‘Intelligence is the ability to find relevant material in memory..’

Intelligence is not only the ability to reason; it is also the ability to find relevant material in memory and to deploy attention when needed.

Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

Human rationality and craziness

Human rationality and craziness
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The most successful people are both rational and crazy.

As much as robots and artificial intelligence threaten our creativity, there will be some people who cultivate the randomness of thought to continue innovating.

Wrote Jean-Luc Godard: “It’s not where you take things from — it’s where you take them to.”

See the world, not its model

Patterns beg to be synthesized, broken down and encrusted with ingenuity to make something new.

Humans envision the future and work backward, mostly through the freedom of trial and error. They see holes and fill them in with new opportunities.

Folks may never know where they are going, but that is exactly how they get there.

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Intelligent people are full of doubts

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“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.”

— Charles Bukowski


Slow Learners

We often define “smart” at how good someone is at memorization, learning, and standardized tests.

But the real world requires alternative intelligence, and most importantly, meaning.

What motivates you? Is it the grades, money, the autonomy, the ease or challenge of the job?

Passion pushes intelligence to a level beyond knowing what everyone else knows. Passion spurs innovation, creativity, and deliberate deviation from the norm.

Why do what everyone else is doing when you can change the odds?

“Most men die at 25… we just don’t bury them until they are 70.” – Benjamin Franklin

Stay motivated and work on stuff that interests you. That’s intelligence.