Three Kinds Of Critics

There are three kinds of critics. Compassionate, frustrated, and snide.

??? Puzzling. I can only assume that the source of the above classification is some sort of popular wisdom, haunting WikiMind as of lately. Over some centuries of discussing CriticalSpirit, nobody had thought of such important distinctions until wiki came about. Oh, well. As the guy who started making some waves around wiki about CriticalSpirit, I'll take the liberty of trying to criticize this very page to the point where's nothing left of this very bad idea. --CostinCozianu

To establish classifications is far from the CriticalSpirit

When somebody undertakes a classification of anything, he/she usually picks on one or two important aspects of the concept under study. It would be pointless to classify, say, the mammals, by the quantity of milk they produce (unless you're studying milk production in mammals). If we look at the above (and below classification), one can't be but stupefied to realize that the "important" aspect taken into consideration is the humors involved in the process. But nothing can be further from the spirit of CriticalSpirit.

The very point of the true CriticalSpirit is that egos should be left at the door, at least as a matter of principle. That in practice many people, even very good and bright people, make the fundamental mistake of involving their egos in the process, is no reason to elevate egos into the defining characteristics of critics, criticism, etc. Egos are at best a very counter-productive distraction in the process of debating and refining ideas.


What does cheese-headed mean with regard to mistakes? It must be a cultural assumption of sorts.

Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally; it refers to a head full of any sort of dairy product.

Rather unnatural, don't you think, old boy? Just how should it be taken? Most certainly not as a compliment, wouldn't you say? Quite What?

I thought "cheese head" referred to someone from Wisconsin?

However, "cheese-headed" is quite, quite different than "cheese-head". The latter refers to a literal head of the cheese variety (albeit typically in a metonymic fashion) -- not to be confused with a head of cheese, note, which is a group name ("herd" or "pride" of cheese is preferred) or unit of measure (equal to 5 fingers and an elbow of cheese) whereas the former refers to the resultative state of a head after an act of cheesing.

Do we now have a new way of thinking? The CheeseHat. (See SixThinkingHats.)

A CheeseHat is one you put on when you subtract, criticize and oppose any process of thinking or any new idea, just for the sport of it. In a meeting this is not a career enhancement, but who cares?

There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count and those who can't :-)

Amongst those are those who count(amount to something).

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