Re: What is intelligence (Was Re: neuro mods.....)

From: Robert Owen (
Date: Thu Feb 24 2000 - 20:12:06 MST wrote:

> In a message dated 2/24/2000 1:45:33 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> << Thus the adequate description of a problem or formulation of some
> valid question presupposes "intelligence"; both seem to require
> "emotional" motivation and "ironical laughter at contradiction" >>
> explain, i do not see a corollary between these two statements. Why does the
> formulation of a problem require a sense of humor?

Would you believe -- cognitive dissonance is the mother of invention?

And how is dissonance resolved? Consider a hearty belch following an
immense meal -- it is required as the method of choice for the expulsion
of a painful accumulation of abdominal gas. Lacking this, one is transfixed
in one's chair, and cannot proceed to the rec room for a nice game of

How's that?


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA

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