Bryan

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  1. Smoking

    I was wondering the same thing, I'm glad I wasn't the only one who picked up on that .
  2. Problem of Universals

    Fair enough. I see what you are saying, complete is rather ambiguous because definitions are indeed dependant on context. You know how I love to split hairs with you though.
  3. Inspirational Moments in Sports

    I am too young to remember when Arthur Ashe played (I was born in 1979), my tennis heroes have always been Ardre Agassi and Pete Sampras. As a tennis player, I can totally agree with you about tennis being a cerebral game, I can't think of another sport where mental toughness is so important. If your opponent gets "inside" your head or you can get inside your opponent's head, the match is all but over. When I was playing high school tennis I read a book by Brad Gilbert called Winning Ugly : Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master and my game immediately improved. By taking advantage of the mental aspects of the game I became a noticeably better player, without any increase in physical ability.
  4. Problem of Universals

    I wouldn't say that the child's definition of man as "a thing which moves and makes sounds" invalid even for adults, its just incomplete. I think a definition is invalid only if it is incorrect (i.e. defining man as a magical being that flies around). What you describe above as "objectively correct" and "not valid", I would describe as complete and incomplete. The most complete definitions are the ones that isolate the essential characteristics of a given concept within a context of knowledge. .
  5. Inspirational Moments in Sports

    The two moments that stick out in my mind both involve John Elway and the Denver Broncos. The first being "The Drive" in which Elway led the Broncos on a game-tying drive, with less than two minutes left, on the road in Cleveland. The Broncos won in overtime and went on to Super Bowl XXI. We won't discuss what occurred in that game though. The second coming 11 years later when the Broncos won their first Super Bowl (SB XXXII) against the Green Bay Packers. Elway finally got a Super Bowl ring, culminating his career as the best quarterback that has ever played the game.
  6. The 1 in 300 ratio is a more convenient way to represent the approximate probability of 0.33% in the context of an article in a popular publication or website. They mean exactly the same thing. The method used to calculate the probability has nothing to do with the way it is expressed. Personally, if a probability is less than 1%, I like it expressed as a ratio; if it is greater than 1%, I like to see it as a percentage.
  7. Paving the Road for Ward Churchill

    How could he be a holocaust denier when he likens the victims of 9/11 to Adolf Eichman?
  8. Meyers-Briggs used in career counseling

    I'm also an INTP I've taken this test on numerous occasions and the results are always relatively the same. I think the test is reasonably accurate, in that the results of it did not surprise me. I thought it was a good representation of my actual personality. I don't know how helpful this test is on a personal level, unless you have no clue who you are . I think it is more useful for other people to get a gauge on aspects of your personality who haven't known you for an extended period of time.