1. I accept that I am under the control of a higher power (Muppet).

Intelligence >> unhappiness

http://www.scribd.com/doc/8778/Why-Intelligent-People-Tend-To-Be-Unhappy

Is this news to anyone?
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 11th, 2007 1:49pm
Yes. Shouldn't being intelligent mean you can figure out how to make yourself happy? Isn't intelligence associated with all the good stuff like more money, better job, more status, longer life. So it's completely counter intuitive to say being intelligent leads to unhappiness.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 11th, 2007 1:51pm
A related article:

http://www.prometheussociety.org/articles/Outsiders.html
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
March 11th, 2007 2:22pm
> Shouldn't being intelligent mean you can figure out how to make yourself happy?

Perhaps the intelligent have figured out that there is no way to make oneself happy. Short of giving up their prized intelligence. At least for a few moments a day.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 11th, 2007 2:31pm
A friend recently asked me if I would choose to be "average" and feeling like I fit in, or intelligent but always feeling like an outsider.

I would choose to fit in.  Sorry if that is betraying the code of the nerd, but for some of us, brains have been more of a curse than a blessing.
Permalink On the outside looking in 
March 11th, 2007 2:39pm
funny, I like feeling like an outsider.  its my default state, and I wouldn't change it.

one worry I have with my girls is that they will be 'insiders'...I think you lose a lot by being safely attached to the herd when you are in your teens...
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 11th, 2007 2:48pm
"I like feeling like an outsider.  its my default state, and I wouldn't change it."

That's what my friend said, too, pretty much.
Permalink On the outside looking in 
March 11th, 2007 3:00pm
I'd rather be ignorant and in a state of bliss. :/
Permalink what are you reading for? 
March 11th, 2007 3:03pm
Being an outsider doesn't make one intelligent. Or happy.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 11th, 2007 3:05pm
nope.  it just makes you not a part of the herd.  IMO that is a good place to be.  Being a part of the herd is like living in a gigantic, warm, safe blanket, you dont know what life is like without it and so you live in fear of it being removed, yet having to live underneath it is placing restrictions on your life that wouldn't exist if you just had the courage to throw it off.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 11th, 2007 3:10pm
You just gotta pick a good herd.
Permalink Colm 
March 11th, 2007 3:15pm
heh.  tis true.  my personal favorite is the herd of people who dont belong to the...uhh...other...herd......
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 11th, 2007 3:33pm
If only you could find out where those people all hang out.. cause it would be good to have them all together in one place.
Permalink zed 
March 11th, 2007 3:47pm
Ive often thought that.  some kind of forum maybe.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 11th, 2007 3:48pm
Blah seems to be doing pretty well right now.

[g,d,r]
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 11th, 2007 3:54pm
interesting, blah has always struck me as rather the opposite, self-defined insiders dedicated to practicing the advanced arts of hysterical indignation, self-righteous laudation and other behaviors generally exhibited by self-defined insiders.

meh, Im probably wrong, its a shame you cant tell me so without breaching the stringent blah content privacy rules and thereby risking receiving an 'attention whore' label.
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 11th, 2007 4:01pm
I said "right now", as in "the last couple hours".  Not "in general".
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 11th, 2007 4:02pm
careful dude, aside from speaking in total non-sequitors, you must also be treading dangerously close to the limits of their tolerance for sharing blah information with outsiders.

perhaps you should go and ask permission before continuing...
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
March 11th, 2007 4:04pm
I'm a mod.  That gives me special powers.*


*Special powers do not currently include editing threads, or deleting them, or...hm...much, really.
Permalink Send private email Aaron F Stanton 
March 11th, 2007 5:40pm
oh about the OP .. once he mentions Mensa, credibility for his thesis flies out the window.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 11th, 2007 7:41pm
Remember: just because you're brooding and unhappy doesn't necessarily mean that you're smart.
Permalink Colm 
March 11th, 2007 7:43pm
I think most good atheletes are more intelligent than this stupid fellow.
Permalink Rick, try writing better English 
March 11th, 2007 9:24pm
C'mon now, he didn't live in an era where you could zoom through your local fast-food restaurant, gorge out, then talk to your buddies on the internet while drinking inexpensive, quality coffee.  ;-P

Okay, I take that back.  Coffee was cheap in the U.S.
http://www.green-coffee-assoc.org/history/history2.html
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
March 11th, 2007 10:12pm
LoB? who ARe you talking about?
Permalink bogart 
March 11th, 2007 10:14pm
The problem with having intellectual tendencies, for a guy, is that not all women like brainiacs.
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
March 11th, 2007 10:15pm
Hemingway
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
March 11th, 2007 10:16pm
>The problem with having intellectual tendencies, for a
>guy, is that not all women like brainiacs.

If you're THAT smart you ought to be able to figure out what they do like.
Permalink Colm 
March 11th, 2007 10:21pm
They like politicians.
Permalink Rick, try writing better English 
March 11th, 2007 10:35pm
Brainiac is probably the wrong word, but it's used under the category of turn-ons/turn-offs on Match.com

Just because I like things of knowledge, doesn't mean I'm a quick read of every situations.  Some things take time to figure out, and women can be very impatient.
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
March 11th, 2007 11:34pm
Most to all women want things to happen spontaneously.

My Standard rating in chess on FICS is 450 points above my blitz rating.  So, I'm not terribly spontaneous, but I try when people let me.
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
March 11th, 2007 11:37pm
Actually, it doesn't mean I'm not spontaneous, just that I'm maybe not too brilliant when I am.
Permalink LinuxOrBust 
March 11th, 2007 11:38pm

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