Everyone has heard that one quote from Einstein about fish and bicycles. (EDIT MONTHS LATER: wow bicycles? for real? it’s a fish and its ability to climb a tree? This got past my own proof-reading in a post about intelligence? A little ironic…) It does relate strongly to this discussion, but I didn’t want to be predictable and include it as the main statement. I then accepted that it was probably inevitable that it would crop up somewhere in any discussion on intelligence whether I planned it or not, so I got it out of the way here. Now we can begin.
Freedom of speech gives a person the right to say what they want. The right to say something does not mean they are entitled to anyone providing them with a platform from which to say it, or to anyone listening. Just as an individual has the right to speak, others have the right to say “that statement is not welcome in our community.” Although this can be seen as the suppression of freedom of speech, it is also the community protecting itself.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a challenge in which participants aim to write a 50000 word novel within the month of November. I had vaguely heard of it, but never thought to participate until two friends announced that they were doing it and that I should too. Within a couple of hours, I had thought of a concept and several of the characters, and eagerly awaited the 1st of November.
In this post I discuss my experience, and how it relates to the ideas of success and failure.