Wisdom Vs. Intelligence

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This is a discussion on Wisdom Vs. Intelligence within the Critical Thinking & Philosophy forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; How would you explain the difference between the two? Do you even think there's a difference? In other words, do ...

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    Wisdom Vs. Intelligence

    How would you explain the difference between the two? Do you even think there's a difference?

    In other words, do you think there is such a thing as a "wise idiot"?



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    I believe wisdom is intelligence that is applied to your life. The only way to gain wisdom is through life experience. Whether that be your own life or your associates isn't important.
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    I believe that intelligence refers to the amount of knowledge that someone has, whereas wisdom refers to the ability to use the knowledge that someone has.
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    " In many cultures the name for third molars, which are the last teeth to grow, is etymologically linked with wisdom, e.g. as in the English wisdom tooth."

    So wisdom teeth bring wisdom eh? Unless this could be a simple example/metaphor of age, hence:
    age = wisdom (wisdom teeth)

    Wisdom - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Intelligence derives from the Latin verb intelligere (“to understand”, “to choose between”); per that rationale, “understanding” (intelligence) is different from being “smart” (capable of adapting to the environment). Scientists have proposed two major “consensus” definitions of intelligence:
    "A very general mental capability that, among other things, involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill, or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings — “catching on”, “making sense” of things, or “figuring out” what to do."
    Intelligence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    An intelligent person can make dreadfully unwise decisions, but a wise person can make very intelligent ones. It may not be the experience or the knowledge itself that make a person wise, but I think the ability to see patterns and trends in things can lead to wiser choices because then you could have an idea what the end result would be. You could (hypothetically) be the most intelligent person in the world but still cheat on your wife (who gave you 3 kids) y'know? If This so called 'intelligent' person was wise, they would realize that this would not make them happy in the end because well, turns out families with adulterous husbands usually have problems.

    That being said, I think wisdom lies somewhere in between 'intelligence' and 'common sense'
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    Intelligence is like a can opener and Wisdom is like the can.
    delicious bean wisdom....mmmmm
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    Intelligence measured by Intelligence Quotient (IQ).
    Wisdom measured by Emotional Quotient (EQ).
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    I don't believe that IQ measures intelligence.

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    • Intelligence (INT): Intelligence is similar to IQ, but also includes mnemonic ability, reasoning and learning ability outside those measured by the written word. Intelligence dictates the number of languages a character can learn, and it influences the number of spells a preparation-based arcane spellcaster (like a Wizard) may cast per day, and the effectiveness of said spells. It also affects how many skill points a character gains per level, the Appraise, Craft, Decipher Script, Disable Device, Forgery, Knowledge, Search, and Spellcraft skills, and bardic knowledge checks.
    • Wisdom (WIS): Wisdom is a composite term for the characters enlightenment, judgement, wile, willpower and intuitiveness. Wisdom influences the number of spells a divine spellcaster (like clerics, druids, paladins, and rangers) can cast per day, and the effectiveness of said spells. It also affects Will saving throws, the Heal, Listen, Profession, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival skills, the effectiveness of the Stunning Fist feat, and a monk's quivering palm attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EmotionallyTonedGeometry View Post
    • Intelligence (INT): Intelligence is similar to IQ, but also includes mnemonic ability, reasoning and learning ability outside those measured by the written word. Intelligence dictates the number of languages a character can learn, and it influences the number of spells a preparation-based arcane spellcaster (like a Wizard) may cast per day, and the effectiveness of said spells. It also affects how many skill points a character gains per level, the Appraise, Craft, Decipher Script, Disable Device, Forgery, Knowledge, Search, and Spellcraft skills, and bardic knowledge checks.
    • Wisdom (WIS): Wisdom is a composite term for the characters enlightenment, judgement, wile, willpower and intuitiveness. Wisdom influences the number of spells a divine spellcaster (like clerics, druids, paladins, and rangers) can cast per day, and the effectiveness of said spells. It also affects Will saving throws, the Heal, Listen, Profession, Sense Motive, Spot, and Survival skills, the effectiveness of the Stunning Fist feat, and a monk's quivering palm attack.
    Well said.

    Intelligence is basically a measurement of ability, but it's been erroneously perceived countless times as a dictation on character. Intelligence to me cannot sustain itself forever, it constantly fluctuates depending on what you've learnt, done; etc.

    Wisdom is a little antithetical to intelligence; wisdom is more like the judgement of someone, or faith if you. Wisdom to me is something unique, everyone has their own kind of intuition. It's great.


 

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