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Intelligent intelligence.

Intelligent intelligence.
April 11, 2012, 05:55:39 AM
Some smart fellas hang out here. That was never in question.
But most are young, and that can be a problem, as well as a strength.
Nobody of intelligence did a damn thing to be intelligent.
It's like a girl being pretty. She came out that way.

The young have a fatal flaw: things are two dimensional, to youth.
Intelligence is a multi-faceted thing. It has depth. If it doesn't, it's not intelligence.
You can be plenty smart while being seen as plenty dumb.
You can be a wrecking ball, or a computer-guided welding machine.

The object is to use intelligence intelligently.
Fail at that, and you're no better than a dummy, and every bit as vulnerable.
You also don't fight, unless fighting is called-for.
The smartest smart guy hides what he's got.
Not to be dishonest, but because it's smart.
No point nuking a cockroach.

This place is often more like a riot than a forum of emerging ubermen.
It also gets to look like a one-man show, complete with bullying and boorishness.
Who will win, this week?
Who will depose him next?
It doesn't need to be that way.

Cooperation is the key to any kind of power, except personal power.
Excuse me if I got it wrong, but this forum is not about personal power, is it?

Squawk!

Re: Intelligent intelligence.
April 11, 2012, 12:59:38 PM
The two sides of this current spate of back-and-forthin are these: those who don't care about such petty issues, and those who do.  Most of the arguments surfacing at the moment are arguments about arguments.  It's hilarious to read, but also disturbing.  I'm glad to see a number of voices effectively silent throughout most of this: to those who have decided to remain above, I give my respect.

Re: Intelligent intelligence.
April 11, 2012, 01:06:34 PM
A small group of very frequent posters have come here to insist that we pay attention to them. The solution might be to stop paying attention to them or ban them.
but i'm not sure if i can tinkle in front of a crowd.

Re: Intelligent intelligence.
April 11, 2012, 04:53:20 PM
I'm uninterested in the posters, but the posts are occasionally worth responding to, if only for a solidification of the ideas/ideals/goals held by the "community" (such that it could ever be, as wonderfully impersonal as it [usually] is).

Re: Intelligent intelligence.
April 11, 2012, 06:10:49 PM
It's easier than trying to ask ourselves questions. That would just be comical. Adding to this topic. Intelligence is like any other ability, without knowing how to use it, it gets wasted.
but i'm not sure if i can tinkle in front of a crowd.

Phoenix

Re: Intelligent intelligence.
April 12, 2012, 12:18:38 AM
One of the most intelligent things you can do in life is working to make yourself more intelligent. Challenge your limits.

Re: Intelligent intelligence.
April 12, 2012, 04:11:58 AM
You can't make yourself more intelligent.

You can make yourself more deliberate, more precise, more disciplined, etc.

Your intelligence does not change.

Phoenix

Re: Intelligent intelligence.
April 12, 2012, 04:33:56 AM
You can't make yourself more intelligent.

You can make yourself more deliberate, more precise, more disciplined, etc.

Your intelligence does not change.

What of epigenetics, brain neuroplasticity, or even that what's smart in one environment may be stupid in another?

There's also these old things called, um, reading, experimenting, practice, etc.

Similarly, if you neglect these things you can lose intelligence.