Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Fri Jan 02 2004 - 14:31:45 MST

On Fri, 02 Jan 2004 15:13:52 -0500
"Perry E. Metzger" <> wrote:
> Unclear. Many people who are possessed of high IQs lack "social
> intelligence", and it may very well be a question of how much effort
> can be put in to both problems simultaneously. It is hard to be good
> at things like deep math or physics problems without being obsessive
> about them -- but if you are obsessive about them, it leads to
> spending a lot less time learning about social skills, which can lead
> to things like having a lot more trouble doing things like attracting
> a mate.

My take on it is that what works socially is largely based on a lot of relatively dumb and uninteresting monkey stuff that bores brighter minds silly. Our intelligence becomes a handicap because we see the inanity of much of it and ask too many awkward questions. These questions annoy others, distract us from the situation at hand and make it difficult to pretend many of the rituals are meaningful.
- samantha

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