Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Quote for Today

Ah, now here's an interesting idea:

"Intelligence is function of feedback. The more feedback you get, the more intelligent you become. The less feedback you get, the stupider you become."
-Robert Anton Wilson

I've always thought that the lone genius was a romantic myth mostly. People like Giordano Bruno or Sigmund Freud thrived on interaction (although in Bruno's case, he perhaps got a bit too much interaction with the Inquisition!) and controversy. The trick is in interaction that pushes you further instead of dragging you lower. Maybe we need secret societies.

2 comments:

The Pagan Temple said...

Einstein was quite the affable socializer as well, I believe. But everybody needs a degree of social interraction with his or her peers, though it's hard to imagine how one could qualify to be a peer of such a towering intellect.

Maybe all that is required is a different kind of connection, on a different level, an emotional or a spiritual one. Even if it's no more than just a good chess partner or whatever.

Rufus said...

Here's an interesting article about Einstein and Godel:

http://home.comcast.net/~cindyknight3/godelein.html