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2007-02-25 11:00:53 #virus from 2007-02-25 11:00:00 (showing messages 1-30) Bookmark the permanent url.
11:00:53LuciferTime to start?
11:01:03LuciferWelcome to the chat
11:01:11LuciferThis week's topic is "Is it worth being wise?"
11:01:27Luciferthe topic was inspired by a Paul Graham essay of the same name
11:01:53LuciferFirst some definitions to set the context
11:02:19LuciferPaul contrasts "wise" and "smart"
11:02:33Luciferthey're both ways of being intelligent
11:02:54Luciferas in knowing what to do, the right choices to make or the best decision in a situation
11:03:06Lucifer(this is consistent with my own view of intelligence)
11:03:24Luciferthe difference across situations
11:03:38Luciferwisdom is knowing what to do in a wide variety of situations
11:04:03Lucifersmart is making the right choice is a few specific situations
11:04:22LuciferYou can envision it as a curve on a 2D surface...
11:04:33LuciferHere's how Paul puts it
11:04:34Sat* Sat puts on his 2d glasses
11:04:43Lucifer"Wise" and "smart" are both ways of saying someone knows what to do. The difference is that "wise" means one has a high average outcome across all situations, and "smart" means one does spectacularly well in a few.
11:04:52LuciferThat is, if you had a graph in which the x axis represented situations and the y axis the outcome, the graph of the wise person would be high overall, and the graph of the smart person would have high peaks.
11:05:07Sat* Sat nods
11:05:24SatFutura test
11:05:28LuciferEveryone with me so far? goomba? googlebot?
11:05:32googlebot* googlebot scoots
11:05:49Sat* Sat scoots
11:06:17LuciferOK, so given a choice between being wise and smart everyone would choose wise, right?
11:06:23Luciferbut there is a catch
11:06:39SLacker[gallery] Lucifer Darrow: hmm
11:06:53SLacker[gallery] Lucifer Darrow: SLacer stopped sending
11:06:58SLacker[gallery] Lucifer Darrow: bah
11:07:12Satcheeky bots
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