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What is intelligence?

  1. May 24, 2004 #1
    Definition of intelligence + is there a way if measuring a person's intelligence?

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  3. May 24, 2004 #2

    jimmy p

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    the opposite of stupidity?
  4. May 24, 2004 #3


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    We should only hope that intelligence is the opposite of stupidity. In my experience they often go together.
  5. May 24, 2004 #4
    Intelligence is the capacity to aquire and apply knowledge. Some feel IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests can measure Intelligence. Many, if not the majority disagree with this. So there is no widely accepted form of measuring intelligence. IQ 100xMental Age / Chronological Age, is the closest you can get to measuring intelligence.

    However IQ tests require you to have certain knowledge in subjects and to apply that knowledge. True application of intelligence would be to study questions of exact types and apply that knowledge.

    IQ tests assume you have certain knowledge and are ready to use it. Some people simply have bad attention to detail or aren't good at taking tests.

    In my opinion, there is no generalized and extremely accurate way to measure Intelligence. There is a crude, and sometimes fairly accurate method in the way of an IQ test. I'm currently doing a project on IQ amongst other Psychology related issues. I could go on and on if you want more information. My post was somewhat based on opinion so many might disagree with my conclusion.
  6. May 24, 2004 #5

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    So, the real opposite to intelligence in untelligence?
  7. May 24, 2004 #6
    Hmm... wouldnt the more intelligent people the ones who have a lust for learning?
  8. May 25, 2004 #7
    Your observation + ability to eliminate unnecessary things/information to goto the right track + wisdom + "other issues" is what I call intellgence.

    It is true that an intellegent person may be a fool once...
  9. May 25, 2004 #8
    I like that: "ability to eliminate unnecessary things/information to goto the right track"
  10. May 25, 2004 #9
    The ability to see things as they are with as few assumptions as possible
  11. May 25, 2004 #10


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    One rat learns its way through a maze and gets some cheese.

    Another rat builds a robot rat, programs it to run the maze and bring back the cheese.

    Humans give rats cheese to watch them run mazes.

    Hmm... which is the most intelligent? :rofl:

    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    Happy thoughts
    Last edited: May 25, 2004
  12. May 25, 2004 #11
    lol ............
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