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  1. Criticism of Radical Acceptance

    Radical Acceptance is madness of the worst sort. Uncriticized, this beast ravages the world, twisting and breaking, ripping and tearing our feelings from us and burying them under denial without a shred of justification. It does the above not by asserting one thing and insinuating the...
  2. What You Seek in Literature

    Dear INTPf, What do you seek in literature? What do you avoid in literature? My answer: -Duxwing
  3. Why Must Stories Have Conflict?

    Why must stories have conflict? I seek proof--even of the rote response "to be interesting"--that no story lacking conflict can interest anyone. I seek proof because each year I have attended school I have been assigned only stories more horrible than the ones I had been assigned the...
  4. The Experience of Debate

    Debate can thrill and enlighten, overjoy and awe: INTPs likely best experience it, their Ti deciding, Ne connecting, Si informing, and Fe evaluating. What are your experiences of debate? --- Debating a healthy opponent to me feels like with them being reduced to a stick-figure of...
  5. Happy New Year 2014

    Happy New Year! :) -Duxwing
  6. Best Gifts You've Ever Gotten

    A counterpart to the "Worst Gifts You've Ever Gotten" thread. -Duxwing
  7. Witty Retorts to Common Remarks

    Post your witty retorts to such common remarks as: -"How could you?!" -"What goes around comes around." -"Everyone has the right to their opinion." Exemplary retorts: -"Thus!" -"Tether-ball exacts harsh justice." -"It is indeed your right to be wrong." -Duxwing
  8. Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas, INTP Forum! Here post your Christmas pictures, stories, wishes, ideas, etc. -Duxwing
  9. Targeted Advertisements

    Internet users often encounter advertisements, the content whereof depends on each user's browsing habits and become increasingly compelling with the amount of available data. I have noticed two possibilities: 1) Advertising Approaches Perfection As the amount of data grows, so does the...
  10. SOCTST "Noah's Wingsuit Training"

    The helicopter's engines roar while it hovers high above the desert. Daniela flips the autopilot switch to HVR and leans over her seat to look at Noah. His teeth are chattering beneath his helmeted head, and his gloved hands are tightly folded in the lap of his wingsuit. Daniela's Ukranian...
  11. Fi and Te Meet in Pretender

    Fi and Te Meet in Pretender, by the Foo Fighters. An ISFP rock musician stares down a whole army of ISTJ riot police and then stops their charge with the power of his music, which the gigantic red explosion symbolizes. -Duxwing
  12. The Traits and Values of a Good Debater

    What are the traits and values of a good debater? Justify your answer. I'll list off a few: --Altruism: we debate not only for our own sakes, but for others' as well, and we must remain emotionally safe throughout and interested in the larger picture. --Integrity: Debate relies on the idea...
  13. Brick vs Sun

    SQUIDWARD and SPONGEBOB wait by a bus stop. Squidward has a strange object in his hand. Squidward: I am sick and tired of that bright disk. I want to blow it up and let darkness fall over the mountains and valleys. But all I have is a brick. A lead brick! But still just a brick. And...
  14. Antimatter Torch Drive

    Consider a ship that accelerates by annihilating antimatter. The energy released in its engine equals the mass of annihilated antimatter multiplied by the speed of light squared. As the ship approaches the speed of light, its mass exponentially increases, but so does the mass of its...
  15. The Role of Fi in Ti-Fe

    INTPs often complain that their trickster inferior Fe leads them on disastrous quests for love, validation, and appreciation, and their MBTI-aware peers often call this problem inherent and intractable by anything but aging. I tentatively counter that those whose minds Ti dominates will...
  16. Learning From Errors In Language

    Awkward writing, poor grammar, and misspellings greatly irk me; consequently, I love correcting them--albeit, the frequency of such errors on featured Wikipedia articles dishearten me. Below are several errors that I frequently encounter--stated in general case and have a correction beside...
  17. Brain Upgrades

    Would replacing one part of the brain with an electronic prosthesis destroy the original consciousness, and could the question be determined empirically? -Duxwing
  18. Improving Birth Control

    Several posters on the "(Unprotected) Sex" thread have complained that they or their partners have suffered very unpleasant side effects--including mood swings, cramps, and fatigue--caused by hormonal birth control; barring condoms, withdrawal, cycle timing, or sterilization of one or more...
  19. A Simple Decision Engine

    V = p1(q1) + p2(q2) + p3(q3) ... + pn(qn) Where V is the value of an action, qn is the value of the nth possible exclusive outcome of an action, and pn is the probability of qn occurring. If the nth outcome is favorable, then qn is positive; if it is meaningless, then qn is zero; if it is...
  20. Duxwing derailing threads...again

    You and Dove are not the same person. Moral position? What leap of logic brings ethics into this discussion? Thus far, you haven't understood my point or applied logic to yours. I levy the same unto you. So somehow your sufferings make you an expert on a person and subject of which we...
  21. Socrates' Apology

    Dear Forum, I've just finished reading a fraction of the Wikipedia article on Socrates' Apology, and almost everything that Socrates said resonated with me; I realize that I, in so stating, compare myself with this hero, but I will post my reaction and generalization nonetheless. Note that...
  22. The Power and The Glory

    Dear Forum, I HATE THIS BOOK EVEN MORE THAN I HATED PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. IT LITERALLY MAKES ME SICK! Greene is approximately the sum of everything that I despise in a thinker, author, and debater: a ruthless emotional manipulator manically dedicated to his illogical ideas, a screaming...
  23. posts split from Acceptance

    I can already taste my foot, but I'll ask anyway: is it a touchy subject? -Duxwing
  24. Can't Sleep

    Dear Forum, Blankie and teddy in hand, I've come here to ask for help. I'm tormented by despairing thoughts whenever I try to sleep; in a sense, my Ti kicks into hyperdrive and analyzes my day, my life, my values, and the entire universe as I know it in the brief span between snuggling in...
  25. Posts split from 'What makes you any different?'

    Maybe you're an ISFJ? Your arguments contain plenty of references to experience and are often quite emotionally loaded: ad-hominem, arm-chair psychology, the works. -Duxwing
  26. Marriage

    Dear Forum, Why do we marry? -Duxwing
  27. The Ideal Forum

    Dear Forum, Given that forums can sometimes disappoint us, I wonder: What would the ideal forum be like? Things to consider: Who would its members be? How would it be organized? What should its influence upon the world be? Who should be admitted? -Duxwing
  28. The Limits of Computing

    Dear Forum, Alice? made me realize that we need to discuss something other than politics, religion, and love, and Lyra pointed out that our discussions often rest upon unstated axioms, so I'll try to see if I can make a post that doesn't do either of these things. Will the presently...
  29. Pride and Prejudice

    Dear Forum, I HATE THIS BOOK! It's just a bunch of British people talking about gossip, romance, and feelings, and it makes me want to take a chainsaw to its author's heart and an ice pick to my own head. I can't believe that I actually have to read this drek for my English class! Euagh...
  30. Watership Down

    Dear Forum, If Spongebob Squarepants is Pop, Teen Titans is Soft Rock, and Redwall is Rock, then I do believe that I've found the Metal of children's television programs, a movie called "Watership Down," and not the namby-pamby modern version, either. I'm talking about the full-on...
  31. Godel's Inconsistency Theorem

    Dear Forum, After a long and difficult debate, I had a horrifying realization: how can we decide when a debate is won or lost if, as Godel proved, no logical system can be proven to be consistent without assuming that another logical system is consistent in order to test the first system...
  32. What Moves You?

    Dear Forum, Some experiences, whether they are religious, artistic, or some peculiar other sort, can cause us to be moved-- to tears, to goosebumps, or even to raucous joy. I'll post an example: While playing Kerbal Space Program a few days ago, I had just docked an engine of an...
  33. Noah and Sloan

    Written by: Duxwing and Felan "Noah and Sloan" is a pilot story about two of a group of five disillusioned thirty-year olds who embark on a quest to discover what had happened to their kidnapped high school classmates fifteen years ago in a story called School of Combat. In School of Combat...
  34. The Beaufort Scale

    Dear Forum, On the Beaufort scale, one can find descriptions of different levels of wind and weather, but it contains no practical advice for sailors encountering them. Here is my set of advice for a single-masted ketch and its crew. Force 0, Calm - Don't bother leaving port. Force 1, Light...
  35. Ludicrous Excuses

    Dear Forum, We all make mistakes from time to time, and for INTP's, Ne can come to the rescue with a stunningly smooth and believable tissue of lies that hide our misdeeds. Of course, Ne, being illogical by nature, sometimes produces excuses that do not correspond to the situation, logic, or...
  36. Meaning Cannot Not Exist

    Higher Meaning Cannot Not Exist Dear Forum, For millennia, philosophers have mused about the meaning and purpose of existence, concepts that certainly appear hopeful and beautiful at first blush. Think of it, discovering a higher purpose to existence, a greater meaning! In my case, the...
  37. BIONICLE

    Dear Forum, Did anyone play with BIONICLE as a kid? My fondest memories aren't those about building the best warrior, but about the stories and mythology: the self-assured Platonic realism, the ethical universalism, the deftly crafted story, all so close that they nearly bring a tear to my...
  38. Putting on Weight

    Dear Forum, I suspect that my atypical antipsychotic, Risperodal, has caused one of its typical side-effects: increasing my appetite to the point that I've gained six pounds in two weeks. In terms of relevant medical information, I'm an otherwise healthy, 5 foot 9 inch, 142 pound, unathletic...
  39. Who is Cognisant?

    Dear Forum, Does anyone know who Cog is under the mask? -Duxwing
  40. Ne+Fe Socializing

    Dear Forum, When not engaged in debate, I've noticed that I tend to use Ne and Fe to socialize, with the former providing speed and the latter, warmth. I've also found that planned, targeted applications Ne+Fe capable can make others' days and warming my heart. Although doing so is almost...
  41. ENTJ+INTP vs. INFJ+INTP

    Dear Forum, Although Architect will certainly advise the latter, what can you all tell me of the relative costs and benefits of pairing a well-developed ENTJ and INTP versus those of pairing a well-developed INFJ and INTP. For me, the matter is purely hypothetical: I seek no lover. Rather...
  42. Thinker's Glories

    Dear Forum, The typical INTP will indeed spend hours discussing topics from philosophy and sociology to economics and war; though such studies are rewarding in and of themselves, they also, from time to time, bring about moments of such satisfaction and excitement that could indeed be called...
  43. Being Quoted

    Dear Forum, Yes, all shameless "Look at me!" aside, anyone who spends enough time thinking and talking will eventually spit out something that sticks, even if the odds of any one statement sticking were, as C-3PO said, "approximately three-thousand, seven hundred twenty to one!". So, let...
  44. Patria Mori, Chapter 3 (An Original Work)

    This is an ongoing drama about three children growing up in an Absurd landscape of universalism, nationalism, and bigotry and their reactions, both personal and philosophical, to the same. To understand what is occurring now, please read the following first: Chapter 1 and Synopsis Chapter 2...
  45. Child as Übermensch

    Dear Forum, Nietzsche described a kind of person who freely chooses to live within a self-created system of values so as to survive the Absurd. He called them the Ubermensch, and extolled their virtues to no end. Yet the underlying assumption is that these people are adults who have...
  46. Kerbal Space Program

    Dear Forum, Let there be Kerbals! In creating and managing my own virtual space program (with a focus on design and piloting) I've found an excellent distraction from my existential angst, along with a good introduction into the theory of space travel at a practical level. The learning curve...
  47. The Will to Truth

    Dear Forum, I've been wondering. If life has no meaning, then why am I so sad about it? Why does it need to have meaning? Why do I need any justification at all? The only answers that my mind gives me are: The other thinkers would laugh at me if they saw the absurdity of my condition One...
  48. Cuteness makes me lightheaded and sleepy

    Dear Forum, Normally, I don't feel too much warmth when I see a couple of fuzzy kittens snuggling in a cozy basket, but when I choose to, the effect is powerful to make me lightheaded and sleepy. The effect got even worse while talking to my ENFX teacher, who is such a gentle giant with her Fe...
  49. The Function of Si

    Dear Forum, For a type that prides itself on logic and analysis, the emphasis on detail-orientation and tradition presented by Si certainly makes this function an oddball in the INTP's functional stack. Could someone more knowledgeable about typology explain what role Si plays in the psyche...
  50. Patria Mori, Chapter 2 (An Original Work)

    Dear Forum, Here is a link to Chapter 1 and the synopsis: http://www.intpforum.com/showthread.php?t=14494 Please, please give me some feedback; it's much appreciated. Chapter 2: Sanguine Melody The brisk morning air scorches Illian’s lungs as his feet thunder along the wet soil. Squinting...
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