What is Intelligence, Anyway

 

What is intelligence, anyway? 
 
When I was in the army, I received the kind of aptitude test that all soldiers took and, against a normal of 100, scored 160. No one at the base had ever seen a figure like that, and for two hours they made a big fuss over me.
 
(It didn't mean anything. The next day I was still a buck private with KP – kitchen police – as my highest duty.)
 
All my life I've been registering scores like that, so that I have the complacent feeling that I'm highly intelligent, and I expect other people to think so too. 
 
Actually, though, don't such scores simply mean that I am very good at answering the type of academic questions that are considered worthy of answers by people who make up the intelligence tests – people with intellectual bents similar to mine?
 
For instance, I had an auto-repair man once, who, on these intelligence tests, could not possibly have scored more than 80, by my estimate. I always took it for granted that I was far more intelligent than he was. 
 
Yet, when anything went wrong with my car I hastened to him with it, watched him anxiously as he explored its vitals, and listened to his pronouncements as though they were divine oracles – and he always fixed my car.
 
Well, then, suppose my auto-repair man devised questions for an intelligence test. 
 
Or suppose a carpenter did, or a farmer, or, indeed, almost anyone but an academician. By every one of those tests, I'd prove myself a moron, and I'd be a moron, too. 
 
In a world where I could not use my academic training and my verbal talents but had to do something intricate or hard, working with my hands, I would do poorly. 
 
My intelligence, then, is not absolute but is a function of the society I live in and of the fact that a small subsection of that society has managed to foist itself on the rest as an arbiter of such matters.
 
Consider my auto-repair man, again. 
 
He had a habit of telling me jokes whenever he saw me. 
 
One time he raised his head from under the automobile hood to say: "Doc, a deaf-and-mute guy went into a hardware store to ask for some nails. He put two fingers together on the counter and made hammering motions with the other hand. 
 
"The clerk brought him a hammer. He shook his head and pointed to the two fingers he was hammering. The clerk brought him nails. He picked out the sizes he wanted, and left. Well, doc, the next guy who came in was a blind man. He wanted scissors. How do you suppose he asked for them?"
 
Indulgently, I lifted by right hand and made scissoring motions with my first two fingers. 
 
Whereupon my auto-repair man laughed raucously and said, "Why, you dumb jerk, He used his voice and asked for them." 
 
Then he said smugly, "I've been trying that on all my customers today." "Did you catch many?" I asked. "Quite a few," he said, "but I knew for sure I'd catch you." 
 
"Why is that?" I asked. "Because you're so goddamned educated, doc, I knew you couldn't be very smart."
 
And I have an uneasy feeling he had something there.
 
 
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Autobiography by Dr. Isaac Asimov (1920–1992): 

Numbness

There is a feeling of numbness, which spans from doing basic things to prioritizing the most important tasks.

It feels like there is no sense of consequences. Not afraid, but seems pointless, don't know why.

There is this feeling of wait for something to come by and things to happen.

Time passes and it never comes by. There is no regret.

 

Accomplishments seem nothing. Life is standstill.

 I think I need to stop waiting and conquer the overwhelming feeling.

The Government Subordinates

We all have atleast once encountered the typical government subordinate.

The first thing we notice about these guys is that most of them have so many dos and don'ts.

They have this thing .. something to do with pleasing their superiors, by gratifying them.

For e.g. there is an international event where some big shot government person is attending it, you find her on posters, every commercial, tv networks and sometimes even on stationary items.

Probably the lady is a simple woman, who don't need all that over emphasis. Who knows!

The point is.. the subordinates miss the point of international event and the essence of it, which needs that exposure.

 

Whatever be the case, this attitude reflects everywhere. From newspapers to websites to general Kuwaiti outlook.

Gratification is not the way, working effectively with sincerity goes a long way in the department as well as for the general outlook of the country.

Internet Capping still intact !

The cap is still intact.
Waiting for July 23.

Tried downloading 4GB linux distribution and the speed sucked after approximately 1.5GB.

Qualitynet sucks! Phonelines suck.

When will this place deserve the amenities that matches its economic status.

With this issue prevalent, it seems to be like a under-developed country.

~ Desperate need for critical change in thought of people and govt policies.

Why can't things change for better? Or probably just that I don't have the real big picture of this country's fate.

I sincerly hope that its not doomed.

A Tribute to Jason Becker

I don't know how many of you have heard of Jason Becker.

He is a guitarist. An awesome guy who is considered an icon of music world.

He was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 19. He is 41 now. He cannot move his body except for his eyes and uses them communicate with others.

The attitude he has towards life is so inspiring, that from the darkest trenches of the human fall, he echoes his life with a sense of passion for what he loves. Music.

This is a tribute to one of the most awesome person I have come across in my life. He would always be my inspiration.

Love you Jason.

http://www.jasonbeckerguitar.com

 

I urge you to donate for his cause as there is going to be a documentary about him. It is a story worth telling and touching people's lives.

http://www.jasonbeckermovie.com


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