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Do you consider yourself intelligent?


Kevin

Senior Member
#1
Was recently confronted with one of my peers (who I only recently met, and so far don't really like :p) saying:
You're probably really intelligent, aren't you?
And after a somewhat heated debate, out of which I came as "the winner"
It's unfair, you're much smarter than me
He's not retarded or anything; he's just your average college student (who happens to be kind of a dickhead).


Throughout high school I've always heard teachers telling me that my grades were nowhere near as good as they should have been. Admittedly, high school was a breeze for me; I studied for my tests on the 20 minute bus ride and during recess. I only opened my textbooks at home when I had final exams. Never have I failed a year; sometimes it was close but I like to think that I have always had everything under control when it came to my grades.

So, do you consider yourself intelligent? Do others?
 

Levi

Moderator
Staff member
#2
I've been told I am but I don't consider myself to be anymore intelligent than anyone else in the general sense of the word although like all people I have areas where I am more 'intelligent' than others....
 

Alex L

Senior Member
#3
People are good at different things. The first set of exams in my a levels, I failed miserably. After two years and some hard work. I came out with some mediocre results. A lot of people would be ashamed with them. I'm not. I did ICT as one of my options. Everyone made an Excel spread sheet with some formulas and conditional formatting or an Access database. Simple enough, all you have to do is create it to your "requirements". Okay, I should have done this but instead coded a website (HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript).

I was a stupid idea since it simply took too long to refine. Does this make me unintelligent?

I've never found exams easy. I'm not really academic, or at least I haven't been but then education never really was for me. I'm at Uni now and loving it. I'm finally doing something I'm good at because I picked it. I wouldn't call myself intelligent, everyone has something they're better than someone else at, the most important thing is hard work.
 

mrp2049

Senior Member
#4
I get called 'brainy' all the time because I have a ridiculous memory for information, that I'm good at explaining aswell, I am good with big words and very good with numbers! Luckily I'm not a complete tool! Most of the people I know who are really intelligent have zero social skills or common sense.

I guess its a balance, I know a lot and can apply it well to everyday life, most intelligent people I know can't cope well enough in society to actually ever meet normal people!
 

Rhonda

Senior Member
#5
Alex L said:
People are good at different things. The first set of exams in my a levels, I failed miserably. After two years and some hard work. I came out with some mediocre results. A lot of people would be ashamed with them. I'm not. I did ICT as one of my options. Everyone made an Excel spread sheet with some formulas and conditional formatting or an Access database. Simple enough, all you have to do is create it to your "requirements". Okay, I should have done this but instead coded a website (HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript).

I was a stupid idea since it simply took too long to refine. Does this make me unintelligent?

I've never found exams easy. I'm not really academic, or at least I haven't been but then education never really was for me. I'm at Uni now and loving it. I'm finally doing something I'm good at because I picked it. I wouldn't call myself intelligent, everyone has something they're better than someone else at, the most important thing is hard work.
Good question. And good point Alex about people all beıng 'good' at different things. And thats not even to get ınto the whole right-sıde/left side of the brain theory. Humanity has been askıng 'what constitutes 'intellegence?' for long tıme:) I don't think ıt boils down to wheather or not you can work rocket science equations or not does ıt? That it mıght not always mean 'academic' intellegence.

I thought I read that ıt (the standıng theory) is basically both the awareness of 'self', other living things, and the world around you (sentients). And maybe also the use of 'common sense'. Of course I realıze there are some other thıngs that mıght contradict this theory. :eek:

That said, I thınk I am passivly intellegent and am capeable of usıng common sense as I interact wıth society.
 

Jimlad

Well-Known Member
#6
I don't consider myself particularly more or less intelligent than most of the people I know.

I know some people who think I'm quite brainy (mainly because I know what words mean and can construct a meaningful sentence! But also for random things I know), and others who are more aware of the gaps in my knowledge on several topics. It's odd really.

When one of your best mates studied Astro Physics at uni, and he says his little sister is the clever one... you become aware that there are some very intelligent people out there.

I'm no rocket surgeon, but I'm definitely no moron either.
 

Jimlad

Well-Known Member
#11
A memory from the show QI:

Stephen Fry: "What is the most widely believed public delusion?"
Jonny Vegas: "Britain's got talent"

Haha, made me chuckle at the time!

(Statistically speaking: I'm under 30, I watch Science Fiction, play violent videogames and am currently wearing a hoodie - therefore according to the News I should really be out stabbing old people for bus fare right about now...)
 

Harry

Senior Member
#15
Yes and no. It's all relative. Stand me next to people I went to school with and I look like a genius, stand me with certain people I've met since school (i.e. in work) and I'm a full on imbecile.

There are always people cleverer than you. Always.
 
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Squiddy

Guest
#17
I think it depends on how you define intelligent. I think a lot of people confuse intelligence with knowledge, as in, a person may know about a specialist subject that is not required for every day living and be branded as "some super intelligent guy" by your average joe.

I believe that every person on this planet that doesn't suffer from some type of psychologically impairing disability is intelligent. It's just that some people apply or are pushed to apply their abilities and develop them - and some people.. simply don't do anything with it.
 

Kevin

Senior Member
#19
Yeah really... how do people actually find topics like this? Do they just skip to page 24 or something and start posting? :blink:
 
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Squiddy

Guest
#20
Meh, I just saw the topic, thought it was interesting and posted - didn't check when it was first created, didn't realise it caused so much offence ;)

Although, thinking about it, it is a little strange that someone would go through so many pages of old forum posts... Oh well.