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Wisdom v Intelligence

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Wisdom v Intelligence
« on: February 17, 2007, 08:24:26 AM »
http://paulgraham.com/wisdom.html

This was a very interesting article about something we don't think about frequently. I personally try to work both angles, cultivating wisdom and intelligence. You?

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 08:34:33 AM »
http://paulgraham.com/wisdom.html

This was a very interesting article about something we don't think about frequently. I personally try to work both angles, cultivating wisdom and intelligence. You?


I started reading it by my head hurts so I stopped.  Regardless, I think that kind of introspective hair splitting is unwise.  Just do your best to do what's best.  That's all you need.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2007, 09:00:03 AM »
I started reading it by my head hurts so I stopped.  Regardless, I think that kind of introspective hair splitting is unwise.  Just do your best to do what's best.  That's all you need.

You don't think that's an oversimplification? Who decides or what's the test to determine what's best? How do you know when you're trying your best? If we don't introspectively resolve these issues it seems like we'll find ourselves on particularly shifty sands that will affect us whether or not we care to think about them.

My response comes in the form of a quote from the classic film Dark Star:

 DOOLITTLE
Commander? Are you still there?

POWELL
Oh, yes, Doolittle, I'm thinking.

DOOLITTLE
We're running out of time, sir.

POWELL
Oh, yes... Well, Doolittle, if you
can't get it to drop you'll have to
talk to it.

DOOLITTLE
Sir?

POWELL
Talk to the bomb.

DOOLITTLE
I already have, sir, and Pinback is
talking to it now.

POWELL
No, no, Doolittle, you talk to it.
Teach it Phenomenology, Doolittle.

DOOLITTLE
Sir?

POWELL
Phenomenology...

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007, 11:34:45 AM »
So in what ways are wisdom more valuable than intelligence?

Wisdom puts one in a better position to be a leader.  The wise person has the prudence and tranquility of mind to lead others and is wise enough to consult the specialist (i.e. someone with a higher level of intelligence in a particular domain) on issues about which he is insufficiently schooled.



Intelligence, without wisdom, leaves one open for exploitation.  One's knowledge of a particular field becomes a commodity.

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007, 11:45:49 AM »
well, they're just words so i can't separate them clinically.

I'm putting that in my sig.

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2007, 12:21:59 PM »
I value intelligence over wisdom because intelligence equips one to interpret and react to unforeseen future scenarios, while wisdom, which is based upon past experience, may actually bias one's decision-making in ways unfavorable to new situations.

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2007, 12:32:38 PM »
I suppose in a world in which the decisions we face remain static, wisdom might outstripe intelligence as a tested quantity, but functioning under the assumption of progress and change, intelligence gets my nod.

I wish we all knew what the others meant when they say "intelligence" and "wisdom."

I wish law school students would abandon the "it's all relative" cop-out so useful at liberal arts colleges and start saying things.

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2007, 12:41:30 PM »
It depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2007, 12:43:26 PM »

It would make to assume that law school students will go on to become attorneys and/or other occupations that rely upon the use and interpretation of language, though (in which your wish is a confused one).


There is a difference between interpreting language and calling for its interpretation.

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Re: Wisdom v Intelligence
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2007, 12:46:01 PM »
The legal profession is often decried as a haven for those who possess the ability to contribute, but wish not to.