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Formal education levels of ATS readers and posters

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posted on Dec, 2 2008 @ 10:35 PM

Education does not equal intelligence.

Very true ^^

But you can learn much faster if you study under someone's supervision than your own. Today you can find all the knowledge you need to test your intelligence online but anyone who has tried to understand quantum machanics from wikipedia would know that it takes along long time to grasp.

Under a supervision IE schooling system you learn much faster. That is the only difference and that is the reason why schooling system were created in the first place.

Me currently studying my masters in Electronics, in Auckland University (Second year).

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posted on Dec, 2 2008 @ 11:15 PM
I am am surprised the amount of formally educated persons here that have replied so far.

I am wondering if a person is more likely to post if they have attended college than those who have not.

I am breaking this down into 3 categories even though this may over-simplify.

High school or lower- 22%

Some college or AA degree- 33%

Bachelor's or higher- 44%

I fall into the middle category. I do not consider myself more or less intelligent that the other two groups but I am glad that there is at least variety. Troll an entertainment website and you will find incredibly mundane and useless subjects talked about incessantly. Go to a party with a bunch of wealthy snobs and be bored to tears as they talk about trivial thing incessantly.

Perhaps the strength of ATS comes from its diversity and people being able to express ideas in relative anonymity.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:26 AM
Great idea for a thread!

Bachelor's Degree from University of Miami in Business Management/Finance as well as Political Science

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:27 AM
I'll bite.....HS Grad, US Army Medic, 2 year Nursing degree, and a "Whopping" 49yrs of life experience!

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:28 AM
Interesting thread. I have:
Doctorate of Optometry
Bio-Chemistry B.S.
Philosophy B.A.
Computer Science AA
Minor Life Drawing

I did them all simultaneously to keep my interest while I waited for Medical School. I recommend those in college to get one fun degree and one real degree.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:43 AM
I'm a senior in high school, and have not passed any required math classes!

I don't think modern education has anything to do with good, critical, complex, and independent thought. If anything, modern education diminishes the ability to think in truly useful ways (whatever they may be). Grades don't show intelligence or knowledge of the subject as much as they show how hard a student works, making it easier for "superiors" to assess how hard a person will work for them (slavery to gov't, as an extreme... but that's a conspiracy theory that I won't get into right now), and not really how much an employee actually knows about anything.

I have not yet specifically needed a vast majority of the higher math (algebra, etc.) topics I've learned thus far. It's all about the next test...

Just the next test...

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:51 AM
HighSchool Diploma
AS Network Administration
BS Computer Networking and Security
Comptia A+ Certification(Hardware standard test)
Microsoft Certfied Sytems Engineer + Messaging(E-mail Server)
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator: SQL 2005
and working on Cisco Certifications now.

Basically a crap load of pieces of paper not worth much unless I move, and I won't be doing that for at least a year.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:58 AM
Got enough credits for a Bachelors degree in science but I actually majored in fine arts with a military science minor- seriously
Didn't put it all together because I got called back to the Army for the first Gulf War
Associates in Electrical technology
PLCs PACs Cad Hydraulics SCRs VFDs
Technician on advanced oilfield equipment repair and plural component technology design.
IQ 140ish
My cat is smarter than I am.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 12:59 AM
reply to post by SuperSecretSquirrel

What an interesting way to recruit people for jobs based on what info they share on their reply. BA for me and I majored in drinking and having fun until the fifth year it took me to graduate. I strongly recommend that if you can, you really should go to college just for the partying factor alone. You will learn a thing or two along the way and eventually get a good job somewhere if you play it right.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 01:05 AM
My I.Q. is 141.

My family moved around a lot so I did not receive a very formal education. Everything I have learned I learned after school.

If you don't have common sense the all of the education in the world isn't going to do much for you.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 01:07 AM
dropped out got my GED

HS is for conformists hahaha

But really HS was a waste of time. College not so much, but still is not appealing to me.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:02 AM
Currently studying a degree computer engineering. will be a few years before I graduate.

I realise that a vast majority of posters here have either electronic or computer related degrees. pretty interesting.

University education sucks though. They just throw you with notes to die. No in depth teaching. study for a module just to forget it. But i wish to learn something at least. I hate electives cos I am forced to take them

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:03 AM

Originally posted by Ruggeder
Interesting thread. I have:
Doctorate of Optometry
Bio-Chemistry B.S.
Philosophy B.A.
Computer Science AA
Minor Life Drawing

I did them all simultaneously to keep my interest while I waited for Medical School. I recommend those in college to get one fun degree and one real degree.

Ummm... how do you do so many things at one go? I am struggling even with 1 degree??

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:11 AM
I'll bite.

Grew up on ranch, learned to weld, mechanics, cooking, canning, hunting, fishing, camping, wrestling little sibs till they got bigger than me, reading everything I could, tinkered with radios and tvs (vacuum tube types), model rockets, college for six years studying some of everything (engineering , computer science to basket weaving, folklore), learned to repair mechanical pin ball machines, talked into graduating, worked with real computers for 25 years, taught my self about pcs when they came out, became a paramedic for fun, worked at a vets office and learned more than I knew about animal illness and treatment, retired and still help friends, family and a few businesses with pc problems from hardware to software, I think I remember how to use a slide rule and I remember when you had to wire plug boards for unit record equipment.

Got married during that time, had four boys and have six grad kids. Met my best friend / soulmate in college (he was free spirit and had a lot of same interest) and we are still together. We both have large insulated mugs we carry everywhere full of the black elixir of life from Juan Valdez. We both hate the word geek because it is so confining.

Still have working TI99, Commodore 64, an Atari game system and an IBM XT.

The computer I use for everything is just components setting on a grounded static pad on my desk.

Been thinking about an xbox or wii to keep our minds sharp.

Neither of us are above baiting someone to force their true selves to the surface. We've been both democrat and republican, and prefer new age approach to enlightenment.

OK, that is a little more than formal education but life experience counts for a lot. Never had IQ test I remember, was bored all though school (k-12) and didn't always pay attention.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:20 AM
Double history major.

Specialising in Sparta.

take care all

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:32 AM
reply to post by SuperSecretSquirrel

this should be rather interesting. I am a college sophomore who is double- majoring in Marketing and Public Relations. I'm a server at the cheesecak factory. Doesn't really relate to my interest in the topics on ATS much, eh?

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posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:38 AM
4 quarters shy of Bachelors of Science in Commercial Interior Design. Finances are too tight to finish right now, but I will, and I am working in that field. Graphic Design on the side. Started out as an English major years ago, but I changed paths. Also certified in ergonomics.

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posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:39 AM
reply to post by Seekingmyself

since we're talking about education i wanted to bring up how right now I am wishing i didn't have to pull an all-nighter for a paper I should have done days ago... ATS keeps distracting me...

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 02:50 AM
The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.

Interesting. You want the resume...well here goes...

8 'O'Levels from when they meant something
ONC Civil Engineering
HNC Civil Engineering
Cert Achievment in Civil Engineering Studies (which were the additional subjects I needed to top up to Degree level)
C&G Graphic Design
C&G 3D Drafting and Design
Fellow of the Insitute of Highway Design Engineers (IEng)

And you know what? There are people on ATS with a whole lot less stuff than that, who know a whole lot more about the stuff that we discuss on ATS.

No ones educational level bars them from having an opinion, or expressing themselves, and sometimes the best qualification that anyone can have is kindness, politeness, patience and the ability to listen.

As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.

posted on Dec, 3 2008 @ 03:48 AM
The Army offers free education to all soldiers while enlisted so I tiook massive advantage of that.

AS in Commercial art......COOL I LOVE IT TO THIS DAY!
AS in Criminal justice.......SUCKS I WISH I COULD TAKE IT BACK!
BA in Teaching aquired over seas...... I LIKE TEACHING CHILDREN
Almost comlete with MA Teaching...I REALLY LIKE TEACHING ADULTS!
Hope to finish it up next year so I can use my GI bill to get a Phd "SOMEDAY" if possible, probably from and overseas university in anycase.

Then I have countless certificates.
I thank the US Army for my free loading education which many dont have.

I thought for the longest time I was just a professional student but now I realize I just never knew what I wanted to be and still dont.

When I finish up my masters Ill move back overseas to my wife and daughter and teach english to the kids. I may just see if I can finish it there.

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