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why do some people feel threatened by intelligence?
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Posted 11/26/08

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DYxForever wrote:
One example.If you were a person of power,and one day this young man shows up,boasting a far more superior intellect,would'nt you fear losing your position?


This is not a very good example as even if the young man has a superior intellect, thee are many ways of discrediting him to the rest of the company if his EQ and/or social skills are poor.



But intelligence plays a rather large part as well.Face it,in this world reality is the stronger will survive.Though you have a point that EQ and social skills can discredit him as well.But it is intelligence(and morals) that changes the world.
Posted 12/1/08
Some people are afraid with the change that comes with intelligence. There are other reasons as mentioned in previous posts, I think it is a gathering of many factors.
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Nerd, Geeks...bullying smart people....such a western way of thinking. Smart people are admired and adored in other countries.
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it doesnt make sense to me why alot of people look down on those who are really smart...why do ppl act that way???


I've never seen people look down on someone merely because they were smart. I've seen people look down on others due to their lack of ability to hold a normal conversation, or a conversation of interest to and with another person. I've seen people look down on someone because they're unable to live up to social commitments because they're too busy (work/school/studying). Being intelligent isn't a factor people naturally rule out and mark off as something to be avoided. In fact, intellectuals tend to be leaders.

I'm going to assume you're looking at this from a school environment perspective - correct me if I'm wrong. The "intelligent" or "nerds" in school are only made fun of because they put their studies before their social life. Anyone who puts work before social life will be looked down on. No one likes a punkass who isn't able to be friendly (differs depending on the individual you're talking to). Anyway, high marks isn't something that defines what someone's intellectual capacity is... but that's another topic in itself.

Some people may try to to sabotage those who are doing well, due to jealousy and wanting to stunt their ability, in order to try to make up for their own personal failures. But, that isn't about intellect, that's merely about status.

I've found "intellectuals" who are social are well liked. Those who grow to be elitist, isolate themselves. Others don't have anything to do with it. However you choose to act, you'll find the world will react based on the image you've set up of yourself. I think the misconception is from how "intellectuals" always put themselves on a higher tier than others. When you choose to hate people who are less intelligent than you, then you'll find they hate you in return.


I feel threatened because of your concise response.....hehe...just joking...

Western entertainment industry looks down on smart people who seemed nerdy or geeky...don't know why though. It has never happened to me in real life.
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Posted 12/2/08
Hell, I don't get intimidated by intelligence, but rather annoyed ==, try arguing with a girl who has IQ higher then 150 when you're accustomed to being the victor in arguments ==.
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Posted 12/2/08

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People aren't afraid(unless that person is both very capable and evil), they're jealous because they aren't that way, mostly cause they're lazy. Nobody is afraid of intelligence, only envious. The only time a person would be afraid of knowledge is when danger is involved like maybe creating the atom bomb. Also it makes a person feel better, don't you think? Berating a person better than you makes you feel a lot better of yourself after all.


Half true. You find that a lot of religious people fear Intelligence. Because understanding of the world around you leads to lack of belief in invisible sky Wizards. (lot of people feel safe blind and numb to reality.)

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Posted 12/2/08

DYxForever wrote:
But intelligence plays a rather large part as well.Face it,in this world reality is the stronger will survive.Though you have a point that EQ and social skills can discredit him as well.But it is intelligence(and morals) that changes the world.



Well i would not be too sure of that.
Morals are subjective across cultures. As being exposed to other cultures (eg japan in this instance mostly) you should have a better understanding of that. Intelligence helps in changing the world by creating more knowledge, removing those knowledge found false and ensuring we do not kill ourselves though stupidity.

However, the thing that really changes the world is a person in a position of power. Knowledge can be supressed (qv the christian church and Galileo) or destroyed (qv Qin Shi Huang destruction of books) by those people in power.To acheive power is more political than cerebral. They are not really the same once you realize that not all highly intelligent people are good at teaching. Part of politics is dumbing down a concept that he politician wants to sell to the general public. The scientist who came up with the concept of a solar panel and explained it with scientific terms and its pros and cons would lose most of his audience very quickly, while the politician who says "This will save you a thousand dollars every month because it sucks power from the sun! Pester your local leaders to use it!" gets the message across.
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Posted 12/2/08

the_glob wrote:


DYxForever wrote:
But intelligence plays a rather large part as well.Face it,in this world reality is the stronger will survive.Though you have a point that EQ and social skills can discredit him as well.But it is intelligence(and morals) that changes the world.



Well i would not be too sure of that.
Morals are subjective across cultures. As being exposed to other cultures (eg japan in this instance mostly) you should have a better understanding of that. Intelligence helps in changing the world by creating more knowledge, removing those knowledge found false and ensuring we do not kill ourselves though stupidity.

However, the thing that really changes the world is a person in a position of power. Knowledge can be supressed (qv the christian church and Galileo) or destroyed (qv Qin Shi Huang destruction of books) by those people in power.To acheive power is more political than cerebral. They are not really the same once you realize that not all highly intelligent people are good at teaching. Part of politics is dumbing down a concept that he politician wants to sell to the general public. The scientist who came up with the concept of a solar panel and explained it with scientific terms and its pros and cons would lose most of his audience very quickly, while the politician who says "This will save you a thousand dollars every month because it sucks power from the sun! Pester your local leaders to use it!" gets the message across.


Lol,arent most people who have achieved a position of power these days intelligent?The concept which you have said(dumbing down an idea from the scientist) is a form of intelligence itself isnt it?Intelligent people seize power and protect it because they are smart enough to know what to do.Intelligence has many forms,not just in the field of science but everyday life.Power struggles stem from intelligence itself,and many other things as well.
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DYxForever wrote:
Lol,arent most people who have achieved a position of power these days intelligent?The concept which you have said(dumbing down an idea from the scientist) is a form of intelligence itself isnt it?Intelligent people seize power and protect it because they are smart enough to know what to do.Intelligence has many forms,not just in the field of science but everyday life.Power struggles stem from intelligence itself,and many other things as well.


Dumbing down an idea does not really take much intellect. You don't need to comprehend the concept itself. In the example, the concept was dumbed down to what effects the actual concept would have (saving a thousand dollars), the politician didn''t need to know how the solar panel worked. He didn't want to know how the solar panel was built or maintained or even installed. He just wanted the general public to buy the concept. This requires EQ a lot more than IQ.

As for an example of a realtively low to lower average IQ fella in power (and its effects), look at the outgoing US president
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I don't hate intelligent people. Only people who say things like "I have a 185 IQ, don't argue with me and you are not entitled to an opinion!"


That's a good point, but at the same time, about the 'not entitled to an opinion' bit, a lot of the time, they're trying to help. If someone has a really uneducated opinion, often stating it will make them look stupid, so if someone more educated in that field or more intelligent will try and either correct or refute that person's opinion. It's not always a bad thing.
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Posted 12/2/08

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I don't hate intelligent people. Only people who say things like "I have a 185 IQ, don't argue with me and you are not entitled to an opinion!"


That's a good point, but at the same time, about the 'not entitled to an opinion' bit, a lot of the time, they're trying to help. If someone has a really uneducated opinion, often stating it will make them look stupid, so if someone more educated in that field or more intelligent will try and either correct or refute that person's opinion. It's not always a bad thing.


my point is, it's hard to believe this shit. there are around 20,000 people worldwide with an IQ higher than 140, and only a few hundreds above 160. that's why I never take people seriously when they begin to quote exaggerated IQ levels all the time.
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Posted 12/2/08

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x-bellezza wrote:


h4x0rz wrote:

I don't hate intelligent people. Only people who say things like "I have a 185 IQ, don't argue with me and you are not entitled to an opinion!"


That's a good point, but at the same time, about the 'not entitled to an opinion' bit, a lot of the time, they're trying to help. If someone has a really uneducated opinion, often stating it will make them look stupid, so if someone more educated in that field or more intelligent will try and either correct or refute that person's opinion. It's not always a bad thing.


my point is, it's hard to believe this shit. there are around 20,000 people worldwide with an IQ higher than 140, and only a few hundreds above 160. that's why I never take people seriously when they begin to quote exaggerated IQ levels all the time.


Yyyyeah I know, but the IQ part of your post wasn't the part I was talking about.
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Egotism, responsibility, change, humility, understanding, insecurity, etc.
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Posted 1/15/09

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people will be intimidated by what they don't understand. it's almost like an instinct to reject the uknown and run back to their comfort zone rather than sitting down and trying to understand a new concept.

but it's not just a one sided fault. those who posess a higher intelligence usually look down on those who are more simple minded. both sides find the other to be inferior, it's a losing battle of great misunderstanding.


I agree completely.
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we all have varying forms of intelligence--but i tnk most people jz refer to intelligence on d academic perspective (IQ).... People don't appreciate what they have coz they look on the things that they don't have..
I think some people are intimidated coz most of these Intelligent people are famous, cool, more competitive...n etc...

It's a matter of finding your real skills---not on the skills you want to have, but u cnt have.. intimidated people are those who cant accept their limitations...
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