Duplicitous Patriotism

FX Networks‘ cold-war espionage period drama The Americans bagged it’s first Outstanding Drama Series nomination this year and is available on Amazon Prime here.

The Americans is all set for a 13-episode Season 5 to air in 2017 and a 10-episode sixth and final season to air in 2018.

Rottentomatoes: 96%

Metacritic: 78

IMDb: 8.3

Emmys: 2 wins 10 nominations


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Corporeal Collusion

USA Network, Suits

USA Network corporate law drama Suits premiered its 6th season last week and is available on Amazon Prime here.

USA did very well for itself this year with Mr. Robot picking up its first six Primetime Emmy Nominations including Outstanding Drama Series.


Rottentomatoes: 83%

Metacritic: 61

IMDb: 8.7

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Pious Ruffian

Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer; Preacher _ Season 1, Gallery - Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/AMC

AMC clergical/fantasy drama Preacher‘s first season has opened to pretty strong critical praise as AMC looks to fill the large void left by ratings giants Breaking Bad and Mad Men.

Preacher is based on the DC graphic novel series of the same name.

Rottentomatoes: 89%

Metacritic: 76

IMDb: 8.4

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David West Keirsey (August 31, 1921 – July 31, 2013)

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re-: Latin – ‘again
imagin-: Latin imaginari – ‘picture to oneself,’
ing: Germanic -ung – Gerund – ‘continuing action

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My father died on July 30th, 2013 and I intend to honor him, if I can, by writing a blog about him and his ideas every year.  First year,  Second Year, Third Year

His ideas still have use because his ideas are slow ideas. Moreover, his ideas have wider applicability if re-imagin-ed, judiciously.

Only the educated and self-educated are free.

“… Up to that time I had learned a lot, but not at school. I began reading when I was seven. Read (most of) a twelve volume set of books my parents bought, Journeys through Bookland. Read countless novels thereafter, day in and day out. I educated myself by reading books. Starting at age nine my family went to the library once a week, I checking out two or three novels which I would read during the week. Then, when I was sixteen, I read my father’s copy of Will Durant’s The Story of Philosophy. I read it over and over again, now and then re-reading his account of some of the philosophers.” [Turning Points, David West Keirsey, 2013]

Klein Dual Inside Out

“I mention Durant’s book The Story of Philosophy because it was a turning point in my life, I too, become a scholar as did Durant, thereafter reading the philosophers and logicians—anthropologists, biologists, ethologists, ethnologists, psychologists, sociologists, and, most important, the etymologists, all of the latter—Ernest Klein, Eric Partridge, Perry Pepper, and Julius Pokorny—of interest to me now as then.” [Turning Points, David West Keirsey, 2013]

When I arrived on the scene (about 30 years later) upon which my father and I started debating about ideas. He was well educated, and more importantly self-educated, in Philosophy and Psychology.  He considered himself to be the last of the Gestalt Psychologists at the end of his life.

Being a “hard” science kind of guy by nature but always being questioned by my “Gestalt” psychologist father, I always, in the back of my mind, questioned the basic assumptions taught to me in school — like the physics concept of “mass.” I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what was wrong or what issues were being finessed, for I figured that I was either ignorant or not bright enough to know better.

“If you don’t understand something said,
don’t assume you are at fault.”
— David West Keirsey

My father was called Dr. Matrix by his staff at Covina School District. He considered himself as an self taught expert in Qualitative Factor Analysis, because he had to have six semesters of statistics (quantitative and correlative) as a PhD requirement for psychology, and found that those techniques missed important factors and meaning.  Rather, he looked for systematic (and wholistic) patterns in human action, using the principles of Gestalt psychology.  I often would be his sounding board on his tentative propositions in characterizing the observable action patterns.

Temperament Framework Productive Action
The Temperament Framework for Productive Human Action

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Solicitous Virtue


Breaking Bad spin-off prequel Better Call Saul was renewed for Season 3 after averaging 4.4 million viewers per episode.

Rottentomatoes: 97%

Metacritic: 78

IMDb: 8.8

Emmys: 14 nominations

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Illicit Industry

Starz, Power

Starz crime drama Power premieres its 3rd season in two weeks and is available for a 7 day free trial here.

Rottentomatoes: 72%

Metacritic: 57

IMDb: 8.0


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