The Standard, Deviated Thinking and Straightened Out Thinking

The title is a play on words meaningful to those who know something about statistics.

If you don't know something about statistics, here's what "standard deviation" means: the average --
and not just a single numerical average, like, "the average of 1+3 is 2".

It's a range of "average" that contains about 60% of the population, with half (30%) more than the average and half (30%) less than the average. It's what we mean, when we say, "it's about average" or, "That's pretty normal." It's a range.

There's a standard, deviated thinking by people who consider percentages, in themselves, meaningful -- which is nearly everybody. Not we, of course, no.

A percentage tells a relative size, compared to something else, a relative degree of change -- but nothing of the quantity. The percentage is only part of the equation; the other part, "the percentage of What?".

Percentages, like, "10% off" "25% off" "40% off", etc., are significant only when the, of What, is taken into consideration.

10% of $10.00 is one dollar.
10% of $3,000.00" is $300,000.

One Dollar vs. Three Hundred Dollars - See? So, "10%" is really meaningless, by itself.

Is this obvious?

Here's the undeviated thinking outside the first standard deviation (what 60% of people think): Whenever someone, say, a newscaster or a politician or any other thought-caster cites a "government" or "official authority" percentage-statistic in an effort to persuade or "inform", ask, or at least wonder to yourself, "That percentage of What?" Don't let them dissuade you from exercising your intelligence about a percentage number that is meaningless, by itself. What is he [or she] really saying? Is it puffery?

For example: with taxes:  Get the dollar amount of the increase of the tax base, altogether, and the dollar amount of the new tax induced change, say a tax decrease: "A 2% decrease of What?" -- and give the statistic in dollars, not just in terms of percentage. How much, altogether? and what percentage change? Then, how much is left? Proportion.

See if a "thought-caster" is blowing things out of proportion or just being lazy-minded, carelessly distorting the importance of things, or perhaps aiding an "official smoke screen." Don't let your intelligence be weakened or distracted by half-witted assertions -- and that's what stating a percentage without a quantity to which that percentage applies, is: a half-witted assertion.

Then, notice how significant, or trivial, someone's percentage statistic really is. Consider the overall amount involved as well as the percentage of change of that amount.

Now that I've brought this to your attention, you'll find that you do sometimes end up asking, "of What?". You won't be able to help yourself. You'll just find yourself doing it -- perhaps figuring out how much tip to leave at a restaurant. Percentage? Amount? Again . . . . . and again . . . . . because it tickles your brain.

To do it once, as described -- noting both the amount and the percentage of something will trigger the formation of an internal connection and you may undergo a spontaneous deep breath and postural shift, particulary if you are paying at a restaurant. Let me know if you don't.

This kind of effect is what the term, "psycho-active", refers to, in educational settings (as distinct from "chemical" settings).

To ask, "10% of What?" and get an answer awakens your Attentional Intention and it cultivates your Intentional Attention; it prepares you to learn (Imagine into Remembering).  It activates your intelligence.

Experience The TetraSeed (all Four), for yourself, --

The TetraSeed, Revealed:


different angle

a mental deviant. Deviate from the standard track of thinking and acting as everyone else does, going down "the same familiar track" direction, which leads to more of the same . . . . . to the next track a divergent track 15% further developed along the spectrum of intelligence, on average.

Play with The TetraSeed.

  • the ultimate "mental tinkertoy set and mental workout"-in-one, 
  • refreshing self-grooming process, 
  • relationship transformer,
  • spontaneous intelligence booster, 
  • karmic clean-up tool,
  • dilemma-buster 
  • philosophical mind-game and mind-probe, 
  • transformational power-contemplation matrix, 
  • both the tangible and transcendent foundation of all epistemology, phylogeny, and ontogeny.
  • de-stressor: "karmic override program" 
  • the "self-straightener-outer"

Below, The Star TetraSeed {SOMA} consisting of two TetraSeeds, interfitted so that their corresponding parts face each other. "subjective" and "objective". You figure out which is which, below.


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