Clever raccoon. Wise humans?

A raccoon managed to solve an intelligence problem by bypassing it.

In a study, the researchers set up a cylinder with a floating marshmallow too low for the raccoons to grab. For the training session, the team balanced some stones on the rim of the tube. When the raccoons knocked them in, it showed how dropping stones in the water would raise the height. Once this had been done, the researchers set up the experiment again, this time with stones on the ground.

Two of the eight raccoons realized that if they pick up these stones, they can use them to bring up the height of the water and reach the delicious marshmallow.

But a third sneaky raccoon managed to create an entirely new method – tipping the entire, very heavy tube so the sugary snack would just come out with the water.

Birds certainly haven’t done that before, as far as we know. (1)

Being clever is about solving problems.

Being very clever is about solving a different problem than the one presented.

Being wise is about thinking there is no problem at all.

We value cleverness. But we misinterpret wisdom for stupidity.

When someone does not see or understand the problems we have, we insist that he is not-so-intelligent simply because he does not share our image of the cosmos. Most of the times we are right. The world is full of stupid people. But sometimes, just sometimes, we are wrong. And the “stupid” old man standing by us is wiser than we can ever imagine.

A racoon throws rocks into the tube to eat.

A smart racoon overturns the tube to eat.

A man admires the racoon.

A wise man does not even want to eat…

More clever: Meaning nothing (at all).

A 12-year-old girl who had an inkling she might be quite clever has taken a test and proved she was absolutely right.

Lydia Sebastian achieved the top score of 162 on Mensa’s Cattell III B paper, suggesting she has a higher IQ than well-known geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

But the comparison doesn’t sit well with the British student, who’s currently in Year 8 at Colchester County high school, a selective girl’s grammar school in Essex, England.

“I don’t think I can be compared to such great intellectuals such as Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. They’ve achieved so much. I don’t think it’s right,” Lydia told CNN. (1)

The little girl IS clever.

Not because she has high IQ. IQ shows nothing more than the ability to succeed in the specific test of MENSA. But because she understands that you need more than analytical thought in order to be a genius.

What a genius does is to look at things outside of the box. Not to just analyze and think, but to FEEL beyond what is visible. And you can only feel the cosmos by not analyzing it.

Don’t try to win MENSA test.

Don’t try to fail MENSA test.

Just ignore it.

Wise vs. Clever.

She learned to read, then for a challenge she taught herself Spanish – at the tender age of 2. Her parents took her to the doctor, where IQ tests put her in the top 2% of test-takers, with an IQ of 160 – the same as Albert Einstein’s. Her doctors told a reporter that her IQ was “off the scale.” (1)

In the era of measuring, we can find “genius” everywhere.
Soon small children will solve puzzles faster than light.
And measuring their performance will lead to the “discovery” of a whole new generation of “clever” people.

But it is “wise” people we need. Not “clever” people.
Solve any puzzle you want within any time-frame you wish.

Love is what we need. Caring.
Not more Sudoku super solvers.

Are you wise enough to see the difference you stupid modern man?

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