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Comment: Re:The true burden (Score 1) 385

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49509989) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Absolutely. My IQ is above average according to the tests I've taken at various times.

Apparently I have high logical and spatial intelligence, and a good sense of rhythm, but I also have below-average social intelligence and "people skills".

It's all a tradeoff, very very few people are good at literally everything.

Comment: Re:The true burden (Score 1) 385

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49509971) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

Let's ignore IQ then.

Still, the fact remain, by most definition of intelligence, someone very smart would know more things, be more "aware" of the world, etc.

And the world fucking sucks. The more you know and understand it, the more depressing it is.

I agree 100%. Knowing too much and not being able to mentally ignore the obvious bullshit sucks so much.

Comment: Personally, happiness is fleeting (Score 1) 385

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49509951) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

My IQ is somewhere above 130, according to standardized tests. I am fully aware that IQ only measures very specific types of intelligence, and that I am probably both above and below average on other types of intelligence. For instance I absolutely suck at general small-talk. I love talking about things inside my sphere of interest, but the general "so, what's up?" kind of small talk completely flummoxes me.

I would say that being more informed of issues in the world, and being intelligent enough to know that there are better ways, definitely contributes to negatively to overall happiness. I mean, how can anyone be truly happy when there is war, hunger, injustice and exploitation in the world? How can anyone be content with the current situation when people are being mutilated and murdered by religious fanatics because they believe in different fairytales?

It's not that I never feel good emotions. I am moved to tears by particularly beautiful musical numbers, or sometimes movie scenes or books. I feel joy when I share good experiences with my friends and family. I am excited when I drive go-carts or ride my motorcycle. I am not a "*beep-boop* FEELINGS ARE ILLOGICAL" robot, I just don't think I have ever have felt true happiness, because I wonder and worry far too much.

Ignorance is bliss.

Comment: Re:An Odd Bird (Score 1) 110

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49484031) Attached to: First 26 Pages of Neal Stephenson's New Novel "Seveneves" Online

Or maybe some people are just more on the same wavelength as mr. Stephenson, and 'get' him. For instance, I absolutely love the whole concept of Cryptonomicon and the numerous geeky technical asides. I could have done without the wanking system description, but nothing is ever perfect.

And I didn't find The Baroque Cycle tedious or plodding at all, I guess it just hit the right notes of mystery and alternate history for me.

Comment: Re:I've never understood that claim. (Score 1) 287

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49421413) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Yes, I have ridden heavy bikes. I have also ridden medium bikes and light bikes. Thumpers, twins, 4-bangers, sports bikes, standards and cruisers, on and off road. Trust me, I know the difference.

I also know that if you brake hard, and do it correctly, the back end will not come around. That is unless you brake using the rear brake only, in which case you should not be allowed on a bike ever again until you learn proper braking technique. And of course you should only ever brake hard in a completely straight line. That's pretty basic stuff.

In ideal hard braking on a motorcycle, the rear wheel should just barely be on the ground. That means you're putting the maximum amount of braking through the front wheel. Of course, some bikes are so damn pig-heavy, long-wheelbased and underbraked that they can't do this, so adjust accordingly. The point is that you have to put as much braking force through the front wheel as possible. Again, basic physics that everyone who rides should know.

Yes, of course you shouldn't be off the gas when swerving, but you shouldn't be accelerating, either. Neutral throttle, learn it, live it.

Your overconfidence is still showing.

Comment: Re:I've never understood that claim. (Score 1) 287

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49410477) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Uh no, by increasing your speed, you're actually reducing your maneuverability. The faster you go, the less sharp your turns can be. That's why you can pretty easily do slow figure-8s at alternating full steering lock on most bikes at idle in 1st gear, but try to do so at even slightly higher speeds, and it just goes to shit because you have to lean excessively.

If you want to do proper evasive maneuvers, you have to bleed off as much speed as possible first, by braking as much as you can in a straight line.

If you had had any sort of actual rider training, you would know this.

Comment: Re:I've never understood that claim. (Score 1) 287

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49410449) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Well, good thing you're playing up your little action movie scenario after the fact, acting as if you knew exactly what you were doing, with cool and calm reactions. You even threw in a little tough guy comment afterwards. Yeah, you would totally have killed that woman, way to guy, mr. Tough Guy.

Bull. Shit.

You fucking panicked and reacted in a stupid-ass way. Don't try to act as if what you did was in any way a rational move.

If you had taken any sort of serious rider training (as is mandatory in most western countries other that the US), you would have received extensive training in evasive maneuvers. In fact, you wouldn't even have been allowed to take the second on-road part of the rider's test before demonstrating acceptable skill in evasive braking and swerving.

What you should have done was brake hard, then release and swerve hard by countersteering strongly. Accelerating into a dangerous situation like you did is approximately the second-stupidest thing ("I had to lay 'er down" is still the stupidest) you can do in an emergency situation.

I have seen riders brake so hard the rear wheel left the ground, then countersteer and swerve so hard the front wheel actually left the ground momentarily, and then come out of the maneuver in perfect form.

You're not nearly as tough as you think you are. Advanced riding classes are an absolute must, especially in the US where there is basically no mandatory rider's training at all.

Comment: Re:You don't say... (Score 0) 606

by KozmoStevnNaut (#49222883) Attached to: YouTube Video of Racist Chant Results In Fraternity Closure

That's because almost every single other group is a "white pride" (or at least celebration of western white culture) group in disguise. Everything that happens in the western world is more a less a celebration of what white men have created over the last couple hundred years of history. You just can't see it because it's become the default state of the world you live in.

You colossal idiot.

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