The Final Piece

Objectively Assessing Individual Attributes

After many years of searching, we have found an assessment that we believe objectively assesses individuals' thought patterns and is congruent with our people development processes. We were looking for something that without question was quantifiable, valid, reproducible, and objective.

The development of the science of Axiology, the objective measurement of value, is a mathematically accurate assessment that objectively identifies how our minds analyze and interpret our experiences. It also identifies how we are most likely to react in any given situation. Basically, it examines "how we think". This helps us to understand the patterns we use to make judgments and how we determine the value of different things. It allows us to translate these measurements into quantitative scores that can then be more easily understood, compared, and applied to the daily world. These processes determine how and why we act as we do. How individuals compare things and how those things are assigned value either represent or distort reality. It provides a common language that we can then use to compare individuals against each other, a position, or a working environment.

NOTE; people often confuse value with values. Values are specific items that people stand for, believe in, or deem important. To value is to think, to assign meaning and properties to something. A value structure is the thinking map a person uses to reach conclusions about things. People "value" to arrive at their "values".

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Additional Background

Building on the work of the late Dr. Robert S. Hartman (a doctor of mathematics, philosophy, and law) research shows that there are three ways in which humans can perceive any single concept. We can see the structure of a thing, the application of a thing and the individuality of a thing. These different perspectives, titled the "dimensions of value") can be applied within a mathematical structure. Adding calculus from his doctorate in mathematics, Hartman created the ultimate culmination of philosophy, human science and mathematics to create formal Axiology.

Subsequent research has led to concluding that the different parts of our brains that process the different dimensions of value act like our senses. Both our senses and the different processing regions of our brains are modular: independent, interdependent, variable in their sensitivity, and specifically suited for certain evaluations or tasks. Just as one person' s sense of smell is significantly more sensitive than his eyesight, a second person can have razor sharp eyesight and a weak sense of smell. Our thinking modules also vary in their tendencies and abilities. In addition, it is the physiological differences of our thinking modules that lead to the differences in how we process, reason, and make decisions.

These different ways of judging or valuing things gives rise to the differences among us. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses in how they are able to apply these different dimensions when making decisions. No one uses each dimension, or thinking module, equally to make a decision. The results of any one individual' s thought process depend on the amounts of focus they place on the combination of these three dimensions. Although all are used in the process of making a decision, some are more highly valued than others and it' s this combination of perceptual dimensions (the number of combinations possible reaches over 50 million) that defines how we think, and differs our thoughts and decisions from other' s. Therefore, everyone skews reality in their brains, only seeing part of the picture when making decisions, evaluating things, and thinking about one's self. The key is to understand how we skew them, which dimension is it that they value more or less, and to what percentage.

The trick is being able to measure how developed each of these dimensions are in an individual and then measuring how they apply them to their daily thought processes. By knowing, scientifically, which dimension plays a larger role, in relationship to each other dimension, we can accurately predict why and how someone might tend to make judgments. Our actions are like one big chain of thoughts starting with how we perceive something, which affects how we value it. Since judgments about a concept control reactions to a concept, that can shape how we will approach interacting with people, managing them, working for them, etc. The results of working at this level are exponential. Changes made at this level require less effort to create greater impact on the individual.