… and Tools.
“It is important to understand that the Four Temperaments are not simply arbitrary collections of characteristics, but spring from an interaction of the two basic dimensions of human behavior: our communication and our action, our words and our deeds, or, simply, what we say and what we do.” — David West Keirsey
My father died on July 30th, 2013 and I intend to honor him, if I can, by writing a blog about him and his ideas every year. First year, Second Year, Third Year, Fourth Year.
David West Keirsey (August 31, 1921 – July 31, 2013)
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
and next year’s words await another voice.
— T.S. Eliot
He concentrated on them: the use of words,
Adventures of a Viking Reading Bystander
The curtain rises on the scene
With someone shouting to be free
The play unfolds before my eyes
There stands the actor who is me
Enryo (遠慮) is one of the most quintessential Japanese concepts. “Restraining speech/actions towards people” (「人に対して言語・行動を控え目にすること」).
A Stranger in a Strangeland.
How could that be?
I was born on top of the world. The middle class, white suburbs in Southern California, in 1950. White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant heritage: (that dreaded 21st century epithet WASP).
Then, Why a stranger in a strangeland?
There were hills that I couldn’t climb when I was young. I was sheltered by my dreams, now stellated mirrors in the sun.
Everybody: just like me?
They crossed their boundaries.
Lise did it July 17, 1938.
Ruth did it in 1938 also.
They got out of their binds, and eventually saw the hidden bonds that were broken and not broken. They understood.
David West Keirsey: Self Portrait
(August 31, 1921 – July 30, 2013)
My father died on July 30th, 2013 and I intend to honor him, if I can, by writing a blog about him and his ideas every year. First year. Second Year.
“I regard myself as the last living Gestalt Psychologist”
— David West Keirsey
Gestalt: German word for form or shape
He wrote a short autobiography at the bequest of us, it was titled: Turning Points. It chronicles some of the turning points of his life. I want to write “an intellectual history” of him using some of that material plus my fading memory about the ideas we discussed in those many years, since it might be instructive to see how and why his ideas were formed and evolved. Moreover, I think that his developed “methodology” of qualitative factor analysis and synthesis can contribute to the progress in science.
October 27, 1992
His voice was bubbly and full of enthusiasm: “You know it’s tantalizing. — I feel I’m on the edge of something.”
That was last thing he said to his wife.
“In considering the relationship between the finite and the infinite, we are led to observe that the whole field of the finite is inherently limited, in that it has no independent existence. It has the appearance of independent existence, but that appearance is merely the result of an abstraction of our thought. We can see this dependent nature of the finite from the fact that every finite thing is transient…”
He had developed his own interpretation — a non-local hidden variable deterministic theory, the predictions of which agree perfectly with the nondeterministic quantum theory. His work and the EPR argument became the major factor motivating John Bell‘s inequality, the consequences of which are still being investigated. [Wikipedia, revised]