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Kephalos

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About Kephalos

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  • MBTI
    INTJ
  • Brain Dominance
    Right

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    Aspiring Economist
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    Male
  1. The key to all of this is doublethink -- the ability to hold two contradictory ideas at the same time. If people solely believed that race is a social construction, then they would have no sound basis to criticize Rachel Dolezal. Why blame the woman for constructing herself as black? After all, white, black, etc. are social constructions. One might blame her for not being transparent, but nothing else. Why blame anyone for saying he or she is Native American however remote is the genetic connetction? So, when it comes to identification to some group, it seems that race is not entirely a social construction, but when it comes to policy, race is a social construction. When it comes to sex, the things are the same. When it is convenient, for example as an argument not to discriminate against for their sexual orientation or sexual self-identification, it is often said that brain and genetic influences predominate over over social and environmental influences. But, when it comes to criticizing roles within the family, or work, etc. gender is a social construction. Maybe instead of social constructionism, people should find other ways to argue for equality and tolerance, which are good things.
  2. Charity consists of mere transfers, it only has minimal distributional effects. Investment is better, because it causes economic growth.
  3. Cold Damn, are you even human? You’re motivated by shit like money and power that other people at least have the grace to pretend they don’t care about, and you basically don’t care about anyone else or their silly feelings. You might be successful but secretly everyone is straining their ears to make sure you actually have a heartbeat. Do your tear ducts and smiling muscles even work anymore?
  4. The Outside-the-Box Achiever You're goal-oriented, and always approach tasks in the most efficient way. You enjoy problem solving and intellectual challenges, and often solve them in unconventional ways. You're curious and imaginative, but need order in your life in order to enjoy it completely. Once you have found a structure nothing can distract you from achieving what you want. 25% sociable, adventurous, outgoing, energetic 17% sympathetic, modest, compliant, forgiving 88% efficient, organized, thorough, self-disciplined 71% curious, unconventional, imaginative, artistic
  5. i like my name, it's a Spanish name. I just wish it was easier to pronounce in English.
  6. I don't know about future morality, but it all presupposes that humanity makes it to the 22nd century. http://thebulletin.org/timeline
  7. Speaking as someone who has given up, you need to learn that feeling happy alone is most important, because romantic partners come and go.
  8. Speak to a therapist: If you find the right one, they may be able to help you focus better and procrastinate less.
  9. Italian.
  10. OP: I understand your concern for your friend. Maybe what your friend needs is a more realistic conception of her relationship and his behavior, and you can certainly help her achieve that by providing your own perspective about the facts. I don't know, but I think this man is already showing his true self by means of, as someone said, moving to fast. I get the impression that he found someone who is pliant enough and therefore easy to control, and wants to get married soon so he can consolidate his power further. In any case, you might not yet be able to talk her into leaving him, but you can convince her to take things slow, not marry him if he proposes, or move in with him, or anything else: at least she will realize that the guy is a loser and she will still be able to get out without losing much.
  11. Utility for everyone: A shrinking population causes the long-run growth rate of a country. It also causes all sorts of fiscal problems due to welfare systems based on taxes from people, thus undermining programs that represent society-wide altruism. While there are negative externalities from overpopulation, there are also positive externalities because more people means more knowledge that can be used to improve society. Utility for the individual: It makes some people happy to reproduce.
  12. Social Attitude Test Political Values Progressivism 52.5 Socialism 0 Tenderness 31.25 Your test scores indicate that you are a tough-minded cultural centrist; this is the political profile one might associate with a jaded materialist. It appears that you are skeptical towards religion, and have a balanced attitude towards humanity in general. Your attitudes towards economics appear laissez-faire capitalist, and combined with your social attitudes this creates the picture of someone who would generally be described as a libertarian. To round out the picture you appear to be, political preference aside, a uncompromising realistic centrist with few strong convictions.
  13. OP, you have something of Frederc Moreau (Flaubert) and Mr Darcy.
  14. You Scored 78% The Intellectual, Congratulations! Ah, the intellectual. Pure, unadultered science is what motivates you. The world is an interesting place, and you want to pick it apart and see how it works. You are probably not all that impressed with traditionalists or liberal philosophers, or the pedestrian commonalities of contemporary idealists. You see instead a fourth path to enlightenment: that of logic and reason. Modern ideas do not interest you, as you know that every fact is accompanied by an irrefutable opinion, and there is simply no room for such romanticism. History, philosophy, and a multitude of cultures are all familiar to you, and you revel in the delight of learning even more. There is simply no limit to your understanding, except what you are able to read. The intricacies of language are second nature to you, and you probably can speak more than one. Which is useful, because you love to travel to places where you might need it. While others are content to revel in the intellectual impoverishment of our time, you set your sights higher--probably with the aide of a sextant. Because you're an intellectual, and you probably have one.