Main Question or Discussion Point
That's the question. Is smart the same as intelligent, or are they different?
It feels like they are different concepts. In society, people use the word smart to mean being good at making wise, or clever, or at least self preserving (not impulsively stupid) decisions that does results in good or at least acceptable outcomes whereas being intelligent relates to some innate characteristic of having raw computational brain power or creativity/ ability to generate epiphanies. There are plenty of reasons why those with raw brain power might be held back in making wise decisions. I just feel the maximization of the probability of getting good results is ultimately what matters in defining whatever cognitive processes as being impressive.Some members presented very thoughtful discussions. One reason that I asked is that "smart" and "intelligent" came from different language origins and therefore could correspond to different ways to identify whatever the concept was. In English, we have these two words. One of them came from Germanic origin and the other obviously from Latin-based origin.
I would have said the oppositeSmart is having the information.
Intelligence is knowing how to use it.
That points-up two different areas of intelligence.I would have said the opposite
take Sheldon from Big Bang Theory he is very intelligent known physics to the nth degree
But he doesn't have the smarts to use that intelligence/knowledge very well when interacting with others
Also the ambiguity which is what I was getting at."just" words? Without words there would be no PF!
"Intelligent" should be the first choice of a scientist to describe better than average cognitive skills. As others have pointed out, "smart" is more colloquial and might be used when the speaker wishes to be colorful rather than precise. A slapped face can "smart" without having anything to do with intelligence. A light bulb can be "bright" or "brilliant" without having any intelligence at all!
As a wordsmith, I believe that no two words mean the same thing. The meanings will always be slightly different. And even the same word can have different meanings depending upon context or even upon who is using it. Finally, the same word will mean different things to different people or even different things to the same person at different times or under different circumstances.
Actually, that is both the power and the beauty of language!
A fair point, but I would say he lacks social intelligence.I would have said the opposite
take Sheldon from Big Bang Theory he is very intelligent, knows physics to the nth degree
But he doesn't have the smarts to use that intelligence/knowledge wisely when interacting with others