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Daemon
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It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble ... Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)
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Funny that nature may or want something someone compensate.
markm
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I wonder if he is talking about nature in general or just human nature. I suppose it could be true for both. Intelligence develops, is useful, only in response to necessity and danger. Humans only resort to intelligence when all other modes of action have proven useless. With nature it is a rather Darwinist idea. with humans he seems a little cynical.
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Heavy tread of human ingenuity become unbearable for nature (planet???), as is the case with global warming or nuclear playthings. What's bring about genetic engineering transformation?
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Daemon wrote:
It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble ... Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)


Versatility of human intellectual and physical qualities, the result of stimulation from change, would not be possible without the primitive atavistic capability to adapt.
Perhaps that is the law of nature we overlook, and the limits imposed on it.
MTC
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"It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble ... Nature never appeals to intelligence until habit and instinct are useless. There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change."

This would account for a great deal of conservative thinking.
jcbarros
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Within this line of thinking a more subtle alternative is changing some things so that those things remain the same .... gatopardism or Leopard principle. But you cannot fool the nature.
MTC
Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 10:02:36 PM
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I found the following online about "gatopardism:"

Gatopardismo

a situation where change is more apparent than real

Explanation:
Based on Lamedusa's novel The Leopard, it is used frequently to refer to the handover of power in Cuba from one Castro to the other.

Although used occasionally, (the poster) thinks "gatopardism" would not be understood by many English readers.

http://www.creditwritedowns.com/2010/04/throwing-in-the-towe...


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