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    Default Interesting "systems" to study

    I have read that INTP's enjoy studying and/or analyzing "systems". I'm not sure how much this applies to other NT's, but if it applies to you, then feel free to answer.

    Some of the so-called "systems" I have spent a lot of time studying and analyzing in my life are:

    -Genetics (heredity, how dominant and recessive genes manifest themselves, etc.)
    -The U.S. political system (rotation of election cycle within Congress, number of representatives for each state, etc.)
    -Geography (state capitals, national capitals, the interstate highway system, etc.)
    -military structure (chain of command, how the different branches compliment each other, etc.)
    -state university systems (as a whole and also their individual degree programs - when I was an undergrad I think I enjoyed analyzing the various programs that were available to me more than I enjoyed commiting to one)
    -the major sports leagues (knowing how all the playoff systems work and knowing all the teams/divisions, how often they play each other, etc.)
    -gambling games (horse racing, roulette, poker, etc.)
    -IQ scores and distributions
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    -corporate/organizational structures (how departments interact with one another/compliment each other as well as corporate hierarchies and individual industries like the soft drink industry, for example)

    Sometimes I find myself looking for some new system to study, but finding nothing of great interest. What are some of the more interesting/fascinating systems that you have studied or learned about that have held your attention for relatively long periods of time (or on-and-off throughout your life)?

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    Game Theory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alwar View Post
    Game Theory
    Good one! I haven't delved too deep into game theory, but just scratching the surface of it interested me a lot.

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    Game systems, and specifically videogame systems. Go look at the economy of Eve Online for a good example, but you can also study MMOs as social systems in addition to mathematical.

    Here's a paper on the economics of Ultima Online I found interesting: link.

    There's a lot more examples I have specifically pertaining to videogames, but there's some examples of economics.
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    Social dynamics, and building on that social skills.

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    The most interesting system is systems science. As a metasystems methodology -- the system of studying systems as such -- you will never find anything more fascinating. For the OP, I think that a good place to start would be with The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmy View Post
    Social dynamics
    This one is among my favorites.

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    An INTP into systems... hmmm

    You'll hate this but:
    Astrology - there are about 5 different types of system and then systems within those symptoms - basics take a few weeks/months, depth of understanding 5-10 years.

    there are a few esotiric systems that interlink and overly on top of one another...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell View Post
    An INTP into systems... hmmm

    You'll hate this but:
    Astrology - there are about 5 different types of system and then systems within those symptoms - basics take a few weeks/months, depth of understanding 5-10 years.

    there are a few esotiric systems that interlink and overly on top of one another...
    If you want to convince an INTP to study astrology you'll have to proof to him that it works/does anything/has any use first.

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