Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Intelligence v Knowledge

Oftentimes intelligence is confused with knowledge and vice-versa, but the two do not necessarily go hand-in-hand as far as I'm concerned.

I have met knowledgeable/well-informed people who have surprised me with their lack of logic and common sense. I can't say the same for intelligent people. I may one day be disappointed but so far so good.

The intelligent are always smart, quick thinking and interesting. The knowledgeable are at best interesting but more often than not, plain boring. Like an encyclopedia,the knowledgeable take comfort in their ability to memorise and recall vast amounts of information. We all know an encyclopedia is purely a book of recorded knowledge and not an intelligent item as such. Much the same as a computer, loaded with information but hardly a clever entity.

The intelligent find new ways to resolve problems, the knowledgeable refer to past experiences for solutions.
The intelligent adapt and evolve while the knowledgeable hold on to the past and dwell in their tedium.
The intelligent write the books that the knowledgeable read.
The intelligent question everything, the knowledgeable accept others experiences as truth.
The intelligent want to leave their legacy to others while the knowledgeable leave only their libraries.

And most importantly, the intelligent embrace science while the knowledgeable embrace history.
I know some are gifted with both knowledge and intelligence and those are the people we should all try to emulate.

Oh, I'm tired and in need of a good sleep...

Last night my f€&#ing neighbour knocked on my door at 2:3O am! Just as well I was still up playing the drums.



  1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/6126492/Being-smart-really-is-sexy.html

    so maybe women with old, rich but ugly men aren't all gold diggers ;)

  2. Interesting honey! anyway,you're not with an old or rich or ugly man ;)