RAW quote: intelligence blocking

"Intelligence is the capacity to receive, decode and transmit information efficiently. Stupidity is blockage of this process at any point. Bigotry, ideologies, etc. block the ability to receive; robotic reality-tunnels block the ability to decode or integrate new signals; censorship blocks transmission."

-- Robert Anton Wilson



  1. Never blocking anything produces a cacophony. Intelligence is the ability to figure out which patterns – produced by (temporary) selective blocking of most of the rest of reality – are useful under which circumstances. Dogma is trying to use one pattern for everything. Ignorance is the inability to discern the existence of a possible pattern. Disinterest/dullness is a fear or a laziness that leads to an unwillingness to go against/beyond previously identified patterns (and censorship a promotion thereof). And fantasist irrationality is the tendency to invent patterns by working backwards from desired conclusions.

    1. Nevertheless, if you had sufficient intelligence to do so, you could do even better by processing more of the data. In other words, our sensory input exceeds our ability to process it, but it is in principle possible to do better than any human ever could.

  2. I’ll go out on a limb here and ask someone to explain to me what a “robotic reality-tunnel” is supposed to be.

    1. One in which information becomes dismissed because it does not conform to the prior programming of the robotic mind. For example, if someone says to you “If we want a world with less violence, we should eradicate all governments”, you might think “But who will build the roads?”, since your prior programming MIGHT have included the tenet ‘Only governments can provide public services’. This tenet of course becomes instantly rebutted by the argument (made by Hans-Hermann Hoppe) that ‘Just because monkeys can ride bikes, doesn’t mean that ONLY monkeys can ride bikes.’
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