Re: intelligence w/out drive?

Bjorn Conrad Fry (bear@USNET.US.NET)
Mon, 6 Feb 1995 04:56:31 -0500

Fellow anthro-listers,

Isn't intelligence only part of the equation? What good is intelligence
without drive? That proverbial "fire in the belly" is of enormous
significance in and of itself. What good is it to have a brain like
Einstein's if you just sit there and contemplate your navel? There is
little question that an individual that races through life experiencing
things at every turn doesn't even have to be that intelligent in order to
outperform and even outlearn that unmotivated Einstein. You simply are not
going use your brain very efficiently if there is little or no motivation
to feed it information. Wasn't it Edison who spoke of 99% persperation and
1% inspiration? I for one am convinced that there are strong nurture and
nature elements that cause significant variations in human drive. Then,
other questions need to be asked. What evolutionary factors could cause
variations in innate drive? To what extent do cultures address or reflect
their people's drive factor? Is it really realistic to address intelligence
without drive or "get up and go?"

Bjorn Conrad Fry