Imagination, more important than intelligence?

Eugene Leitl (
Wed, 9 Dec 1998 21:31:19 +0100

Brian Atkins writes:

> 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

As a kid I read a lot of SF, often averaging 4-5 hours/day (while being a fast reader). Towards the end, I did it deliberately, as I intuitively felt it to be some kind of mental calisthenics, a valuable end in itself, if no other application could be found. Out of curiousity, how many of you have not been readers of SF or fantasy either during your childhood/late teenage? [No, I won't sum it up, ask somebody else]

> 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.

Why worrying? With a sufficiently advanced technology, human population can be first dwarfed, then superseded as both an economical source and sink. You don't have to grok a concept to be obsoletified by it.