do you view yourself as an intelligent person? do you try to be around intelligent people? why or why not? have you noticed that some extremely intelligent people are not very good at common everyday tasks or at social situations? why do you think that is?




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    Scarlett 11 months ago

    I consider myself in the average range of intelligence, however I give myself a b+ on emotional intelligence. I have been around some very smart people, crazy smart people. I try to position myself around smart people when I can so I can learn from them. Most of them seem fairly wiling to hang out with me, so that is good. It has been said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so will that make me smarter or them dumber? ha, just kidding. In any case, I like hearing what they have to say. most smart people, really smart people are humble geniuses. I have noticed that sometimes there is a slight disconnect in social settings for them, and this one genius I knew didn’t know how to make grilled cheese, and it felt very complex to him. I wonder if they spend so much time thinking about the big stuff, that they don’t develop as many activity of daily living skills. what do you think?

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    • griz 11 months ago

      @Scarlett
      A higher functioning brain consumes more energy. That’s just a biological axiom.

      So there’s not a lot of time or energy left to devote to the dam grill whose pilot light is out! So they tend to outsource this to others.

      With the possible exception being the true Renaissance person.

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        Scarlett 11 months ago

        @griz I am very interested in this topic. what, to you, is a renaissance person? do you know anyone such as this, and can you describe them? wouldn’t it be better to expose young people to different areas of life and development, rather than hyper focusing on one thing?

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      • griz 11 months ago

        @Scarlett
        Another term is a polymath; or a “universal person” who expertise covers a number of topics and subject. They can bring considerable assets to bear on any problem, coming at it and understanding it them from many angles and disciplines. They tend to rank high in creativity, curiousity, trait-intelligence and trait-openness
        DaVinci was a classic, and left an enduring mark in many disciplines and across the face of our history. So was Archimedes, well before The Enlightenment.

        Some friends say that I am one; but low-level to be sure. They would comment on how I had an informed opinion on many things; a rather unusual trait in a society that values specialization.

        Why don’t we nurture this more in children? Well for starters, most Renaissanse people can be an incredible pain! Look at how disruptive DaVinci could be to the social order at the time! And Archimedes would run through town naked and dripping crying “Eureka!”. Much of their genius is seen only posthumusly, when the pain of their personality was silent. Far better to school children to be compliant parts of the the work-world.
        Also, many just don’t have the intelligence and personality traits like rapacious curiosity. In a world apparently striving for some egalitarian utopia, many children would feel left behind; stupid even. That just wouldn’t fly in today’s pop-mindset!

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      • Weenis 11 months ago

        @griz Are you a polymath, griz?

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      • griz 11 months ago

        @Weenis
        A lot of my friends have accused me of such! If I am I’m certainly “low level”.
        I mainly just intensely curious about all things.

        How about you?

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      • luftballooneyegouge 11 months ago

        @Scarlett
        I have a crackpot theory that lives spent mostly specializing in one activity such as jobs cause some sort of thinkin’ atrophy.

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  2. griz 11 months ago

    The standard measure of intelligence is IQ. And mine measures above-average; though by how much and using what standard of measure becomes complicated, “unfair” (in egalitarian utopia ideologies) and even dangerous.

    I enjoy being around intelligent people, because the intelligent conversation becomes intellectual exercise. Stimulation happens in contending with something.

    And like it or not, this creates social divisions. If the group intelligence level is too far below yours, the pathology of always being in a dominant position poisons group and individual.

    And if the group intelligence level is too far above yours, the pathology of always being the subordinate position does same.

    And people of extreme intelligence levels tend to be socially isolated, because there’s just not that many of them around. So where do they get to practice being social?

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      Scarlett 11 months ago

      @griz I’ve known a couple that I would call of the extreme intelligence. what I think happens is that they are lonely, so when they do get around other people they engage in mirroring, to be able to fit in.

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      • griz 11 months ago

        @Scarlett
        Well, that’s how children learn. And extreme intelligence usually manifest early. Any children that parse to the other children as “weird” would tend not to be re-invited to play more socialization games and fall increasingly behind their peers.

        This usually means children who’s socialization has been ineffective (spoiling) or neglected by their parents in the 2-4 year age; but could easily include those who were “smarty-pants” and made the others feel stupid or lacking.

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  3. spitfire3dc 11 months ago

    If I think of myself as intelligent it is only in relation to the significant number of dunces that inhabit our planet. Independently, no, I don’t see myself as intelligent. I see myself as capable and resourceful and curious enough to make me seek answers. Not great at math, or chemistry…but I can make a pie. That’s smart enough for me.

    I don’t think I seek out the company of intelligent people. I look for open minded people who enjoy “doing”

    On your last point, I really don’t think you can group intelligent people as being incapable of the every day tasks or social interactions. Some are and some aren’t. Just like the rest of us dummies.

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  4. immortal_pirate 11 months ago

    In the 258000+ years that I have had to endure on this planet, I have known many people that I would count among the more intelligent of your species. Most of them followed a simple rule in life, “It is best to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt”. Intelligence is not the ‘knowing of facts’ but more how they apply to ones situation at any given moment in time. It’s not so much about knowing the right answer but knowing where the right answer can be found.

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  5. Yin 11 months ago

    I think I have my moments, but I feel I’m pretty “meh” in general. I am around the people that I am because we came across each other and just accepted each other. Other than being on sites like this, I don’t try to be around much of anyone. It is also kind of difficult to just make friends in general because I don’t want to basically replace someone. Like, if I make friends with someone, I don’t want to then find myself invited by an older friend when I am with the newer friend. I will always feel the need to be with the older friends if the chance comes up. I noticed I kind of got into a different discussion, lol.

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  6. luftballooneyegouge 11 months ago

    https://youtu.be/6De_jrd48b8

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  7. 2Thrash 11 months ago

    I think I am, though I’m probably not. And I’m too lazy and cowardly to see if I have any intelligence to use. I don’t necessarily choose which people to be around. I just go where the interesting ideas are and listen in.

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