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Sigmund Leominster

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  1. Ah, would that we could all take comfort in the belief that we are all above average, and that we are all "special." Sadly, the likelihood is that the average IQ of SL users is 100 and half of us fall below that and half above. There's ample research out there, and has been for many years, that supports the notion that we all believe we are above average intelligence but of course, statistically, that can't be true!

    Quick test: Hands up if you think you are smarter than 2/3rds of the people you meet in SL (or in the forum). Hands down.

    Now, hands up if you think you are dumber than 2/3rds of the people you meet in SL (or in this forum). Anyone holding their hands up? Hmmm.

    We also tend to believe that we are "unique" and "special," along with being "non-conformist," "out-of-the-ordinary," "weird" or "kooky." Again, hands up anyone who thinks they are ordinary, common, uninteresting, and have no real value in life other than living from day to day, "hanging on in quiet desperation," but happy in their dullness.

    Hand down.

    You see, we all want to be different - and to some extent clearly we are - but we also want to be special, and most of us are not. That's OK because there's nothing wrong with mediocrity. It's just hard to accept it. The marvellous thing about SL is we can all become big fish in a small pool, either in-world or by contributing (as we are) to the forums.

    So much as we all want to imagine ourselves as being at that that top shallow end of the human bell curve, the truth is that most of us will be sitting in, and possibly have, a big fat middle.

    Oh, and the first person who joins this thread with the words "well, I'm a member of Mensa, and let me tell you..." should be smacked around the head with a 100x100x100 megaprim and made to eat their own brains (which is, I am told, the definition of "a tenured professor.")

  2. It is, indeed, the weekend, and having just got back from my local tavern, I'm not really in a fit state to engage in any debate more complex than "Where are all my friends," so this thread is exactly at the level at which I can participate. That's a long sentence for someone who's mildy rat-arsed to write, but it has taken me nearly 10 minutes to keep fixing the mistakes ;)

    So /me hands Hippie an ice-cold Modelo Especiale with an extra juicy slice of the freshest lime squeezed through the neck and raises his own bottle to all the folks contributing to this 86-page thread!


  3. Hmm, I've always seen these "rank" things as little more that either (a) "not dead yet" or (b) "Hi, my name's Sigmund and I'm a serial poster." A good post is a good post, a bad one is a bad one, and I can't think there's anyone who seriously measures their self-worth based on their ranking on a bulletin board!

    Mind you, in word, I am "Sir Sigmund of Leominster," an honor bestowed upon me by the Noble House of Leominster, an exclusive order that is only open to... well... anyone called Leominster. I don't expect folks to bow - but a quick tug of a forelock and a nod along with "God bless ye, sir" wouldn't go amiss.

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