Subjectivlely....I'm smarter in soem ways maybe not as samrt in other ways, I don't care about the typicla idea of intelligence being soely based on logic and mathematic and whatever.
I agree with you but being intelligent and being successful often aren't the same. Also, learning how to do your taxes, personal finance etc etc are things you should be able to teach yourself.If intelligence was to be measured subjectively it won't be very reliable as it's just one opinion. The best way to calculate how successful you are in a particular field is to do it and prove it.
However, saying this, there are many things in society these days that are inaccurate and has very limited views on intelligence. For example, the way most schools are structured to cater the learning method of a particular type of skill, measuring only how well you can take in information, remember it and recite it. It rarely gives room for creativity or even emotional intelligence (they don't even teach you how to deal with taxes, insurance or any financial skills unless you're taking something like business!)
Well would you call what your brother does application without thought? To me, it doesn't seem like he's applying his skills without thought. He's definitely actively thinking about things - pros, cons, the best thing to do in the situation. What has worked for me before in a similar situation? Etc. Both of you are intelligent in your own ways. ^_^ At least from me, an outsider, looking in.It's hard to define intelligence. :\
Let's take me and my brother for example: I'm well-read and can easily grasp a new concept. I can do abstract thinking very well and I'm good at finding the general idea hidden behind the details. I'm a decent writer, know two languages. I don't have much people skills but I've got empathy and can easily see why people do what they do. Also, I'm very bored by routine. The downside is that I don't have a good grasp of reality and I lack method in doing everything.
My brother is great at all the everyday things. He's good at finding connection between events, at getting organized, at crunching numbers, at running a business. He's sociable, proactive, has a clear view on things and little room for doubt in whatever he does. The downside is that he can't see farther than his nose and he's very resistant to change he doesn't understand, like using the internet to do some of his everyday chores, or finding out a new and cheaper method to do something he already does.
Which would you consider more intelligent? Thought without application or application without thought?
Definitely thought without application. That's imagination. Application without thought is mindless stagnation.kagemitsu said:Which would you consider more intelligent? Thought without application or application without thought?