The Nobel laureate in physics Dr. Wolfgang Pauli was convinced that many of the disputes we see in science are not over the matters of science itself, but over differences in people's intuitive approach to it. Pauli believed he had discovered two definite scientific temperaments, each of which believes the other to be misguided in its approach to science. What's more, since Pauli thought he had identified root temperaments, and not merely intellectual standpoints, Pauli considered it natural that these differing conceptions are rarely articulated between scientists, but merely left to fester and frustrate. Uniquely among his professional network of top-level physicists, Pauli believed that he himself contained something of both of these temperaments, and in his writings and research, he sought to elucidate and reconcile the two.
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Pauli saw Trinitarian scientists as characterized by the urge to construct rational and logical models of the world. Being the product of objective reason, these models exclude more subjective and irrational aspects, such as values, feeling-tones, and the mystical-symbolic qualities of objects and reality. In his writings, Pauli shows how science was much more Quaternarian prior to the 1600s and how it is largely due to Trinitarian scientists and their rational and reductive models that science has progressed more rapidly over the last 350 years than in the 2000 years before that. Being able to point to the success and yields of the logico-reductive method, Trinitarians have a tendency to think that only Trinitarian science is true science and that Quaternarians are muddle-headed mystics who only confuse things instead of clearing them up.
In the Trinitarian category Pauli put such scientists as Newton, Einstein, Kepler, Descartes (who was in fact a mathematician and scientist as well as a philosopher), and Galileo.
Pauli described the Quaternarian temperament as based on an intuitive and holistic understanding of the world. Quaternarians do not deny that Trinitarian models have brought great progress, but they feel such models only tell part of the story and fail to do justice to the whole. In other words, they often feel that Trinitarians are constricted and one-sided in their thinking, arbitrarily beholden to whatever elements of reality that present themselves the most evidently to us. Because Quaternarians are seeking to include 'the whole of the experience' in their thinking, their conception of science has a tendency to become more and more abstract, to the point of including mystical or contradictory elements that cannot be understood rationally, but must be gleaned intuitively. Indeed what Quaternarians perceive to be the truth about the world would often seem to lie outside the scope of normal human thinking. They are the ones who are always striving for the ineffable 'beyond,' regarding it as being of greater importance than the things we do know.
In the Quaternarian category Pauli put such scientists as Bohr, Goethe, Kant (who was in fact an astronomer as well as a philosopher), the astronomer Robert Fludd, and Pythagoras.
According to Pauli, while Trinitarians have been extremely successful in laying claim to science over the last 350 years, the discovery of quantum physics, where everyday logic and causality seem to break down, presents some vindication of the Quaternarian worldview. Though Trinitarians and Quaternarians have traditionally been opposed to each other and failed to find much common ground, it was Pauli's hope that the study of quantum phenomena would present a venue for cooperation between the two temperaments. Early in life, Pauli had been a staunch Trinitarian, but towards the end of his life, he maintained that it would be detrimental to science to uphold the separation between the two temperaments in the long run. He stated that in his view, the two are not separate, but must have "something to do with one another."
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The CT-Pauli-SCTI© is the first test of its kind; a test designed to measure the archetypical philosophical and psychological opposition over science that Pauli believe he saw amongst all members of the scientific community, including the foremost physicists of his day, such as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Wener Heisenberg, Erwin Schrodinger, and so on. It was Pauli's contention that neither of the two scientific temperaments were capable of understanding the other, except in extraordinary circumstances. Personally, Pauli felt that he contained something of both of these temperaments, acting especially Trinitarian in his early life, where he identified as an introverted thinking type with auxiliary intuition, whereas in later life, his spiritual and metaphysical interests led him to cultivate a more Quaternarian state of mind and approach to science. In his Quaternarian phase, Pauli identified his psychological type as introverted intuition with auxiliary thinking. Concerning the functions of cognitive life, Pauli believed that the Trinitarian cognition was synonymous with Sensation and Thinking, whereas the Quaternarian personality was rather characterized by Intuition and Feeling.
Although the present test relies strongly of the letters and writings of Dr. Wolfgang Pauli, the test should not be taken to be his words (but merely those of an interpreter). Should the user wish to familiarize himself with the words and thoughts of Pauli directly, the following titles are recommended: Gieser, S.: The Innermost Kernel (Springer 2005); Laurikainen, K.V.: Beyond the Atom: The Philosophical Thought of Wolfgang Pauli (Springer 1988); Pauli, W.: Writings on Physics and Philosophy (Springer 1994).
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