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Originally posted by adifferentbreed
If someone uses poor grammar, spelling, or punctuation, does it automatically make their opinion less valid?
is that really the way to make a valid point?
I for one know I definitely verbalize better than I write,
does that make me less intelligent?
Originally posted by Aquarius1
I can recommend a great little program by Microsoft and it's free...
[edit on 8-1-2010 by Aquarius1]
Originally posted by adifferentbreed
Actually, I am quite comforatable with myself, this was more about a trend I've noticed and less about me. I guess I shouldnt have posted the list that I did. It wasn't meant to be self affirming, I guess I didn't explain it right. I was trying to point out some things that I've accomplished in my life, and how they could affect my thoughts, opinions and ideas. We all live different lives, and I think that the things we've experienced in our lives shape our opinions and thoughts, as well as how we may articulate them.......cool response.
Originally posted by Parallex
Can I put some subjective debate items in here for you lot?
1) Not everyone is American. Therefore, alot of the things written in American slang wont be understood by us 'others' that don't speak Yank. Solution? Don't write in American slang, or worse, 'text speak'.
2) Intellectual superiority wins. Every time. You're only jealous of it if you don't have it. Is it bad to be intellectually superior? No. Is it bad to rub that intellectual superiority in peoples faces? Of course. Do some people need it rubbed in their faces by displaying wilful ignorance & arrogance? Most definitely. Being thick isn't a crime, it's a lifestyle - one that nobody (given time to know better) can defend.
3) Spelling. Given the nature of the sometimes complex topics being discussed on ATS, and the fact that it is easy to be misunderstood on forums, clarity of speech is important. I don't promote fastidious 'spelling police' style antics, but I do think alot of the active members, and lurkers could do with putting more effort into their posts. Too many resemble scrawlings of a 5 year old. That doesn't do the forums integrity any good.
To the OP -
You sound like you have lived the American Dream. Good for you!
Not to get too Freudian or Jungian (on yo' ass') but are you looking for confirmation and appraisal of your life from total strangers on the net? Do you need a hug?
Most of all, did you get annoyed by the smart kids at school whilst you languished in the 'lesser' groups? By the sounds of it you worked bloody hard, for not alot of recognition or reward. Don't worry about it.
There will always be people out there eloquent in their speech, and capable in their arguments & intellectual meanderings. But can they build a prize winning Harley? No SIR!
(Not at least until they've studied it, read about it, practiced it, and then done it.)
Being intelligent is different to being clever. You MR OP sound quite intelligent. When you can mix the two, that's when you're in a whole different league.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Intelligence
Intelligence is an umbrella term used to describe a property of the mind that encompasses many related abilities, such as the capacities to reason, to plan, to solve problems, to think abstractly, to comprehend ideas, to use language, and to learn.
There are several ways to define intelligence. In some cases, intelligence may include traits such as creativity, personality, character, knowledge, or wisdom.
However there is no agreement on which traits define the phenomenon of intelligence agreed upon by a majority across the various concerned disciplines.
Theories of intelligence can be divided into those based on a unilinear construct of general intelligence and those based on multiple intelligences.
Francis Galton, influenced by his cousin Charles Darwin, was the first to advance a theory of general intelligence.
For Galton, intelligence was a real faculty with a biological basis that could be studied by measuring reaction times to certain cognitive tasks.
Galton's research on measuring the head size of British scientists and ordinary citizens led to the conclusion that head size had no relationship with the person's intelligence.
Alfred Binet and the French school of intelligence believed that intelligence was an average of numerous dissimilar abilities, rather than a unitary entity with specific identifiable properties.
The Stanford-Binet intelligence test has been used by both theorists of general intelligence and multiple intelligence.