Do you think intelligence is Common Sense or Book Smarts?

@juls2me2 (2151)
United States
November 13, 2006 7:59pm CST
What is the difference of the two.....to you?
3 responses
@oldboy46 (2132)
• Australia
1 Jun 07
Well I have to say that I think intelligence is book smarts. In my time I have met some very intelligent people, highly educated (book smart) with excellent educational standards but with no common sense whatsoever. The difference between the 2 is simple to me. One is that an intelligent person knows all the facts, i.e. the theory. The person with common sense knows how to put that theory into practice. The one who can do that, put into practice, might not have the book smarts or education. They just know this is how things are done, or they have learnt by watching someone else do it. Or they might just have learnt through trial and error.
@juls2me2 (2151)
• United States
1 Jun 07
Well put! I have to agree with you that there is definitely a huge difference between common sense and be book smart (highly educated).
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
26 Mar 07
Intelligence is more regarding a person's ability to learn and also to figure things out. I guess that falls more in line with common sense, but still is not the same. Book smarts has to do with knowledge, as I suppose common sense also does as it can be a learned cause and effect type of knowledge by experience. There is also intuition.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
1 Jun 07
ty for the /br!
@sherinek (3323)
• United States
26 Mar 07
I personally think its 75% common sense and 25% book smarts. Because, there are a lot of great people who have not even studied up to grade 5 also a lot of people who have masters, but have a very low standard life. Intelligence derive from what you see, what you gather from around you and when you try to compare things at any given situation. For people who have common sense, book smarts add value.