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  •  I was a "humanities" major surrounded by (3+ / 0-)
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    roommates that were engineers, mathematicians, and one guy who was a Phd candidate in Clinical Psychology who was a logical empiricist. I think they kept me around like a pet monkey. I was after all, a colorful Italian and a good dancer. :)

    One recurrent argument with the empiricist: Can artists be as intelligent as scientists? My argument was yes, a creative genius such as Michelangelo or Raphael was brilliant, but in a different way (to boil it down). Whenever I asked who was a genius, Paul would start with "Newton, unquestionably." Then he would go on to list only scientists, of course. He didn't doubt that artists could be geniuses, yes, but it was harder to prove that they were vis-a-vis Newton. And so it went.

    Funny thing is, Paul was also a great salsa dancer. That's where we really respected each other.

    "They come, they come To build a wall between us We know they won't win."--Crowded House, "Don't Dream It's Over."

    by Wildthumb on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 10:49:33 PM PDT

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    •  It is hard to measure the IQ of historic people (3+ / 0-)
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      Thomas Jefferson was bloody smart. So was da Vinci. Isaac Newton was a genius, but he was also a king-sized asshole. I doubt that many of us could have survived being his roommate.

      Newton also fell for the alchemy claptrap. He wasted a lot of years trying to make gold when he could have been solving problems in math or physics.

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