How would you define intelligence?

How would you define intelligence? What makes an intelligent man or woman? How would you decide if someone you meet is intelligent in real life? is intelligence important in a partner?

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  • I see too many types of intelligence, all admirable, to define it. I value people of worth whether we're talking a high school dropout with amazing artistic talent or a PhD in physics who makes groundbreaking discoveries about the universe or an athlete who didn't excel school but does things with their bodies that few of us could ever hope to do or social butterflies who get along so well with people in a way that few can ever do or musicians who can play an instrument with unbelievable skill.

    >> How would you decide if someone you meet is intelligent in real life

    I don't, and I technically have a "genius" level IQ with a Mensa membership (which I quickly grew tired of because I found it obnoxious). I was also 4.0 GPA student and so forth and I still admire too many different types of people to say whatever my type of "intelligence" I possess is superior to anyone else's. I'm decent at certain things, I'm bad at other things. I have areas where I specialize and I have areas of complete ignorance. And that's the case with just about everyone else I met.

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    • For girls, the most admirable types of intelligence for me is the type that requires so much practice, not just study. Maybe because I'm kind of a sponge when it comes to new information and can learn quickly, what I find much more impressive are people who can devote their lives to master a skill (something where practice makes perfect, not just learning a boatload of information). I admire that type sort of thing more than just knowledge.

    • It's like how many people with 150+ IQ can perform an Double Arabian?
      https://youtu.be/-9mdAj8Jyj0

  • Intelligence is multidimensional, okay, but there are people who confuse that hypothesis with other pandering theories such as being good at quipping and banters or saying the right things during conversation is a better indicator of intelligence than simply your GPA πŸ˜‚These guys tend to have an irrational dislike for any attempt to measure intelligence by tests, and I'm willing to bet they dislike any attempt to quantify abstract concepts and with it, math, physics, scientific methods...

    Despite the multi-dimensionality, the skills at all mental tasks tend to be positively correlated. This correlation is a consequence of the fact that various mental activities depend on "similar circuits" in the brain etc. It means there exists a vaguely defined direction in the space of cognitive skills or an inaccurately defined variable that will be very useful for predicting many aspects of the individual or group's cognitive skills:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_factor_(psychometrics)

    So the very basic experimental observation that makes it useful to think about things like the g factor or the IQ is that the results in various kinds of cognitive skills tests are positively correlated with each other. So one may construct some kind of a weighted average of all the "kinds of IQ" to produce one that is most helpful for the predictions of all types of cognitive tests, one that is rather strongly correlated with all of them.

    Howard Gardner has developed the theory of multiple intelligences, my favorite meme, after other researchers pointed out that this guy basically conflated success in sports/music/business with cognitive abilities (athletic skills like how fast you can run means intelligence to him lol? musical skills? conversational skills? social skills?) thus making this term even more ill defined. Then people pointed out the huge positive correlation amongst his so called "independent domains of intelligence" that could easily be measured, this basically falsified his whole theory (but of course he still tried to add more excuses for that correlation, so without ever being falsified, his theory is becoming more and more like pseudo science)

    Personally I consider someone intelligent when they are good at math. When someone is good at mathematics at school, she is likely to be good at physics as well, and so on. This is the same correlation above, so even if I didn't get the exact dimension, I could still make reasonably accurate conclusion.

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  • Someone who can create new things from the things that they already know that can change something. Lol being good at school means nothing because you just need to memorize, but if you are able to take everything you memorize and turn it in to something that's intelligence.

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  • I usually gauge how intelligent someone is in a brief introduction by how quick witted they are, along with what ventures and hobbies they enjoy.

    And I would say that a potential partner for me has to be intelligent. I find brains in a woman to be extremely attractive and I want a partner that can mentally challenge me on multiple levels.

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  • I would define it as someone that can adapt to any situation, is open minded and curious. I don't think anyone is dumb, we're all smart in certain areas. I mainly try to see if they're open minded whenever I met someone, if they're not willing to try new food, listen to new music or just try new things then I lose interest.

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  • I don't think intelligence is something you can measure by how well they do on tests or who is valedictorian or who has a great GPA that is all about having a great memory the intelligent people are the crafty ones because a lot of people did great in school got a degree but they are horrible at their job and shouldn't have it but the smart people are creative and come up with ideas

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  • I normally accept the Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence theory. It makes sense, specially when you come to think about genius and their different types of intelligence.

    Anyway, I'd also consider intelligence as a brain ability to efficiently connect informations and have a detailed perspective about them; it's very related to cognitive functions.

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  • It's rather complex. There are many ways one can be intelligent. You may be a brilliant artist but a complete moron everywhere else. I'd say intelligence is the willingness and ability to learn and understand key and complex ideas about any particular subject and be able to use that which you have learned across to other subjects.

    If that makes sense. Writing and expressing my complex ideas and thoughts has always been a weak spot of mine πŸ˜‚

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  • Hmm, once upon a time, there was a boy who can't swim but he use to work in a fishing boat. During that time, he more than once encountered few drowning incidents so he add a swimmer girlfriend in his fishing boat.

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    • Once upon a time, when i needed a woman in my house to keep me tidy then i bought a hotel to nurture myself.

  • An open mind, people that block people or are afraid to have there views challenged are insecure about there intelligence

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  • Inteligence gives you options.
    Wisdom lets you pick the best one.

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  • Intelligence, wich in this case has nothing to do with IQ, is the mix of abilities and skills you learned and got throughout your life. It makes you able to be an unique Individual in a pool of mainstream society cititzen. Intelligence defines not the power of your brain but all if your knowledge and skills. Intelligence isn't how well you can figure out stupid puzzles made out of humanmade numbers by a human somewhere in the world. It can help define how much you are interested in different activities but that shouldn't mean no decrease. It should just be a word you can use to show how much (more) you think another individual knows and is able to do. It shouldn't be used for ranking but merely for compliments i guess. Because in the end everyone actually is intelligrnt, only those who tell everyone they are, aren't.

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  • "Everyone is intelligent. But if you judge a fish based on it's ability to climb a tree, it will spend its entire life thinking it's an idiot."

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  • Intelligence is the talent to aquire knowledge and/or skill more quickly.

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  • To comprehend the cues in a conversation or action and react accordingly. And yes it is quite important.

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  • It mainly at least for me intelligence is what you can do and will you be able to accomplish it.

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  • An intelligent person is a curious person, an open minded person, a person who can get used to changes, a person who knows when to believe an when to doubt, a person who thinks he has some sort of logic and a person who can doubt himself and his own decisions and thoughts.
    Those are the properties of a fully intelligent person.
    The thing is, everybody are intelligent in some level. Everybody. But the most intelligent person, would be able to be aware of these properties, and be able to change them in accordance.

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  • Silence manifests in actions 😎

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  • Knowledge of things

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  • Smartness!

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  • knowledge in science, history and socialism.

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  • The ability to notice and adapt to patterns

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What Girls Said 7

  • Intelligence is being able to make decisions not based on emotion.

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  • The ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Also to analyse situations and act rationally. To think first before you act

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  • Anyone that knows a lot of things about a lot of things is intelligent

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  • To be able to engage in an activity effectively or to solve problems to a certain level and on.

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  • wisdom. .

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  • Being wise

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  • Someone who understands things quickly and can analyze things better than others.
    Intelligence is very different than knowledge.

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