There is a difference between fluid and crystallized intelligence.
When I was young I was called precocious. Many years later I learned that the term was the definition of how I.Q. was measured. Some children are a few years ahead. This isn’t transient. It’s a lifelong cognitive feature; at the higher ends of the bell curve children can have adult level cognitive skills, and after time surpass the average adult. That smart ass 6th grade student making a mockery of the obnoxious music teacher may actually be quite a bit smarter than the overbearing adult.
Johnny Carlson noticed that children don’t yet have the life experience to understand what they don’t know yet; the same problem all of us face. We don’t know what we don’t know.
He said that the smart children universally had no idea that they were not yet wise. He said that smart children had no way to understand or value what wisdom is or could be.
I was driving down the street today, revved up and impatient. Some dude on a loud bike behind me tried to muscle his way around me, so I muscled him back into place, so that I could overtake the car in front without him butting in line.
Then another bike edged into my front tire. I edged back in an emotional way, but then the bike quickly veered left and overtook the car from that side.
I saw it was a girl, and tried to catch up, but she was gone.
I had a younger intern here a few years ago who would also consistently beat me in traffic.
I’ll never recover the processing speed that I used to have. I’m still holding on to the crystallized intelligence.
This should be passed down.
I’ve accomplished and experienced mini wonderful lifetimes. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some people at a deep level. That’s always impressive. Year by year I prune what I do give, but also have more to give.
I had thought that my brain was fast degrading, but I think that intermittent fasting and Metformin have afforded me a few years of slower decline. My eyebrows have turned from greying to normal. I have more clear minded days.
Much of my life people advised me to become a psychologist. They thought I had unusual insight and was penetratingly helpful.
I’m feeling ready to explore that role.
I also think that people learn by imprinting, not just by narrative reorganization. I’m looking into setting up microphones and possibly cameras that will record upon sound and motion for the silly yet purposeful things that keep me and my girl mutually entranced. I think that this is the only way to capture and teach deep nuance.
I started learning hypnosis at age 12, and at my age of 53 hypnosis has become the poetry of conversational prose.
I’m embedded in what I’ve tried to learn. I’m steeped in being Canadian, years of being a struggling hard core Buddhist, decades of entrepreneurial business, and being girl obsessed since age 3. Those cultures and many more are developed in me and deserve to be passed down. But I won’t pass them down as rote ideas. I’m old enough to have the wisdom of grandparents and a light touch; seeing many possibilities, yet allowing the student to create his own new possibilities, in his own unique way. If I had to create a brand icon, it would be more cool-uncle figure than wise-father figure.
I have had big personal impacts on people. More than one girl has said to me “just knowing that someone like you exists made a big difference in my life”. My current girlfriend is 30 years younger than me, and I work at home and we live full time together, and she has a shrine of pictures to me and us on top of the piano and over the wall. She complains about how much she loves me. This is common and normal. I know why she does that, and hope to teach it.
I will be taking on clients. It won’t be inexpensive, however I’ll do some initial consults at an inexpensive rate.
I paid a lot of money in my life for the benefit of mentors. Thousands and thousands, when I had almost nothing.
Because there is real value.
I know that I’m more than good at being more than charming, and long term. My “wife” and my ex girlfriends know it too. I’d like to think that in today’s economy this is a valuable thing. The robots and artificial intelligences can’t impart these important skills.
I don’t know for how much longer I’ll be able to impart them, though. I’m told that after 50 or 60 most brains start to get a bit mushy. There is a time window to learn from your predecessors. You won’t get it all from the remaining books. Living traditions are living. Like yogurt.
If you’d like a quick 5 minute interview to suss out if you think I can quickly add value to your life, take a look at the contact page.