posted on Dec, 27 2011 @ 07:34 PM
Smart? By what and whose calculation? Simple IQ, assessment tests among those mentioned only measure certain things that can be statistically
quantified, but not always qualified. Defining "smart" is to me much more complicated, and I do value those with route learning skills sometime
called "actionable memory", those who can do complicated multiple mathematics, what we consider "smarts". Also active but with
memory&applicability to "unrelated" situations.
What I consider, for what it's worth IMO, the best type of intelligence, are those who can assemble several aspects of actionable cognition in as
many areas as possible. I love those who are, and this is subjective (something often dismissed as opinion or just noise) as I hate this lame but
useful phrase, "thinking out of the box". When you can combine good general information selection, what you pay attention to, aware of or not, and
have the ability, what I call unique "packaging" or ability to optimize information, and add that special, perhaps what would be called creative
touch, I'm impressed.
We all have heard of savant's; remarkable people who can do truly amazing things but often have other limitations. But not always. But often the
extreme someones ability in an area, it can be so intense it scares some people. They can't relate. Thats our problem. Bottom line for me I value
creativity, but also with their feet on ground but not so firmly their stuck in the mud, as in obsessive in one area to exclusion of other. Or so
disconnected with everything they can become a flying humanoid. The creative ones and those with the ability to integrate a broad range of skills,
thats intelligence. And solving problems in such a unique way as in a group trying to solve the same problem and having all the same information yet
they can "see" what no one else can. Thats very cool.
I also value those who are artists and musicians at any level. Why? My cat is a better artist and musician (when he walks on the piano at least) then
me. And thats just embarrassing.