Accuracy and Precision
Imagine that you walk into your pitch black home one night. You can’t find your way around because it is dark, so you reach for the light switch and flip it up and…nothing happens. The room is still pitch black. Somehow, you make your way to the kitchen faucet because you need to wash your hands. You turn the handle of the spigot and…no water comes pouring out. You then decide to use your phone to try and call someone or look up what is going on and…no signal. If this was the first time that the power was out, the water was out, and/or your mobile carrier gave you problems, you could chalk it up to a particularly unlucky night and still conclude they are pretty reliable. But, if intermittent power and water outages and signal loss with your phone were an everyday thing, you could say they were unreliable and inconsistent. Practically, what is the difference between having random power failure and no power at all? Either way, it isn’t very useful. Psychic abilities are like that. If they are inconsistent, intermittent, and they work at random at times, then it isn’t very useful at all. It would be like intending to perform a psychic action, turning on that switch, and…no power. In order to make psychic applications useful, you have to make them reliable and consistent. Psychic applications can be made reliable and consistent by creating techniques that facilitate accuracy and precision by implementing standards.
Accuracy and precision are sometimes confused with one another but they are different. Accuracy is being able to get close to some measurable value. Whenever you accurately perceive something psychically, it is like hitting the center of a dartboard. Great, right? Well, what happens if you only did that once where all of the other darts were scattered all over the board. Technically, you were accurate, but, at other times, you were all over the board. It is like having had power in your house yesterday but you don’t have power on in your house today where it randomly goes in and out. Not very reliable, right? Precision is how close all of those samples are even if they are inaccurate. If you attempt to perceive something psychically but you are not accurate, that is like throwing a dart and missing the middle. If you never hit the center of the board that was your goal, but all the darts end up clustered together at the top left. You are not very accurate, but you are precise.
A way to make things more consistent is to make them more objective. Objectivity is not necessarily empirical. Making something objective conventionally just means making something standard. Empirical is sometimes confused with objective. They are two different, albeit often times related, things. One does not necessarily imply the other (the identity of real numbers is a perfect example: numbers are objective but not empirically measured). Whenever you interact with something psychically, you are working with data, but data is not useful unless you can turn it into meaningful information. That requires a type of consistent data structure. Luckily, all measurable things inherently have their own data structure. That can be used to create a particular spreadsheet and database friendly data structure called a schema so that analysis can be performed easily if analytical over intuitive methods are more desired. If you are just starting out, you should opt for analytical methods first. Accurate forms of intuition are derived from experience, so if experiences of accurately perceiving something psychically are lacking, then your judgments based on intuition likely are not going to be accurate. That can cause you to get worst and not better.
A schema is a way of organizing data for things. Data are measurable properties that are not necessarily a posteriori or empirical that correspond to a property. For example, warm and dark are examples of data, but that’s not very meaningful is it? What if I told you that dark was an attribute of the property of the color of the beverage in my cup and warm was the attribute of the temperature (temperature is one of those things that is intuitively vague; however, I will cover a way to make it less vague later in this article). Abstractly, I could have some beverage that has a color and has a temperature. That abstract framework allows for data to be associated in meaningful ways.