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    Quote Originally Posted by momental View Post
    That's why I was saying be reasonable....
    It doesn't actually solve the problem, it's just eliminating the problem.

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    "You can't solve every problem but you can always detach yourself from a problem" - wise words my father once spoke (and it's even a play on words in German!)

    First question that came to mind at reading the OP (and most of the thread): What does "lightly above average" mean? If we are talking about just a little above average (and half the population is at least exactly average or better if we are looking at a bell curve ditribution as in the case of intelligence) I see no problem. One standard deviation sounds comfortable. Scratching just below the second standard deviation however (i.e. maybe technically not gifted but smart enough to have tasted blood and at the same time feel alienated from the majority of the population) sucks big time. You can see clearly where you want to go but see no realistic chance of getting there. It means to be constantly torn between hybris and and feelings of inadequacy.

    However, it has been said that with an IQ of 120 or 125 or so (don't remember exactly) you have enough in your toolboox to learn and understand anything you put your mind to.

    But yeah, I can very much empathize with Salieri as Peter Shaffer depicts him. *sigh*

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    I think genius is the worst position. In some ways I have begun to think that extreme intelligence is a genetic weakness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    It doesn't actually solve the problem, it's just eliminating the problem.
    Isn't solving the problem eliminating it? It is no longer a problem if you solve it, and if you eliminate the problem it is no longer there. So it should still exist, but not be a problem?

    Does it help if I say that by reasonable I meant realistic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by momental View Post
    Isn't solving the problem eliminating it? It is no longer a problem if you solve it, and if you eliminate the problem it is no longer there. So it should still exist, but not be a problem?
    You're teaching yourself to ignore it. Almost becoming ignorant in a way.

    It's like those in sports that say if they give it their all and still lose a game, it's okay because they gave it their all. Others say that's just loser talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    You're teaching yourself to ignore it. Almost becoming ignorant in a way.

    It's like those in sports that say if they give it their all and still lose a game, it's okay because they gave it their all. Others say that's just loser talk.
    I don't think eliminating the problem is denying it. I think you can try to do so, but in being more realistic and reasonable you do eliminate the problem. I never said denying the problem. It's more like compartmentalizing the issue and removing it in a more digestible manner. That's what I meant by reasonable.

    Re-reading my first post towards the end I did say that trying to deal with that issue would be worse than actually fixing it. That was my bad, but my true intention was to mean being more realistic.

    Convenient right?

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    Ha, yes!

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