Books: The Ancient and Ultimate Document Viewer?

Isaac Asimov once wrote an essay called “The Ancient and the Ultimate” (collected in “The Tragedy of the Moon” and “Asimov on Science”). He wrote it in response to the notion that some high-tech document viewer like video cassettes might someday replace books. He considers what might be the ultimate document viewer. One that is totally powered by its user, that does not need any external energy source, that is very portable, and that is very unobtrusive. He asks when we might get such a viewer.

I have an answer for that, too, and a quite definite one. We will have it in minus five thousand years–because what I have been describing… is a book!

Or is it?

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The Big Five: In the Professional Literature

Counting search-engine hits is a rather crude way of estimating the interest that the scientific community has in various theories, but it is a rather simple one.

I find with it that the Big Five personality model has by far the most hits among the personality models that I surveyed. Myers-Briggs got only 1/10 of its hits, HEXACO (Big Five + Honesty/Humility) 2%, and the enneagram (nine personality types) 1%.

So if you want to take an online personality quiz, take a Big Five one. If anything, I find it easier to interpret than Myers-Briggs. But if you want to take a Myers-Briggs one, look for one that returns continuous values. Binary ones, ones like extrovert or introvert with nothing in between, are pretty much worthless.

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The Big Five: Subtraits

Drew D’Agostino, in his series starting with Are personality differences real? An introduction to personality neuroscience., not only discusses supertraits of the Big Five but also subtraits or aspects of them (Allen_DeYoung_FFM_neuroscience.pdf – Google Drive). Bálint Kőszegi in THE FIVE UNIVERSAL SUPERTRAITS OF THE HUMAN PERSONALITY mentions some sub-subtraits of the Big Five, some NEO facets. Below the fold is a combined list, using DDA’s descriptions of the subtraits.

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The Big Five: Supertraits

Drew D’Agostino has a nice series on the Big Five personality traits: Are personality differences real? An introduction to personality neuroscience.. In Personality Neuroscience #4: The Big Five personality traits, DDA worked from Metatraits of the Big Five differentially predict engagement and restraint of behavior. – PubMed – NCBI and noted that the Big Five are not completely independent, but instead fall into two clusters: stability and plasticity. Each one is associated with its own neurotransmitter,

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Transgender-Identity Infographic

I have composed an infographic that depicts my understanding of transgender identity and what I think is a mistake that some transpeople make. It is after the fold for brevity in the main page.

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Ireland moves toward legalizing abortion

Republic votes to remove constitutional ban on abortion by resounding two-thirds majority — 66% of the vote.

These people repealed the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution, a part of it that forbade abortion. But abortion is still not legal yet. The Irish legislature will have to pass a law legalizing it. But it is a step forward, and a sign of the weakening power of the Catholic Church in that nation.

As I mentioned earlier, early in 1879, a certain Anne Purcell decides that having five children is enough. So she gets an abortion. Here is who she would have aborted:

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Look Who Would Be Aborted: Who’s Who

In “Look Who Would Be Aborted”, I posted a list of women who could have have gotten abortions at some time. In this post, I will list who would have gotten aborted. I selected people that many anti-abortionists would consider great villains, so as to pose a very awkward dilemma for them. But before that, one more:

Early in 1879, Anne Purcell decides that having five children is enough. So she gets an abortion.

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