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Nikko Scelzo

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Is everyone capable of deep intellectual thought?

I have been thinking a lot lately and I have wondered whether or not the average person is capable of the intellectual thoughts of the "geniuses" of our world. Is it possible that the geniuses of our world have just been fortunate enough to connect the dots and that everyone is capable of these thoughts, they just have not had that sort of... self discovery yet.


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    Oct 7 2011: No.
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      Oct 7 2011: if you do not believe that they are please explain why...
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        Oct 8 2011: Most people are just not in the habit. They are focused on the mundane items and never actually explore much below the surface. And while it's not actually a muscle, using the full power of the human mind does atrophy if you do not exercise it.

        Can many people string together jargon terms that sound deep until you analyze the output? Yes.

        Can many people leverage what others have said in the past to create something that seems deep? Yes.

        Are there plenty of people who are perfectly capable of deep thought? Yes. But you are crazy if you think it's the majority.

        Alternately, it may just be a relative thing. What one person may find "deep" vs what someone else finds "deep" may depend on a variety of factors.
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          Oct 8 2011: See now you are beginning to understand the question I was intending much better... :)
          my question was not whether people engage in deep thought it is whether they are capable of it.. many people go through life without even realizing its there it seems... i believe thats possibly what sets the average as average and the others above... is their ability to grasp this ... to be able to see the interconnectivity of the world...
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        Oct 8 2011: It wasn't that hard a question.

        What you consider to be a "deep thought" and what I consider to be one are probably two very different things.

        As someone with no THC receptors, I have experienced what people high on pot think are "deep thoughts" and depending on where they start out intellectually, it can run a wide range (mostly shallow).

        So when someone comes up with something "deep" it depends on the listener. But is everyone capable of objective deep thinking? No.
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          Oct 8 2011: Perhaps in addition.
          If one thinks a thought that hasn't been thought of before he or she is stuck with it because the words to express that thought are missing.
          And to put it in common words ends always in common understanding which is beneath or below that what's been said.
          So in this the listener has to make the same effort as the one that speaks to go beyond any common understanding.
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          Oct 8 2011: See but Gisela you are not understanding the concept of communication(which i think Frans states rather clearly)... WITHIN this question....it is your job... as someone who is responding to it... to try to understand what it is that I am considering to be deep thought.... since I am the one who asked the question...you said that you understand the question.. then if you did understand the question and the concept behind communication... and stopped having such a closed mind... then you would not be responding with the same answer over and over...you are responding with what YOU believe is deep thought but the question is about what I define it to be...See now ...i understand that you argue that everyone is not capable of what YOU consider to be deep though...but thats not what the question is asking...it is not asking what deep thought is...if you read some of the other comments you might be able to figure out what it is im saying when i say deep thought...
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        Oct 9 2011: 'Convoluted' and 'deep' are not synonymous.

        Enjoy your thread.

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