We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
You have to have a certain tolerance for ambiguity to answer some of those ambiguous questions. An expert who can't give you a definite answer probably doesn't know too much? Define "too much". Too much to give you a definite answer? And do you mean that literally or in the colloquial sense of "doesn't know very much"?
Is it possible to get more done working on small problems than large? Sure, I agree completely - but my strongly agreeing that it's possible does not necessarily mean I think it highly or even remotely probable.
Many of our big decisions are based on insufficient information? Insufficient for what? Making a decision? Obviously not. "Do you want what's in the box or what's behind the curtain" was sufficient information for the contestants on Let's Make A Deal for years. It wasn't sufficient information to make a good decision, but the question doesn't specify.
Half the questions in the survey are ambiguous if you make a game of nitpicking test questions as I do.
Q 14 reminded me of the time I took an English 357 course (Shakespeare and Milton). The prof would assign essays thusly. "Write a five hundred word essay on the structure and texture of Act three, scene two of Macbeth." I welcomed the assignments but others complained loudly. We all know what kind of students they were? BTW, this was back in the sixties.
"Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity".
- Sigmund Freud
But then, Freud wasn't an engineer. You Americans didn't put a man on the moon with abstract definitions, poorly written instructions, inaccurate information, and test results that were not quantifiable.
Karl Horst (Germany)
You Americans didn't put a man on the moon with abstract definitions, poorly written instructions, inaccurate information, and test results that were not quantifiable.
Well, no. For example, a computer isn't a computer, it's an MDM -Multiplexer/De-multiplexer. Air conditioners are Common Cabin Air Assemblies (CCAA). LCA for example can mean Lab Cradle Assembly, Loop Crossover Assembly, or the Load Control Assembly.
Every organization has its own language that is indecipherable to somebody who is not with that system - like speaking French to somebody who only speaks Khoisan (click language). Sometimes its intentional in that a obfuscates - like calling a hammer a Small Object Injection Device or a screw a helical inclined plane wrapped around a solid core axis.
"higher score indicates a greater intolerance for ambiguity." The various articles seem to indicate a consensus that the test is of no particular utility which didn't stop scads of people leaping to all sorts of unjustified conclusions. Par for the course.
Since we are doing silly tests, here is one that checks your reaction time. I tried it maybe 6 times. My best time was my first and equated to a 30 year old. My worst equaled a 41 year old. 34 happened the most. Not too bad for a 60 year old I guess.