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    Personality Of Science 2.0 Users Analyzed
    By Garth Sundem | September 25th 2010 06:02 AM | 19 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    The following is a horoscope based on the specific personality type common to users of Science20.com. After reading, please comment your evaluation of its accuracy. Then come back tomorrow for post discussing the methodology of accurately modeling group personality based on website preference. 

    You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them.

    You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing.

    You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You also pride yourself as an independent thinker and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others.

    At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic.

    Now is ze time on Sprockets when we dance! And by dance, I mean buy a copy of my new book, Brain Candy: Science, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Logic and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons.

    Comments

    Hank
    Probably pretty accurate but, like horoscopes, it has enough general traits for people that most would regard it as extremely accurate. 

    I think personality analyses are like those NFL bet picking services.    People remember and appreciate hits more than misses.  An NFL betting service knows it can just pick each team for 50% of new customers and the people who lose will never come back, but the people who win will come back 3 more times, even if the next 3 are losses, because they won that first time.

    My quibbles; I am not critical of myself and I don't have unused capacity - heck, I instead think I have wildly exceeded my capacity and managed to Forrest Gump my way into pretty good career moves despite any qualifications or ability.
    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    "despite any qualifications or ability" sounds pretty self-critical to me. I think the overall horoscope for Science2.0 users should also add 'you and/or your loved ones often worry that you spend too much time on the internet'.
    My article about researchers identifying a potential blue green algae cause & L-Serine treatment for Lou Gehrig's ALS, MND, Parkinsons & Alzheimers is at http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine
    Garth Sundem
    Ha! Yes. Or "loved ones worry that you will date and thus spawn geeks".

    Garth Sundem, TED speaker, Wipeout loser and author of Brain Trust

    extremely general and it actually covers both ends of of the personality spectrum to allow everything to feel that they are included. For example, most people want to be liked and are critical of themselves and part of their minds/bodies they aren't completely happy with.

    In other words, It's as much blabber as "real astrology".

    Garth Sundem
    Wait for it....wait for it....don't blow tomorrow's punch line....

    Garth Sundem, TED speaker, Wipeout loser and author of Brain Trust

    Horoscope style gobbledygook.

    Garth Sundem
    Yes! Of course it is! Just wait 'till tomorrow...

    Garth Sundem, TED speaker, Wipeout loser and author of Brain Trust

    Sounds like a lot of the people I know. Maybe that comes from hanging around the L5 Society. Of course, I suppose it helps that I come from a long line of science geeks. I'm surrounded by techies!

    WRONG ANSWER.

    Come on Garth, I read the "scopes" as a novelty, but I don't take them seriously. I like to read fortune cookies, but I don't look to them for guidance. The description above has more double speak embedded than a speech into the Grand Canyon.

    "The description above has more double speak embedded than a speech into the Grand Canyon." Love it!

    Garth Sundem
    Okay, here's the punch line, posted this morning. Yes, it was all an elaborate ruse.

    Garth Sundem, TED speaker, Wipeout loser and author of Brain Trust

    Craig Dillon
    I am totally confident that self doubt is a good thing. Nope, no personality weaknesses here. However, I am disciplined and self controlled on the INSIDE, its my outside that I have trouble with. I get enough criticism from others, so I don't need to be critical of myself. I don't have any self doubts. When I fuck up, there is no doubt about it. It is true that I get dissatisfied when hemmed in by limitations and restrictions -- reality is a bitch. I am an independent thinker who really likes it when everyone agrees with me. Finally, you say "At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic." Well, that is just not right because for me it is the other way around. So, overall logic forces me to conclude that your horoscope analysis is not correct. Besides you never asked me what sign I was born under.
    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    Ha ha. Actually, I think avatar pictures that people choose can probably say as much about someone’s personality as the MMPI or any other personality test.
    My article about researchers identifying a potential blue green algae cause & L-Serine treatment for Lou Gehrig's ALS, MND, Parkinsons & Alzheimers is at http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine
    Craig Dillon
    And who says my pic is an avatar?
    Garth Sundem
    I knew that sooner or later this site would be overrun by our reptilian overlords.

    Garth Sundem, TED speaker, Wipeout loser and author of Brain Trust

    I always sort of liked the Gorn.

    Hank
    You know its name??? I'm surprised you didn't write that message in Klingon!
    LOL--I'm one of the ORIGINAL trekkies--watched it from day one--but I never did trouble myself to learn Klingon. I have enough trouble with English!

    Bonny Bonobo alias Brat
    Anyone who's interested in knowing their positions in the big 5 personality traits can take a free online personality test at http://www.psych-it.com.au/?gclid=CLinop-hwqQCFQcwbgodHB6iDA and can even be a participant in Psych-it's research at http://mypersonality.org/research/ all you have to do is spend a minute registering. If you want you can post the results to facebook etc. I ended up being 95% openness, 52% conscientiousness, 92% extraversion and 62% agreeableness and 8% neuroticism and an EFNP who's college major matches were 1. Journalism, 2 Communication and 3. Architecture. Shame I took up the wrong career in IT.
    My article about researchers identifying a potential blue green algae cause & L-Serine treatment for Lou Gehrig's ALS, MND, Parkinsons & Alzheimers is at http://www.science20.com/forums/medicine