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Old 02-14-2016, 03:53 PM   #9
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I was shocked that this was defunded in midstream and utterly disappointed. Off the top of my head I don't know the exact comparison number's between the Super super and the LHC at Cern but it would have dwarfed it. The God particle would have knelt before it. A huge setback in the advancement of human knowlege. Whether you believe it was a stupid decision or unavoidable due to cost it will always be wrong in my mind.

Oh, and Baron, that's impressive and now we know where the brains come from.

Cheers, BostonTim
I appreciate that. My grandfather was a true genius...don't know his exact IQ but it was over 140.

Mine's not quite that high.

Little anecdotal story. He taught me to play chess at 7 years old. He would handicap himself by starting with some pieces missing, but as I got better he would start playing with more pieces.

I was forced, literally forced, to play at least once a day, and the man NEVER let me win! He said he would make me play every day until I beat him.

I finally did it at 16 years old. Man, what a great day that was. 9 years...my entire childhood, of trying to achieve the impossible. But...the point is, when I DID beat him, I knew it was legit. I knew, without question, that I hard earned it and done it fair and square.

EDIT: (Incidentally, they signed me up for chess club in 7th grade. I was in it for 2 years...7th and 8th grade. I never lost, not even 1 game....all the while with grampa whooping my ass at home every evening.)

Can you imagine what people would say about forcing your kid to do that and never let them win, nowadays?

I never did like chess that much in the first place, and still don't. It is just a dull game, in my opinion. I like calculating odds, and that sort of thing, risk vs reward.

On a brighter note, I used to play pinochle into the late hours with the adults, even on school nights. Our version was "double deck cutthroat pinochle"....it was a rather ruthless version, and very complex..you held 19 cards in your hand to play. I was very, very good. I was generally better than the adults, so they actually enjoyed playing with me, because I was legit competition...even at 10 years old. Playing games was our family time, I guess.

Then I grew up, and got into Magic:The Gathering for awhile. I was pretty good at that, too...beat some of the pros, got ranked up to 12th in the world. You know who ALWAYS beat me, though? The ones that consistently wiped the floor with me, even though I was beating pros? It was the damn 10 year old kids! I learned then that young minds can creatively grasp new strategies and concepts much quicker than old minds. I would pick up on the latest tricks pretty well, but by then, the kids were already on to devising countermeasures for the latest meta strategy.

God....we underestimate kids soooooo much in today's world. We coddle them and shelter them. I think that as a society we vastly underestimate and waste young minds by not challenging them enough, young minds need exercise like young muscles do.

Oh, and incidentally....I had several adults really flip out when I beat them (because, like in professional chess, the higher rank you are, the harder your rating takes a beating when you lose to someone lower ranked). But the kids....the kids when they got beat never freaked out, they immediately set their minds to why they lost and what they can do to counter my type of strategy. They didn't take it personally or anything. It was normal for them.

Anyway, sorry for the off topic rambling. It just set in motion thoughts I had that I wanted to get down while they were fresh. Kids don't need to be sheltered and coddled, they need to be challenged to even realize their own potential. That's what I believe.
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