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February 2008

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It’s a wind-blown Saturday afternoon in Belfast in the north of Ireland. A new restaurant called Ratz, with an international theme has opened on Bradbury Place. The display menu boasts a wide variety of exotic dishes from around the globe. The exterior has an attractive sand-blown, glass fascia with a world map etched large onto it. Above the door a sign reads in bold italics: “Intercontinental Brasserie.“ I’m peering through the gap between Africa and Asia to have a look at the décor when a voice next to me suddenly says: “Anything good on the menu?” I turn to my left and stare into the crystal blue, inquisitive eyes of an unknown stranger. They belong to a man who is middle aged and slightly dishevelled with longish, unkempt blonde hair and an unshaven, tanned and slightly wrinkled face. He’s wearing a two piece, dark blue rain suit and he’s pushing…

The ability to think freely could prove to be more important than a high level of intelligence. There is apparently more than one type of natural IQ, although conventionally only one type is measured. Others are emotional intelligence, social intelligence and spiritual intelligence. There may well be more. Independence of thought is not a natural ability and without it we could be limited in our perception. Unrestricted thinking can be achieved to a certain extent, but might take years to accomplish, once we have become self aware for the need to do so. After all we are products of our cultures and societies with their distinctive education and belief systems, which have obvious limitations and natural biases. The bigger the picture, the more angles and points of view can be considered and the more nuanced a person’s thought processes might become. Independence of thought can be attained through critical factual…