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  1. Recently, I've been noticing myself getting into the habit of analyzing the intelligence of other people. In doing this, I've been judging a large number of individuals as stupid for a number of reasons. I feel as though the people around me are thinking in ways that are very simple, whereas my own thoughts are far more complex. Yet at the same time, I wonder if other individuals are thinking the same thing about me, and our thoughts are of equal complexity, only to be dumbed down by the natural inadequacies of language. In addition, I find my self often silently refuting the statements of others without the patience or confidence to open said refutes to others. As a result, I tend not to know whether or not there is a genuine counter to an argument I present, or any sort of an argument against my refute is based in fallacy and ignorance. At the same time, I fear bringing up my refutes for fear of upsetting or offending individuals. This causes me to silently assume individuals as incompetent without giving them chance enough to prove their worth.

    I really didn't see this as an issue until I noticed that the individuals I seem to deem smart are those that have opinions and personalities similar to mine.

    I want to tell myself I'm asking this because I don't want to overestimate myself, but perhaps even asking this question is just a way for me to validate my own perceived superior intellect? Fuck, I can't tell at this point.

    Long story short, I can't tell if I think I'm smarter than other people because I actually am, or because it's natural for humans to think to themselves that they are smarter than other humans. Am I really "smarter" than most people or do I just have a line of thought within a minority?

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    2. durian

      durian

      Joshy said:

      Oh man, did I experience that period for a while! :( Thankfully finishing a degree knocked some sense into me

      Yeah, college/academia is good for that. I was fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of some pretty brutal intellectual smack-downs - it helped a lot!

      Maes said:

      Well....most of the time, at least.

      Ah ha! Well, the thing about forbidden colours is that they're distinct binary hues. So, in the same way that green, blue, and greenish-blue are all distinct colours (though the first two are unique while the third is binary), red, green, and reddish-green are all distinct colours (indeed, this is how they're presented in the page that you link to). Notably, being greenish-blue is not a matter of being both green and blue - that is, being two distinct colours at the same time - it's its own determinate colour; likewise, being reddish-green (if anything is) is not a matter of being both red and green - it's its own determinate colour, though of course it's a binary hue rather than a unique hue. I could equally, then, have said that being reddish-green excludes being green (or red).

      The exclusion principle that I'm implicitly appealing to actually has nothing to do with the specific colours in question - rather, it's just one aspect of the logic determinables/determinates. So, similar claims could be made for any pair of determinate colours, or any pair of determinate shapes, etc. Actually, things aren't perhaps as settled as all that - I do know some people who deny that determinates of the same determinable necessarily exclude one another, but those guys are crazy! :)

    3. Doom Marine

      Doom Marine

      I was looking for some stupid shit slipped in there, like "I'm a faggot"... something I would've done.

    4. Clonehunter

      Clonehunter

      Pricks are gay, but sometimes they are preferred by cunts.

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