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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Science fiction does have dumb people on occasion. Search the Sky [amazon.com] by Pohl and Kornbluth is an interesting piece of early pulp sci fi that explores what it would be like to colonize a series of worlds that don't have sufficiently large populations to prevent inbreeding. At least one of these worlds was full of dumb people.
    • Many years ago when I used to play a lot of Dungeons and Dragons, I had a character that I really liked. He was a dwarf fighter - his strength was 18, but his intelligence was 5. (I.e. he had the strength and intelligence of a bulldozer.) His name was Stump. Often, while the party be having a long discussion about the best way to proceed, Stump would fail an intelligence roll and suddenly start beating on a door or jumping into a possible trap. That was often not the most sensible move, but it got things moving again.