Imagination, more important than intelligence?

Brian Atkins (
Wed, 09 Dec 1998 00:22:11 -0500

Several recent threads have crystallized that subject line into my mind: Eliezer and his "sci-fi protects you against future shock" post, the whole morality thread and how intelligent people can view issues so differently, the post by John Clark about the smartest guy Sidis who didn't do much with his life, and my lack of success (so far) in sparking >H ideas in others.

It seems like the key ingredient to sparking a real >H revolution in the rest of the population is not brainpower, but rather simple imagination. The reason that people are not turned on by our ideas may not be due to intelligence, but rather simply because they cannot imagine what we describe, no matter what detail we go into.

The future has arrived; it's just not evenly distributed.
                                                       -William Gibson
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