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Elsa
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I'm going to read about the health of a person's intellect. Their sanity, basically.

Reminds me of back when Saturn was in Virgo - work for your mental health.

It may sound stupid to some, but I don't think losing your mind would be that enjoyable.

How can an intellect become ill? Any ideas?

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 I think you can ruin the intellect with drugs. I went to high school with one of the most intelligent guys I've ever met. He had 2 severe losses during Jr. and Sr. years, with one parent dying in a car accident, and the other by suicide. He was never the same. He got really heavy into drugs. He started his own religion and last I heard he was homeless and completely out of his mind.

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Elsa
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I agree, in regards to drugs, kab.

I also think skills degrade if they aren't utilized.

This book is interesting. I am barely into it and captured by it. I will write about it when I have a chance to think things through. It's hard right now, with the site stuff going on and a lot of consultation, which require my focused concentration.

But he's writing about how the words, "unimaginable" and "inconceivable" have become interchangeable...in the 1940's.

He's right about this in 2014, that's for sure.

I don't know. I have a lot to say, once I can get the chance to say it! :)

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I've had the same experience as kab (pretty much).  One of the sharpest guys I've ever known completely lost it when he started drugs.  It was a shame...  🙁

I also think you can contaminate your intellect with not examining your sources.  Not sexy, I know, but with the glut of info out there you never know whether some[thing] is reliable unless you check, check, and recheck.  Yanno?  GIGO.  Easy to go down the rabbit hole.

ETA:
Also agreeing with disuse.  Just didn't know how to phrase it. Smile

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Agree on drugs and misusage. But also think, one can ruin his / her own intellect by too much thinking. One can get obsessive about a topic and start thinking in circles. Getting back to the same point but in different ways, having more solutions to one problem but not using any solutions to get past the problem, starting again. The multiple solutions exist next to each other and after a while you can't tell which one is true. You bend reality.

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Elsa
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That's interesting too, whynot.
I'm reading about the bad effect, imagination has on the intellect. :)

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