This post is mostly about me but I hope you find it interesting. Please do also go on and on about your relationship with plot holes as well.
So, about ten years ago I moved in with a new roommate who was super into the show 24. I would sometimes watch it with him in the evenings, enjoying the action scenes and especially enjoying pointing out all of the plot holes. And for this I was summarily banned from watching tv with him. Way to ruin a good time, bro. But to me it was a mystery how you could put all of the effort into creating a TV show and not fill in the blanks with something at least plausible. Far from plausible, it was often blatantly wrong. And this did not sit right with me. I would rather watch something a bit more realistic. Or something that didn't even try. Given me plausibility or give me straight up unexplained magic.
I know what you're thinking. All sorts of TV shows, movies, books and even life are full of plot holes. If I can't manage to enjoy a single TV show without freaking out over such minor inconsistencies, how do I even manage to survive? And do I even have an imagination? Was I ever a kid?
Yes, I was a kid, and yes, I have an imagination, although I don't tend to daydream about unicorns or being a mermaid. I used to enjoy reading books like the Chronicles of Narnia, although I vastly preferred speed-reading western novels such as those by Louis L'Amore, or spy books such as The Hardy Boys. And nowadays I prefer to read Wikipedia.
On this topic I think it's interesting to contrast the pure-theory INTP with their more practical ISTP brethren. A couple of my close friends are INTPs and I *love* talking to them. With regards to philosophy we're just on the same wavelength, and we can complete eachothers sentences. We can almost talk without talking, which is freaking awesome.
However, I dread it when they start talking about whatever books or movies they are into. I just can't stomach all of the abstraction that is apparently completely ungrounded in reality. And they have a remarkable ability to remember all of the details too, leaving me hanging while they talk endlessly. "Didn't you see that movie?" Yeah, I saw it, and I found the parts that you remember to be completely and utterly boring. I basically filtered them out as irrelevant, not worth my time, not worth remembering or nonsense.
Of course, this filtering process is not for naught. By filtering out the implausible I feel I have become remarkably tuned to the plausible. This ties in with the ISTP's incredibly fast reaction times in emergency scenarios, in which they know exactly how to arrange their proximal environment in order to solve the problem as quickly as possible. I'm not going to sit there and theorize about it, doing nothing. Actually, I don't even have to think very hard to figure out the best course of action. I pretty much never consider implausible courses of actions in the first place, so doing the best thing for the present moment feels completely natural and hardly even requires thinking.
I would like to briefly tie this in with the notion of suspending disbelief - am I doing it? Yes, I am definitely doing it. However, after you suspend disbelief, there is still a moment of judgement. And in that moment I feel I assess the plausibility of the idea. Is there any way to make this idea work given the tools that I have? If yes, continue ruminating along those lines. If no, move on to the next thought. This pattern of reasoning seems to be quite powerful. It can explain quick-witted clever philosophers such as George Carlin, and, if they have read extensively, it can result in ISTPs that can easily be mistaken for an INTx.
As a bonus (for me), if you know of any good futuristic sci-fi movies that are close to completely plausible, I would really enjoy such a list