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originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: burdman30ott6
No it does not.
Fear does not drive critical calculation. Critical calculation is only done correctly and at its highest efficiency, when one is not thinking about the threat, only the solution to it. The people who designed and built the first firearms, were not sat in tents, pissing their pants and crying about how threatened they were when they built them. They went to their workshop, sat down, banished the shivers and the twitches associated with fear response, and engaged pure reason, mechanical awareness, mathematics, physics, or as near as they had access to at the time, and came up with something new and inventive, which by the end of the process had nothing to do with fear at all, and everything to do with pure ingenuity and inventiveness.
The people who built the atomic bomb, were not scrambling from fox hole to dugout, to hardpoint to bunker whilst engaged in the process. They were engaged in an intellectual exercise the like of which had never been attempted before, involving science so relatively new, that they had no idea when they detonated the first test, whether it would merely explode, or whether it would burn the atmosphere. The men and women working the numbers, testing the theories, were not acting out of fear. They were commanded by people who may have been, but in order to process the calculations necessary to arrive at a functional nuclear device, the minds of those working that project had to be rooted in reason, not fear. The amygdala does not produce effects which aid long term cognition. Higher reasoning does.
originally posted by: oldcarpy
I hate BMW drivers but that's because they are mostly idiots.