Dane Curley

The Modern Philosopher

Personality and The Problem with American Education

All %’s are of the total human population, and are rounded estimates.

Guardians (xSxJ) - ~44%
Administrators are the directive (proactive) Guardians. Their most developed intelligence operation is regulating.
ISTJ - Guardian - Attentive-Administrator - Inspector - 10%
ESTJ - Guardian - Expressive-Administrator - Supervisor - 10%
Conservators are the informative (reactive) Guardians. Their most developed intelligence operation is supporting.
ISFJ - Guardian - Attentive-Conservator - Protector - 10%
ESFJ - Guardian - Expressive-Conservator - Provider - 14%

Idealists (xNFx) - ~6%
Mentors are the directive (proactive) Idealists. Their most developed intelligence operation is developing.
INFJ - Idealist - Attentive-Mentor - Counselor - 1%
ENFJ - Idealist - Expressive-Mentor - Teacher - 2%
Advocates are the informative (reactive) Idealists. Their most developed intelligence operation is mediating.
INFP - Idealist - Attentive-Advocate - Healer - 1%
ENFP - Idealist - Expressive-Advocate - Champion - 2%

Artisans (xSxP) - ~44%
Operators are the directive (proactive) Artisans. Their most developed intelligence operation is expediting.
ISTP - Artisan - Attentive-Operator - Crafter - 10%
ESTP - Artisan - Expressive-Operator - Promoter - 14%
Entertainers are the informative (reactive) Artisans. Their most developed intelligence operation is improvising.
ISFP - Artisan - Attentive-Entertainer - Composer - 9%
ESFP - Artisan - Expressive-Entertainer - Performer - 11%

Rationals (xNTx) - ~6%
Coordinators are the directive (proactive) Rationals. Their most developed intelligence operation is arranging.
INTJ - Rational - Attentive-Coordinator - Mastermind - 1%
ENTJ - Rational - Expressive-Coordinator - Fieldmarshal - 2%
Engineers are the informative (reactive) Rationals. Their most developed intelligence operation is constructing.
INTP - Rational - Attentive-Engineer - Architect - 1%
ENTP - Rational - Expressive-Engineer - Inventor - 2%

(sources: Kiersey.com, Wikipedia; Myers-Briggs Personality Type & Kiersey Temperament Sorter)

I find this stuff very empowering. Many people talk about “finding themselves” or even just finding that perfect career. I genuinely believe that understanding your own personality is the best way to fit yourself into a position that is most rewarding for you. Each of these labels were created by Kiersey, a genius psychologist (INTP - Rational - Architect). It makes sense that he designed this way of looking at us. The tests are self-admittedly only 75% accurate at describing someones personality, but thats because we are all individuals at the end of the day. It still gives you a good basis of where you might fit in in the world/society.

You can all check the Wikipedia article for your specific 4 letter type to learn more about what other famous persons were similar to you in their ways of thinking, and also what sorts of careers make the most sense for someone who thinks this way.

Also, it’s pretty amazing to me how the personalities of us humans is distributed in this way. The guardian types are most suited to jobs that other people complain about; thankless jobs that keep the world turning, that need to be done. We are fortunate that so many people enjoy doing that! We have enough police, soldiers, detectives, and proud (rightly so) blue collar workers to keep us all protected and to keep our buildings maintained and to keep our living conditions superb. Imagine if there were less plumbers and inspectors and carpenters? It would be terrible!

Interesting enough, Artisan types are equally abundant… to me this suggests the importance of Art to human beings, our happiness, and our society. This is why I am so upset with the state of our American society and how we’ve pushed artists to be a rarer career because we do not fund the arts or reward our artists with a salary suited for sustainable living. Biology (or God) seem to believe there is a necessity for creating many lives with Artistisan personalities. Go buy art!

Super rare are each of the Rationals and Idealists - and doesn’t that make sense? The Fieldmarshal for example… he is a born leader. If 10% of the population thought like Fieldmarshals instead of 2%, we’d have way too many people trying to be leaders and a lot of conflict!! Instead, we have the right amount of leaders for the right amount of people.

I think the world is well-designed by nature and we need to embrace that, and the more I learn about psychology the more upset I become with our educational system which tries to make EVERYONE THINK ALIKE! For example, I feel I was forced to think like a Guardian, but I’m an Idealist - Champion. My friend Sean was certainly forced to think like a Guardian, and he’s a Rational - Fieldmarshal. Naturally, the two of us rebelled against our teachers every step of the way. (Keep in mind thinking like a Guardian is AWESOME… if you’re a Guardian).

If this were studied and understood at a mainstream level and this was implemented into education, Sean could have been cultivated for leadership, and I could have been cultivated for politics or law… instead we were forced to fend for ourselves, fighting and resisting the whole way, and are still working independently to reach our goals unaided by society. We will reach them, of course, but the design of this system is thoughtless, imo.

To fix this system would improve the lives of so many individuals. If high schools and elementary schools were structured to embrace our personalities instead of forcing them to conform, we would be better off. The best teachers I ever had are the ones who “let me get away with stuff”. They did not let me get away with stuff because they were soft, or lacked the ability to enforce discipline, but because they understood I thought in unique ways, and allowed me to fruit of my own soil. The worst teachers were disciplinarians first, teachers second, and psychologists not at all.

Genius & Insanity - A New Study

Some lessons from NPR today, mixed with some independent reading:

So defining Genius is not easy… but typically there are two ways one can achieve genius:

1. Genius - Someone with an IQ above 160.
Depending on what they gravitate toward, these people [naturally] will be able to decipher code, create original musical composition, make masterpiece works of art, master mathematics or language or both, etc, with little effort.

2.Genius - Someone with an IQ above 125 with a considerably above average amount of drive and persistence.
Depending on what they gravitate toward, these people [with training and practice] will be able to do any/all of the above.

That old "Fine Line between Genius & Insanity" saying is actually HALF-TRUE, according to a study presented on WNYC, today:

50% of Geniuses are people who meet the above criteria and also have VERY POOR mental health.
1 - Beethoven, Isaac Newton
2 - Emily Dickinson, Abraham Lincoln

50% of Geniuses are people who meet the above criteria and have WAY ABOVE AVERAGE mental health.
1 - Bach
2 - Quite a few U.S. Presidents

Typically, there are little to no geniuses who have average mental health according to the study. Also, if your mental health is poor, or you’re fully insane, you’re more than likely very unintelligent, but 50% of the Genius population (which is tiny… like 0.25% of people) also exists there.

Pretty interesting.

Oh and almost forgot. The study also looked into why Genius Clusters… no reasons were found, but they did come to the conclusion that it DEFINITELY clusters. Typically geniuses grow up with other geniuses. If you are a genius, it is likely that your closest friends are also. They cite instances such as the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and other great periods of intellectual growth as eras when geniuses flourished among one another. Also, simply because like-intelligences seek each other.

How does a Renaissance happen? They determined that, often, the rich & powerful of a country can unlock more geniuses depending on what they fund with government dollars. Typically, empires/countries/clans/houses/kingdoms that funded war-efforts had an underwhelming amount of geniuses (despite a need for scientific growth/superiority) compared to nations that funded the arts and sciences.


Art by Anderson DebernardiFont by Grace Yun


Art by Anderson Debernardi
Font by Grace Yun

Jesus Christ vs. Americans

A) The Kingdom of Heaven is within You.
B) Lest you be as little children, you won’t get to enter It.
C) The meek shall inherit the Earth.
D) Let he who has never sinned cast the first stone.

A) The Kingdom of Heaven is a place we go after we die.
B) We have to act like grown folk and take things very seriously.
C) We have to get rich and pursue financial success.
D) ::insert any example of our culture of being judgmental::

"The Edge of the Park",
Photo Series by Dane Curley.

"A Well-flowed Howl", Dedicated to my friend, poet Joe Snyder.

what idiot named me never heard of this

no purposes no purpose no purposes


i do this so you know who’s words it is

evil merciless

wicked cursedness

ursula’s demon purses

hand reaches in deeper surfaces

i don’t worship this i don’t worship this

what i’m nurtured with is what i’m nurtured with

keep em coming even closer keep em even even closer

make em numbing meaner motions meek and meaner nervous motions

keep em coming even closer keep em even even closer

make em numbing meaner motions meek and meaner nervous motions

even sadder nervous motions subtle sad and hurtful notions

got a poem that’s worth composing

from a book that it was chosen

well i thought i wrote the book but it was never worth my noting

though it keeps and keeps unfolding

with my conscience deeper flowing

and i know just what’s withholding is the ruin of my owning

but a naked life is nothing with no people worth my knowing

and this feeble brittle language where i share my feeble thoughts

seems to keep my life a’glowing and to keep my light aloft

so those motions that i motion though their nice and they are soft

they are rigid when they tighten muscle fights when it is crossed

and a pawn is all i am till my sword is unto me

we are all the great big pattern

we are all the enemy


Post-workout Vascularity

Post-workout Vascularity

Childhood is about finding who the joke is on…
Adulthood is when you realize it’s always on you…
Enlightenment is when you laugh, any way.

Think of your own culture, as an outsider, and you’ll get to experience another culture, as an insider.

A bad relationship is telling each other what they should do. A good relationship is asking each other what they should do.

My Shaman Sacrifice Slip-ons

My Shaman Sacrifice Slip-ons

Moon at Dusk, 1/13/14, North Bergen, NJ.

Moon at Dusk, 1/13/14, North Bergen, NJ.

And you have all these pores… to take it all in.