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    I never enjoyed math very much until I learned programming, after which I found it a useful tool with which to construct programs. By itself I found it too detail oriented and repetitive. I hear this is primarily true of the lower maths though, and that beyond the level of calculus it's much different.

    Science is another story though. I'm a Biology major (hopefully eventually specializing in neuroscience).

    On a related note, I have an INTJ brother who dropped out of Physics to major in Photography or Philosophy.
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    I just treat math, science, and programming like any other tools in my arsenal that help me achieve some end. That is, I apply them to my actual areas of interest.. being mostly psychology, economics, and logistics.

    I'm really only interested in math and science to the degree that I have to be.

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    math is kinda gross for me but statistics, economics and science are all fun...

    even astronomy with math is exciting

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    Am I the only INTP here who absolutely loves the hard sciences?

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    Yeah, I wouldn't put a huge amount of weight on the math/science thing to determine temperament.

    The fact that I really enjoyed, and was drawn to, math and science subjects growing up was a reason I mistakenly identified with the INTJ description in my early 20's. The NF descriptions tended not to mention anything about math/science/logic/intellectual stuff, so I thought I couldn't possibly be NF. But there are plenty of NF's in the sciences, and conversely plenty of NT's who are not. And rope in the SJ's and SP's too....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samurai Drifter View Post
    I never enjoyed math very much until I learned programming, after which I found it a useful tool with which to construct programs. By itself I found it to detail oriented and repetitive. I hear this is primarily true of the lower maths though, and that beyond the level of calculus it's much different.
    It's much different once you get into calculus. I loved calculus, though I didn't necessarily love going to calculus class. I found the concepts of integrals and differentials to be fascinating. Many years ago, I had a Calculus III test on projectile motion where I didn't go to a single class. I managed to derive all the necessary forumulas based on my previous understanding of the concepts and scored 103% (I got the extra credit, too). Unfortunately, I barely got a B in the class because my attendance was horrible and I didn't do a single homework assignment.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjur View Post
    Am I the only INTP here who absolutely loves the hard sciences?
    Do you accept INTJs?


    Modern western society is fast by lifestyle and many(not all) don't have the interests to learn. It is all about getting rich and enjoying life.
    That is the foundation of the culture.

    Many don't have the time, money or nerves to actually venture into hard science and to fully understand it. It takes too much time.
    Also if we overlook molecular biology and simialr areas the entire thing is actually not that much profitable either.

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    I enjoy astrophysics and cosmology especially, perhaps for the philosophical thought-provoking aspects, and languages have always been a constant interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poussin View Post
    I've been reading bits and bobs concerning MBTI recently and its raised a bit of an issue for me. Whilst I identify with the "personal" bits of the descriptions of NTs/INTPs and see myself in the behaviours, I'm questioning my response in light of the strong interest predicted in science and maths- neither of which really float my boat. So I guess my question is whether their are many ( there will be some) NTs whose main, academic shall we say, interest is in something wholy unrelated to science or maths?
    Don't worry, I was never brilliant at maths like INTPs are supposed to be and I didn't find it very interesting. Although I did enjoy chemistry and biology. Personality typing is not really about what your interests are, it's about how you think, what type of perception you have and how you make decisions. Personally my main academic interest has always been literature, with the sciences coming further behind.

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    While most people I know in Science are INTPs/INTJs, you can find NTs in many places. Philosophy and language. Anything that requires critical thinking.

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