September 18, 2007

Forertune Cookie

Barnum Effect* Response:
That's amazing! Here I am starting work on my doctorate and I get this cookie. How fitting. Clearly, the Psychic Cookie God has chosen me.

Rational Response:
When is it a bad time for anyone to expand their repertoire of skills and knowledge?

* — The Barnum Effect is also known as the Forer Effect. Its most common application is in astrology, which is the art of saying things so general that they can apply to anyone at all and then linking the statement with an arbitrary group of distant stars.

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