Sunday, April 22, 2012

The difference between "intelligent" and "smart"

The article linked at the bottom will help to clarify the matter. A wannabe pederast, Yaron Segal, had a PhD in physics and worked at MIT!  They don't come any smarter than PhD physicists who work at MIT.  Yet the guy got caught in a honey trap set by the Feds. Being a pervert as well as a physicist Segal tried to hook up with some adolescent girls for a weekend slumber party - and was arrested as soon as he stepped off the plane.  In jail, he had time to reflect on the error of his ways and to do the calculus of thirty years in a 9x9x7 box. Realizing the solution, he killed himself. Honestly, in this day and age is there anyone who doesn't know that the Feds are all over the Internet?  Especially the child predator sites?  Hell, even I know these things. So, smart though Mr. Segal may have been, he was to put it politely, a dummy.

Smart people can be dummies too.  Smartness is a function of the brain.  Intelligence on the other hand is more a function of the mind; or perhaps the mind/soul interface.  Like the Segal story shows, a "smart" person with a PhD can blunder stupidly into an ambush that an "intelligent" ninth grader would see a mile away.  Not to say smart people can't be intelligent oo. One doesn't preclude the other; but being smart doesn't necessarily imply intelligence. And intelligence doesn't necessarily imply one is smart. They're not the same thing, but there is a relationship between them.

You may be smart enough, ha ha, to understand that what I really mean by "intelligence" is wisdom. Wisdom is a different concept than smartness.  Smartness sees a problem and devises a solution. Wisdom sees a problem before it arises. Wisdom also sees a solution before the problem arises.  Smartness is an exertion of the brain and has a limited radius. Wisdom, is of the mind and touches the infinite. Mr. Segal was a very smart guy - with a narrow field of view.  Smartness sees the microscopic dots in a picture.  Intelligence/wisdom sees (and gets) the picture.



    ___Open your mind and live.

  2. The Saxons resisted 'conversion' with a passion and in 772, at Quierzy (today an insignificant village on the Oise about a 100 miles northwest of Paris) a frustrated Charlemagne, urged on by his bishops, issued a proclamation that he would kill every Saxon who refused to accept Jesus Christ. From that time on he kept a special detachment of Christian priests who doubled as his executioners. Pagan practices, such as eating meat during Lent, cremation of the dead and pretending to be baptized ("dogs returning to their vomit") were all made punishable by death.

    In fulfillment of his vow, in a single day at Verden in 782, Charlemagne had 4500 Saxon prisoners beheaded for slipping back to their old gods. He then went off to Mass and had his dinner. What a guy!

    Remarkably, the Saxons resisted Charlemagne's onslaught for more than 30 years.

  3. A Christian catholic View of Science ...

    "There is another form of temptation, even more fraught with danger. This is the disease of curiosity...

    It is this which drives us to try to discover the secrets of nature, those secrets beyond our understanding, which can avail us nothing and which men should not wish to learn..."

    - (St.???) Augustine


  5. "jonny draco": have nothing better to do with your time other than spam the blogs of those with whom you disagree?

  6. The difference between being intelligent and being smart is simple:

    Intelligence is the ability to learn. Smartness is what you've learned.

    An uneducated hermit may be intelligent but has learned nothing. A minimally intelligent person may be well-educated and well-read; therfore have some smarts.

  7. If the same crime had been attempted by a homeless drug abuser and some shrink testified that he was mentally ill, he might have been left free. Segal being a MIT guy and all, that sort of thing would never work with him. Your justice system has murdered this guy via a sting operation. I hate the self righteous tone of your writing.

    1. He got himself into trouble. Hopefully you're intelligent enough to learn from his mistake.