Intelligence

United Kingdom
November 8, 2006 4:45pm CST
How would you define intelligence? Do you assume certain people are/are not intelligent? Do you think IQ is a good indicator of intelligence? Do you think intelligence is inbuilt?
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@RieRie (822)
8 Nov 06
I think IQ is a good indicator of a good memory, most things in IQ tests are to do with remembering things, but you can have a really bad memory but still be intelligent. There's two types of intelligents, the academic where you just learn until you know what's written in books and then there's common sense and general knowledge.
• United Kingdom
8 Nov 06
What about people who haven't learnt stuff? Does everyone have the potential to be at least one form of intelligent? Do you think it is as simple as common sense and academic? I think there are a lot of things in between. Both the things you said make up intelligence but I don't think that just because someone doesn't know a lot, whether it's general or academic, doesn't necessarily mean that they aren't intelligent. I think sometimes it could be simply because they haven't learnt it yet but the potential is there for it.
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
14 Nov 06
A certain amount of intelligence is inherited. This includes having more or less ability to learn. Some children have a harder time learning than others do, but a lot of that is based on environmental factors and not inate learning disabilities. I think that IQ tests are fun to take, but I'm not sure of how accurate they are. I had a little boy in class who had suffered brain damage at birth. On top of that, he came from an extremely dysfunctional home where most of his care came from a young teen sister. He struggled to learn to read, to do math. However, if something really intersted him, he could remember an amazing amount of information. He was able to repeat the names of the presidents in order from Washington through Lincoln, and he could remember facts about their lives. We learned about the Titanic, and he became such a buff that he went around telling people detailed facts about it. If he were to take an IQ test, he would score very low, though, because things like the presidents and the Titanic aren't ever on the test. I had a similar experience with a high school boy who was labeled mentally disabled and was usually very low functioning, but he could tell you more about American government than most teachers I know.
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• United Kingdom
15 Nov 06
That's very interesting. I agree IQ tests are fun but there are all those actos to consider. I think a "normal" child with a "normal" background would be considered slow had they learnt at the same rate as the child you are talking about but when a child with those kind of problems can do that, it's really amazing. So, yes, I agree, there are a lot of factors which influence learning and intelligence can not solely be measured by what people know who how quickly they learn.
• United Kingdom
15 Nov 06
That's very interesting. I agree IQ tests are fun but there are all those actos to consider. I think a "normal" child with a "normal" background would be considered slow had they learnt at the same rate as the child you are talking about but when a child with those kind of problems can do that, it's really amazing. So, yes, I agree, there are a lot of factors which influence learning and intelligence can not solely be measured by what people know who how quickly they learn.
• United Kingdom
15 Nov 06
I don't know what actos are, I think I meant to say factors!
@nannacroc (4049)
11 Nov 06
An IQ test really just reveals what you can remember. I've done two different ones and had different scores for each. Both scores higher than average but in the one with more maths questions my IQ appeared lower than in the one which had mostly questions about language and literature. Reasoning and being able to listen calmly to anothers point of view and accept that they may have a different point of view from yours is also a sign of intelligence. Reading or listening to questions and thinking about what is actually said or written and responding to that question, and not as some people,( politicians for instance ), do. That is to read or listen to a question and then make up an answer to the question they want to answer. These often have no relevance to the original question. Actually I may have just been guilty of that but you can tell me if I've misunderstood.
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• United Kingdom
11 Nov 06
You have understood! I know you would appreciate being told in a different way if you had misunderstood.
@dorypanda (1586)
10 Nov 06
I think that intelligence can be learnt, for instance if you teach a child early enough they can learn stuff, like what make and model certain cars are, and you can teach them how to read and things like that, but then there's common sense, which is somthing that can never be taught, the trouble is with common sense is that it's not very common at all. There are other sorts or intelligent too, like me for instance, I'm not academically very clever at all, but I'm good at doing tests and exams, I've got a bit of common sense, but not as much as some people, but I know about stuff and it's things I've remembered or things I've picked up as I've travelled through life. I don't think IQ is a good indicator of intelligence at all, I've known a few people whos IQs have been high, but they've been as dim as a 10 watt lightbulb.
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• Nigeria
14 Nov 06
Everybody is intelligent but pending on what u are using urs for at that particular time and also lazziness is part of it
• Nigeria
14 Nov 06
Everybody is intelligent but pending on what u are using urs for at that particular time and also lazziness is part of it