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  1. Anling

    Sci fi vs Fantasy

    I like both sci-fi and fantasy. They're both speculative fiction. Honestly I tend to read fantasy and watch sci-fi. Though a lot of the books are in that science fantasy middle ground. I think, especially these days, there is a lot of overlap.
  2. Anling


    I rather like poetry. Though, I don't think it's taught all that well in high school. There's one poem, Ode to a Grecian Urn, that I hated in high school. But when we studied it again in collage I actually got it and realized it meant the exact opposite of what I thought it was saying and that I...
  3. Anling

    Who determines whether or not something is a joke?

    While it could be an honest disagreement over what is or is not funny, often enough when someone says that it was not a joke, they mean that they think the joker was just being a jerk and claiming humor to avoid trouble. But it mostly depends on context. Others may mean that they don't think...
  4. Anling

    Hybrids and Humans

    Species boundaries are very debated. There are splitters and lumpers and it is especially difficult to determine for fossils since we can't study their actual behavior and life cycles. There is a lot of debate whether certain dinosaur species are actually just juveniles of other species...
  5. Anling

    Do debates actually change anyone's mind?

    I have changed my mind in response to debates. If someone provides new information or can explain logically why my favored position is wrong then absolutely I will change my mind. It doesn't happen immediately, I need to think it through myself and do more research before making up my mind. But...
  6. Anling

    What is considered a good writing style?

    I prefer writers who use clever turns of phrase. I love Terry Pratchett. I also prefer more concise writing styles, if the writer is too long winded I end up skimming even if I like the story. I also enjoy more lyrical or evocative styles, I like beautiful language. I like a writer who...
  7. Anling

    What gives you the incentive/willpower/strength to keep going and stay "alive"?

    When even my native insaitiable curiosity and desire to understand life, the universe, and everything was not enough to keep me motivated, the thought of the trauma I would cause my family was enough to keep me from following through on my suicidal tendencies. The thought of my little sister or...
  8. Anling

    Your opinion: absolute truth or subjective truth?

    I voted that truth is absolute, though I believe that there is both objective and subjective truth. Everything is not relative, there is objective reality. But, a lot of what we refer to as truth is subjective, or conditional. I think there is an objective reality, but our experience of it is...
  9. Anling

    Do INTPs lack object constancy?

    I certainly have a problem with putting out of my mind anything that is not immediately present. I just don't think about most of those everyday things or social obligations unless there is something to remind me of them. It makes some things like remembering to schedule meetings or appointments...
  10. Anling

    Thread split from what gender are you internally: Is transgenderism/gender dysphoria a mental illnes

    In a biological sense, it could be considered an illness or disorder in that something went wrong in development, but that doesn't mean that it needs to be stigmatized. The effected people usually are able to function just fine, though their feeling wrong in their body will probably still lead...
  11. Anling

    INTP's blank face phenomenon

    Yes, and I still occasionally get that. Why are people expected to be expressive when they're not even interacting with anyone? It is frustrating when I'm working as a receptionist and I think I'm being rather friendly and people complain that I look angry or that I don't smile enough. Even...
  12. Anling

    Social skills

    Basic greetings and get-to-know-you questions are useful. You may even discover something interesting to talk about from their answers.
  13. Anling

    The option of an Intp dominant society: How bad do we want it?

    I don't think INTPs are usually suited to ruling. Each personality type is useful to society. I think that the type best suited to ruling at a particular time, would depend on what challenges the society is facing. And each type has its weaknesses that a competent leader would have to deal with...
  14. Anling

    What are you all reading?

    I am reading The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, The Golden Bough by James Frazer, and The White Goddess by Robert Graves. Frazer and Graves I only read a bit at a time. And Graves isn't historically accurate. But it's still somewhat interesting. Frazer is interesting, but his multiplicity of...
  15. Anling

    Which country are you from?

    Currently in Idaho, Previously in California, before that in Washington. Some time spent living in Utah, North Dakota, and Indiana.
  16. Anling

    Absence from the forum

    Hello. Instead of leaving, I have actually finally come back. It's been a while.
  17. Anling

    linguistics (sub-) forum?

    I like linguistics. I think so far, all discussion of language has occurred in the lounge.
  18. Anling

    "Sea Shepards" lack intelligence

    Rather late to the game, but yes, I hate that show. They just do so much stupid stuff and they seem so surprised that the whalers won't cooperate with their plans to sabotage their (legal) livelihood. I'm all for saving the whales, but surely they could help in a more legal and effective...
  19. Anling

    Greetings and salutations.

    I love this movie. Highly recommend it.
  20. Anling

    Greetings and salutations.

    Hello and welcome. Instead of reminding me of Mr. Burns, your name reminds me of Meet the Robinsons, the mind controlled frog.
  21. Anling


    Hello and welcome. Nice list Cavallier.
  22. Anling

    ID debate

    I think it's the priest who was the physicist.
  23. Anling

    ID debate

    While perusing another forum I found this link for a talk Ken Miller gave on intellegent design. I was rather impressed with it so I thought I'd share it. YouTube- Ken Miller on Intelligent Design
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    Funniest INTP pics

    I found most of them funny, but they also didn't seem to actually be about INTPs for the most part. I did really enjoy the math grafiti though.
  25. Anling

    "focusing" thoughts

    I'm insulin resistant and that is similar to what I experience when my blood sugar is low. I just can't think straight and focusing is right out. Someone who's been around to watch my blood sugar level fall has said it's like a top spinning down.
  26. Anling

    Logic & Fallacies: Constructing a Logical Argument

    I am convinced that that book needs to be required reading in school. I have this irrational hope that there would be less nonsense floating around if more people understood what sense was.
  27. Anling

    INTPs and Lying

    It doesn't usually occur to me to lie. I think the only time I can do it convincingly is if I am playing a role already.
  28. Anling

    When Choosing a Car......

    One that works, I won't have to get repaired constantly, with good gas milage, and fewer anoying blind spots. Also, one that won't leave me stranded if the road's a little rough.
  29. Anling

    Animal Morph!

    The hyena family is really so cute.
  30. Anling

    How the hell do I control my raging P?

    I'd say learn to set goals, start with anything. Unless something is clearly more important at this moment, you can just pick something and go from there. :D My dad always complains that we don't have the meals planned out and schedualed a month in advance. That would certainly cut down on...
  31. Anling

    Animal Morph!

    I've always been rather fond of dragons.
  32. Anling

    Animal Morph!

    Does it have to be a real animal?:smiley_emoticons_mr
  33. Anling

    Fishbowl for Thoughts

    I've been thinking about what makes a self.
  34. Anling

    "Look, we'll eat your mum, and if you're feeling a bit guilty about it afterwards, we can dig a grav

    Hello and welcome. I am currently in SE Idaho as well. Well, for the forseeable future anyway. @Noddy Don't leave! You make things so interesting.
  35. Anling

    Well then

    Hello and welcome. Being able to post opens so many more options to agonize over.
  36. Anling

    Signs of insanity.

    Insainity is really more of a legal term meaning that a person cannot distinguish right from wrong or the consequences of their actions and thus can't be held responsible for them. If you're really meaning what are signs of a mental disorder, then the DSM is the place to check as Da Blob...
  37. Anling


    I have seriously considered it. Whether it is cowardly or not depends on the person doing it. I don't think that other people's feelings are necessarily a reason to continue living. Obviously having loved ones and not wanting to cause them pain would be a good motivation, but if that's all...
  38. Anling

    Don't Remember Dreams

    This is very much not true. Bad things happen when you don't sleep for extended periods of time. Sleep deprevation is used to crack people for interrogation. from wikipedia
  39. Anling

    Do you crack yourself up ?..........

    I am also often amused by my own thoughts. Imagined senarios are generally fun as well. I once read a book where one of the characters said that mentally reliving pleasing moments is a sign of a cracked mind. So now when I remember something ammusing and go over the whole thing in my mind I...
  40. Anling

    Guess who's back?

    Yea! Lets have cake. I've been wanting to try out my new pudding frosting recipe.
  41. Anling

    Don't Remember Dreams

    I don't remember all of my dreams, but I remember them frequently. Sometimes I have a dream that continues from one night to the next. My dreams also sometimes reference previous dreams I've had. It's kind of odd. But I get some great story ideas out of them. I think my subconscious is...
  42. Anling

    I lied.

    Why is it that I miss when all the interesting things happen? *sigh* Oh, well. I look forward to getting to know you better. Well, as better as mere observation gets anyway. Also, spiders are amazing and what on earth is a ghost train?
  43. Anling

    You mother was a hamster and your father smelt of eldeberries.

    Welcome. You've sure got an interesting intro thread. I can see you'll be fun to have around.
  44. Anling

    What are you all reading?

    I'm reading The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan. I'm quite enjoying it. It ought to be required reading.
  45. Anling

    INTPs and Pets

    ^ I think he means that he can't love other people the way he loves his cat. I am more expressive with my pets. I love having them around. They aren't very needy though. So they don't require much. They just want to snuggle up and sleep. That is quite easy to accommodate.
  46. Anling

    face blindness?

    I have a hard enough time recognizing people that I actually know. I require repeated exposure and something to associate with the face. And even then I might not recognize you if I haven't seen you in a while or outside of the context I've associated with you. My sister doesn't believe it...
  47. Anling

    Poll: Colors

    Blue, grey, and green. Generally I like the whole cool side of the color wheel.
  48. Anling

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Character Test

    Spock A focused advisor whose actions are dictated by almost pure logic, you believe in exploring the fascinating possibilities around you. Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
  49. Anling

    Find your Spirit Animal Test!

    You are a Spider! (your score: 29) Characters: Arcas and Nelma in the Aspect of Crow trilogy Powers: Artistic genius, ability to see patterns and sense trouble from a distance As a Spider, you're artistic, intuitive, and independent—maybe even a little eccentric. You can become so absorbed in...
  50. Anling


    I don't think of myself as superior generally, just different. But then if you actually get to know almost anyone you'll find that they are also different in their own way. Like others have said in here, I am better at some things and worse at others compared to other individuals. I still...
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