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What is intelligence?

Asked by chelle104 (272points) August 4th, 2010

When a person says, you are not very intelligent, it can hurt us. Why is there such a stigma on being intelligent? Why do people feel it’s necessary to be more intelligent than someone else in order to boast about themselves at the cost of another? These individuals who judge another are quite unintelligent if you ask me. What do you think?

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Blackberry's avatar

I definitely call people who want to teach creationism in school not as intelligent as an astrophysicist….....

Maybe intelligence is not the word, but there is obviously a gap in tolerance and manners between various people.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Your details threw me a little. The people that try to tear someone else down, with the intelligence thing or otherwise, usually have something to prove to themselves, because for some reason they inadequate for lack of a better term.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Should have been they feel inadequate or they’re, but you got the drift.

BoBo1946's avatar

it is a compliment….no stigma! say thank you, and have a nice day!

t's avatar

Intelligence in my opinion merely describes the ability of a person to think openly and critically about everything. It may just be that this other person judging your intelligence has a very narrow idea of what it means. Anyway, It is not about your IQ score, or how much you know (I would just call that knowledgeable). If you think about intelligence this way, it’s definitely a good way to be and a quality to strive for.

mowens's avatar

Learning from your mistakes.

Zyx's avatar

@t You can’t strive for intelligence, especially in your definition. Other than that I completely agree with you so I gave you a great answer.

PoiPoi's avatar

The capability to take control of our genetic mutations that evolution has endowed onto us, to use whatever materials are available in our environment to help ourselves survive, in certain situations that occur either in nature or civilization.

jenandcolin's avatar

I worked on an NSF grant asking (pretty much) this question. From a sociology of knowledge perspective we asked: What is knowledge? How is it formed? Who formed it? Who gets to decide what is valued? How is this prized in our society? What political, economic and ideological factors influence “knowledge” (or intelligence)? How is it moved across population(s)?
Basically, knowledge is something that is pre-defined, valued for particular reasons (or de-valued), and varies according to socio-historical time and space.
This answer may not actually have anything to do with what you were asking…

t's avatar

Zyx – I only meant that most people are at least capable of being intelligent (critical, open-minded) and can choose to act on this potential or not.

zen_'s avatar

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.

Wish it were mine, but it aint; here are some more goodies. Enjoy.

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