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I’ve noticed over the years, that there appears to be no important link between REASONING skills and IQ, though it does seem that those who appear to possess minimal skills of LOGIC often demonstrate the ability to store massive amounts of data without the ability or even the curiosity for understanding what they are LEARNING, if indeed that word  actually fits the situation.

My observation persuades me also to believe that for those whose main tool for learning is rote memorization, new increments of stored data are often in the form of TAGS rather than traditional CATEGORIES. Notice how certain individuals, as they attempt to contribute to a conversation, sometimes, actually change the subject by linking to a TAG which leaps the boundaries of the conversation by jumping into a new CATEGORY.

 I believe also that those, whose skills of LOGIC are more pronounced, require understanding of a new subject before choosing to store the new ideas; thus more CATEGORIES than TAGS are needed for this purpose. Quality is the watchword for those whose quest for information is TRUTH and UNDERSTANDING; VOLUME to a wannabe scholar may become the moral equivalent of GREED as experienced by a compulsive gambler.

I have also noticed that among those whose favorite pastime is memorization, that there are many who fancy themselves as SCHOLARS and who offer evidence of this claim, a long string of quotations from the minds and lips of the world’s creative thinkers, seeking it seems to belong to this group by repeating their words. This kind of thinker may have little to offer in the way of self-acquired original information but may simply possess a strong reluctance to run the risk of revealing their inner thoughts.

Honest motives for these endeavors would most likely be found in those for whom the discovery and preservation of culture is the result of the quest for TRUTH and is therefore a contribution to society as a whole. To these people, the anthropologists, the historians and those who’s study of social behavior over the centuries bring to society the hope of a more peaceful future, I salute you for your efforts. Still, I wonder if such a hope is not socially self destructive.

Curiosity leads to Discovery which leads to Ideas are expressed as knowledge.

Lee Broom



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