Saturday, November 22, 2008

Some early morning pseudo science

Dave Snowden sent me to this entertaining site this morning: Saturday morning silliness. It points to Typealyzer where you enter the URL for a blog and it purports to tell you the Myers-Briggs type indicator of the author.

There are three pseudo-science topics that give me great entertainment pleasure. They are: Myers-Briggs, the left-brain right-brain drivle, and learning styles. I'm surprised at how many educated (e.g. scientists) will talk about these items like they are established truths. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt in that I'm guessing none of them have actually bothered to read the research literature on these topics. Regardless, I couldn't wait to run my blog through Typealyzer to see what I could learn about myself. It didn't disappoint. It nailed me:

The analysis indicates that the author of is of the type: ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers [ISTJ]

The responsible and hardworking type. They are especially attuned to the details of life and are careful about getting the facts right. Conservative by nature they are often reluctant to take any risks whatsoever.

The Duty Fulfillers are happy to be let alone and to be able to work in their own pace. They know what they have to do and how to do it.

Pretty amazing hey?


Pascal Venier said...

Another troubling case of pseudo-science, as far as I am concerned, is that of astrological profiles. In my book Astrology is clearly a pseudo-science, yet I am always amazed to see how often astrological personality profiles can nail down an individual rather accurately in a rather troubling way.

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John Dorner said...

It pegged me pretty close. "ESTP - The Doers".

Thanks for sharing the fun.