Street smart vs book smart!?

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    Jun 06, 2012 8:28 PM GMT
    There is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness. You can assess the environment you are in, who is in it, and what the available angles are. Being on the street, or in the trenches, or whatever low to the ground metaphor you prefer, requires you learn to trust your own judgment about people and what matters. This skill, regardless of where you develop it, is of great value everywhere in life regardless of how far from the streets you are.

    Book smarts means someone who is good at following the rules. These are people who get straight A’s, sit in the front, and perhaps enjoy crossword puzzles. They like things that have singular right answers. They like to believe the volume, and precision, of their knowledge can somehow compensate for their lack of experience applying it in the real world. Thinking about things has value, but imagining how you will handle a tough situation is a world away from actually being in one (As Tyler Durden says in Fight Club – “How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?”.)

    What do you prefer? A guy that is book smart or street smart? icon_smile.gif

    I personally prefer street smart!
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    Jun 06, 2012 8:31 PM GMT
    Book smarts will enable you to make a chemical drug that turns people into zombies.

    Street smarts will enable you to get your face eaten off by one of those zombies.
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    gamer smart...new breed


    survive the zombies


    i need to find me a man who can just pwn in resident evil or anotherzombie gamethatidontknowbecauseIdontplaythemhencemeneedingagamersmartguytosavemyassfromthezombies
  • Karl

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    Jun 07, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    imo , book smart has enough helpful information for us to be street smart.
    But street smart cant do the thing above.
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Speaking about zombies...
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    I'm going to be one of those lame dicks that says they need a guy who has both.
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    cold saidI'm going to be one of those lame dicks that says they need a guy who has both.
    I'll join you. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    Carangi saidThere is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness. You can assess the environment you are in, who is in it, and what the available angles are. Being on the street, or in the trenches, or whatever low to the ground metaphor you prefer, requires you learn to trust your own judgment about people and what matters. This skill, regardless of where you develop it, is of great value everywhere in life regardless of how far from the streets you are.

    Book smarts means someone who is good at following the rules. These are people who get straight A’s, sit in the front, and perhaps enjoy crossword puzzles. They like things that have singular right answers. They like to believe the volume, and precision, of their knowledge can somehow compensate for their lack of experience applying it in the real world. Thinking about things has value, but imagining how you will handle a tough situation is a world away from actually being in one (As Tyler Durden says in Fight Club – “How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?”.)

    What do you prefer? A guy that is book smart or street smart? icon_smile.gif

    I personally prefer street smart!


    *Jaw Drop*
    Why do they have to be mutually exclusive?
    Also- by your definition, you certainly show a lack of understanding of what it means to be book smart. It almost sounds like you have something against people who have gone towards the path of higher education. When you find someone off the streets who can prove that in a partial-fraction expansion, complex conjugate poles have the coefficients that are also complex conjugates, then we will talk icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    cold saidI'm going to be one of those lame dicks that says they need a guy who has both.
    I'll join you. icon_lol.gif

    Dicks unite! icon_redface.gif
  • ATXnative

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    Jun 07, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    I has some of both! Woop Woop. Let's hear it for the bad boy smart guys trying to be good men.
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    Jun 07, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    I wish I was more street smart
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    Jun 07, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    Carangi saidThere is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness.
    Bull....... all you need is anything OTHER than a lazy ass.
    You had better be very afraid of a 'book smart' 'street smart' dude.
    We are deadly.
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    Jun 07, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    Carangi saidThere is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness.
    Bull....... all you need is anything OTHER than a lazy ass.
    You had better be very afraid of a 'book smart' 'street smart' dude.
    We are deadly.


    and in demand!
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    Jun 07, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    northoz said
    TropicalMark said
    Carangi saidThere is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness.
    Bull....... all you need is anything OTHER than a lazy ass.
    You had better be very afraid of a 'book smart' 'street smart' dude.
    We are deadly.


    and in demand!
    And a dime a dozen, though most are street smart enough to not show it. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    cold saidI'm going to be one of those lame dicks that says they need a guy who has both.


    Hear, hear!
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    you need both..... either one is boring by itself.......streetsmart without booksmart will give you diseases and HIV. Booksmart without streetsmart set you up for a boring unfulfilled life.
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    Street smart = being smart in certain risky situations, grew up in a rough background. Dropped out of school guys who would do anything to succeed. In other words, bad boys, don't play by the rules types.

    Book Smart = smart educated guys, innocent, do good things, not necessarily like to take risks. Finished school, get his MA/BA whatever. Good boys types.

    I would say I am more book smart when I was younger since I graduated and came out, I just grew more street smart after several failed friendships and relationships. But I still considered myself more book smart and always been really attracted to the street smart/bad boys dudes. So when the good boy meets a bad boy, it's such a hot/sexy combination, it balances out. icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif It called opposites attract.
  • tigrisblue

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    Jun 07, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    By all of the above definitions, 'street smarts' just seems to be... general life experience and wisdom, provided you aren't locked up in a hole or ivory tower somewhere. Most people don't have the luxury of rose-tinted glasses and so deal with shit as it comes along, learning as they go.

    I could see 'streetwise' being something different, i.e. knowing where to find or how to avoid the drug dealers, gang bangers, fences, product knockoff salesmen, or whatever. The stuff often expected of generally low-income urbanites with little way out.

    Also, there are a number of traditionally 'book smart' roles that would require the above definition of 'street smarts' or even 'streetwise'. Field Anthropologists, Sociologists and Social Workers, or any type of field social science for that matter, Investigative Journalists... all of these roles typically require not only higher levels of thinking, but also quick wits and swift minds.
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    Carangi saidThere is no doubt in my mind street smarts kicks book smarts ass. To be street smart means you have situational awareness.
    Bull....... all you need is anything OTHER than a lazy ass.
    You had better be very afraid of a 'book smart' 'street smart' dude.
    We are deadly.


    +1
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    G-d love you because you are a complete moron.

    Street smarts vs book smarts? Where do you find this shit?

    My smarts, let's call it "combat zone" smarts coud kick your "street smarts" any time, any place, any where.

    kthxbai
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    Uhm...sorry to say, but the "book smart" people that you seem inferior are the ones that get into ivy league schools and go on to have prosperous and stable careers.

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    Jun 07, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    What if I'm none of the above? icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:41 AM GMT
    How about both? i know plenty of people who are both...
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    Jun 07, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    7Famark saidUhm...sorry to say, but the "book smart" people that you seem inferior are the ones that get into ivy league schools and go on to have prosperous and stable careers.

    Book smart usually is vapid with coworkers, goes straight from colleges/universities into management positions without knowing the true nature of the work or the people under them, and book smarts don't get you by when meeting new people, or on first dates. Street smarts on the other hand, can only get you so far in your work life. This is where wisdom and common sense work with, amplify and triumph over Street Smarts and Book Smarts. Cause no matter what you know; the knowing when to use it effectively and beneficially is something only Life can Teach you.
  • vintovka

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    Jun 07, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Echoing others...

    It's a stupid dichotomy. The two are not mutually exclusive at all and can mean too many things to be useful.