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Does a lack of education mean that you have a lack of intelligence?

 
 
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Reply Sat 15 Sep, 2012 03:32 pm
If someone had a lack of education does it necessarily mean that they have a lack of intelligence?
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Sat 15 Sep, 2012 03:34 pm
@xxxx,
the uneducated have a lack of knowledge.

what else would it be?
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 15 Sep, 2012 03:38 pm
@xxxx,
Sure, I got lotsa smarts.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 15 Sep, 2012 04:11 pm
@xxxx,
xxxx wrote:

If someone had a lack of education does it necessarily mean that they have a lack of intelligence?
Of course not.
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tsarstepan
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Reply Sat 15 Sep, 2012 04:19 pm
@xxxx,
xxxx wrote:

If someone had a lack of education does it necessarily mean that they have a lack of intelligence?


Rockhead wrote:

the uneducated have a lack of knowledge.

what else would it be?

Remember: A lack of knowledge isn't the same as lack of mental capacity. But I think that's what you were aiming for Rockhead.

So a person who lacks a formal education still could be intelligent and/or capable of understanding a great deal of deep intellectual subjects.

Consider an uneducated or undereducated person as having a nearly empty harddrive which is need constant new input and information to utilize the brains processing capacity.

My father never graduated high school but he had a drive to constantly learn throughout his life.
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chaelsonnenfan
 
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Reply Sun 16 Dec, 2012 03:17 pm
@xxxx,
No, people can be extremely intelligent and completly lack education. However, I think that, generally, intelligent people will apply their intelligence to something.
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HexHammer
 
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Reply Sun 18 Sep, 2016 09:21 am
@xxxx,
xxxx wrote:
If someone had a lack of education does it necessarily mean that they have a lack of intelligence?
In the industrial age, you would see many who came from the gutter make big business, because they were intelligent. Many academics only have good memory, but lacks intellect.
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perennialloner
 
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Reply Sun 18 Sep, 2016 11:05 am
@xxxx,
No, it means you have different frames of reference.
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shanalpha
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2016 02:59 am
Intelligence comes with Experience, Education is basically academics
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Fil Albuquerque
 
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Reply Tue 15 Nov, 2016 04:42 am
Nowadays I rather say that the inability to educate yourself is a sign of stupidity. The problem is not lack of access.
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Amy Prisco
 
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Reply Fri 9 Mar, 2018 05:42 am
@xxxx,
I have a couple of points regarding this.
I completely agree that education is a poor measure of intelligence. Our education system and even work environment usually caters to only one type of learner.
I believe there are many forms of intelligence and that simplifying the concepts into smart, dumb, and average completely miss the point of the way people think. There are those who are excellent at "book smarts", memorization and regurgitation, acquiring knowledge through research, forming and relating opinions in writing or vocally, planning, designing, working with their hands / manual forms of labor, etc., etc., etc.
Everyone is different and has a variety of things they may be skillful at and things they might be quite awful at. Trying to compare these different skills (that take all different sorts of intellect) is ridiculous.
I personally feel the education system needs a complete reform that caters more to the type of learner or ability people have. The world is full of potential for every single person in my mind, it's more that society has only a handful of generic molds for one to fit in.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 9 Mar, 2018 06:44 am
@Amy Prisco,
The question is what does society need. Our education system is set up to provide our economy with the types of workers it needs; engineers, doctors, lawyers... and our education system is quite good at doing exactly that.

Educated people are paid significantly more than people without an education. There is a reason for that, the skills that educated people tend to have are very useful to employers and to society at large.

An education teaches you to solve problems... and it gives you exposure to different types of problems and different solutions, not just the ones that come to you naturally. An education teaches you to express ideas concisely, and to work with other people and communicate to your managers.

A good education exposes you to ideas that don't initially interest you; I am an engineer, one of my most valuable classes was on sociology. I was forced to take this class (it was required for my degree), I didn't think I needed it. It turned out to be very valuable to me (and is one of the few classes that I still talk about).

There is also research to show that a college education increases morality and ethical behavior.

There are many types of smarts in the world. But, education is focused on the types of intelligence that are needed to run the economy and earn good salaries.
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Butcho
 
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Reply Mon 12 Mar, 2018 09:29 am
I guess you would have to define intelligent. Does it mean being able to quote Shakespeare, understand latin, or know the difference between a cheap or expensive wine? To me it's more about problem solving, decision making and survival skills. Having a university/college degree doesn't always equate to a better station in life, though some would argue that it's necessary for a well paid job. I prefer to know a bit about a lot of things rather than specialise in a handful. And I believe taking the long way home and/or doing things the hard way to be far more rewarding.
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chambergirl
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2018 02:08 pm
@xxxx,
I think if you are referring to education in terms of the standard education system than I would say no. A lot of top CEO's of businesses that influence the entire world are college dropouts. They are self taught and build a huge knowledge base because knowledge is power. Education is great, but that does by no means mean that you lack intelligence.
maxdancona
 
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Reply Fri 11 May, 2018 02:22 pm
@chambergirl,
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A lot of top CEO's of businesses that influence the entire world are college dropouts. They are self taught and build a huge knowledge base because knowledge is power.


I don't believe that this is true. You have a couple famous people who dropped out of college... for example Bill Gates. But he dropped out Harvard... after spending 2 years there as a National Merit scholar. Zuckerberg likewise.

Forbes counts 10 successful giants who dropped out of college... out of how many thousands. These exceptions were largely successful before they dropped out. I wouldn't recommend dropping out until you already have started a successful business.

There is no question that when you look at life as a whole, people with a college education make significantly more than people without it. Learning to look at whole populations instead of drawing incorrect conclusions from exceptional anecdotes might be something you could learn in college.

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