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Intelligent Design?

Posted by whisel on April 15, 2010

What is intelligence? Is it knowing how to manipulate a system? Is it the ability to discern a vulnerability in a situation and exploit it for benefit? Is there a narcissistic or self-aggrandizing element in its composite?
(i) from Mainstream Science on Intelligence (1994), a report by fifty-two researchers:
A very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings — “catching on”, “making sense” of things, or “figuring out” what to do.[2]
In my research on intelligence, I find it to be a capacity in and of itself. Just that. But when I search for intelligence applied for the greater good of humonkind, it links me to SOCIAL intelligence. There’s that bad word again. from Social, it’s just a tiny leap to Socialism and all the scary stuff under that heading.
So maybe, the American Way of Right is to display intelligence in a singular spotlight of charming self-sustenance and reward. In politics, one way leads to the Queen of Diamonds and the other way leads to the King of Hearts. Oh I don’t know if it’s just my impression of people at the podium. Or if the beauty of the babbler really CAN substitute for the depth of the mind required to reason, plan, solve problems and think. Beyond oneself. For the greater good.
Just my ramblings after reading certain political articles today. I need to stay away from that stuff.  Call me “Old School” if you want, but I think Theater of the Absurd was meant to entertain the masses. Not to become a philosophy of practical application.
Samuel Johnson said:  “Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”

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