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  1. Infinitatis

    Knowledge: Inherently Infinite or Inherently Terminable?

    I can see why it may appear that way. I've actually been quite busy over the past two weeks. Furthermore, sometimes I do not reply to threads for a while (such as my Selflessness or Homsexuality/Evolution threads) because I see a lot of overly tangential arguments being made. For instance...
  2. Infinitatis

    Knowledge: Inherently Infinite or Inherently Terminable?

    There are different tiers of knowledge. Tiers explain their preceding tiers. Tiers create a deeper understanding of something, A, in a transitive-property-like fashion. (A=B, B=C, C=D, therefore A=D.) Does our understanding ever reach a point where we need not ask "why" any further? Does...
  3. Infinitatis

    The Efficacious Forum Participant

    Perhaps I should have been more clear. By "debate," I am not referring to formal debate, though the guidelines are generally transferrable. I am referring to debate in the same sense as discussion—where an idea is contemplated and argued. Sorry for the confusion.
  4. Infinitatis

    The Efficacious Forum Participant

    When I made this thread it was entitled "The Efficacious Forum Participant." I have not changed it since, nor did I even know that titles could be changed.
  5. Infinitatis

    Enter Infinitatis

    There was no planning involved in this introduction. This was simply an unwieldy amount of Ne being spewed at those with a moment to spare. I'm not entirely sure what you are referring to about "forum browsing." I don't see your objective.
  6. Infinitatis

    The Efficacious Forum Participant

    This thread was intended to guide those who seek help with their debate technique—not to ensure that they conform to what I believe constructs a worthwhile debate. Furthermore, part of what I believe constructs a worthwhile debate is when all participating individuals "only agree with someone...
  7. Infinitatis

    The Efficacious Forum Participant

    Many of us spend our free time here on this forum. This forum is a place where ideas are born, spread, and grown. In order for an idea to be born, one must wonder; in order for an idea to be spread, one must convince; and in order for an idea to be grown, one must consider. The Birth of the...
  8. Infinitatis

    Hello. I am very interested

    Welcome to the the forum. :)
  9. Infinitatis

    Enter Infinitatis

    I think I know what you mean: sometimes we make decisions without all of the information, and sometimes we make decisions when we have gathered a lot of information. What I still don't quite understand is how I have exhibited a preference of judging over perceiving. Could you provide examples...
  10. Infinitatis

    Enter Infinitatis

    Hi, it's nice to meet you as well. Welcome to the forum. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have thus far. :)
  11. Infinitatis

    Enter Infinitatis

    I don't see INTP as a goal, per se, as I do believe that all personality types have their advantages and disadvantages (and not to mention that I believe MBTI is flawed, though still relatively accurately), but I have found that my prospecting trait easily dominates my judging trait. I'm not...
  12. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    Correct, nice job! I realized the mistakes I made when I tried to calculate those, so I apologize for the confusion. Here are a couple of other ways that this can be solved:
  13. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    Any last guesses? I'll post the answer in a couple of hours.
  14. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    You're exactly right about this being the equivalent of the Monty Hall problem. I modeled this off of it (despite a few bumps along the road). With that said, does his original guess influence the probabilities? Hint: Does his original guess influence whom of the three he meets with?
  15. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    Ok, I'm deeply sorry. There's still a flaw. (Don't hurt me. :p) I am almost positive I have it right this time. Here is the revised story problem: I worked out the math: it works now. Sorry for the confusion.
  16. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    I modified the wording slightly, so it makes a little bit more sense hopefully.
  17. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    Close but not cigar. You were on the right track though.
  18. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    I fixed a subtle issue in my story problem, but it should be good now.
  19. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    So it would seem, but that is incorrect. Flummoxing, isn't it?
  20. Infinitatis

    INTPs in Grade School

    Or perhaps we are one being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder.
  21. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    Albert, Bob, and Carl have each individually scheduled to meet with Dr. Fraud, a psychologist. Dr. Fraud wants to determine whether each patient is extraverted or introverted. He has not had any sessions with any of the three patients yet, so he does not have any information to go off of...
  22. Infinitatis

    INTPs in Grade School

    I can relate to this probably the most. My parents and teachers had perceived me as intelligent from an early age. Apparently in preschool I had drawn a picture upside-down and that impressed the teacher. *shrugs* As I'm told, I began reading children's books around the time of...
  23. Infinitatis

    Ah, thanks. This is my first forum, and I am still fairly new, so I apologize for any...

    Ah, thanks. This is my first forum, and I am still fairly new, so I apologize for any inconveniences that has created. I'll try experimenting with it the next time I post. Thanks for letting me know. :)
  24. Infinitatis

    Enter Infinitatis

    I have been participating in this forum for about two or three weeks, but I have yet to introduce myself, so here goes... I live in the United States and am currently a junior in high school. I am the youngest of three of siblings (though I function as the middle child). My parents are...
  25. Infinitatis

    What's in a name?

    I've often wondered how I would think without language as we all once did as infants. For nearly every thought that I have, I can hear the "voice" inside of my head reciting it to myself. I think that language is more than just a form of communication. Language is the instrument of reason and...
  26. Infinitatis

    Your opinion: absolute truth or subjective truth?

    Ultimately unprovable, and thus unprovably unprovable, etc. However, if logic is universal: We often see that there are two types of truth: absolute (objective) truth and relative (subjective) truth. Absolute truth is constant, unwavering, and consistent. Relative truth is inconstant...
  27. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    I.e., the connotation of the word "selfless." The definition of a word nor its meaning is not the purpose of this thread. I am careful as to indicate what definition I am using for a word so as to avoid confusion. If you have not already, I encourage you to read more of the posts made to see...
  28. Infinitatis

    Past Life/Optical Illusion Quiz

    Ridiculous, indeed, as well as inaccurate (though the premise is invalid to begin with), but regardless, I enjoyed it. :D
  29. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    The bolded statement is an excellent point. It is for reasons such as this that I have been careful to attach "consciously" to "act." Not all of our actions are reasoned. I may drive off the road while I'm not paying attention. But these are not, as I have said, conscious actions...
  30. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    As in we want to help others, yes. I agree with everything quoted here but the underlined statement. As for the bolded statement, it should be noted that I am trying to communicate that we do everything we do, i.e., not none of it, not part of it, not even most of it, all of it in our...
  31. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    The bolded statement, in and of itself, is true. It is, indeed, axiomatically incorrect to say that someone wants to do something that they don't want to do. But here's the thing: it's impossible to consciously do something that you don't want to do. We only ever consciously do what we want...
  32. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    I suppose it is about time someone asked that. :D My proposition is that everything we consciously do is induced by self-interest alone. (Though all tangential arguments are welcome.) Absolutely. Many seem to have touched on the idea that by arguing that every conscious action is...
  33. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    I'm glad you pointed that out. However, allow me to explain. The transition from child to adult or, more specifically, immature to mature occurs not from a change of doing things that we want to do to doing things that we don't want to do; but rather from a change in what the things that we...
  34. Infinitatis

    Probabilistic MBTI Personality Model

    Re: Probabalistic MBTI Personality Model To clarify: by individual character, are you referring to one's values and beliefs? Secondly, what do you mean exactly by "external character"? Perhaps I'm just tired, but I can't quite make sense of this. If you wouldn't mind paraphrasing this, that...
  35. Infinitatis

    Help Understanding Special Relativity

    Thanks, that was actually really helpful. :) "The speed of causality" is a much more logical way of thinking about c. It's also kind of exciting to find that I have reached some similar conclusions with my theories regarding determinism. I'm going to try to work my way through the Lorentz...
  36. Infinitatis

    Which Star Wars character are you?

  37. Infinitatis

    Parents of INTPs

    I think the familial dynamics as they relate to MBTI are fascinating. Father: IXTX (ISTJ?) Mother: INFP Brother: IXFX (ISFP?) Sister: INFP Me: INTP My dad is an IXTX (ISTJ?). My dad divorced my mom when I was about three, so I live with my mom. Luckily I was young enough that I...
  38. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    I agree completely. This is what I had intended to communicate, but somehow something went awry (or perhaps the others do truly disagree). I like what you said about masking our desires with 'selfless' acts.
  39. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    How does self-interest differentiate from want? I've heard plenty of claims. I'd like to hear reasoning as well.
  40. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    It is more than a word game. I don't know how I could be more clear. I've continually explained how all conscious actions are motivated by self-interest. That is my main premise. I only mention connotations and denotations to ensure that people don't take it the wrong way when I say that a...
  41. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    Please read or reread some of the posts. I completely understand the confusion. I disagree that people can want things outside of their self-interest. Please look back at the TV vs. clean room argument I gave. You have to consider the whole picture. The addicts options are to either...
  42. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    We seem to be disagreeing with those whom we actually agree with, while simultaneously agreeing with those whom we actually disagree with. My point is that everything we do is self-interested. What a person is interested in is the nature of the choices being made and who someone is. Which...
  43. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    Merriam-Webster, and how we generally think about selflessness, defines selflessness as acting outside of self-interest. My stance is that our conscious actions are solely motivated by self-interest. I don't understand how this is a needless juxtaposition. I think you've misinterpreted what...
  44. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    That would certainly take a lot of bravery, but it is still not a selfless act (in its literal sense). I am sensing that this is a counter-argument. Private McFadzean wanted, or more specifically, preferred that he die rather than have his friends die. This is the epitome of what we consider...
  45. Infinitatis

    The Contrariety of Selflessness

    One's conscious actions are determined by one's decisions, and one's decisions are determined by one's reason. Selflessness, in its traditional sense, is simply impossible. Everything we do is self-interested. If it so happens that our self-interests benefit others, that's merely a...
  46. Infinitatis

    The Math Thread

    Since house numbering always begins with an odd number (1) and ends with either an odd or even number, the number of even-numbered houses is theoretically guaranteed to be less than or equal to the number of odd-numbered houses. Thus the probability that a person lives in an even-numbered...
  47. Infinitatis

    Which of the 8 functions is related to physical body awareness?

    I'm not entirely sure that there is a function that specifically gives rise to the awareness of one's body, but if I had to give an educated guess, I would say that Si (introverted sensing) is most relevant. Si, as you have stated, is the relation of sensations to past experiences. Those with...
  48. Infinitatis

    Causality/Determinism/Physicalism/Free Will/Time Travel

    I have given these ideas a lot of thought for a lot of time. It's quite possible that I make things sound considerably more complicated because I tend to speak, as you said, mathematically. As I have previously stated, I tend to a mathematical form of analysis and explanation. I like to...
  49. Infinitatis

    Your opinion: absolute truth or subjective truth?

    Ironically, there is no way to answer this question in a way that allows one whom is a believer in subjective truth to accurately convey what is meant. Truth is ultimately paradoxical. If I answer that truth is subjective, I have deemed that absolute truth is true, if one is to believe such...
  50. Infinitatis

    Which Philosopher are you?

    Kant (100%) Nietzche (72%) Hume (50%) Protagoras (50%) Augustine (41%) Aristotle (29%) Plato (29%) Sextus Empiricus (29%) Aquinas (0%) This quiz felt more accurate to me. I know I fall very closely with Kant on most matters.
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