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Old January 25th, 2018, 12:55 PM   #1
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Link Between Intelligence & Viewing the World in Greater Detail

The More Intelligent One is, the Greater Ability they Possess to View the World in Detail

Consider, if this is true, how do we reconcile it with PhD Scientists who subscribe to Young Earth Creationism? If it is false, how would the ability to view the world in greater detail not be connected with the concept of intelligence in a logically consistent matter? Is there more to the picture than has been raised here (as of yet)?

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The More Intelligent One is, the Greater Ability they Possess to View the World in Detail

Consider, if this is true, how do we reconcile it with PhD Scientists who subscribe to Young Earth Creationism? If it is false, how would the ability to view the world in greater detail not be connected with the concept of intelligence in a logically consistent matter? Is there more to the picture than has been raised here (as of yet)?

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I can only attempt a partial answer via a personal anecdote. For my graduate school research, although my thesis has the name of the vice-head of the chemistry department on it as my research director, he was too busy kissing administration ass trying to become president of the university and effectively I developed under the wing of a brilliant post-doctoral fellow from England. He taught me well.

Anyway, this guy was a brilliant chemist with a great understanding of physics and he was a staunch catholic. We were close enough that I repeatedly asked him how he could rationalize such an apparent dichotomy.

One day, over a beer or two after work, he took some time to explain, without any apology at all, that he engaged in doublethink. During work hours and when discussing science, technology and related, he put on his scientist hat. During non-technical times in his life and with his family and religious friends he put on his catholic hat. And yes, the ideas were incompatible but he was satisfied with that life.
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I can only attempt a partial answer via a personal anecdote. For my graduate school research, although my thesis has the name of the vice-head of the chemistry department on it as my research director, he was too busy kissing administration ass trying to become president of the university and effectively I developed under the wing of a brilliant post-doctoral fellow from England. He taught me well.

Anyway, this guy was a brilliant chemist with a great understanding of physics and he was a staunch catholic. We were close enough that I repeatedly asked him how he could rationalize such an apparent dichotomy.

One day, over a beer or two after work, he took some time to explain, without any apology at all, that he engaged in doublethink. During work hours and when discussing science, technology and related, he put on his scientist hat. During non-technical times in his life and with his family and religious friends he put on his catholic hat. And yes, the ideas were incompatible but he was satisfied with that life.
Great story--thanks for sharing.

Now, is there reason to believe that engaging in such blatant "double-think" is beneficial to one's life? As, if there is, then this would appear to be a point in favor for the "overall intelligence" level of such a person. However, if it is shown to be generally negative, than this would seem to suggest that such a person's "overall intelligence level" is lower than their specific intelligence level in certain areas that are conducive to Scientific research (for instance)?
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