Anti-intuition

It never ceases to amaze me how otherwise incompetent people can still manage to make the wrong decision with the consistency of a bee following a mislaid trail of pheromones. It seems purposeful, and sometimes it is- but sometimes it’s not. Making bad decisions 100% of the time would require a certain level of competence.

This is one of the problems I’m having at work: the boss’s boss is in charge of all personnel matters and she makes 180-degree backwards decisions like clockwork. She recently took an 18-year-old Somalian single mother whose reputation- among residents and coworkers- is that of a retarded, self-centered, deceitful, shortsighted, psychopathic, uncommunicative brat…and made this person the full-time receptionist at the front desk. You can ask this girl for directions to the nearest bathroom, and then go in the opposite direction she’s pointing in order to find it.

Personnel lady decided “This person is now the face of our business. Everyone should meet her first when they walk in the door.” This is one of those cases where I’d suspect malice (if only on statistical grounds) because the lady seems to be trying to single-handedly tear down the company, parent company, and grandparent company by causing as much mayhem and bad press as possible. But I’ve seen her attempt other tasks, like practical nursing. She has a 4-year university degree for this job where only a 2-year degree is required, and only about 4 weeks of training would be necessary, in all honesty. I’ve seen her attempt information management, with results that would be cute coming from a 5-year-old child, and alarmingly retrogressive coming from a 10-year-old child.

When I speak of consistency, I mean that you can read any book on leadership or people management or similar, and observe the opposite. The book says to praise in public and discipline in private? Opposite. Fire* people who fail to show up for work at least once per week, and retain people who show up on time every day? Opposite. Lecture individuals on recurring dress code problems rather than the entire group? Opposite.

(To be clear, it is essentially illegal to fire people in the healthcare industry. It would be easier to get them sentenced to death and lay them off post-mortem on the grounds that they haven’t shown up to work lately. What employers actually do is cut 75% of a person’s scheduled working hours so that they’re forced to quit and find alternative employment.)

Thus, I’ve coined the term “anti-intuition” for this phenomenon. It is unknown process of mind- perhaps instinctive?- by which a person of insubstantial intellect overcomes their limitations at critical moments in order to make the wrong decision. It is a sort of anti-genius, similar to the proto-creativity of chronic liars and manipulators who are capable of great imaginative feats in the pursuit of unreality. It is also seen in cruelty, where people who otherwise lack instinctive empathy are able to simulate it in order to cause greater harm to their victims. It can be observed in philosophy, when an inferior mind is driven to grasp and transcribe an abstract system of overwhelming complexity, circumscribe it with parentheses, and write ¬ in front of it.

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18 Responses to Anti-intuition

  1. Mycroft Jones says:

    Hahaha! Great punchline Aeoli.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Thanks! It wasn’t really intentional though :-|

      • Mycroft Jones says:

        I was just imagining the scenes in “Wayne’s World” where they lead you along, and then shout NOT! And then suddenly you describe that very thing, using mathematical/logical notation. Cracked me up. Because it was so unexpected.

  2. Sounds more like one of Anonymous Conservative’s narcissists.

  3. Aeoli Pera says:

    I’m toying with this as part of my definition for intuition. There are clearly a few different sorts of intuition (occipital, supernatural, instinct, women’s, etc.), but they all share this logical bypass characteristic.

  4. Eikos says:

    Maybe I’m being naive here but couldn’t you make a list of all these fuck ups and take it to her boss? Might move you up the ladder?

  5. Craig says:

    Affirmative action, seen that in the forces, the main problem is men who’ve done more time, more qualified, even have combat corps experience, probably more suited for the position, have to wait in a longer line for the only 1 or 2 women that get an automatic pass, for every round of promotions non-commissioned and commissioned officers alike… Men we’re fucked, I’m not joking. Not stating the obvious, but just doing the numbers on how much this costs your workplace, show the big wig, and bam they’re going to want to change that, if they could. Does work that way in private capitalist business, it’s how you get promotions and raises too, well use to in the US obviously, still is in small business isn’t?. Government make jobs though…it’s through and through.

    Be careful cause bitches going to bite back, particularly in the medical or government sectors… first thing you learn from nurses as health professionals is to cover your own arse, other wise the Dr will pin his fuck up on you. With nurses it’s all against all, in the bitchiness department. So that’s the attitude your dealing with, and they’ll use rumour and innuendo. Typically.

    I dealt with my female colleagues in a couple of ways back in the day. The older bosses, particularly if they have children, try resemble their son if you can, worked wonders for me :-) . For ones that have no children innocently flirt with still. For your equals, just treat as normal, and the ones that covertly flirt with you, only covertly flirt back, if in trouble play Mr gullible dumb to her sexual come ons if you want to avoid banging them and offending them. That one bit there playing Mr gullible dumb has saved my arse on many occasions.

    Be careful if your invisible, for if they know you overheard a conversation, cause you were sitting at a desk working, and they didn’t notice you. That can be enough for them to come after you. That happened to me, plus I admit I stirred the pot a little, defending a mate by informing him, they were both ganging up on him, they were all of equal rank.

    Safest bet is to let it self destruct… the only con is how much potential damage will be done, make sure your hands stay clean of her mess if possible.

    At least you didn’t have a Lesbian man hater who wanted white gay sperm to give her children, gunning for your career. I’ve dealt with some fucked up people man.

    You know you remind me of some of my school friends one of your commentators also reminds me of my mate Sean the ADD suffer, they have a similarity.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >At least you didn’t have a Lesbian man hater who wanted white gay sperm to give her children, gunning for your career. I’ve dealt with some fucked up people man.

      Yikes bro.

  6. Heaviside says:

    I don’t really think it’s a good idea to use Cartesian dualism to refute materialism — it’s what lead to it in the first place.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      I think you’re on to something. Are you paraphrasing someone else or observing this as a logical progression?

      • Heaviside says:

        This is what Heidegger said, but the thing about reading really great writers is that they say what you unconsciously suspected all along but didn’t quite realize.

        It ought to set off little klaxons in your head when you hear people like Plantinga, Nagel, Feser etc. defend dualism on the grounds that it’s necessary for modern science.

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          >This is what Heidegger said, but the thing about reading really great writers is that they say what you unconsciously suspected all along but didn’t quite realize.

          I just finished 1984 yesterday and that was a theme of the book. Sort of a guided tour for the intuition, like being taken by the hand.

          >It ought to set off little klaxons in your head when you hear people like Plantinga, Nagel, Feser etc. defend dualism on the grounds that it’s necessary for modern science.

          Maybe. My concern is that the stuff outside me doesn’t care much for my opinions, and in fact my consciousness seems to account for so little that every little bit of psychological knowledge paints it into a smaller corner, but I can’t dismiss its existence entirely like the materialists because cogito.

      • Heaviside says:

        >Maybe. My concern is that the stuff outside me doesn’t care much for my opinions, and in fact my consciousness seems to account for so little that every little bit of psychological knowledge paints it into a smaller corner, but I can’t dismiss its existence entirely like the materialists because cogito.

        Why do you think you have the first clue what your consciousness even is?

        • Aeoli Pera says:

          That’s a really interesting question. I can think of two ways to answer.

          1) List what I actually know, such as “consciousness exists”. That’s a pretty good first clue. I also know qualia exist, categories exist, etc.

          2) If it is possible for me to be taught these things, I must have already had the capability to learn them. Combined with my previous observations that my intuition is pretty good, then I must expect that my intuition on the subject will outpace my understanding and be fairly trustworthy in a given range of steps beyond my the understanding.

  7. Diego Gambetta has an interesting theory regarding incompetence: that it is a powerful social signalling tool, whether conscious or unconscious, for subservience to someone other than the customers. If someone is signalling that they have no legs to run somewhere else with, they are signalling that they will be at their master’s beckon call.

    Gambetta cites Italian academia, where professors vote each other in to esteemed academic posts via a system of patronage. The professors go out of their way to signal academic incompetence, because doing so signals fealty to the system of patronage.

    Also the people that you are describing sound like total dross and you need to distance yourself from them. I think being a truck driver would be an excellent job as it involves quiet time, independence of mind, self-reliance and a results-focussed mentality. It will tire you, but that’s better than being locked in the ape enclosure.

    • In addition she might just be trying to engineer a crisis to get her out of a situation she doesn’t want to be in. Some people operate in that way, I used to in the past without realising. You either get squeezed up or out, but when either is preferable to stagnation it doesn’t matter. In the same way that people play Russian Roulette I suppose.

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