„The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do“

—  John Holt, How Children Fail (1964).
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„Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do.“

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„We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn't want to meet.“

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„Resistance to deciding the next action (before we have to) stems from how it exposes the vulnerability of our intelligence.“

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