Intelligence?

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    Apr 18, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    Please note that politics are unrelated to this thread. My thoughts are just an example of the type of discussion I'm interested in.

    This is kinda random, but I was just thinking about it because I'm in math class,

    Even if you can do relatively basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication in your head doesn't make you good at math.

    I usually ask my boyfriend to help me stay motivated to study for math because otherwise it's me staring at a page of numbers trying not to think about all the awesome things I could be doing on the Internet at that very moment.
    Whenever I do a question, unless it's some first-grade level shit like 1200 + 1560 I use a calculator. My boyfriend doesn't though, because he can usually add or multiply before I can even get the numbers punched in.
    Even though he has this ability, about 95% of the time (legit though, that's what I get on tests) I get the answer right. If he tries to say "oh you should do it this way [insert w/e here]" and every time I basically just explain how to do it and every time so far I've been right.

    I just thought it was interesting because recently I have been finding the concept of intelligence fascinating. I've been watching a Canadian politics news show since my boyfriend watches it, and it always baffles me that there's sometimes conservative guests who are speaking in a way that makes them sound so much more intelligent than most people I know, yet through their veil of political terms and impressive words from their thesaurus, they're usually lying through their teeth and are always a complete douchebag.
    I don't understand why with all of their supposed intelligence they believe such ideas as a Christian god and that Rick Santorum saying that America was a better place before 1964 and claiming such obvious bullshit as "you don't know the context under which it was said so you can't pass judgement on it" when somebody says "Hey, uh, that's pretty fuckin racist, because it wasn't until 1964 that the Civil Rights Act was passed, which allowed greater protection of the right to vote for blacks."


    [b]TL;DR Let's discuss anything related to intelligence.[b]
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    Apr 18, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    This may be a bit like asking a large group of individuals who were born blind what their favorite shade of green is.

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    Apr 18, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
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    Apr 18, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Intelligence has no bearing on political affiliation or religion. While there may be studies which show certain correlations there is not causation. Newton was actually more a theologian than a scientist (though some of his scientific capabilities were hindered by his theological beliefs).

    I've learned through my academic career that intelligence cannot be accurately measured by exams. I have tutored many "A students" who are not exceptionally smart or gifted--they merely have learned how to do well on exams.

    True intelligence is not the ability to multiply large numbers in ones head. True intelligence comes in the form creative and abstract thinking and the application of learned concepts to solve "why and how" questions.

    "Imagination is more important than knowledge" -Albert Einstein
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:49 AM GMT
    Cash saidThis may be a bit like asking a large group of individuals who were born blind what their favorite shade of green is.
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:50 AM GMT
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:55 AM GMT
    conscienti1984 saidIntelligence has no bearing on political affiliation or religion. While there may be studies which show certain correlations there is not causation. Newton was actually more a theologian than a scientist (though some of his scientific capabilities were hindered by his theological beliefs).
    I've learned through my academic career that intelligence cannot be accurately measured by exams. I have tutored many "A students" who are not exceptionally smart or gifted--they merely have learned how to do well on exams.
    True intelligence is not the ability to multiply large numbers in ones head. True intelligence comes in the form creative and abstract thinking and the application of learned concepts to solve "why and how" questions.
    "Imagination is more important than knowledge" -Albert Einstein
    Republicans and Christians just seem so 'not there' in the head.
    I find it extremely sad that human beings are capable of such amazing feats of intelligence yet the average person seems to be dumber than a brick, inconsiderate, and uninterested in fairness, equality, and fact no matter how much they claim that they aren't.
    I have also heard that people who are unintelligent are really awful at estimating their intelligence. I know that IQ tests aren't "accurate" in determining an individual's level of intelligence but basically everybody guesses that they'll get an average score on an IQ test regardless of their actual IQ. The ones who score low are probably the ones who use the "IQ tests don't mean anything" excuse too.
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:56 AM GMT
    Anduru saidtumblr_m2kod7LlM81qz7lxdo1_500.jpg


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    Apr 19, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    My grandma who is blind is the best at mental math out of anyone I know. Since she can't use calculators or pencil & paper, all math she's done since she was a child has been in her head. Percentages and decimals multiplied... piece of cake.

    I've lost all of my math knowledge and I'm much slowing in doing it in my head now, but even when I was a whiz, she was faster than me.

    Politics stuff- if they didn't have charisma and articulation, they would have failed and be a thing of the past. It's the only way they can stand for stupid things and contend.