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My “Wonko The Sane” Moment

Wonko the Sane laughed. It was a light easy laugh, and sounded like one he had used a lot before and was happy with. “Ah yes,” he said, “that’s to do with the day I finally realized that the world had gone totally mad and built the Asylum to put it in, poor thing, and hoped it would get better.”
Douglas Adams, “So Long and thanks for all the fish

That’s exactly my feeling in reading the enthusiastic reception at Judith Curry’s blog post of the biggest piece of quackery ever to disgrace climate science: “Personality type differences between Ph.D. climate researchers and the general public: implications for effective communication“.

Otherwise intelligent people have joined in the futile attempt of getting themselves described by four letters, and not even starting with “f”. It’s all due to the fascination with the Myers-Briggs personality inventory, a fictional item that sounds like a modern-day American replacement for astrology (here’s some ideas on how to debunk it – OTOH if you need to see it debunked, there’s not much hope).

So far only one other commenter has shown any skepticism. One last hope.

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  1. Mike Davis
    2011/09/28 at 17:51

    KIM:
    It is good to see you maintained your sense of humor for this long!

  2. Mike Davis
    2011/09/28 at 17:49

    Only those afflicted with cranialanalinsertitis need apply for a PHD in climatology as it surely translates into Piled Higher and Deeper!
    They are using Pathological science to support Pathological science as the second is falling into disrespect but the first failed to gain any respect to start with excluding those that have a need to believe!

  3. diogenes
    2011/09/28 at 10:59

    my experience of taking these tests is that you end up gaming the system – so many similar questions on similar topics……I normally end up selecting answers at random and then, how surprisingly, I seem to recognise myself in the spiel that comes out at the end. It is like astrology – a bunch of generalised platitudes with no specific meaning that anyone can apply to aspects of how they perceive themselves to be. Nothing to take seriously.

  4. kim
    2011/09/28 at 02:23

    Heh, as a few others intimated, when there are two possible answers I can find a third, so soon the paper catches fire under my fingers and then it’s ashes and dust, which I fashion into little critters and watch them strut their puny parts.
    ==============

  5. Deadman
    2011/09/27 at 23:25

    Please delete this once read.

    A small point, but “quakery” should be “quackery”. Otherwise, instead of referring to fraudulent medicine you refer to the Society of Friends.
    Also, “no much hope” should be “not much hope”.

    • 2011/09/30 at 10:51

      thank you Deadman – I have finally corrected both – and I’ll leave your comment in, before anybody accuses me of rewriting history 😎

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