posted on Nov, 20 2013 @ 12:16 AM
I was having a conversation with a friend today, and while discussing a certain person, the difference between knowledge and intelligence came up. I
think the difference of the two is fairly obvious, but the definition of intelligence is less straight forward.
The two of us couldn't come to an agreement on the definition of intelligence, and I was curious what the find folks at ATS had to say on the
While we were talking I boiled my definition down to a very precise one, which is:
"The ability to obtain additional knowledge without additional external input"
An example being, I drop a rock, I have gained the knowledge that if I drop a rock, it falls to the ground. That's simply absorbing knowledge, and
possessing this knowledge, or ANY knowledge does not make me intelligent. I could know everything, and would not be intelligent, only knowledgeable. I
have intelligence only if I've able to figure out "not only will this rock fall, all objects will fall when dropped" Which would be gaining
additional knowledge, without any additional input (like testing everything else to see if it drops)
That is where we disagreed, he thought that being extremely knowledgeable makes one intelligent. While extremely knowledgeable people are usually also
intelligent, knowledge isn't the cause of their intelligence, it's the effect. It's the difference between a company owner taking all the profits
and spending them on himself, vs reinvesting into the company. Reinvesting would be the financial version of intelligence. It gains additional profits
(knowledge) based on previous profit.
Intelligence isn't something you HAVE, it's something you DO. Knowledge is ONLY something you have, so to me they are completely different, albeit
decent indicators of each other.
What says ATS?