For the application of abstract vultology, we rely on the refinement of our understanding of human nature through continued exposure to the subtle differences in qualia between personalities. Abstract vultology is, as a skill, more comparable to an artform which develops with use and becomes keener through a broader spectrum of samples. However, this does not allow abstract vultology to escape accountability or explanation for its conclusions. The art of abstract vultology can achieve a reliable methodology through the following practitioner guidelines:
Forming a Personal Database
While concrete vultology can be preformed from the very first day through a comparison of the signals in the CTVC against a given sample, abstract vultology requires long-term interaction with people of a given type. Each type encountered is added to one’s personal database. Here, the many countless nuances that define the person’s mind-body rhythm are noted and stored.
The slow growth of this abstract database happens through an associative process. As we go about life we will encounter another person with an identical qualia to that of the person we have had prolonged exposure to. If, after an analysis of this second person’s psychology, we find that the two people share the same cognitive type, we discover a twin shade.
The strength of this method is that twin shades can be identified even when a person is not in the same mood or state as the other sample – as people’s states and levels of use of their functions does fluctuate during the day. An understanding of a person’s overall rhythm (gained only through exposure and seeing the person when they are fatigued, excited, serious, flippant, shy, etc) gives one a capacity to identify others of the same type even if the other person is in a certain state or mood that differs from the state of our original sample. In this way, abstract vultology does what the CTVC cannot, as each minute that is broken down via the CTVC relies on the actual expressions of the person at that moment alone.
A person’s personal database begins to be a powerful tool once over 50 samples have been documented, which is approximately 3 samples of each type. Before that, there is likely not enough context from which to fully rule out a given type or to know the boundaries of one type and another.
Now, although abstract vultology does not require timestamping (according to a finite list of signals) to explain the correlations seen between two samples, the practitioner should be able to place both samples side-by-side and demonstrate that the similarities in qualia between the two is self-evident. For this reason it’s important for every abstract vultologist to acquire footage of the samples which lie at the core of their personal database — and to be prepared to give comparisons between them and any subject in question. Without this footage, the information gained by the vultologist becomes inaccessible and unverifiable. While abstract vulology is subjective, in that it encourages the nurturing of a person’s subjective paradigm, it is not fundamentally unfalsifiable and still requires a demonstration of one’s interpretation.
The creation of a personal taxonomy is a natural evolution for a vultologist – born from the need to give language to the many impressions encountered. As we struggle to define these subtleties, our terms may range from “cat-like” to “tower-like” and “bouncy-ball-ish”. This taxonomy will be unique to every practitioner, but presents an important next-step for communicating to others the riffs and modalities encountered. The authors of this website offer their own abstract vultology definitions here, which may be a useful starting point for aspiring practitioners, although it’s by no means a complete list.
We hope this initial introduction can help you on your way to developing a personal understanding of human diversity and cognition. Please feel free to share your discoveries with our growing community and forums – so we can help each other solve the biggest of mysteries: human nature.