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    Default How do you Judge Intelligence?

    In my opinion, intelligence is multi-dimensional. There are many ways to display intelligence, whether it be in writing, art, mathematics, or some other method. As such, I'm sure different people use different markers to determine the intelligence of others.

    Personally, I judge by a person's ability to communicate (I would not recommend this method. It's very flawed and frequently makes for confusion in forums such as this, where I instinctually judge intelligence on grammar and sentence structure). I'm working towards judging by quality of ideas, instead of how they are presented.

    What about you? How do you judge a person's intelligence? Does it even matter to you at all? SHOULD it matter?

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    I agree with you: multi-dimensional. How do I gauge someone's intelligence? I can just "tell," as if they have a neon brain floating above their head. Presumably, it has something to do with their creativity, depth, sense of humor, and overall level of articulation.

    I am driven insane by how much certain IQ tests are overrated. I know a brilliant musician who cannot give directions to her house. I know amazing mathematicians who struggle with creative writing. I know poor students who have excellent "street-smarts." I am also driven insane by how much grades are overrated. They are more displays of work-ethic than intelligence, in my opinion.

    I don't think that the level of IQ is as important as using whatever you have. Lack of intelligence is only bad when you posess a lack of judgement. Most people don't need quantum physics in everyday life, but making good decisions is very important.

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    I try to think of things in practical terms. To me competence is what matters. Intelligence is subjective. I trust a person's ability as far as they are able to show competence.
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    Someone who asks a lot of questions.
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    I agree with you on judging intelligence based on communication. My first instinct is usually to write off people for poor grammar/spelling/using words completely incorrectly. I do know many people who do all of those but are just as intelligent as I am. My ISFP friend is very observant and good at pretty much anything in the real world but is always assigning words random meanings, and I know an ENFJ who can solve puzzles faster than me but can barely spell. It's always interesting when I find myself struggling to do something (like learn to drive manual transmission) and one of my friends gets it in a snap. Clearly there must be different forms of intelligence many of which are overlooked, as shown in the "Stupid NTs" thread.
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    I think intelligence is a gift from God.

    Personally, I won't judge a person from his intelligence. It's like judging someone from his physical appearance. It's not fair.



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    no wait nvm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    Someone who asks a lot of questions.
    and the right questions
    things that make you go hmm

    the ability to learn/grow and think for one's self
    I N V I C T U S

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