Re: Spectrum of Thought( was Imagination vs Critical thought)

Robin Hanson (
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 14:11:38 -0700 (PDT)

The Low Golden Willow writes:
>Actually at the moment my model has constant creativity, and it is the
>criticism which slides freely. If you call random spew creativity, but
>I suspect that is what it must amount to under the hood. When you're
>tired you're not too focused, more ideas get through, you feel more
>creative, and some of them might even be good. ...
>Smart people have more dumb ideas than dumb people, because dumb people
>don't have ideas. Really smart people, of course, recognize their dumb
>ideas before they open their mouth.

I addition to the variables of tired/not and smart/dumb, my model
includes how much one cares about being accepted. Most smart people
are ambitious, and won't generate or express ideas that would get them
in trouble in the circles they care about. Some people don't care as
much about this, and so are willing to express wilder ideas.

In areas where ideas are likely to be accepted, I tend to look to
established authorities for the best ideas. But in areas where
creative ideas are likely to get people into trouble, I look more
toward the fringe, where the smart outcasts are mixed in with the

Robin D. Hanson