You could have just said Friendship is Magic!
But indeed, unless someone is such a big shot of a CPU that the community builds a socket around him, he might as well just end up as scrap metal at the hands of a clueless junkyard operator.>>10182
I really like the point you make here>I don't think any of us are smart on the scale of the universe's subtlety and complexity.
Most charts ever made are cropped on the ends to better fit human use; but should we think of intelligence as a sort of complexity - one that allows to abstract and emulate other, less complex systems - humans would be in a very dense little area on the scale. Making an arbitrary example, an electron would have an intelligence of 0.00001, a lizard would have 0.3, all humans would fall between 10 and 15, including the dumbest braindead and that one genius we probably don't even know about. However, being able to completely emulate (understand) a system of N intelligence, losslessly, atoms by atoms, would probably require at least a hundred times as much intelligence (a measure of complexity). This means among other things, that no human is even close to understanding any single human being, or gods forbid all of humanity. Even the smartest guy out there, while perhaps able to perfectly fool an entire village, or country, is still nowhere near to completely understanding the dumbest member of that group. The high and mighty usually overestimate the difference between human and human, but sooner or later their predictions fail and their model breaks down.
To wrap it up, intelligent people are capable of things their less intelligent peers could never do, while an intelligent person might be able to fulfill the role of a less intelligent peer. Still, this also means that the exceptionally intelligent have problems that few if any can understand, and if they cannot sort those out themselves, no one can do it for them either, leaving them mostly useless
I however must note that nobody is able to predict or judge what form of intelligence is or isn't useless, unless it has already turned out to be quite useful, so your idea of "intelligence is instrumental good" is itself pretty useless.>>10184
Smartness and intelligence is also very distinctly different; most of smartness can be learned, or reinvented on the spot; intelligence is more of an ability, or an attribute.
Highly intelligent people often have trouble in everyday situations because they are held back by or trying to avoid perceived problems that are not actually there, while a 'simple smart' person never thinks of those possibilities and just strolls through the situation.>>10185
But why, Lain? You are so smart, you could be anyone! Why don't you grab the opportunity and become <x>? Why would you waste away such great talent? So many people wish they were as clever as you, but they can't even enter university! You have it in you!