Paul Graham wonders Is It Worth Being Wise?

kinnon —  February 28, 2007 — 1 Comment

Another provocative Graham essay. From his conclusion,

…I think it’s important to understand the relationship between intelligence and wisdom, and particularly what seems to be the growing gap between them. That way we can avoid applying rules and standards to intelligence that are really meant for wisdom. These two senses of “knowing what to do” are more different than most people realize. The path to wisdom is through discipline, and the path to intelligence through carefully selected self-indulgence. Wisdom is universal, and intelligence idiosyncratic. And while wisdom yields calmness, intelligence much of the time leads to discontentment.

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  1. I think the pursuit of wisdom is worthwhile. The pursuit of intellegence, less so. You know. Forrest Gump-type stuff.

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