Philosophical Health Check

I took yet-anoth­er-inter­est­ing self-test called the Philo­soph­i­cal Health Check (PHC).

The PHC is designed to iden­ti­fy ten­sions or con­tra­dic­tions (a Ten­sion Quo­tient) between var­i­ous beliefs that you have. The PHC does not aim to iden­ti­fy which of your beliefs are true or false, but where the set of beliefs you hold may not be com­pat­i­ble with each oth­er.

The PHC report below lists pairs of beliefs which are iden­ti­fied as being ‘in ten­sion’. What this means is either that: (1) There is a con­tra­dic­tion between the two beliefs or (2) Some sophis­ti­cat­ed rea­son­ing is required to enable both beliefs to be held con­sis­tent­ly. In terms of action, this means in each case you should either (1) Give up one of the two beliefs or (2) Find some ratio­nal­ly coher­ent way of rec­on­cil­ing them.

It may help to think of the idea of ‘ten­sion’ in terms of an intel­lec­tu­al bal­anc­ing act. Where there is lit­tle or no ten­sion between beliefs, lit­tle intel­lec­tu­al effort is required to bal­ance both beliefs. But where there is a lot of ten­sion, either one has to ‘jump off the tightrope’, by aban­don­ing one belief; main­tain one’s bal­ance by intel­lec­tu­al effort and dex­ter­i­ty; or else ‘fall off the tightrope’ by fail­ing to rec­on­cile the ten­sion and hold­ing con­tra­dic­to­ry beliefs.”

My Tension Quotient = 0%

No ten­sions!

The aver­age play­er of this activ­i­ty to date has a Ten­sion Quo­tient of 28%.

8468 of the 117014 peo­ple who have com­plet­ed this activ­i­ty also have no ten­sions in their belief sys­tem.

There are a num­ber of pos­si­ble expla­na­tions for the fact that you have no ten­sions in your beliefs:
1. You have a very con­sis­tent set of beliefs;
2. You have very few beliefs — and con­se­quent­ly answered none or only a few of the ques­tions!
3. You’ve done this test before!

PS: Update: My apolo­gies for not acknowl­edg­ing the source from where I came to know about this test. It was from
Ergo’s blog.

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  • It is inter­net cour­tesy to acknowl­edge the online source of your con­tent with a link or a ping back. Regard­ing your under­stand of the word “dis­crim­i­na­tion,” I have post­ed a response to your com­ment on my post.

  • I scored 7%. I think this is an inter­est­ing quiz, but in some ways it’s kind of lim­it­ed because the options are so gen­er­al. #8, for instance: what con­sti­tutes “evi­dence”? Or #4: just how often is it jus­ti­fied to take anoth­er person’s life? Under what cir­cum­stances? It seems like there may be more or less ten­sion depend­ing on how some of these terms are defined. 🙂

  • Ergo: my apolo­gies — I’ve updat­ed the post to acknowl­edge your blog, from where I came to know about this test. I usu­al­ly don’t miss out on acknowl­edge­ments (see my pre­vi­ous post), I don’t know how I missed it this time.

    The Imu­gi: I agree. But I guess all such tests are faced with this chal­lenge. Con­sid­er­ing the var­i­ous self-tests I’ve giv­en so far, this one was quite cred­i­ble and inter­est­ing. The ambi­gu­i­ties are of course present, hence one shouldn’t take these test results too seri­ous­ly!