Friday, November 05, 2004

Some Answers

I have been asking people for whom I have a great deal of respect what their definition of intelligence is.

It has taught me that I know some silly people.

But, they also had some neat answers. Here are a few:

"Intelligence is being able to tell the difference between a "squatty
potty" and a bath for babies."

"...very sexy".

"Intelligence is not to be confused with an overabundance of wit".

"Intelligence is not as important as health".

"Generally subdivided into two groups by modern psychologists, EQ and IQ".

'Intelligence is held in great quantity by Jon Stewart who, in combining it with wit, insight, and understanding, manages to convert it to "funny". One could say he is an intelligence alchemist. Only a modern alchemist, however, and one who can't turn lead into gold. Well, actually, Al Gore was pretty leaden and Jon Stewart turned that into comedic gold. So maybe he's both an old-school alchemist and a modern-day alchemist. Huh."

This last one was my favorite, and the most curious:

"A poor and overused measure of the ability of employees'.

I asked my friend to explain. He did.

"A lot of people (employers) look at raw IQ, or intelligence, as a measure of how good an employee will be. But that's not the case at all. You need to look at work ethic, EQ ("common sense"), experience, dedication, whether or not they are able to work as a team toward a common goal, etc. In fact, in many cases I think EQ and experience vastly outweigh intelligence...intelligence is just one component that makes up overall ability or capability".



Blogger Snow Sun said...

I always had to do with people I thought were more intelligent than me. That is not to say I think I'm stupid, but the way they accomplished things in an easy way, I had to work hard for, did turn me down. But that is not a way, to deal with the problem, so I changed my opinion about intelligence overall. I do not deny that some people are mentally disabled (Oh I really hope I say what I want to say, because I'm not a native english speaker) and therefore can't accomplish certain things. But those which are not disabled can accomplish almost everything with proper training. As the brain works mostly the same and is highly "configurateable" you have to "program" it to do the things you want to do. There may be problems if the chemicals do not work correctly, but other than that most things can be accomplished. There are examples where some brain dysfunction lead to special abilities such as extraordinary calculating abilities (Multiplicating very large integer numbers for example). In this sense I always ask myself: Where does the genious I'm looking at has his "dysfunction"? I almost always find something nasting and can feel "healthy" in a way. Call it missing "work ethic, EQ ("common sense"), experience, dedication" or something else, somehow that's as well a dysfunction as their extraordinary "intelligence". And smile to the face, that comes up when talking to a genious ;-).
Snow Sun

3:50 PM  

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