Flyss noticed a fascinating post by Oxadrenals over at hiddenimmortals.info. Because it’s hard to link to a particular post in a forum, I’d like to copy it over to here.
Oxadrenals is replying to a question about whether Immortals are particularly intelligent. He replies as follows,
“Living a long time doesn’t make one smart, myself being living proof. The years go by with no growth in IQ. Actually, most of us are pretty behind the times when it comes to knowing things. Ask me about 18th century France, and I’m a wiz, but things have become a blur since then. As for science, back when I went to college God had still created the universe in 6 days. Unless you’re the sort of person who spends all your time studying, and doesn’t mind unlearning things over and over, most of what you know is going to be outdated.”
This causes me to recollect that it is primarily during our school years that we engage in broad and wholesale learning. Afterwards, at most we specialize. An Immortal would have to work very hard indeed to keep informed. It changes how I think of them. I had previously tended to imagine them as knowing far, far more than one of us. Perhaps it is the reverse. — Stephen
[NOTE: Oxadrenals is now posting a full version of this story here.]