I have had a post running around in my head about Virginia Satir, Jay Haley, Milton Erickson and Don Jackson, and all the family systems theory people who were such giants 30 years ago, names to conjure with: how they intellectually descended from Gregory Bateson; how their work ultimately broke up and proved of only limited use when confronted with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and autism - which they implied were just extensions of regular human difficulties and thus treatable by their methods if one was sufficiently skilled; of their tendency to try and apply their therapy ideas to cultural issues and international relations: and of a great weakness in Wikipedia in reporting facts in a circle, such as the knowledge that Satir greatly influenced the development of NeuroLinguistic Programming! without having to mention that NLP turned out to be utter crap. There's a whole cultural history of the social sciences in there, and a discussion of the dangers of The Inner Ring, as described by CS Lewis, and a few snide remarks that are really quite clever, if I can only work them into a spot.
But I don't want to think that hard and work that hard. Am I just intellectually lazy? Bored? Mildly depressed? Whichever, it points up a distinction between cleverness and intelligence. At the moment, I am certainly not the latter, though I may still qualify as the former. Live, not in writing, that is. I'm much more interesting in person.
Which would also make a good post, wouldn't it? Cleverness vs Intelligence, whose got which among the famous? Colbert and Stewart could be intelligent but are merely clever - except that's how they make oodles of money and get a reputation for intelligence, so who's the smart one? Not I.
I have also been thinking, related to Who Struck John's comment under my Risk Aversion post, of the odd question of whether we really believe even simple arithmetic, when it goes against our feelings of gain and loss. That, in the context of compounding interest on investments over time. It doesn't take very advanced math. You could sketch it out with just arithmetic. Yet somehow, we don't act as if we really believe it. I haven't the energy to make a decent pro-and-con, but-have-we-considered, Fairly Solid Conclusion out of it.
By simple count, I am posting less often these last few months. OTOH, I usually post less in August, and often July as well. But it still suggests I am entering a dry period, and may not provide you with much sport for a while.