Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quote du jour

"Intellect loses its virtue when it ceases to seek truth and turns to the pursuit of political ends."
-Robert H. Bork

7 comments:

  1. He sure was a victim of his own quote.

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  2. I reject the idea that intelligence is a virtue. I believe that misconception has been the curse of this generation.

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    1. Intelligence is a virtue only insofar as it is applied to being virtuous or doing virtuous things. The term "evil genius" is not without its precedents.

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  3. It's a tool, not a virtue. That said, it could be said there is a qualitative difference between intelligence and intellect. Intellect is cultivated, whereas intelligence, for the most part, is fixed and innate.(i.e., you can't take credit for it.)

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    1. "intelligence, for the most part, is fixed and innate" I believe the potential is innate, but intelligence can be either cultivated or stunted, depending on one's stimulus or environment. IMHO

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  4. True, but by a pretty early age, most professionals agree it's a static value. I'm referring, of course, to I.Q.. What one does with one's IQ is another matter entirely.

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