intelligence

“Fluoride seems to fit in with lead, mercury and other poisons that cause chemical brain drain. The effect of each toxicant may seem small, but the combined damage on a population scale may be serious, especially because the brain power of the next generation is crucial to all of us.”  
 ~ Philippe Grandjean

Humans Are Weird

It is well established among all sentient species that Humans are Weird. Exceptional Humans, however, make the regular humans seem almost tame in comparison.
Yatrov was to show the newest crew member- another Human- “the ropes”, as Human Jenny phrased it.
Upon arriving, however, the newest Human barely spared xir even a glance, which was odd, seeing how Humans prize interaction above all else. Shrugging it off, xe delicately held out a clawed hand to engage in the Human positive-meeting greeting, a “hand-shake” it was aptly named. “I am known as Yatrov, in Human Common tongue. I am sorry to say that I was unable to read your file report, and am thus left without your name. What is it you wish to be called?” Yatrov was genuinely sorry; the ship was in dire need of repairs, and this Human was coming to help.
Instead of taking the proffered hand, the human’s brown eyes stared into xi’s own violet. “I am Giovanni. And you are approximately 7 minutes late. I do not fault you for your tardiness, your job is a busy one, so your apologies are void. I do not need to see the entirety of this ship, I only require the engine room. Take me there and I will begin repairs immediately. Social niceties and other such meaningless things can be done at a later date, if done they must be at all.”
Yatrov felt somewhat slighted; xe’s species did not greet with touch, but it was seen as an insult- a social misdemeanor- to deny the shaking of hands. Attributing it to the Human having been under circumstances that made him “cranky” and to the fact that the Human was excited to work- humans forgot norms when excited, xe had found- Yatrov continued to try to create a pack-bond with this Human, “I have heard many great things about you.”
“Truly?” The Human considered this for a moment, head tilting, “I am merely faster than most, mentally. A marathoner or racer is not spoken of in as high-esteem as those with quick mental facilities are, are they?” The Human was speaking out loud, xe found this practice odd and ignored it. “What exactly have you heard?” The Human tapped their legs with their fingers, adopting a rhythm unknown to xir, and hummed. 
Arrogance or curiosity? “Admittedly, not much has been told. I know that you have several thesis papers, have repaired and improved upon numerous ships, and that you were good enough that our captain was surprised that you even bothered to consider joining our crew.”
“Huh.” And that was that. Giovanni did not speak after that, made no effort to communicate. Giovanni did not try to obtain physical contact. Giovanni remained aloof with even Human crewmates long after he had joined. He also remained fidgety, seemingly unable to keep still, unless it was to engage in a staring contest with the resident cat- to keep the Humans from adopting a weird, deadly creature- or to continue his single-minded work with machinery.
Three weeks after he had joined, the ship was attacked. Vernians boarded the ship, using their many appendages to apprehend multiple members of The Highlight- the ship- at once. No one knew where Giovanni was, and no one would have been surprised if he had left to save his own hide.
Which was precisely why everyone, who were all bound and trying to negotiate with what was essentially pirates, was surprised when Giovanni came around the corner, a knocked out Vernian held under gun point.
Guns pointed at him, Vernians shifted to attack him. “What you need to know: firstly, I have hacked into your language processors. All Vernae will sound like gibberish.” He paused, then grinned ferally. “Try”, he dared.
“Kir-ah?!” They did, and did not seem pleased with the results.
“Back! Restore!” the voices of Vernians screeched, their language translators on the fritz. 
“Secondly,” he paused, “I will shoot your friend if you do not release my own.” When an uproar of shouting started again, he blandly stated, “Blank point will be quite messy, won’t it?” He hummed, as though in thought, though his eyes trailed after every movement the Vernians made.
A smaller one, likely emotionally closer to the Vernian Giovanni was holding captive,  pounced.
ZZZZZT-PA! The Vernian howled, two of its 11 “arms” gone. “My threat is not idle.”
The room quieted, members of the Highlighter slowly being released.
“Thirdly.” His lips pursed, his nose tilted, sneer deadly, “Run, and pray that I never see you again!” He shot a wall, and they scattered, leaving the crew of The Highlighter mostly unscathed.
It was hours later, after the chaos was settled and the ship fixed up again, that Yatrov approached Giovanni.
“Why did you save us?”
Giovanni scrunched his thick eyebrows together, “Why ever would I not?”
“You make no attempt to communicate with us.” Yatrov insisted, trying to discover the reason Giovanni would do something without some sort of gain.
“Oh, that.” He dismissively waved his hand, his face again lax and bored. “I do not see the point in wasting words. I enjoy the presence of the crew, and- while I see no point in engaging in it- their idle chatter is amusing to listen to.” He raised an eyebrow, “Why do you ask?”
“The crew operated under the belief that you disliked us.” Yatrov felt a small bit of shame; clearly, Yatrov had been wrong to assume that all Humans were so similar.
“I-” He looked hurt, eyes filling with water- tears, they were called, and Yatrov knew that this was not a good sign. His lips twitched, his words near whispered, “Did you not consider me a friend? I thought we were.” He had begun nervously threading his fingers, humming lightly.
“I thought you disliked me.” Yatrov’s admission only increased xir’s guilt, and the slight tremors of the Humans smaller body.
“I made you and the others a new computer.” Giovanni’s eyes searched Yatrov’s one, and again found no solace. A computer did not equate to friendship. “I *made* you and the others a new computer.” The emphasis hit Yatrov. Why would one handmake something if the person receiving it did not matter to them.
“I am sorry.” Yatrov paused, xe had seen it in a Human film once, maybe…? “Can we start over?” A small nod eased Yatrov’s mind and reaffirmed xir’s decision. “I am the one known as Yatrov, and I enjoy reading: fiction, typically.” Xe did not hold out his hand, but stared Giovanni right in the eye.
The smirk on Giovanni’s face told xir that the actions- or lack there of- was not missed. “I am known as Giovanni.” He held out his hand, looking smug and slightly proud of remembering this, as their hands clasped, he said, “I enjoy sandwhiches, science, and conversations on how realistic or achievable a work of fiction can be. It will be a pleasure to work with you.”

Humans were odd, but exceptional Humans lived by a very different set of rules. Intelligence changed their perceptions. Yatrov knew, from personal experience, that they were still Human, still fantastic and horrifying, at their core. Yatrov put down the book xe was reading, looking up to watch Giovanni’s animated expressions as he ranted about machinery. Yes, truly, Humans are Weird.


(Please excuse any grammar/spelling mistakes, my hand has been cramping up lately and it is hard to write at the moment. And I should not be writing sci-fi, because it is NOT my forte, but I had a plot-bunny and felt the need to attempt it. This is basically a shortened version of what I wanted to write, skipping over much of what I actually wanted to put down. Feel free to take the general idea and write something better XD )

Intelligence

These are just basic examples.

Mercury in the 1st house: you’re smart about a wide variety of things, which may result in much trivial or miscellaneous knowledge. You bare your intelligence for all to see; it’s something even strangers may notice.

Mercury in the 2nd house: you’re smart about self-preservation & making sure needs are provided for, whatever they may be. This makes you thrifty & a good negotiator. Your intelligence is seen by anyone you share things with.

Mercury in the 3rd house: you’re smart in the logical & active way, which helps you navigate through daily life in a productive, flowing manner. Your intelligence is seen mainly by the people who you see most regularly.

Mercury in the 4th house: you’re smart in an inward way, which helps you keep steady & operating properly on a psychological level. Your introspection is like machine maintenance. Your intelligence is seen by those closest to you.

Mercury in the 5th house: you’re smart in a creative way, which helps you express yourself through your pleasures in an innovative and clever manner. Your intelligence is seen by lovers, creative partners, and children.

Mercury in the 6th house: you’re smart in the most practical of ways. Your mental energy is devoted to productivity & punctuality which helps you maintain a very healthy lifestyle. Your intelligence is seen by people you work with.

Mercury in the 7th house: you’re smart in an interpersonal way. You easily pick up on social cues & you’re able to maintain colorful, engaging relationships. Your intelligence is seen by everyone you connect with.

Mercury in the 8th house: you’re smart in a penetrating way. You see right through lies & facades and you can understand the darkest, most nebulous topics. Your intelligence is hidden, seen only by those you’re very intimate with.

Mercury in the 9th house: you’re smart in a philosophical way. Your mind has traveled across the planet and back; your worldly perspective is boundless. Your intelligence is seen by teachers/mentors and diverse types of people.

Mercury in the 10th house: you’re smart in a mature way. You are able to mentally handle even the most frustrating & perplexing real-world problems. Your intelligence is seen by authority figures and your dominant parent.

Mercury in the 11th house: you’re smart in a future-oriented way. You see very far in advance and understand sociological patterns; your guidance & insight are priceless. Your intelligence is seen by your friends/communities.

Mercury in the 12th house: you’re smart about spiritual realms & the unknown. You have a special wisdom that is not bound to earth or humanity. Your intelligence is only seen / understood by you, when you’re alone.

Chelsea Manning: leaked footage of civilian murders by US troops, internal communiques between diplomatic staff and logs of military engagements to carefully selected media organisations who analysed, vetted and censored information to scrub it of all potential to put lives at risk - in the name of public transparency and accountability.

Punishment: held for three years without trial in various Marine and military prisons whilst being treated as the wrong gender, finally sentenced to 35 years in prison for military espionage; later commuted to seven years.

Donald Trump: divulges highly classified information directly to the Russian foreign ministry, jeopardising intelligence sources within ISIL-held territory and directly endangering lives - as a deal-sweetener to curb Russian aggression in the region.

Punishment: none, so far.