easier for populations to expand into territory that haven't...
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    I was an exchange student in Denmark. Granted, Danish culture is still western... and fairly similar to American culture, on the grand scheme of things. But I saw the patterns of people too. Looking back on it, I can't define a Myers-Briggs type to each person, but the flow was similar...
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    Non-Africans Are Part Neanderthal, Genetic Research Shows

    So, this is like... super relevant to this thread. The person here has a theory about the neanderthal/human interaction. The idea is that: yes, there was some inbreeding. But what makes (non-african) humans even more human, is a tens of thousands of years long battle between us and...
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