jts Posted December 9, 2019 Share Posted December 9, 2019 First a quote from Ayn Rand Lexicon on what intellectual independence is. Independence is the recognition of the fact that yours is the responsibility of judgment and nothing can help you escape it—that no substitute can do your thinking, as no pinch-hitter can live your life—that the vilest form of self-abasement and self-destruction is the subordination of your mind to the mind of another, the acceptance of an authority over your brain, the acceptance of his assertions as facts, his say-so as truth, his edicts as middle-man between your consciousness and your existence. Now a story. Garry Kasparov was introduced to the game of chess at the age of 6. At age 8 he was chess champion of his home town Baku. At age 9 a visiting grandmaster said Kasparov was already thinking at the level of a grandmaster. At age 10 Kasparov decided to become a professional chess player and became a student in the Botvinnik School of Chess. The Botvinnik School of Chess was run by Mikhail Botvinnik, former world champion. Botvinnik said: This boy has talent. I will see to his education personally. Botvinnik said: The future of chess is in the hands of this young man. 10 year old Kasparov had a question for Botvinnik. He showed Botvinnik a chess position and some analysis. Botvinnik said stop, you can calculate fast, i cannot. Botvinnik went thru the analysis more slowly and found a mistake. Botvinnik said, why did you play this move? Kasparov said, It's the move everybody plays. Botvinnik said, Never take anything on trust. This move is wrong. Focus on NEVER TAKE ANYTHING ON TRUST. This sounds like Ayn Rand.s virtue of intellectual independence. Questions 1. Did the former world champion give the future world champion good advice? 2. Would it have been good advice if it had been given to someone other than Kasparov? 3. Would it have been god advice if it had been about something other than chess? 4. Is intellectual independence always a virtue? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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