Seen from 4 Temperaments: Data and Subjectivity

Here is my initial effort at writing the same thing from each of the four Temperaments that people have. The subject is my preceding post on "Data and Subjectivity"


The recording, transmitting and receiving of data is perhaps the most important power of civilization's development. Content and accuracy of that data is thus important. Each bit of that data is recorded by an observer. In the past, the separation of the observer from the observed was considered necessary to make it useable by all concerned, and to impartialize the data as much as possible. But maximum data communication might not be achieved by separating the observed from the observer, since that is not entirely possible anyway, since the observer can only observe that which its nature can perceive. With the advancement of data capacities, now may be the time to begin the recording of the nature of the observer, the situation surrounding the observation, and the observation itself as perceived from the position of the observer. This would avoid distortion of data through attempts to guess at what data would have been perceived by all other possible observers with their viewpoints. The later extraction of data of likely pertinence to the receiver would be done so as to enable a wider range of uses of the data. Surely this would be a step toward for civilization and mankind's well being.


The purest form of data might be that perceived by observers from all possible viewpoints, the commonality of their multiple data sets form the purer data. However, even then if the direction viewpoint from which each of those viewpoints sees is deleted from the data processing, merely a jumble of images would result. Therefore it is essential to include both the observation and the viewpoint including the nature of the of the observer's senses etc. Then the observed can be reconstructed from whatever is useful to later receivers of the data set.


The traditions and ways of doing things have attempted to provide standardization of successful ways of civilization. Now, the complexities and capabilities of civilization make it prudent to record both the observation and the observer. The sources of the knowledge of our traditions needs to be fully identified so as to determine their validity and fittingness into established traditions.


It is great fun to compete and win the rewards of doing something a bit better than others. It is right that it be told of not just what was done, but also of who it was that did it, and how it was strived to do it, as part of the description of the data, or else something essential about it would be lost. The doer is part of all that is done.


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