Generalizations

on February 28, 2007 with 0 comments » | ,

So much for this 'research' about sleep positions -- I am neither gregarious nor brash... but the "freefaller" position is how I sleep.

Freefall: Lying on your front with your hands around the pillow, and your head turned to one side. Often gregarious and brash people, but can be nervy and thin-skinned underneath, and don't like criticism, or extreme situations.

Just to clarify - I am not ranting about this particular "theory" and did not take it seriously enough to want to rant about the bogus generalization's inability to apply to my particular case but I get ticked at the random generalizations people often make after such alleged 'studies'. Such 'psychology' of reading too much into general behavior patterns of people is plain ridiculous - things like"She has a long nose and so must have a dominant personality"- (ok..I just made that one up but you know what I mean!) and sheer idiocy and certainly not scientific. It is probably worse than trying to determine a persona's personality or future by looking at sun and star positions!

As Amit Varma wrote recently: typical of us to try to discern patterns in all of this. But these patterns, these mandates, they’re illusory things. Also read his related essay, Don’t Think in Categories

And coincidentally,
Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) blogs today about something similar, although in a different context - that of basketball player, Tim Hardaway's prejudiced comments (video) about gays:

The impulse to discriminate is a feature of our brains. We look for patterns and make decisions based on them. Sometimes the patterns are illusions, and we come to irrational conclusions. Likewise, we all have different preferences.

Also enjoy these 2 other hilarious posts by him at his blog in the past couple days...

Mummy dearest (re: find of a butler mummy as in mummy of a butler ;))

Because he thought he could (re:
Ralph Fiennes alleged sexcapade in a plane enroute to India)

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