posted on Mar, 31 2014 @ 06:23 AM
reply to post by Maigret
So your ability to believe which can be measure din depth by your ability to think has no connection to how intelligent you are?
And yet your ability to believe is only as deep as your thought process.
I don't believe it is possible to properly determine how much thought went into a belief, because sometimes beliefs are based on nothing more than
family or cultural tradition - or a particular mindset. For this, no intelligence at all would be required.
Other times, it's taken so much thought and life experience to get to an idea or belief, that unravelling that process, much less measuring it, is
well nigh impossible.
And who gets to decide if it is a dumb or a clever idea / belief, and then how does that measure your lack of, or inherent, intelligence?
Most brilliant ideas sound very stupid initially (or vice versa)... until someone thinks about it, and then eventually most will believe it, or at
least the results, but without necessarily going through the thought process. *L*
One example comes to mind, Stephen Hawking. Now this is a man with a high IQ who has used his intellect to dismiss the concept of heaven as a 'fairy
tale'. I gather you say you can measure his intellect/IQ by the thought processes which went into his belief, but however much thought he put into
it, he's wrong! I know/believe this because of experience; without much, if any, thinking being involved!
But many people will believe his conclusions because of his natural intelligence...
So while people in your a) category appear good and saintly, their effect is on the b) side. The trick is not to be fooled... and that takes common
sense or 'street smarts', not necessarily intelligence.