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    I'm so smart.....

    So there we were having BBQ and beer night and one of my friends bought along a friend of his who turned out to be a teacher type, who wasted no time in telling me that really, really smart people are a bit crazy. He wasn't crazy, but he was so smart he was bordering on it.
    Later his girlfriend arrived with a friend and he went to join them inside. On the way back from the bogs i overheard him explaining about how terrapins have hoofs without clefts like elephants, to two extremely bored looking females and I got to thinking.
    In my opinion being able to remember lots of facts and knowing lots of clever words doesn't make a person smart.
    I've heard people talk long and apparently knowledgably on various things when it's obvious it all sounds good, but either doesn't make any actual sense or is just a long was of saying something simple and obvious.
    To me, smart is using the information you have come to clear and concise conclusions and make clear and concise (and correct) decisions.

    So how smart are you, completely sane, almost nuts, so smart you're a total looney.

    If my friends friend is right, and very smart people do go a bit crazy I reckon there must be some absolute fucking geniuses on TD.

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    My verbally parsimonious grandfather used to say, "If you can say it with a ten cent word, there's no point in spending a dollar."

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    Have a paragraph Kujoo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post

    In my opinion being able to remember lots of facts and knowing lots of clever words doesn't make a person smart.
    Keep your voice down or you'll start theGent off on a long winded refutation.

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    Koojo, you are a smart arse if that was your question

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    There is some truth.
    I have (had) 3 younger brothers. One of which was a extremely intelligent fellow, flew thru school / Uni was in 1st 15 (Rugby) and 1st 11 (cricket) and all while getting a masters degree.
    Stated a business which went well.
    All in all a high achiever but then he gradually fell into the clutches of alcohol. In the end it lost him his marriage, the custody of his kids, his business,and he ended up by gassing him self.

    The youngest bro, was the opposite, couldn't finish high school, Left at 15, but he was practical, started a business, sold that for a substantial gain and went into property acquisition, now has substantial portfolio worth maybe at least tens of millions.
    There canít be good living where there is not good drinking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Wilson View Post
    Have a paragraph Kujoo.
    You must be very smart.

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    The key to a happy and successful life: surround yourself with dullards

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    Keep it simple just in case somebody is actually listening.

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    I have it from the authority that I be a looney, from the king of the looney's.
    I reckon he's about as smart as they come.

    Show us your Repo... 03-04-2012 08:41 AM Sir Wilson looney tunes, Earl, that's you.

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    I tend to think that most of us possess an intelligence in one way but are retarded in another.

    Normal stuff for a human.

    Like I know some guys that are really talented in there area but really fuked at practical stuff so I'm never Impressed by a person who shows intelligence.

    I'll wait and see how they pan out over all.

    Yes, Intelligence can sometimes be a curse and I think its better to be a middle of the road all rounder who enjoys a beer and a little punt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    I'm never Impressed by a person who shows intelligence.

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    Oh you know what I mean, some flogger who can recite the lords prayer in 15 different languages.

    Who gives a fuck. Get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57
    some flogger who can recite the lords prayer in 15 different languages.
    That's "intelligence" ?

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    Being connected, intuitive, and instinctive is far more valuable than fabricated intelligence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    fabricated intelligence.
    By which I assume you mean "memory".

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    There are different types of 'smart'/'smarts'...

    I know what the OP means, but academic sorts often have poor social/communication skills while being an 'expert' in their field; the higher up the academic ladder they go often the smarter they become in an ever decreasing field...

    Street smarts are different again, does T57 have those, maybe but I wouldn't want to compliment him...

    Memory is something else, might help to make some folks appear 'smart' at certain times, but it's just memoery not decision making or critical thinking; maybe these two are closer to what the OP considers as 'being smart' - there's certainly some mileage in that proposition...
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    Quote Originally Posted by robtherich View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    fabricated intelligence.
    By which I assume you mean "memory".
    Nope. Incorrect assumption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    Being connected, intuitive, and instinctive is far more valuable than fabricated intelligence.
    I think one is as valuable and important as the other, but I do think that the more what you call 'fabricated intelligence' (lets say 'schooled intellect') a person has the less intuitive and instinctive intelligence they have, or at least they disregard the intuitive, instinctive side a lot easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin
    Nope. Incorrect assumption.
    Kindly clarify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post

    I think its better to be a middle of the road all rounder who enjoys a beer and a little punt.

    Oh yes thats me. Jack of no trades and master of fewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    There is some truth.
    I have (had) 3 younger brothers. One of which was a extremely intelligent fellow, flew thru school / Uni was in 1st 15 (Rugby) and 1st 11 (cricket) and all while getting a masters degree.
    Stated a business which went well.
    All in all a high achiever but then he gradually fell into the clutches of alcohol. In the end it lost him his marriage, the custody of his kids, his business,and he ended up by gassing him self.

    The youngest bro, was the opposite, couldn't finish high school, Left at 15, but he was practical, started a business, sold that for a substantial gain and went into property acquisition, now has substantial portfolio worth maybe at least tens of millions.
    interesting, quite a sad story though

    some studies have demonstrated that being less smart was actually a quality for entrepreneurship and taking risk in business

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    actually smart people never take risks

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    Being "smart" is the ability to allow other people to talk, and to keep them going. Most people love the opportunity to voice their opinion.

    A little prompting is all that's needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Being "smart" is the ability to allow other people to talk, and to keep them going. Most people love the opportunity to voice their opinion.

    A little prompting is all that's needed.
    Humility is a vacant trait belonging to the smart [at][at][at][at] set.

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