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    P.S. I'm going to try to put a personal moratorium on using the word "dichotomy." That word is like a groundhog to me - every once in a while it pops up and I use it constantly for a couple of days. Then it goes back underground. I annoy myself. The only thing worse would be to be caught using the word "symbiotic." My co-workers and I made a pseudo-drinking game out of a certain consultant who would always try to give motivational talks sprinkled with "symbiotic," "symbiosis," etc... Please shoot me if I do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthie View Post
    I don't see why it's a dichotomy between

    a) wanting to learn everything for the sake of accumulating knowledge

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    b) learning things that are practical/relevant in day to day life

    What about people who like to learn about subjects that interest them, and pay little attention to subjects they don't find interesting? Does that fall under the umbrella of practicality or knowledge-seeking?
    Usually it is knowledge-seeking when driven by only your interests - if your main interest isn't practical application of course.

    I often learn about practical things, and get interested in them, when I have a practical problem to solve. Hence I know a bit about dry wall repair and washers/dryers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Usually it is knowledge-seeking when driven by only your interests - if your main interest isn't practical application of course.

    I often learn about practical things, and get interested in them, when I have a practical problem to solve. Hence I know a bit about dry wall repair and washers/dryers.
    I guess. I'll personally learn the bare minimum about practical things, but when I get interested in a subject, I'll research it to death and form a range of theories about it. But it's a pretty narrow set of interests, and anything that doesn't fall in that scope I pretty much ignore. I don't measure my personal worth by knowledge or intelligence - I just find certain things interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthie View Post
    I don't see why it's a dichotomy between

    a) wanting to learn everything for the sake of accumulating knowledge

    and

    b) learning things that are practical/relevant in day to day life

    What about people who like to learn about subjects that interest them, and pay little attention to subjects they don't find interesting? Does that fall under the umbrella of practicality or knowledge-seeking?

    SJs aren't just interested in learning practical stuff. If I'm interested in it, I'll learn about it, practical or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IZthe411 View Post
    SJs aren't just interested in learning practical stuff. If I'm interested in it, I'll learn about it, practical or not.
    That was my point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthie View Post
    What about people who like to learn about subjects that interest them, and pay little attention to subjects they don't find interesting? Does that fall under the umbrella of practicality or knowledge-seeking?
    That falls more under knowledge-seeking. Learning things just because they interest you is a form of seeking knowledge (about the interesting things).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruthie View Post
    That was my point.
    My bad it seemed like you were saying they only learn stuff that's practical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IZthe411 View Post
    My bad it seemed like you were saying they only learn stuff that's practical.
    No problem. Looking over it, it did read that way.

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