On 28 Mar 2013, at 18:59, meekerdb wrote:

On 3/28/2013 7:52 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
Intelligence, in my opinion is rather easy too. It is a question of "abstract thermodynamic", intelligence is when you get enough heat while young, something like that. It is close to courage, and it is what make competence possible.


Competence is the most difficult, as they are distributed on transfinite lattice of incomparable degrees. Some can ask for necessary long work, and can have negative feedback on intelligence.

That sounds like a quibble. Intelligence is usually just thought of as the the ability to learn competence over a very general domain.

That's why I think that intelligence is simple, almost a mental attitude, more akin to courage and humility, than anything else. Competence asks for gift or work, and can often lead to the feeling that we are more intelligent than others, which is the first basic symptom of stupidity.



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