Personal Quantitative Development

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Written by Dr. Nash Popovic

Quantitative development refers to an increase or improvement of our capacities and competences. This is an equivalent of the diversity increase in biological evolution. As species diversify and improve (adapt) through evolution, we diversify and improve our competences through this kind of development.

Here are some examples of competences we have in mind (this list may not be exhaustive and not all of them are always present):

  • Dynamism (e.g. curiosity, interest, exposure to experiences)
  • Complexity (of skills, knowledge or experience)
  • Differentiation and integration (analytic and synthetic abilities)
  • Pattern recognition
  • Creativity, a capacity to generate something new (e.g. a new sentence)
  • Sensitivity (to nuances, details or subtle points)
  • Focus regulation (an ability to narrow or widen the focus)
  • Diversity and versatility (of skills, knowledge and experiences)
  • Internal locus of control
  • Efficiency (in utilising one’s potentials and energy)
  • Persistence and flexibility
  • Perspective (e.g. taking into account long term consequences)
  • The scope of the moral sense (its inclusiveness)

The development of particular skills always involves some of the above. For example, the better we are at playing the violin, the more complex and diverse pieces of music we are able to play. But this is not all. These capacities

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