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What do you think? Is intelligence the deciding factor or is it education that decides your test score?
cawcaw cawcaw 26-30, F 14 Answers Nov 30, 2012 in Hobbies

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Probably both.<br />
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Intelligence is a gift, but its not enough. You have to be disciplined and work hard to take full advantage. Don't rest on your laurels.

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May I ask, what kinds of puzzles do you do?

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The way it was explained to me is that many people with high IQs feel the need to exercise their brains via video games, puzzles, etc. So yes, you're probably quite intelligent, and your aptitude for puzzles may be how that intellect manifests itself.

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I believe it's both! "Congratulations"!

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Everyone has a skill with one thing or another (or several), i can solve logical puzzles very easily and have a high spacial awareness but a maths question beyond the basics can make my brain seize like a cheap computer. Good for you btw reading and puzzless keep the mind fresh and open to new learning.

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So if you could, what kind of a tree would you be?

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Congratulations. You are way brighter than me.

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Never took the test. Probably a combination of both, but being good at puzzles usually means you have a logical and active mind.

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A little bit of both mixed with some luck

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Your question is akin to considering the validity of evolutionary theory: does it matter? Like, say you're at work and your friends decide to go out for lunch- does evolution matter in that context? The same applies to intelligence. Ignore Mensa, SAT, GMAT and all those static measures- they're snapshots that try to compare two given minds. Ask yourself, why do they compare two intellects? What is the point of such testing and comparisons? Who do the results serve and over what length of time are they valid? Does intellect change over time?

Intelligence doesn't matter- it never did. What matters are a combination of the right ideas meeting the right opportunities at the right time. Was George Bush Jr. an intellectual? Did he not hold the same office as Jefferson (a true intellectual,min every sense)? What if Werner Von Braun were born with the same knowledge during the Reformation? Would he be a hero of space exploration or locked up like a heretic (e.g. Galileo)?

Mensa is no predictor of a successful life, or (more importantly) a happy one. If it makes you feel better to have some measure that shows you smarter than someone else, then you've got one, but those type of intellectual badges aren't the substance of life.

Intellectuals find mental activities that lead to deep understanding and inner peace rewarding. Non-intellectuals enjoy trying to prove to everyone that they're just as smart as intellectuals. The smartest moment you'll ever be in is when you're happy in life.

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It's probably a good indicator that you are pretty smart yes, but that's doesn't mean you're intelligent though. If you're great at puzzles and other left brained mental activities that isn't really a measure of intelligence in general. Regurgitating facts on a set day in an exam doesn't prove intelligence either. If you have a good balance of creativity, good social / relationship skills, common sense and an ability to use judgement, reasoning and understanding to solve problems then you're intelligent in my book. All of these are required to get along in life. I know plenty of so called intelligent people who score highly at mensa tests and educational achievements (degree's / diploma's etc) but severely lack social skills and the ability to get themselves ahead in careers for example. An ability to deal with people / relate using emotional intelligence is also important.

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