Wednesday, August 24, 2005
  The Gullibility Test (It beats horoscopes anyway)
No... I'm not going to ask you "did you know that the word "gullible" is not in the dictionary?" This 'Gullibility Test' is a product of, that appears to be a website of a collection of facts and knowledge regarding modern day "myths" associated with health, medicine and technology. I use the term "myth" loosely here because what is considered a myth usually depends on how much you can be bothered to dig up the truth. Some questions are a bit American-oriented for a foreigner, but still should give a pretty good guess at where you stand as a citizen of humanity.

I was pretty impressed with the test results. Maybe it was because it wasn't telling me how I was going to have a bad day, or warn me of future dangers, and other vague/warped/ambiguous advice that applies to almost everybody else like my daily horoscope might say. But I think it's mostly because I thought it described me better than any horoscope could do. Well why wouldn't it? Do you really need a bunch of stars and planets to determine how you will be fucking up tomorrow?

As a Learner, you're smart enough to know better, yet you're still not fully informed about reality. Around 15% of the population are Learners. You have the critical thinking skills to be a truly free individual, but you haven't exercised them enough yet. From time to time, you're still manipulated by the powers that be, although you frequently learn from those mistakes and refuse to be exploited again. You buy things because they are practical, not because they're cool.
If you were in The Matrix, you would have taken the red pill, but you would still be in a state of mild disbelief about the nature of reality. You are essentially unplugged, but still untrained. With more knowledge, you could become a true free thinker.
Your architects: You have always been an independent thinker. You rebelled against your parents, schoolteachers and always chose to hang out with smart friends who weren't necessarily that popular to the "in" crowd. Increasingly, you shape your own world by deciding what actions to take based on your own internal drive rather than what society tells you is right.
Action steps: Learn more. Educate yourself through alternative media and cutting-edge books. Read the answers below to get started.

I don't think there's a single sentence in there I can disagree with. Except maybe the part about rebelling. I was more of a passive rebel who never really respected authority of teachers, mostly because they never respected their students either. I am pretty curious and maybe slightly disturbed albeit not surprised as to why 15% of the population scores around 70 on the scale. If the distribution of people's scores took the form of a gaussian curve, then I truly fear that the average score of the population lies much lower. Hopefully, the part about not hanging out with the "popular kids" will also be helpful in pointing out that I am not really antisocial by nature. I am simply just surrounded by idiots most of the time.

It's well worth reading the answers to the questions after taking the test. There are some pretty interesting topics there but I won't discuss them so as to not ruin the test for you should you choose to take it.


Why the soundtrack of the war in Iraq is rap.

Discovered at Knight Shift (the same guy who introduced me to Vox Day)

fun test

i scored 95% if you can beleive it

the real story is that website is amazing. I am so glad you turned me on to it. Am rushing to add a link on my site to it. Good info. Thank you
i just got 76%. a real victory for guesswork. 95% is an amazing score. and i thought i was paranoid...
I am a marketer, a long time student of mass media, and a hypnotist versed in the art of neuro linguistic programming, a discipline where the subtleties of language produce the desired result in the subject, creating trances and behaviors with out the use of a swinging watch or countdowns.

therefore, it's not paranoia so much as I know the patterns and tactics and can spot them being used during episodes of intense propaganda.

a study on how diamonds became the standard for the engagement ring (a 20th century marketing ploy) and became an "instant tradition" can educate you on subtle, effective marketing

see also "hallmark moment"
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