Snippet from Cognitive Type, Chapter 30
“I must begin by reiterating that type is a vastly more complex matter than what these first principles of visual reading could account for by themselves. One would be at high risk of err by exclusively using an objective avenue of measure (such as vultology offers) to determine the properties of a subjective matter: the psyche of an individual. Psychological avenues of analysis must be used in conjunction with this methodology for the achievement of a refined understanding of the psyche which it is at tempting to identify. And there is no other substitute for accurate psychological insights than what time and firsthand experience can birth.
In this light, vultology presents but a small and partial window into the happenings of the psyche, yet I find it so deeply fortunate that we should receive even such a window into our humanity. We must never forget, however, that the information elicited by the psyche always holds priority over the signals presented by the body. Should there be a contradiction between the psychology anticipated by visual signals and the actual psychology of the person, the signals must be given less authority. Never must the nature of the actual person be ignored for the preservation of a signal’s consistency. Vultology seeks to approximate the psyche based on reading the secondary effects that emerge from the psyche itself. As such, vultology can only ever be a useful tool if it can properly manage to predict psychology; it cannot define it.”
“The signals found in this book – which are only the least disputable – can bring one’s attention toward the right individuals, but those individuals themselves carry the richness, nuance and demeanor that defines their own type, and which my sincerest efforts utterly fail to quantify fully.”
Type is a psychological phenomenon, but CT offers an objective instrument for discovering that phenomenon. However vultology, as with any instrument of measure, carries in it limitations which must be accounted for and respected to retain a proper understanding of the object it aims to measure.
No single angle (neither the psychological, visual, behavioral or neurological) should be used alone to approximate a person’s cognition. We must make use of all information available to intelligently approximate a person’s cognitive experience.
Vultology & Degrees of Accuracy
In some cases, the signals match 100%. Every single Ne-Si signal may come at the exclusion of any Ni-Se appearances (and so on for the judgment functions). In other cases it’s not so cut and dry, and we see what appears to be an intermixing of signals. CT doesn’t aim to ignore this fact, but to make note that – notwithstanding a low degree of crossovers -it is just as true that the vast majority of people will visually align with the signals of one cluster or another.
And when the instrument lands upon one of these difficult cases, then the limits of the instrument should be honored. One’s attention should turn more toward analyzing a person’s psychology. Still, at times the visual signals can take us 80% of the way there, and we may be certain that they are a Ji type with Ne. This will greatly help in our psychological determination.
Vultology & Holism
Now, as we become more familiar with the sixteen types, and we have experienced first-hand what each of these types is like in dozens of people, we will gain a sixth sense about the qualia that constitutes each of the types. Our perceptions will amplify and a nuance will be attained that acts as a far better instrument than the CTVC. This is because the CTVC compartmentalizes the whole, in order to examine the parts, but a greater understanding of the types comes through holism.
The CTVC was designed to be a static and contained structure, made for the purpose of scientific testing and to establish a standard or “basic” formula for reading. It was built to confirm that the phenomenon of types can be verified objectively to a high degree. However, it remains a limited crystallization of a much more rich and organic phenomenon which can be better understood through life exposure.
As we encounter hundreds of people, we may come across a type that would technically align with the standard signals of SeFi through static images, but which has the undeniable quality of the NeFi. We may see that despite the intense look of their brow, the quality of their body movements is buoyant, their mental energy is divergent and their rhythm is overall lacking the sense of presence that comes with Se. This sense of subtlety should be cultivated and encouraged, in order to reach the highest level of accuracy in reading types.