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    [napkin wisdom]

    "It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value."
    -Arthur C Clarke

    That might be what does make Intelligence of *any* value at all--just as it happens with Beauty and Grace-: its suspected unnecessariness, its elusive ornamental condition which finds no reason d'être other than... Being. (*)

    Everything divine is but a tautology of sorts... and viceversa. Ain´t it? =)

    Like Borges said and I quoted before: -"This imminence of a revelation which does not occur is, perhaps, the aesthetic phenomenon."

    (*) I am tempted to add "Love" to the list, but I won´t as I deem love as of value to our species survival.

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    1. Shiki [deleted] 95 months ago | reply

      Being is divine if we have the intelligence to realise it? :)

    2. TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ 95 months ago | reply

      I *like* your line of thought! :D


    3. TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ 95 months ago | reply

      I love that quote too, Ed. Thanks for bringing it here.... very in order. =)

    4. alternatePhotography 95 months ago | reply

      Ah, great words coming out in this post!!! Tautology....may have to grab that GEB book for the beach trip!

      lol at napkin wisdom, but many a good thing has been established on napkins :-)

    5. davesbit 95 months ago | reply

      then there is that quaint old Asimov story
      breeds there a man...?
      which suggest the contrary :-)

    6. PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE 95 months ago | reply

      French« L'homme n'est pas le seul animal qui pense, mais il est le seul animal à penser qu'il n'est pas un animal. » Nicolas Hulot

      Anglais« Human kind is not the only animal to think, but he is the only one to think that he is not an animal » Nicolas Hulot

      I would follow this point of view, by adding that Human kind is not the only smart animal on earth (and beyond...).
      But he is the only one to believe that, his form of the only one, to be the end....

    7. Alan Jordan 95 months ago | reply

      The deal with intelligence is that it's only one of the traits you need along industriousness, and being able to work with others. It's also one of those traits that's easy to make use of from others. You can ask other people questions, you can hire experts, you can copy other peoples' bright ideas.

      If there is a question about whether intelligence has any survival value, it's only whether it has survival value for the individual possessing it. Intelligence obviously has survival value for the species.

      It's the human's brain that allowed it to become the dominant species. Physically humans are the weakest of the great apes.

    8. Martin Playing With Pixels & Words 95 months ago | reply

      boy this one hits right to the core....thanks!

    9. The Mainzelmann 95 months ago | reply

      "Brain is overestimated anyway.
      Most plants make it without."
      -- from a US sitcom

    10. trumpetflickr 87 months ago | reply

      I would like to add some thoughts about intelligence and survival.

      Of all species, we humans are the only ones who are actively engaged in the pursuit of our own destruction. What makes us intelligent however is not this fact, but rather that some of us see this evil, and have so far been able to stop it.

      Just think how many times over we can nuke the planet and you get the idea, we live in a very fragile world, and only some little intelligence prevents it from being obliterated into oblivion.

      Oh... and my favorite quote by Mr. Thomas Alva Edison:

      "I know this world is ruled by infinite intelligence. Everything that surrounds us- everything that exists - proves that there are infinite laws behind it. There can be no denying this fact. It is mathematical in its precision."

      ... and that is why we survive, it is not our time yet.

    11. TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³ 86 months ago | reply

      Talking survival...

      Long live to Sir Arthur C. Clark.

    12. trumpetflickr 86 months ago | reply

      The world has lost a great writer, and a kind man who always thought the best about the human species.

      Here's what I wrote about his passing:

      RIP Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

    13. polyesterday [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

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    14. Dead Air 85 months ago | reply

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    15. Blunder 76 months ago | reply

      Exactly, look at one of the oldest surviving animals, the ostrich.
      If you just put your pea brain head in the sand all the time, your chances of survival are phenomenal.

    16. Paul Sayer 74 months ago | reply

      I love this picture. I have used it on my blog: Life's Grand Mosaic

      Thank you

    17. purple0.....need a camera 67 months ago | reply

      True love is an expression of ones own heart

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