INFJ: The Oracle, “The Matrix” [mini-post]

I want to be an INFJ when I grow up..

Heroes & Villains of MBTI


INFJ, the Counselor, the Defender, the Seer

She only gets one scene, but it’s a doozy. I couldn’t pass up profiling the Oracle despite her brief appearance, so here’s a mini-post with an analysis of the wise old lady’s top two functions.

Dominant Function: Ni/Introverted Intuition, “Anticipate the Experience”

INFJ-Oracle-pics01The Oracle’s whole shtick is predicting what’s going to happen. She understands both the system of the Matrix and the nature of human beings, and can put the pieces together to determine likely outcomes. One gets the impression by the end of the movie that she isn’t so much seeing into the future, but making very insightful leaps of intuition about people’s probable actions.

For instance: It isn’t too hard to see that the combination of the danger around Neo, plus the savior complex of Morpheus (or sidekick-to-the-savior complex), equals an inevitable situation where Morpheus might sacrifice himself to save Neo…

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INTP: Ariadne, “Inception”

Ariadne the INTP Architect

Heroes & Villains of MBTI


INTP, the Architect, the Thinker, the Philosopher

It’s pretty tidy how the common INTP archetype name is also Ariadne’s job description. As an Architect in MBTI, she’s drawn to figuring out how the world works, and to implementing daring new ideas. As an Achitect in Inception, she’s able to create whole new worlds out of pure imagination.

Sounds like a nifty analogy for a screenwriter to me. The writer often spends long hours crafting the perfect world by way of words, only to hand it over to a temperamental director and see them stomp all over it. Ariadne stays by Cobb’s side the whole way, basically re-writing as she goes to keep up with his mercurial needs.

Dominant Function: Introverted Thinking (Ti), “Analyze the Experience”


Ariadne is a fountain of questions during her training. Even before Cobb tells her what he’s hiring her for, her curiosity is piqued by…

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: the dismal failure of Establishment Labour

The Slog.

While researching something at The Slog today, I came across this post from March 2014. As it happens, this morning I posted brand-new data showing conclusively that new jobs in workless households had merely increased the debt taken on by that household in order to remain viable. Labour had a year to pulverise Camerlot’s lies. It failed miserably.

For those pondering the candidacy of Jeremy Corbyn, I respectfully suggest that this just might tilt you in favour of JC.

WORKLESS HOUSEHOLDS: Cameron’s lies and Labour’s limp response examined in full.

edscamosptnetYou have to hand it to the Prime Minister, he is consistently incorrigible and sloppy. Give him a statistic to big up, and he’ll get it wrong via an injudicious mixture of mendacity and incompetence.

So it was yesterday with…

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The House always wins

It’s so easy too ignore this kind of thing, when you are more concerned with pitting food on the table, but it’s the kind of thing that comes back to bite you in a big way if you aren’t careful.
I don’t know what to think really. Would I like to be in a position where I get to play games with that kind of money? Yes, I suppose I would, if I wasn’t taking a big risk with my own livelihood to do it. Do I like the fact that other people get to make millions for themselves while gambling with the fates of millions and not taking much of a personal risk? No, absolutely not..
So erm, I guess I can’t really complain if I’m not willing to play the game myself? Argh, this stuff is all too complicated. Why did we have to go ahead and invent all these computers and complex systems in the first place?


riskRemember derivatives? Nah, who wants to? They are those nasty things that nearly blew up the U.S. economy (and thus the world economy) a few years back.

What’s a derivative, you say? Good question. According to Wikipedia, a derivative is “a financial instrument that derives its value from the value of underlying entities such as an asset, index, or interest rate—it has no intrinsic value in itself. Derivative transactions include a variety of financial contracts, including structured debt obligations and deposits, swaps, futures, options, caps, floors, collars, forwards, and various combinations of these.”

Another way of describing derivatives is that they are legal bets (contracts) that derive their value from other assets, such as the future or current value of oil, government bonds, or anything else (a.k.a., mortgages). A derivative buys you the option (but not obligation) to buy oil in 6 months for today’s price, or any agreed price…

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Culture Carriers in a Landscape of Language

Another great post


Accompanying podcast: Everything Changes with the Light (with Bo Moore)


Not having names for feelings = not having feelings that match the names.

Fiction conceals the truth by adding an overlay of fantasy. Non-fiction obscures its own fictional nature by presenting mere facts as truth.

He wrestled with the words on the screen. It was literally as if some organism inside him were fighting against an awareness that was struggling to emerge. It was the awareness that language had him as its prisoner, and that it would resist, with everything it had, all his attempts to express that fact through language. Maybe even this was the final, the most advanced strategy of language: to imprison him via his very efforts to use it to get free of it?

What unfathomable cunning! As long as he believed that language offered the means to understand the nature of the matrix he was…

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Plato’s Cave and The Illusion of Reality (Video)

Where once we had characteristics, now we have symptoms.
As medical practice becomes commercialized our emotions become medicalized.


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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave–Does this allegory have relevance in our world today?

If we know the truth why should we continue to play the game?

FTHS World Humanities Blog

In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, he describes a world where prisoners live chained in a cave.  The puppeteers cast shadows on the wall and these shadows construct reality for the prisoners.  One of the prisoners breaks free and leaves the cave.  At first, he is blinded by the sun and apprehensive about the new world.  The shadows in the cave had always seemed so real to him.  After he has spent some time in this new world, he realizes that his entire existence has been controlled by others and he now knows the truth.  Thousands of years later, is this allegory relevant to our lives today?  Do we live in a cave where reality is constructed by someone else?  Conversely, is this allegory outdated?  Has the internet, public education, and improvements in transportation metaphorically killed the puppeteer?  Is our world more transparent than it ever has been?


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