Are You A Classic Or Romantic Thinker?

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Are You A Classic Or Romantic Thinker?

A fun, new quiz inspired by Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance! In his book, Pirsig looks at classic and romantic thinking styles and attempts to classify and reconcile the two viewpoints. So which are you- a classic or romantic thinker?


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What is your favorite way to take notes?
    • A. 

      Flow chart

    • B. 

      Bullet points

    • C. 

      Chart/ Grid

    • D. 

      Thought web

    • E. 

      Pros and cons list

    • F. 

      I don't really use a clear organizational method.

    • G. 

      Other

  • 2. 
    What most gives you piece of mind in terms of living space?
    • A. 

      A clean, organized space with room to think

    • B. 

      A place that may be cluttered but everything is visible and easy to find.

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 3. 
      Which of the above two column styles is most appealing to you?
    • A. 

      Image 1

    • B. 

      Image 2

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 4. 
    Which of the following images of church interiors most appeals to you?
    • A. 

      Image 1

    • B. 

      Image 2

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 5. 
    How do you feel about to-do lists?
    • A. 

      Time consuming and impossible. I don't use them.

    • B. 

      Helpful. I use them a lot to prioritize and organize my thoughts.

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 6. 
    Which of the following images of an Orthodox church most appeals to you?  
    • A. 

      Image 1

    • B. 

      Image 2

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 7. 
    If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around, if it falls does it make a sound?
    • A. 

      No because what is sound if no one can hear it? Sound therefore is a ghost. Surely it existed before there were ears to hear it, but if no one could hear it then how could it make a sound? A priori knowledge tells us that sound exists even if one cannot hear the noise, but sound loses its meaning if it cannot be sensed. Therefore we can conclude nothing...

    • B. 

      Yes. Trees make a sound when they fall. This is a tree. It is going to make a sound. Duh. Period. End of debate.

    • C. 

      Yes because there are other ways that sound can be perceived. For instance, sound is simply vibrations in the air sensed by the hairs in the inner ear. There are vibrations sometimes that can be felt even if they cannot be sensed through hearing because of distance, i.e. earthquakes.

    • D. 

      Yes. Don't over-complicate this.

    • E. 

      Who even thinks about this stuff?

    • F. 

      No.

    • G. 

      Can't decide.

  • 8. 
    Which of the following pieces of architecture is most appealing to you?  
    • A. 

      Image 1

    • B. 

      Image 2

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 9. 
    Which of the following quotes do you like most?
    • A. 

      "I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination — what the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth — whether it existed before or not."  -John Keats

    • B. 

      "The way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the Great Harmony: this is what furthers and what perseveres." -Alexander Pope

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 10. 
    Which world do you prefer to live in?
    • A. 

      The real, the here and now. Let's focus on the present situation and plausible solutions to tangible problems.

    • B. 

      The theoretical, the abstract. I can hypothesize various ideas.

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 11. 
    Are there absolute truths?
    • A. 

      Yes, if we arrive at these truths logically, ruling out all other possible hypotheses.

    • B. 

      Yes. Look around you. Some aspects in life just simply are. There is no other way to explain it.

    • C. 

      No. Truth is an always changing set of facts that can never be proven because of the infinite number of hypotheses that must first be ruled out. Look at scientific "fact." Theories continue to evolve as new evidence accumulates. So the nature of truth is transient.

    • D. 

      Can't decide.

  • 12. 
    Figuratively speaking how do you tend to see things?
    • A. 

      Black and white. I can easily see things in dichotomies.

    • B. 

      Shades of gray. I refuse to limit my view points to just two values. It is unrealistic to only allow for opposites in the world.

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 13. 
    Can you classify people into just two groups?  
    • A. 

      Yes. Not that everyone is identical, but there are some universal similarities we all share and can fit into certain categories based on such qualities. I can think of a way to classify people into two groups and such classifications are necessary to make sense in this world.

    • B. 

      No. There are too many people and too many types of people to sort into just two categories. People are too complicated to fit schema.

    • C. 

      No because of the person-situation controversy. We all can act differently depending on the situation and adapt to that situation. For instance, someone can be totally silly with their friends and completely mature around adult figures. Personalities are complex.

    • D. 

      Can't decide.

  • 14. 
    Do you prewrite your essays or create a rough draft before writing?
    • A. 

      Yes, it helps me plan my writing so my essay is on topic and concise.

    • B. 

      No, I usually don't. I usually can just write an essay and the ideas will come to me during the process as one thought triggers another.

    • C. 

      Can't decide.

  • 15. 
    What do you think of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance thus far?  (You can be honest.)
    • A. 

      I like this book a lot. Maybe it's a little dry, but Pirsig's philosophical inquiries are deep and thought provoking. They have really influenced how I view the world and my own ideas about abstract concepts.

    • B. 

      Um well it's not my favorite book. I think this existential philosophy is a little over thought and not really up my alley. No offense but it is hard to relate to the central themes of the book and the conflicts haven't changed how I see the world.

    • C. 

      Don't know. Don't care.

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