What Is "smart"?

Discussion in 'Staging Area' started by ComputerMan, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. ComputerMan

    ComputerMan New Member

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    Is understanding or knowledge what make you smart?

    My Answer: There is good memory, but understanding, common sense, and a "thinker" is what makes a person smart.

    What's your opinion?

    PS: the word smart is used on dumb people too often!
     
  2. marine121496

    marine121496 Wahahaha~ Supporting Member

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    In today's world, I consider good memory "smart" alternatively adaptability is also a "smart" trait.
     

  3. Nelson

    Nelson Review Guru Supporting Member

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    Common sense is the toughest part of what makes someone smart. This is because common sense is flawed. What we call "common sense" really isn't common at all. It should be called good sense. Someone with good sense, who can think logically and rationally. That is what makes someone smart.
     
  4. M4Ever

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    To me, smart is about understanding. Or, I guess, the application of knowledge. Knowledge and the like is pointless without utilization. Utility is king. If something works, it is valuable. Someone who not only understands, but can apply and do the concept in question is smart. That's my 2 cents.
     
  5. ComputerMan

    ComputerMan New Member

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    See, my school thinks memory is key

    They call almost everyone gifted.
     
  6. schlabie

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    Smart in my understanding, is someone who can apply their common knowledge on something they've learned a great deal about to real life scenarios. I think smarter kids are harder to find today because in schools kids are memorizing things, rather than actually learning.(at least in my school district, and I go to a exemplary school I have a 3.7 gpa and am top 25 percent in my class)
     
  7. M4Ever

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    I would generally agree. A lot of people would say that's because of the information explosion. Which is almost ironic. But, are people really getting less "smart" or is our application just changing?
     
  8. Urbanprodigy

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    I know this will sound racist, but it is generally true with, of course, a few exceptions. A very easy example of the memorizing part is the Asian population (at least in the US) they are very very book smart, but lack common skills and ability to interact with their environment. An example, again going to sound racist but still true, is Asian drivers. We think of it as a stereotype, but generally it is true, they don't have the ability to adapt and react to their environment. Asians also get jobs pretty easily because they are book smart, but have trouble advancing in their field because they don't have the sociability to get there. This sounds like stereotypes and racism, but it is really true (with, of course, exceptions).
     
  9. M4Ever

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    I understand you are using blanket statements, but it can still be offensive to some, so be careful.

    So why would you say they are that way? Is it because that part of the world has had a different emphasis for the past century? Or because Westerners have been doing things different? If your blanket statement is true, how did it get like that?
     
  10. ComputerMan

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    Language, and culture

    Their way is better, I wish I was born asian. I have mainly Asian friends. I'm smarter than most of them, but I love the culture(mostly food and music)
     
  11. tasgal

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    Smart= Not looking down the barrel of a gun.
     
  12. M4Ever

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    Really? Culture is great, Diversity is great. Getting to experience other cultures is fun, exciting and just downright awesome. But in the end, I wouldn't want anything than my US of A, and even more specific, My Texas culture.

    I love Texas. IMO, truly the best. (Insert Texas awesomeness rant). Haha. But America is where it's at.
     
  13. ComputerMan

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    No, America is becoming Communist.
    Its only a matter of time.....
    USA culture (southern) is what I grew up around. I love guns, hunting, southern cooking, guitar music and stuff like that.

    I wish for that culture in a better country, my one true wish
     
  14. M4Ever

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    If you don't like communism. Then, why like China?
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2012
  15. ComputerMan

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    South Korea and Japan is what I like!
    China at least Amits to being communist
     
  16. M4Ever

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    Ok. Fair enough. And I think the US is much farther from Communism than people like to say. Still very much a Republic. And while the current admin. has what can be considered socialist tendencies, it's all elected, it's all from the people. There's no dictatorship involved. We are still very much, of the people, by the people, and for the people.
     
  17. Knief

    Knief Moderator Staff Member

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    Turn off Fox News and read a book. The United States is a long way away from communism, and has in fact been in a conservative swing since the last couple years of the Clinton presidency. It may be inching back towards center as the GOP loses its grip on reality (largely by doing things like labeling everything to the left of their platform "communism."), but thats a small swing so far. The fact is, the US is far more conservative than it has been at any point in modern history and even guys like Reagan and Nixon would be considered too liberal to be candidates presidential candidates by the GOP.
     
  18. M4Ever

    M4Ever New Member

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    Thank you Knief, well said. (20 characters)
     
  19. osawaab

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    My cousin is someone who makes really good grades so shes book smart however when it comes to common sense she lacks completely. She is 16 and about a month ago we were crossing a busy street and I had to pull her back because she tried crossing when cars were coming. So Theres a difference between someones whos book smart and someone who is smart.
     
  20. ComputerMan

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    Listen to what they are saying, mainly Democratic people.

    All I'm saying is, democracy is gone.

    We have no choice in the president because of electoral colleges

    Felfare, it helps out too much. People are getting about the same as a working citizen