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I Don't Know About That...

By | Posted at 10:42

This web poll says I am a fundamentalist and that I believe that science has brought on corruption of society. Oddly enough, I answered favorably to virtually every question about science, save for the one that evolution has helped us become more spiritual (as a whole, I think regardless of one's position concerning evolutionary theory, it is hard to assert that it has made the world more spiritual). I took the quiz twice, actually; the first time it said I was a “cultural creative” (which it reported as being “spiritual, but not religious”). I went back through because I realized I'd marked a few wrong, and also tried to read their questions a bit more closely.

As a whole, I think the poll is flawed. While I've been accused of being a fundamentalist, I generally do not fit well in true fundamentalist circles. I've come to the conclusion I am not a fundamentalist at all. I'm certainly not a post-modernist though, I'm more of about anything than a po-mo. I tend to see post-modernism as the enemy of rational thought — scientific, religious and philosophical. I do probably fit somewhat into the Romanticists, though.

I think the big problem here is that the quiz had questions such as whether religious texts should be taken symbolically, wherein the meaning is somewhat ambiguous. Sure, they are filled with symbols and even literal parts can have a secondary interpretation that is symbolic. On the other hand, I suspected what the author meant was “scriptures should be read only as mythological truths,” to which I had to answer in disagreement. In truth, then, despite this poll's support for varying levels of agreeing and disagreeing on statements, it really is rather polar. When I answered that statement as being somewhat true, I was a cultural creative; when I answered it as false, I was a fundamentalist. There is no middle ground in the poll, which is too bad, because it could have been interesting.

I'm not a polar person. I agree with fundamentalists on many things, but I reject the anti-intellectualism that I am seeing in the fundamentalist movement presently. For that matter, not only anti-intellectual, but just generally anti-all-kinds-of-things attitude, from Harry Potter to the Da Vinci Code. I find myself attracted most closely to the neo-Orthodox theologians such as C.S. Lewis, and more recently, Karl Barth (from what I've read of him thus far). I neither reject rationality nor revelation, but believe that both will ultimately be true. Seek truth knowing that there can be no conflict between God and truth.

You scored as Fundamentalist. Fundamentalism represents a movement in opposition to Modernism, stressing the highest importance on foundational religious tradition. Science has brought on corruption of society. God is real and is watching. Scripture leaves little room for interpretation; man is God’s creation. About a quarter of the population in the U.S. is classified as Fundamentalist.

Fundamentalist

63%

Postmodernist

56%

Romanticist

56%

Cultural Creative

31%

Existentialist

31%

Modernist

25%

Idealist

6%

Materialist

0%

What is Your World View?
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Plenty of Political Profiling

By | Posted at 14:50

Found via Christopher:

Your Political Profile

Overall: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Ethics: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
How Liberal / Conservative Are You?

I'm not fond of the term ethics for the second to last break down; it seems that what it terms “ethics” are not necessarily what I would term ethics, and some things I would term ethical fall in other categories. I mean, aren't ethics related to social issues, personal responsibility and so on? None the less, I think the “overall” score is about where I usually land on such linear quizzes (I like the more complex 2D profiles better, since liberal and conservative are such broad terms by themselves and become a lot more useful when you add a libertarian/authoritarian vertical axis to the standard right/left metric). Moreover, it does show that I'm on the fence in some categories, which would certainly be true. Feel free to post your results below.

Generally, I Don't Say "Coke," do Y'all?

By | Posted at 18:23

That's right; contrary to what the title of this post might imply, I speak general American English with a tinge of Yankeeisms and with relatively little Dixie or Upper Midwestern influence. Oddly, having grown up in the Midwest, I speak 0% Midwestern, according to this test. I'm not sure how scientific it is, although I do know I purposely do avoid some regional slang, so maybe that's the reason it comes out this way.

Your Linguistic Profile:

75% General American English
15% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

How about y'all (and, in case you are wondering, I cannot remember the last time I said “y'all”)?

Hat tip goes to Christopher.

Should I Apply to Become a Fool?

By | Posted at 0:07
You scored as Verbal/Linguistic. You have highly developed auditory skills, enjoy reading and writing and telling stories, and are good at getting your point across. You learn best by saying and hearing words. People like you include poets, authors, speakers, attorneys, politicians, lecturers and teachers.

Verbal/Linguistic

86%

Interpersonal

75%

Intrapersonal

71%

Visual/Spatial

54%

Musical/Rhythmic

46%

Logical/Mathematical

36%

Bodily/Kinesthetic

18%

The Rogers Indicator of Multiple Intelligences
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Found via Christopher.

Here Shall He See Gross Fools as He

By | Posted at 18:44


I took the “What Mood Are You In?” quiz after seeing it over on Michael's blog. It told me that I am in a “decent mood.”

You aren't turning cartwheels, but you're having a pretty good day. Some ups, some downs, but overall you're coming out ahead.
And who knows? Tomorrow could be even better!

I guess that is appropriate enough. Personally, I was feeling rather like the following instead:

More, I pr'ythee, more. I can suck melancholy out of a song, as a weasel sucks eggs. More, I pr'ythee, more.

I'm too short on time right now to work up some challenge questions, although I should. 5 pts. if you can identify that quote. Of course, feel free to post what mood the quiz says of you, below, as well.

Not an Ageless Quiz

By | Posted at 16:38
You Are 30 Years Old
30
Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.

13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.

20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come… love, work, and new experiences.

30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!

40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.
What Age Do You Act?

Found via Michael.

A Nice, Cheerful Topic

By | Posted at 17:10

I found this most cheerful of questionnaires over at Michael's blog.


I am going to die at 82. When are you? Click here to find out!

Cheer yourself up by answering below.

No Apologies Necessary

By | Posted at 19:57

I Hear Ya

By | Posted at 17:17

I'm not just a card, I'm a wild card.

By | Posted at 15:25

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