I have an understanding of reward and punishment. When I did a year long internship at the City of Miami Juvenile Justice Center I received my first IQ over 100. Up until that time I thought 100 was the limit. There is a correlation between elevated IQ and success in life (depending on how you measure success). Likewise there is a correlation between low IQ and crime as I learned through a years worth of testing and a dissertation on psychopathy.
Over the following 31 years I found very successful people who had average IQs. Their success came in understanding that other people might not figure out what is going on. For example, I have a friend who believes in astrology and in energy fields. That’s great. I figured that we could exchange some ideas.
Well when she did not know he closest star to earth or the order of the planets let alone their moons, I realized that she pretended to have an expertise. When I was the newest faculty member at Florida Atlantic University I received the courses that everyone dreaded to take as well as teach. These included Test Construction and Research Design. I decided to make these courses interesting. One thing I can say, I sure learned a lot. These courses were fascinating.
How to trick people with test questions, how to ask questions in a manner that will end in a result you want, how to tell the truth but mislead. Wow! All the things that you see in politics and on the internet.
So I want to share some of these things with you. I looked up Bloom’s taxonomy from my lectures and found his theory, that always fascinated me, to rekindle my desire to understand why people say or post such ridiculous statements. In short the theory goes you can’t APPLY something you don’t COMPREHEND/UNDERSTAND and you can’t UNDERSTAND something you don’t KNOW.
I’m sure that asking a baseball player the physics of a curve ball might lead you to the conclusion that he could not possibly apply what he doesn’t know let alone comprehend. But he hits the ball out of the park. Does this prove Bloom’s taxonomy wrong?
Actually no. The knowledge and comprehension are not limited to physics formulas. We tend to learn by trial and error in many things. There is experience and practice that also lead to application. So repetition with success and failure fine tunes the application of hitting the baseball, driving a car, or reading.
However there are some basic pieces of knowledge that must be addressed in any field. Like the weightlifter who keeps lifting weights sees his muscles grow and this is verified by other weightlifters and an understanding comes into the literature from science that explains this phenomena.
This does not apply to astrology. Although it may be true that the celestial bodies may influence personality, one would have to first know where the bodies are in relationship to one another. Then one would have to be able to show the influence these forces had on one another and then as my teaching explained, one would have to set up an experiment and measure these characteristics in people.
OR you could just make it up and put in charts that have no meaning but convince people they do. This begins my series on how to maneuver people. Next we will learn how people are led to vote. That is assuming that your vote is even counted.