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    Default Intelligence vs Ability

    What's the difference?
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    Ability is related to effectiveness. Effectiveness at achieving some kind of objective.

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    I'd say they're essentially the same, except that intelligence has a little bit more of an abstract flavor (adeptness at cognitive processing), while ability is more physical (performing a particular task). Also, hypothetically "intelligence" cannot be improved with practice. I don't really agree with that, at least probably most types of intelligence can be improved with effort and practice, same with an ability. There is probably some inherent tendency or capacity for both, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinlan View Post
    What's the difference?
    I think intelligence is more related to the brain and thinking. Ability can include thinking but also based on motor skills. For example, an ice skater can be intelligent enough to know how a quad spin is performed but don't have the ability to do it.

    Edit : In other words, knowing how to do something doesn't mean being able to do it
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    ability = when you apply the information you have to something in a way that makes it work
    intelligence = being able to come up with this information that could be used on something

    or maybe this is just my intp view on this

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    The difference is practice.

    I'm intelligent enough to play 'Hey There Delilah' on an acoustic guitar, but until I practice a lot I won't be able to play it for shit. I'm intelligent enough to do nearly anything; ability is determined by where I place my attention.

    If all you ever do is think, then your ability to think gets better (and then your brain fizzles out and you get alzheimer's at age 50).

    In other words: intellect determines potential. Practice/attention determines ability.
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    Ability gets thing done.

    Intelligence = potential

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainne View Post
    Ability gets thing done.

    Intelligence = potential
    Yes, this is good.

    Ability = (1/2)mv^2

    Intelligence = mgh

    Then, Δability = -Δintelligence.

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    I regard Intelligence as a potential vis-a-vis ability.
    A half-wit who actually DOES SOMETHING gets more credit with me than a room full of Mensa jack offs demonstrating the ability to do precious little more than demonstrating how `intelligent' they would have you believe they are-cum-seem without actually applying their intelligence towards anything useful or interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainne View Post
    Ability gets thing done.

    Intelligence = potential
    I was thinking kinetic v potential energies for the correspondance for the two!
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