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I don't feel that gaining knowledge has anything to do with intelligence, but having more knowledge from which to draw can aid in making intelligent decisions. Besides, when I see something interesting here (like the environmental impact of hydro power and the radiation of coal power plants), I can do research and make myself appear more intelligent. The real question is whether apparent intelligence (i.e. being able to recite the entire E2 database over meals) is really any less important than creative intelligence (being able to build a bridge from toothpicks and shoe rubber).

I always felt that "doing stuff" was overrated anyhow...