Blog of Sara Jakša

Interesting Quote about Thinking

"The idea that something should be consistent, you were talking about the necessety of consisntency in ideology, it is like, I am not hearing what you think. I am hearing how well you are able to represent the idiology you were thought. And it is not that interesting, because I don't know anything about you. I can replace you with someone else who thinks the same way. And that means you are not here. That is what it means. It is not plesant. You are not drawing... you are not integrating specifics of your personal experience with what you have been thought, to syntisize something that is genioue and surprising and engaging in a narritive sense as a concequence. That is the patology of idiological possesion. It is not good."

Jordan Peterson

In the video There was plenty of motivation to take me out. It just didnt work - British GQ at 1:08:22

Gallery

In order to now have too many blog posts with my drawings, I have decided to create a sort of gallery to put all my pictures on the same place.

So far it does not look like gallery, but it does have pictures, with dates and content written below it.

You can see it here: https://sarajaksa.eu/2019/gallery

My Master Thesis: Shrugging of New Ideas

I finally started working on my cognitive science master thesis. Yes, I am a sort of procrastinator. In a way, that I will always find something else to do, and finish other projects, but I will let some of them just continue for years.

So, what I am going to research (in case it will not blow in my face)? What I want to know is, what kind of network structure and individual differences impede and encourage the spreading of information. Sort of in a way, is the person willing to accept the new information. And because I had no idea, what kind of data to use, I have decided to try to do this on the fanfiction (Archive of our own) sites and with fandom.

I have tried to get some of the data, and it is possible. I just hope they don't block me, if I take more data from them.

I think this would be an interesting study, simply because I do want to know, what makes people believe what the do. And fanfiction communities are a good example of how the new knowledge, that a lot of people agree with, is created. I really wonder if I am just convincing myself?

Well, I still need to ask the other potential mentor, with whom did I already talked about. But that was months ago and I don't know if he is still interested. So this will be fun... (not).

And maybe this will help my explain, why I can shrug ideas easier than other people. I mean, beside that I learned how to live with my Ne, which is that I just ignore most of the ideas it throws at me. Maybe there is something in my personality dispositions or what kind of people do I hang out with, that makes it easier.

If anybody is asking (probably not), yes I had a conversation with somebody about my ability to shrug off ideas.

So yes, finally going forward with this as well. I really need to graduate soon and leave the structured academia.

World Value Survey, Slovenia and Justifiable Actions

When I was reading the article The boundaries of culture: do questions about societal norms reveal cultural differences?, I came across a very interesting passage for me (because I am Slovenian). This is the passage in question:

We noted that Slovenia exhibited some very unusual response patterns in 2005-2008. For example, unlike the respondents in any other country in the WVS, absolutely all Slovenes avoided the first four positions on the illegal-dishonest items. Therefore, we excluded Slovenia from our analysis.

This was the analysis of the following questions from the World Value Survey:

  • V198. Claiming government benefits to which you are not entitled
  • V199. Avoiding a fare on public transport
  • V200. Cheating on taxes if you have a chance
  • V201. Someone accepting a bribe in the course of their duties

That would me, that the people in my country avoided 4 positions in the 10-level measurements. That is almost half of measurement. It would means, that around 1000 of people that they asked, all of they has the same general direction of thinking.

World Value Survey does publish the summary information in their website. So I went and checked it. And what I found was not, that they avoided half of the answers. This are the answers:

Question Never justifiable 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Always justifiable N
V198 402 125 136 68 44 104 41 21 7 22 1037
V199 412 91 122 74 50 103 34 42 21 25 1037
V200 565 135 97 49 30 49 25 19 10 18 1037
V201 699 109 68 29 17 33 15 10 5 10 1037

The numbers don't sum up, because of answered don't know or refused to answer.

Well, here it seems, that while it is skewed, the people in Slovenia used the whole range of answers. And I was so happy, that I would be able to find some proof in how corrupted with are in Slovenia (the idiotcracy of the stolen sandwich scandal not withstanding). Well, so much about that. It seems that most of them find it unacceptable. Around half of them find it unacceptable all the time. Which is completely different from the narrative, that is present in the Slovenian culture.

It also means, that not every detail can be trusted, even in scientific articles, without checking the data itself. Here it was easy, since it is publicly available, but what about when it is not? Plus, not everybody understand statistics enough to figure out something out of the data.