I take pleasure in what I’m about to write, and I just wanted you to know that.
For some helpful visualizations, look up a bell curve and where the standard deviation points are (+ and - 1,2,3).
I am wondering if the difference in intelligence (definitions can be pondered and elaborated) between me and someone, let’s start with the extreme, on the -3sigma (standard deviations) end of the spectrum is relatively larger than the difference in intelligence between that individual human being and a relatively intelligent primate. Apparently they can be taught sign language and fluently communicate with that, and also have relatively complex social networks, and perhaps even engage in direct warfighting, including killing for the sake of the social group. This means there is some level of conceptual understanding of these things going on.
For the sake of clarity, I am not referring to individuals with intellectual disorders. I also do not intend any hatefulness towards any individuals whom I may be referring to.
Defining intelligence isn’t exactly an easy task, especially because the egos come out strong on this topic, as do a host of other undesirable baggages.
Without going into the technical cognitive systems at play, I then consider the possible differences between myself and the spiritual beings I contact through my magick. We could perhaps conceptualize this linearly if we consider what is being measured to be an aggregate of a collection of abilities and patterns of mind.
If, ultimately, there exist other minded beings, and the fundamental nature of mind is the same for all minded beings, then the appearance of the sensations that arise in a spirit’s mind could be vastly different than those that arise in a human’s mind.
There are, apparently, almost 8 billion people alive today. I think I remember that number being 7 billion. If there are 8,000,000,000 humans, then about 8 million of those are where I probably fall in the intelligence distribution, assuming it is a bell curve (big assumption), I believe largely because of the study and practice I undertook, intensively and with great effectiveness, to cultivate my intelligence.
That means about 3 billion people are of average intelligence, between -1 and +1 sigma (standard deviations, like levels). Almost 7 billion are within +1 sigma.
I don’t know exactly what brought this on, but I felt sort of compelled to do that.
I don’t think intelligence is the most important thing ever, but it does tend to help in the game of life. The game of life is also nepotism, but not like your uncle knew a guy and got you a job, but like entire systems of power were created that bring in people that those already in the system want to have. Systems of attraction/recruitment are created to produce such viable candidates.
It’s like this - the first world war was over in 1918. After enormous losses to populations, everyone went home and fucked. Then twenty one years later, 1939, world war two, with the pastures filled and the harvesters developed. Some really wanted to re-live the glories that fueled the old propaganda involving lots of dead horses. Nowadays it’s less horses and a lot more men, apparently robots as well. Robot conscripts! Hooray!
See, I just enter the dream state and use my Godlike powers to create endless simulations. Why so attached to just one simulation?
When I say cultivate intelligence, I will join the ranks of the pontificating dipshits and say that I mean more like ability to logically analyze ideas and systems and understand complex networks of interconnected information with a variety of cause-effect relationships and varying degrees of certainty and correlation.
I believe this ability applies to pretty much everything, although more primarily in some than others. With art it helps to develop craft and practice routines for technical skill but expression of artistry is much more open and free than something more heavily constrained by logical rigidities. Not that there isn’t very cookie-cutter art or creative solutions to logical problems, but I think it’s reasonably evident that an engineer and an artist go about things rather differently on average. But perhaps that’s more to do with social group behavior than anything else.
Reading good books is not a passive activity. Synthesize the knowledge that is acquired, inquire, apply, and learn. It’s not a numbered problem set with clear-cut solutions, but it works your brain juices.
I often like to see the weight of what has been done in my bookshelves. The magick sections are the heaviest of all.
If you know the possibilities, and you know what you want to make happen in the world, then what could possibly stop you?
The nice thing about the general idea of the bell curve is that you can apply it to a variety of circumstances. How was your performance? Notably, I care very little about single individual results. Was my pattern of learning satisfactory? Was I engaged with the process, learning a great deal, while finding pleasure in the moment?
I like to say pleasure, happiness, satisfaction, and fulfilment. I just got the idea that living with lots of pleasure and happiness creates a state of satisfaction, where your day-to-day experience is highly enjoyable and you expect that to continue. Fulfilment occurs from an extended period of satisfaction. There is no end game to any of this or objective reason for it other than that it feels good. Being fulfilled means the karmic traces that developed out of an extended period of satisfaction are deeply cultivated. It is the opposite of a state of regret and creates pleasant appearances.
I imagine many die without experiencing fulfilment or satisfaction. I know people who don’t seem to experience happiness, and I’d say satisfaction arises from a pleasant blend of pleasurable feelings. I just like to know that I seem to generally speaking not be fucking up my life on the path to fulfilment.