1. General to specific, specific to general – what does it mean?
It has to do with deduction and induction, respectively.
2. What does "logical" mean? What is your understanding? Do you think that it correlates with the common view?
Something is logical when it abides by a set of rules and doesn't contradict itself.
3. How do you explain fractions on the dial of the clock?
I'm not quite sure as to what this question is asking, but I would explain that the denominator of the fraction is converted from 100 to 60, and the amount of minutes past the hour is the made to be the numerator. You round to the nearest common fraction such as a "quarter" or "half" of an hour when describing the time.
4. What is a rule? What rules do you have to follow?
A rule is something that provides a framework for your project or your environment. I try to follow most rules because I don't have any reason to break them in the first place.
5. What is hierarchy? Do you need to follow it? Why or why not?
Hierarchy refers to a system in which there are various ranks and positions that delegate certain roles to each other, either actively or implicitly. I don't really care to involve myself with the power dynamics of hierarchies, but I respect their boundaries, because it's usually not that much trouble to abide by their rules.
6. What do you think of instructions? Do you use them? Could you write an instruction manual? If so, what type of instruction manual would you most likely write?
Instructions are nice to have on hand, but I prefer to skim through them and find what I need rather than read through the entire thing. After doing enough research I could write an instruction manual on the process of creating something, like a computer program or a story, but I can't guarantee that it would be any good.
7. Please explain: "Freedom is in complying with the laws, but not in ignoring the laws"? Do you agree with the statement? Why?
I think this means that if your goal in life is to struggle against the laws of the world, then you're essentially just tying yourself to them, and limiting the choices that you're able to make. This statement makes sense to me but it seems odd.
8. Tell us how about consistent you are?
My behavior is consistent, but I like to experiment with things.
9. What is a "standard"? Why do people need it?
A standard is sort of like an expectation. There are standards of measurement, standards of quality, and standards within society. The whole point of standards is that you can return to them at any time for the purposes of analysis.
10. You need to put your home library in order. How do you feel about this activity? How will you approach this task?
This seems like a boring activity. I would sort the books by their broad category, such as fiction or nonfiction, then by genre or topic, and then alphabetically by title assuming I had nothing else to do that day.
1. What is work in your opinion? Why do people go to work? Are there any parameters where you can distinguish whether you can do this work or not?
Work is effort that you direct towards a certain goal. People go to work because they need to make money, and because the human brain isn't really adapted for constant inactivity.
2. Is there any correlation between quality and quantity? Tell us if or how the price depends on quality?
Not necessarily. Small companies can make cheap products while large companies can make quality products, and vice versa. Price isn't a good measure of judging quality, because you can buy something that's simultaneously overpriced and cheap, but if you want something with real quality then you'll probably have to end up paying a lot for it no matter what.
3. How do people determine the quality of work? How do you determine such quality? How well you can determine the quality of any purchase, do you pay any attention to it?
Quality depends on how well and for how long something works, as well as how convenient it is to use. You can determine the quality of something by testing it for yourself, reading reviews of the product, or looking at the technical specifications. I prefer to research things before I buy them.
4. How do you feel if you didn't finish some work? Does it ever happen? What are the reasons?
I like to finish work whenever possible, but if there's no time left then I can quickly restructure something and submit it. This happens every now and then, usually when it's a boring task that I have trouble concentrating on.
5. What is "interesting work" for you? Please explain in detail.
I find it interesting to work on the creation of a product or a service - something that requires you to anticipate the manner in which people will perceive it. The idea that people would seek out the results of my work and provide feedback on it is very motivating for me. I prefer to work with technology whenever possible.
6. You go to the store and see something you're interested in buying; there is a price tag on it. What parameters are you going to use to understand if it's overpriced, underpriced, or priced correctly?
My first instict would be to compare it to the prices of similar objects in the store. Then I might try to estimate if the trade-off between the purchase and the amount of time I would have had to work in order to pay for it is worth it.
7. When you work and someone tells you: "You don't do it right." What is your reaction?
This is bothersome. They probably have some unspecified, personal definition of what a successful job is. I would guide them through the process of my work, and I'd try to show them how it fulfills every requirement that was given.
8. There is a professional right next to you. You always see that you can't perform the way they do. Your feelings, thoughts and actions?
This would make me self-conscious, but not exactly jealous - I don't like to upstage people unless they treat me badly. I'd try to find a niche in our field that the professional doesn't pay much attention to, so our skills become complementary.
9. When you have to ask someone else to help you with the task, how do you feel?
I feel like this is more trouble than it's worth.
10. You need to build a pyramid exactly like in Egypt. Your thoughts, feelings and actions?
This could be fun. The first thing that I would do is outline the situation - what location should be chosen for the pyramid, how many resources are available, what the physical characteristics of the resources are, how much time is available, how much labor is available, what the environmental conditions are like, and so on. The next thing that I would do is organize a group of experts to provide input and guide the process. We would need an effective method of construction that maximizes the impact of our expended energy. Lastly, I would need some big sweaty guys because I'm too weak to lift stone blocks and I don't like being out in the sun.
1. What is beauty? Do you change your opinion about beauty? Does your understanding correlate with the generally accepted notion? What goes beyond the generally accepted notion?
Beauty is a word used to describe something that looks good, to put it simply. I find beauty in some commonplace things, like an overcast day or a grove of pine trees along the road. I also find cities and industrial areas to be beautiful, because the structures are so large and impressive. They're like a testament to human progress.
2. Please describe your understanding of a beautifully dressed person. What is the core of beauty? How do you explain what is beautiful to a person who has never heard about beauty before?
A beautifully dressed person is someone whose clothes display a coherent style and fit with their form.
3. Is there a template of understanding what beautiful means for everyone to use? Is there such a term as "classical beauty"? If so, what is it?
This question makes me think of the Greek and Roman ideals of beauty. I would say that classical beauty has to do with a balanced form composed of ideal proportions, symmetry, and energy.
4. What is comfort? What is coziness? How do you create your comfort and coziness? How do others evaluate your skill in doing so? Do you agree with them?
Comfort is something that provides you with a sense of familiarity, confidence, and satisfaction. It's when you feel "in your element". Coziness is like comfort, except it has self-indulgent and sluggish connotations. I like comfort, but if I wanted coziness, I would just go to sleep.
5. How do you pick your own clothes? Do you follow fashion? Why? Do you know how to select clothes for different types of figures?
I choose clothes in a rudimentary way. If they suit the weather and the colors go well together, then I'll wear them. I don't follow many fashion trends because I'm mostly unaware of them, and I'm pretty sure that they become outdated quickly. Also, I don't like garish clothes.
6. How do you cook? Do you follow recipes? What do others think of your skill?
Long and involved recipes seem like a waste of time. All you need are fresh ingredients and an awareness of what flavors and spices go together. With that, you can make a variety of healthy dishes with minimal effort.
7. Are you good at color patterns and mixing them and matching?
Yeah, this comes easily to me. There are some simple rules and charts for this anyways.
8. If someone is telling you what is beautiful and what is not, what goes with what color and what is not, do you agree with this person?
Not necessarily, because my taste is probably different from theirs, but their suggestions wouldn't offend me. I like recieving input.
9. Tell us how you'd design any room, house or an office. Do you do it yourself or trust someone else to do it? Why?
The most important thing is to keep it simple, functional, clean, and aesthetically balanced. I would design the room myself, because I've always loved the idea of designing spaces.
10. How do you know if a person has bad taste? Could you give us an example? Do you always trust your own taste or do you seek opinions from others?
I might poke fun at someone's tastes, but it seems a little pointless to call anything "bad". I'm comfortable trusting my own taste.
1. Can you line up human resources and make them do things? What methods do you use? Can you press people? If so, how does it happen?
I can deliver a decent pitch and guide people in a certain direction, but if they're stubborn about not doing something, then there's not much that I can do to force them.
2. What is incursion? How do you deal with this? Can you repulse? How easy can you do so if necessary?
Incursion is when something invades a certain boundary or territory. I can either mislead, reason with, or bargain with an aggressor to halt their incursion, but I can't easily repulse them.
3. What does "my people" and "strangers" mean? When do "my people" become "strangers" and why?
"My people" makes me think of a group of people with complementary mindsets and interests. "Strangers" are people whose first instinct is to see you as opposition.
4. Are there strategies of attack? Can you use them? When is it justified?
There are, but I don't really feel the need to use them.
5. Do you think it's ok to occupy someone else's territory? In what situations?
It can be a risky move, but I don't think that there's anything wrong with this if a person or a group is on the verge of making a terrible mistake.
6. What are the methods of volitional force? When is it most effective and in what situations?
No idea - let's skip this question.
7. How do you protect yourself and your interests?
I choose when and where to expend my efforts.
8. Describe your behavior in the situations of opposition and if you have to use some force?
I'm capable of handling confrontations, but any loud displays of force are all for show when coming from me. There's not much backing behind them.
9. Do others think of you as a strong person? Do you think you are a strong person?
Not at all, I was pushed around a lot as a kid. I'm not strong in the sense that I can control people, but I have an easy time dealing with aggression. It doesn't get to me.
10. How do you understand if a person is strong? Are there any signs of a strong person? What is the core of any force? Why do people listen to one person, but not the other?
A person is strong if they're confident and able to exert influence.
1. What is boorishness? Does your understanding of it correlate with the generally accepted notion? How would you explain what boorishness mean to a 10 year old child? How would you explain the same to an adult who does not behave ethically?
Boorishness is when someone acts without restraint. If I had to explain this to a child or an unruly adult, I would say that they're only hurting themselves by refusing to cooperate. I wouldn't expect that to convince them though.
2. How would you improve the moral of the society?
I'm not sure, I just say what I think is right.
3. Can you justify somebody's bad behavior by thinking that he/she wasn't taught how to do so?
That's something to take into consideration, and I don't like to level judgement upon people for failing to live up to expectations, but it's not a very convincing excuse.
4. Give us your understanding of love. Can you love and punish at the same time?
Love is when you have dedication for something. I suppose that you could love and punish someone at the same time, as long as that punishment was motivated by compassion. That's not to make any claims about the morality of doing such a thing. It's just a stipulation regarding the sincerity of the love itself.
5. Have you heard about the Southern hospitality? Everything is for the guest. There is also a German hospitality – the master of the house is always right. What method is the right one? Try to evaluate without the weight of any cultural aspects, traditions, nations etc.
Southern hospitality is my preferred style. When people visit, I like to treat them well. It seems sort of miserly to invite people into your home and make demands of them.
6. What is sympathy? When do you need to express it? When is it advised not to?
Sympathy is when you acknowledge someone's struggle. It's nice to express sympathy, but it's best not to engage in it unless you're actually willing to help the recipient.
7. Are there any norms of behavior in the society? Do you follow them? Do people always have to follow them? Why?
There are, and I do try to abide by them in public. I think that all norms emerge for a reason, but they can become outdated or arbitrary, so people don't always have to follow them. If society never changed, then we would still live in tribes.
8. How do you know what attitude among people is right or wrong?
I'm not sure. But I don't like needlessly destructive or cynical attitudes.
9. What does moral mean? What is immoral? Does your understanding correlate with the others? How can you evaluate the correctness of your own understanding?
Something is moral when it abides by an implicit code of "goodness". Something that is immoral betrays that code, and is needlessly harmful.
10. Somebody is giving you a negative attitude – what is your reaction? Could you show your own negative attitude toward someone else? If so, how? Could you give a person the silent treatment? How easily do you forgive people?
I would try to figure out what bothered them so much. I don't like the thought of bringing negativity to people. If I have a negative attitude towards someone, I usually just avoid them. Forgiveness comes naturally to me.
1. "Whole world does not cost one tear of child" – how do you understand this phrase? Do you agree with this opinion?
I understand this phrase as saying that sacrifices for the "greater good" are not worth the suffering of even one individual. The sentiment is nice, but nature itself breaks this principle all the time, so it seems somewhat extreme.
2. Is it acceptable to express emotions? Give examples of inappropriate expression of emotions.
Sure. One inappropriate expression of emotion is the direction of anger towards people who have no input on the reality of a problem.
3. Can you use negative emotions? In what situations?
Negative emotions can lead you to re-evaluate things and improve yourself. For example, if you suffer a defeat in some activity, you can use your negative emotions to push yourself to do better next time.
4. How do you express negative emotions? What does it look like? What do others think about it?
I complain about things in a detailed, but not exactly serious way. Other people aren't very receptive to this and I don't blame them. But for me, it's a good way of sorting through the reality of a situation and finding a way to get around it.
5. Shallow emotions – what does it mean? Are there any other emotions?
Shallow emotions are insincere emotions that are displayed with the intent of eliciting specific reactions. All emotions are just chemical reactions within the brain, but anything can be made to sound trivial like that. It doesn't diminish their significance.
6. What are right or wrong emotions?
Are there any? I don't think so.
7. Can you change the emotional state of yourself? Of others? To what side – positive or negative?
If something seems hopelessly bad, I eventually realize that I can either dwell on it and fail, or get over it and succeed in moving on to other things. I can't fine-tune my own emotions or the emotions of others very easily, but I can take them into account.
8. What does it mean to "pour out your emotions"? How does it happen?
It's when you reveal all of the emotions that have been building up in secret. This can happen when a big development or turning point shows up in your life, and it convinces you that it's better to let everything out than to keep it contained.
9. Does your internal emotional state correlate with what you show externally?
Not really. I draw a line between the two.
10. Do you track what mood you are in throughout the day? Do you notice the mood of others?
No, and yes respectively.
1. Do you like surprises?
There's nothing very appealing about them.
2. How people change? How do you feel about those changes? Can others see the changes?
People change when they have experiences that alter the way that they percieve and interact with the world. These changes can be gradual or sudden. I can't help being a little thrown off by changes in a person's personality, but I can adapt to them well.
3. Is it true that whatever happens is only for the best?
Development is unavoidable anyways, so I'm inclined to agree, but there are some obvious ways in which changes can be negative.
4. What do you think of horoscopes, fortune telling etc.? Do you believe in luck, lucky fortuity?
They're sort of silly and vague. They just give the illusion of filling a niche that many people wish could be satisfied. I don't believe in luck.
5. Can you forecast events? Is it even real?
I can attempt to predict various possible chains of events. Reality is real and objective.
6. What is time? How do you feel time? Can you "kill" time? How?
Time has to do with perception. Subjectively speaking, it's like the amount of information that can be processed through the expenditure of a certain amount of energy. In the process of filling out this 80-part questionnaire, I'm feeling time move by very slowly because there's a lot to review and I've been working on it for a long time. Anyone can kill time, by sleeping.
7. Is it easy for you to wait for some important event? What if you don’t know when it is supposed to happen?
After some initial discomfort and impatience, it becomes fairly easy to wait for things. I like to know what I'm getting into, so if something's uncertain, I may end up ignoring it altogether until the time comes for the big revelation.
8. Do you need help creating forecasts and determining how something will end? Do you trust those forecasts?
It's nice to have outside input, but I feel as if long-term forecasts are too difficult for anyone to predict in the first place. The only prediction that I would believe in fully is one that came from a supercomputer.
9. Are you normally late? How do you react if someone is late?
No, I usually show up on time. It doesn't really bother me if someone is late, unless there's some sort of deadline that we both have to meet.
10. Imagine the situation where you agreed to meet with someone. Your feelings and actions: a) 20 minutes before the meeting starts, b) 5 minutes before the meeting starts, c) it is time for the meeting to start, but the person is not here, d) 20 minutes after the meeting start time and the person is not here, e) more time and the person is still not here…
a. Well it depends on if I'm already waiting there, or if I have to leave and go to this place myself. If it's the latter option, then it also depends on how long the trip will be.
b. I'd find a place to wait for them.
c. They should show up soon enough.
d. They've probably forgotten or changed their plans. Hopefully I would know by this point.
e. Why am I still waiting here?
1. Is there a meaning of life? In what? Is it the same for everybody?
I don't know, but if you want to figure it out then biology and physics are probably the best fields to look into.
2. What should be done so people can be happy?
The human brain has a few universal desires, like the ones described in Maslow's hierarchy of needs. To enhance happiness, I think that these needs have to be fulfilled.
3. In the situations with a lot of potential and volatility will you trust your own guts, logically calculating everything or will you ask people you trust what should be done?
A combination of both. I enjoy fielding a lot of input from other people, but ultimately my decisions tend to be made early on. Even as I anticipate different possibilities and outcomes, I gravitate back towards the first option more often than not, and calculate everything from there.
4. When you meet a stranger, what can you say about them right away? How do you know what this person is all about? Does it take long to understand someone's talents?
The first thing that I notice is their tone. That tells me about their attitude toward strangers, at the very least. I can get a grasp on someone's talents if I talk to them often enough.
5. Remember an interesting person and call out 5-6 qualities you think are interesting in them. What makes an interesting person? Are you an interesting person? Why? What if someone calls you "boring" and "not interesting"?
This person is confident, familiar, physically steady, socially aware, and they have a dry sense of humour. An interesting person is one who offers a perspective that you can't tap into on your own. I don't think that I'm always an interesting person. It fluctuates, depending on how much effort I put forth to engage myself. Being labelled as boring doesn't offend me. In fact, I get a sort of perverse enjoyment out of it because that's basically my license to bother people and not get charged for it. Who would get mad at a boring person for delivering a monologue? You can just ignore them.
6. What opinions, from people who know you, seem: a) fair; b) not fair; c) hurtful; d) strange.
I can't think of any examples at the moment.
7. Do you fantasize? What kind of fantasies do you have?
Yes. I fantasize about different realities, characters, and identities. I don't place myself in these fantasies, they're just ways of looking at hypothetical situations.
8. What qualities should a person have to be successful and why?
Adaptability and pragmatism. They're very useful traits to have, they keep you alive and functioning well in any situation.
9. What qualities can stop a person from being successful and why?
Any self-destructive tendencies, for obvious reasons.
10. What is more important in life – to be a good person or be a successful one? Why? Is a good person always successful? If not, then why?
I think that it's most important to be a good person with goals. Good people aren't always successful; if they weren't, then they probably weren't looking at things in the right way.