There is something good in everything that is bad. If you believe you possess a high intellect, put it to good use and learn an intellectual profession, a new language, acquire money, power, influence.
The only reason why the picture has validity is because people prefer to be around their own kind, others who are similar to us. The more intelligent you are, the less people you'll enjoy spending time with. Solitude can be insightful and productive, but being lonely can drive you into clinical depression.
Well, ignorance IS bliss, so not knowing would mean not caring, would mean not worrying, would mean happier life. I'm not considering myself to be abnormally smart or anything, but I guess my life would be a happier wone if I were stupider.
>>682821422 I disagree. I have a high intellect, at least as far as your mensa suggestion is concerned. I don't use it to further science, gain influence or anything like that. I use it to live a normal life, but easily. I am just coasting along. It feels good.
>>682822367 Well, I'm not going to get into the whole 'I'm smarter than you' bullshit that people here seem to enjoy. I took your mensa test, I was accepted, I joined, for a year. That's good enough, whether I joined as 1 in 50 or 1 in a hundred thousand, it makes no difference to this thread.
>>682822501 You consider yourself the guy on the top? I'll tell you what I see, someone so lofty in book knowledge that he is removed from normal life. The picture literally shows that the more he reads, the further away he is from everyone else. The amount of things to learn is so vast that even the most studious reader will never make a dent. All your guy is doing is climbing further away from friends and pussy.
>>682823502 Fair enough. I will concede to being a bit bored in the evenings, I did try warhammer, coding and god knows what else. Grand strat games occupy me currently but I wouldn't mind doing something a bit more hands-on. I'm a tradesman originally so I am reasonably capable, maybe I should do up a car. You make an interesting point.
>>682823164 No I consider myself the guy in the middle too. That's why I'm here shitposting and bitching about nonsensical bullshit instead of solving the world's problems.
The difference is I know there is a higher level to be reached where knowledge opens up new horizons. The new horizons are not necessarily a good thing, just like a sunset is not inherently good or bad. It's all up to the individual to interpret.
I will leave this here. A buddhist monk once wrote this poem: The body is like a tree, The soul is like a mirror. One must be diligent in their maintenance, Lest dust settles and they become decrepit.
Another monk later responded: The tree initially didn't exist, The mirror is not tangible. Nothing was there to begin with, Where can the dust settle?
Your statement regarding friendship and sex are only important if you haven't reached a level of enlightenment where those things don't matter. All you're left with is a sunset that you can choose to appreciate or not. In the end, that doesn't even matter.
>>682820432 Intellectual capacity is a burden. You have a much wider and deeper scope of existence but being human you are forced to take the weight of these truths and process them on an emotional level too.
>>682824656 >The difference is I know there is a higher level to be reached where knowledge opens up new horizons.
Well, at some point you reach the limit. You know that this is the furthest anyone has seen, and many people smarter than you failed to progress. You know, that this is the end. And no matter where you go, there will be an end too.
And you will get no answers to your questions when you reach that end. Everything you do is deemed to fail.
>>682829925 Well I can tell you an example. Around 10 years ago I was devouring every paper I could come across in my field on interest believing that the data presented there was absolutely true. Now I got a lot of understanding about the methods, statistics and the reality of publishing. I've been to several labs and saw how science works. Putting all the data that does not fit to your interpretation under the carpet, for example. And it became hard to even read the papers now. I have stopped to believe the sincerity of the people. And it's just a small field no-one is interested in. If there is some discussion about some field going on in the media, I absolutely do not believe any of the sides.
>>682830826 You are right, I'm am sorry, it should have been doomed. My brain works in a funny way with the words. I am not a native English speaker and I have lived for a few years in (provincial) France now, which was not helpful.
>>682831360 Big story recently about how many "scientific conclusions" cannot be reproduced. Like, more than 60%. Basically, most papers falsify data, and no one bothers to check, so the shit is accepted sometimes for decades, until some grad student uses it as a basis for a thesis and accidentally proves it was bullshit from the beginning.
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