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Some thoughts about intelligence

Albert Einstein once said

Some say that Albert Einstein once said:

   Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the former.

People are strange.

Some people are like a Slinky… they’re really good for nothing, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

Is that so?

Of course it is, but the funny part of this sentence is that, the word “stupid” has different meaning to different people.

I might laugh with a “stupid” guy that might seem very intelligent to you… How can this be possible? And after all, is he smart or just an idiot?

In my opinion, there is no “smart” or “stupid” - there are just different abilities, and a lot of variation in ideas, hobbies and understanding of life. Abilities are what make us consider someone as smart or stupid. For example, let’s say that someone’s ability is being a good video gamer. This guy may be the best video gamer in the world; playing video games may be the center of his life. People who also play video games will admire him and they will talk about his unbelievable skill, his perfect control, and, of course his amazing reflexes. On the other hand, people who are not involved in the video game world wouldn’t look up to him – on the contrary, they will refuse his worth and consider him a complete retard who will never grow up.

So what kind of person is this guy? Is he smart or not? What’s more, is his ability as considerable as the ability of speaking 5 languages, playing amazing music or making the most important scientific discovery of the 21st century? All in all, is it right to judge people by their abilities? Or, is it right to judge them at all?

The truth is that we have made up several ways to define someone as smart or stupid. Take IQ tests as an example. Made by humans, IQ tests’ purpose is to measure people’s intelligence. Most IQ tests contain questions of language, physics or mathematical content. In fact, they measure knowledge – that’s why I think they are a complete hoax. Some other tests measure people’s “ability” to define space.

But, then again, this is another ability. And I am still wondering: is a person with skills and talents considered intelligent?

The answer is: we don’t know.

I think we should not compare abilities with human stupidity or human intelligence. Each person is unique and we have to understand that. Criticism is allowed – it’s in human nature; but please do not criticize anyone in front of other people, because each one has a different point of view… so be careful for your own good.

So next time think twice before you speak about someone, because you never know who you are talking to. - A quote by a very intelligent person; I can’t remember his name right now! :)

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Comments (8)

  1. E. Michael Martin Thursday - 17 / 07 / 2008 Reply
    Hm, but some people truly are not good for much of anything. Their lives are devoted to tearing others down and spreading discord. Otherwise, I agree that people should hesitate before assigning worth. The problem with this is, when people declare something worthless, they are not declaring that thing or person completely worthless, they are declaring that that thing or person is worthless to them. Anyone that does not meet our current needs can be called worthless. This is because human nature is self-centered.
    • TOKKIE Friday - 04 / 06 / 2010 Reply
      MAYBE...MAYBE-NOT. IF YOU SAY YOUR POINT OF VIEW IN WORDS OR IN ART I CAN GO ON AND ON WITH POETRY AND DANCE, WHO ARE YOU? ME? ANYONE TO GIVE NEGATIVE FEEDBACK AT ALL?OPEN YOUR MIND TO ANOTHER VISION, THAT WILL SET YOU FREE FROM WHAT YOU SEE AS NORMAL. THE WHOLE POINT OF ART IS YOUR POINT OF VIEW, AND TO RELATE TO OTHERS AND YET THEY RELATE TO YOU.
    • Dr Chirantan Friday - 16 / 07 / 2010 Reply
      it is not your right to judge the people. you are not authorised at all. - Dr Chirantan
  2. Linda O. Hardin-Atki Friday - 23 / 04 / 2010 Reply
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  3. Dr Chirantan Friday - 16 / 07 / 2010 Reply
    It is not your right to judge the people. you are not authorised at all..
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