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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Is intelligence in the eye of the beholder?

I learn things everyday that amuse, annoy, and/or even astound me. The following didn't do any of these but it did pique my interest. I get my interest piqued more often than I am astounded or annoyed, though. Anyway, the following came to me by email (I subscribe to a few blogs) and, if I was a dog, my ears would have perked up upon reading it.

Of course, as a dog, I wouldn't have been able to read it (much less operate this computer) so my ears would still be drooped and this blog would make even less sense than it does now. I would probably be scratching at my fleas right now.

Oh wait, I was talking about some article of interest to me...

Beautiful People Really ARE More Intelligent

Let me quote from the article:

If you want to estimate someone’s intelligence without giving them an IQ test, you would do just as well to base your estimate on their physical attractiveness as you would to base it on their years of education.

So, why do we have the image of the airhead beauty running rampant through our culture? or the dumb (but oh so handsome) jock? And the studious and knowledgeable geek with pimples, bad hair, and so on?

In the end, my curiosity having been piqued, I have more questions than answers.

Appearance is everything I suppose. Or close to. We are judged by it, placed in neat little boxes so others' worlds are tidy and comprehensible. But there is always someone who doesn't fit.

1 comment:

Irish Gumbo said...

I am coming to terms with not fitting..and its pretty cool.