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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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Several of the people I read here on LiveJournal tend to, at least once in a while, make some pretty controversial posts. Most of them are met with interesting, well-thought-out conversation, and I simply drop out of the few that decay into trolling and content-free argument.

It tends to be those posts where I'm most likely to want to add complete strangers to my Friends List, because I find people interesting when they make their points on whatever's being stated.

I find myself especially drawn to two categories of people, it seems: people fundamentally similar to me with similar backgrounds who drew different conclusions, and people very different from me who drew the same conclusion. I think in the former case, I'm interested to find someone with similar thought patterns using them to reach a very different conclusion, and equally interested to see a conclusion I understand, and a very different way of coming about it. I guess I find people then because those are the posts I pay most attention to- people like me who agree with me don't get my attention unless the comment thread gets long, and people who drew a different conclusion to me through very different thought processes I'm very likely to respectfully disagree with if I see something I'm interested in responding directly to, but I often can't find enough common ground to keep my attention.

I'm not sure why, really; those are just guesses. It's mostly an observation of my own behavior.

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I agree! .. and hi!

edit: I was just agreeing to absolutely nothing in particular. Yes I did read the post.. but I was feeling mischievous!

Edited at 2010-02-13 06:14 am (UTC)


I'm not sure I'd map my idea of similar/different to backgrounds so much as ways of thinking, if you see the distinction: rysmiel and I have significantly different backgrounds (New York City versus rural Ireland) but think alike on a lot of things, not just conclusions but often ways of getting there. But there's definitely a category of people like me, and that's some mix of attitudes and ways of thinking—axioms, if you will, but also the ways we'll go from point B to point C—as much as it is a familiarity with foods or books or music or subways.

In a tangentially related point, I owe you a long reply to some recent comments you made. I did read them in their entirety, appreciate your concern, and plan to constructively engage. However, my primary Internet at the con is an iPhone and I hate hate hate writing lengthy things on its dinky touchscreen keyboard.

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