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is it technically insulting to be told you have more intelligence than common sense?
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Posted 12/17/16
and/or is it technically insulting to be told you have more common sense than intelligence?





I...I don't know I think so?? what do you think?
Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16
I'd take more offense at being told I lack common sense just because intelligence can be branched out in any number of fields- but common sense is... Well, common. It's expected of you; if that makes sense.

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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 1/3/17
To say a person doesn't have common sense means a person doesn't have the ability to think common ideas/problems through that are generally known. Intelligence is something that can be nurtured. Anyone can learn to be book smart, but common sense is really oblivious to many. You can learn knowledge that can make you Intelligent, but it would be hard to teach someone common sense. Especially, since most of it is taught to us while we're young. If it didn't click then, it prob won't now. That's my opinion though
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16
No matter how academically intelligent or well educated you are (unless it is in scientific thinking or methodology for example because that is essentially what "common sense" is, sound reasoning) if you lack common sense and intuition you are an idiot.

To quote Robert G. Ingersoll: “It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.”

Also sense is anything but common. I've seen enough people with degrees that struggle to just about feed themselves to know that.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16
I would rather have a degree from school of hard knocks and have street sense then four year degree any day in my field you don't need degree
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Posted 12/17/16
Most things we consider common sense are either things we were taught as children or things we understood intuatively through critical thinking skills.

When people say you have more intelligence than common sense it basically means you lack critical thinking skills.

Sure you can read a book or memorize a patterns but if presented a situation without a set solution that you know before hand and you can't do anything.


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Posted 12/17/16
saying that a person has more intelligence than common sense doesn't imply that the given person lacks common sense.
intelligence is defined as


capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/intelligence
that is, the ability to understand concepts that may not be common sense. people go to universities precisely because the knowledge they seek just isn't "common sense" - it requires several years of study under the tutor of an expert to even begin to grasp certain concepts that defies "common sense". when someone says that a given person has more intelligence, to my understanding, it means the person is able to overcome common sense notions and reach conclusions based on scientific literature and logic.
Posted 12/17/16
I'd be happy to have that as a compliment tbh.
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Posted 12/17/16
All human have common sense and intelligence.
So if someone insults my friend infront of me
I will put hamburgers or pizza in their mouth to shut it out
Posted 12/17/16
It's not that insulting.
You take it how you want.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16

namealreadytaken wrote:




The real issue is that what people refer to as common sense is neither sense nor common, it is reasoned thinking. Something that should by definition be part of intelligence but unfortunately is overlooked in the modern qualification reliant definition of what being intelligent is.

Many people will look at someone's CV/resume and think "Hey this guy has a masters! He must be smart" only to find out that while they are academically intelligent they are by no means genuinely intelligent and in fact couldn't find their own ass in the dark without the aid of a flashlight and a map.

Intelligence is what allows you to learn that a stove is hot and that hot things will burn you, "common sense" or "reasoned thinking" is what allows you to make the connection and not go slamming your hand onto it to check (hyperbolic example).
This is the part that unfortunately FAR too many well educated people lack for some bizzare reason these days.
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Posted 12/17/16
It depends on how much common sense you have, so it could potentially be an insult.
Lets say on a scale of 1-10, you have a common sense rating of 10.
That means your intelligence can be 1-9.
However, if you lack common sense and are told you've less intelligence than you have common sense... what's less than 1?

So long as it's not someone stating something such as it seemingly, take it as an opportunity to spend more time thinking about the things you're doing. Examine situations, objects, or idea's and see how you can improve your efficiency with them in a logical manner.

At a point, there's not really much one should take as an insult. If a friend mentions something like this, take it as constructive criticism without much to go on. If its a random person, pay attention to their tone of voice then consider how long they've known you and whether you'll even ever see them again.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16
This reminds me of how i view alot of these left wing PC SJW's and feminazi types, yeah some of them may have their little piece of paper saying that they're "educated' therefore making them "intelligent" but in fact they're fucking stupid and completly lack common sense and logic.
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Posted 12/17/16
Nope. A compliment is more important that an "insult" like that, and even then who cares if someone wants to insult you anyway? You live for yourself, not others.
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Posted 12/17/16 , edited 12/17/16
Considering I have a deficit in executive functioning...my common sense can be close to null. It is not insulting to be told the truth.

I can develop intricate software for testing systems like private jets...and yet I can't figure out how to operate a drive thru.

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