I’m an industrial technician troubleshooter supervisor, And sometimes I have to work with the electrical engineers. The head engineer is highly intelligent, and the way and the order that he asks questions so he can come to an understanding of the Issue forces me to think in a process that hurts my brain. I don’t know how they can handle it Day In and Day out.


I had a boss like this who just retired (in his mid 30s, no less). Super intelligent and could (and would) spend hours explaining tough concepts. He was crazy bright, really kind, and genuinely wanted people to understand what he knew. The challenge was that his though process was just different. Often - once I finally understood what he was telling me - I could explain the same thing in a minute or less. First person to ever show me that something as fundamental as the order of rational thought can differ so widely from person to person.


how does one retire in his mid 30s?


with a bunch of money.




git gud


git commit -m "stop being poor"


Could you give an example of this order of questions/processes and how it hurts your brain?


Stop…you’re hurting my brain.


I think the engineer goes through all possibilities in his mind like a chess player. The questions he asks are for ruling out possibilities to narrow it down. I develop software and sometimes i do the same if i know the code or have an idea how it should work. It is like having a map in your mind that no one else can see and you just point at where to find the treasure. Best way to deal with this is to just answer the questions as exactly as you can.


I’m a software engineer, and my first job was working with a bunch of different types of engineers from electrical, mechanical, etc. What I learned from them was that when you find a problem, try and understand the why and come to the table with some possible solutions. This way the discussion and problem solving goes quickly and the best/optimal solution could be delivered. Coming to the table with solutions was more of an exercise of asking those “5 why questions” that you could then share with colleagues, rather than having the optimal solution.


I preach this to my department all the time, though they usually just come to me for a quick fix which is a giant time suck for me. Never go to a meeting empty handed if you know you are going to be discussing an issue. Come up with solutions beforehand. If you can't find a viable solution, be prepared to discuss your ideas that didn't pan out. Sometimes someone else can work with that and make it work. I've had so many meetings where I've said, "I tried to do it this way but I just couldn't get it to work." Then someone else says, "if I modify my thing then you should be able to do it." Bam! Problem solved.


My dad is an electrical engineer. He is very intelligent and does the same thing, sometimes my head can’t wrap around what he’s trying to say. I’m like wow you’re in a whole different league.


You can see them thinking. As in they ask questions and think before they speak.


they're willing to consider different viewpoints when presented with compelling evidence, and accept when they make a mistake


Could use a lot more of this in the world.


That and entertaining a viewpoint without holding it.


>It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle


There is a Ted talk about this sort of mindset, where the person who can accept they are wrong and change their mind is considered to have a scout mindset, and the other person has what is called the soldier mindset. I don't recall any of it having to actually do with how intelligent someone is. but if your interested in learning more about it I will post the link below. https://ideas.ted.com/why-you-think-youre-right-even-when-youre-wrong/




Also, a willingness to say “oh shit, I didn’t even think of that.”


I have autism and there has been quite a few times where I have said that….some things that are obvious to others,are not so obvious to me….


And vice versa ;)


When I was 10, so grade 4-ish, my teacher did some role play with the entire class. The teacher pretended to be some futuristic scientist who invented a simple pill that would provide all nutrients/calories a person needs in a day, and the class was supposed to discuss. Most kids talked about what an amazing invention it would be and make everyone’s lives easier. The my best friend spoke up (still in role play): “Excuse me, but I’m a grocer. My livelihood depends on selling fresh fruit and actual food. This invention will devastate me and my family.” All us other kids were blown away. This kid thought out of the box and came out with something no one else had considered.


Wow! But no one said they would miss the taste of food?


For sure! The soylent diet was just not enjoyable. Food isn’t just about nutrition, it brings a lot of joy and gatherings together. It’s about learning about how different flavours work together. A pill would be boring and take all of that away


And if you love cooking & baking (which I do) it’d be awful


The ability to get all your nutrition in a quick, easy and boring way doesn't necessarily mean you *have* to do it that way. Some days you just don't want to cook. Soylent et al is so much easier and healthier than takeout, but doesn't stop you from doing stuff you enjoy and sharing delicious meals with friends on special occasions. Just because you have access to a car doesn't mean you can no longer ride your bike through the park on a sunny day.


I agree with this perspective. I love food. I love cooking and baking and sharing meals with my loved ones. However I also have sometimes crippling depression and would love an option on days my brain doesn’t want me to take care of myself.


Especially in the medical field this could be a huge life changer for some of us! Like for example, some days I physically just can’t eat enough for my body to function even though I try my best… So something like this would be a life changer. However I would miss the community and the fun of cooking, there’s a balance to be had between both of these.


My 2nd grade teacher had us all sit in a circle and talk about what was on our Christmas wish list. Everybody talked about whatever toy or game they wanted, but when it came to me, I went, “for Christmas, I want my uncle to stop smoking :(“ which mindblew all the other kids who all proceeded to also wish for their relatives to quit smoking or drinking or whatever. I never even had an uncle with a smoking problem. (I think I just picked up the idea from being annoyed by cigarette Smoke at one of my parents’ dinner parties.) Felt like a genius hitting the other kids with that trendsetting heartstring tugging swerve, tho.


I’m not very smart. But I’ve always felt my value was being the guy to say something different. Like the guy who invented the wheel wasn’t Einstein or the person who said “let’s put signs on roads” Kinda like the fish and the tree


You've got to imagine that whoever invented the wheel (I'd imagine probably multiple people in different places) was very smart.


That guy was nothing without the guy that invented the axle.


They ask questions. Smart people don't get smart by acting like they know everything.


Along these lines: They are unafraid of the phrase, "I don't know". It's only the dumb ones who are unwilling to admit that they don't have answers.


"I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing." Socrates 400 BC


"That's us dude!" "Let's bag him!"


I would go further. The phrase is something more like "I don't know, but I'm willing to put in the time and effort to find out." Because I know a lot of people who aren't afraid to say they don't know something, but they are also content being ignorant, because learning would actually require effort.


I don’t think disinterest or unwillingness to put effort in to learn about a specific thing is always an indicator of lower intelligence. Understanding that you don’t know something doesn’t come with an obligation to care about it.


I try to outright tell someone if something is not a priority in my life at this point in time. It depends on the subject/context. Mostly I am at least mildly interested in learning things, I just don't like talking to people I don't know. I would much rather read an article or two that has sources to back it up. I use the "I don't know anything about that and I am not interested" to make chatty customers with strong opinions go away. Sometimes it works.


Or just say “damn that’s crazy” until they stop talking


"Wow"/"for real?"/"no way" also works if you wanna switch it up a bit


Makes me think of the difference between ignorance and indifference. I dont know and I dont care.


It's also super wrong. If you're smart as a kid, you don't learn to ask for help. As you grow older, you're expected to know/understand instantly and teachers will chastise you for asking for help when surely you can figure it out on your own and their time needs to go to those that are truly struggling. There's a reason many smart people crash and burn when they go of to university and/or work. They've been taught y everyone that they should know and not ask questions.


Oh my. Your statement made clear to me why I had so much trouble once I got to university. I was one of the those 'clever kids' who aced finals by speedreading the book before the test; once I got to a place where short-term brute force memorization wasn't enough, I quickly got into trouble.


>If you're smart as a kid, *you don't learn to ask for help*. As you grow older, *you're expected to know/understand instantly* and teachers will chastise you for asking for help when *surely you can figure it out on your own* and their time needs to go to those that are truly struggling. um... (blinks..) **thank you so much for posting this**. Really. Honest to God, you just flipped a switch for me in the "personal insight" section of the old grey space... I need to go think about this for a while.


They know how to ask questions too


That’s the real answers. Know how to ask questions, it’s not only to ask questions. There are plenty of dumb questions.


Asking questions without accepting answers you don't like is the mindset of either a conspiracy theorist or a zealot. You can "ask questions" about the moon landing or flat Earth or the 2020 election all day long, but if the only answer you will accept is the one you already think is true then the questions were just a waste of time.


How does one ask the right questions?


Good questions tend to dig more into the 'why' first principles behind an answer, rather than just asking what something is and then taking it at face value.


Good questions help to build understanding. And as understanding increases the questions tend to get more specific and detailed.


So, like root cause analysis, essentially


That, detective, is the right question.


Y'know the questions you asked your parent when you were a kid that were irritating? Those were the hard to answer questions. Those are the right questions.


Smart does not equal well educated (which is the opposite of ignorant.)


If you want to be smart, get a degree. If you want to be right, get ninety degrees.


I see your angle here.


don't be obtuse


Actually, he's right


The moment you realize you know nothing is the moment you truly can start building intellect and wisdom.


Yep, and those questions will trigger people who only pretend like they know things into aggression.


They listen first and then speak or ask questions after understanding. The bright/intelligent people I know have an unusual ability to digest a situation and then posit a question or frame a position that cuts through the noise and advances everyone’s thought process.


People are quick to refer to my wife as intelligent upon meeting her. I think it's her complete disregard for posturing and genuine interest in conversation. There's a certain politeness about her too.




I too would like to marry this guys wife


Our wife


She sounds awesome, is your wife single?


cuts through all the noise, I see


I think a lot of people are unaware of different types of intelligence. You can be highly socially and emotionally intelligent and therefore able to command authority well, even if you're not intellectually gifted. Convincing people which path is best is often more difficult than determining which is best. Then there's my ADHD brain which is good at problem solving, but I can't explain my ideas well. So I usually just have to watch people struggle with what would be a simple task. It's frustrating.


I've recently been listening to podcasts about how to write in an engaging and informative way. Some stuff about technical writing, some business communication. Kind of unexpectedly, the skills and tips I've learned have been really helpful for me with organizing and considering how to effectively convey my thoughts in real time (i.e. talking, not just writing and editing). A few years ago, my then bf, now husband pointed out that I tend to leave out info when I'm talking. I'm pretty sure it's because I make the jumps and connections in my head, and I just figure the other person can follow along. Particularly in text messages, I tend to be unintentionally vague (even though later I'll incorrectly recall giving specifics). I've made an effort to notice and correct when I do that sort of thing. That effort, combined with taking English classes this year for the first time in 8+ years, and taking a communications class for the first time ever, has set me on a journey of writing/communication improvement. Hence, my recent foray into the podcasts. Not sure if your issues stem from the same place, but I also have ADHD so I figured it couldn't hurt to share my experience!


Wow that sounds amazing. I can highly benefit from that as well! May I pls have links/info for those podcasts?


I too have ADD. I am better at writing my thoughts out then when I try just speaking what I have in mind. It really helps that I can text and write down responses on the Internet. This is why I have a blog and not a YouTube or podcast channel. (I also tend to talk very fast in general, and mumble at times, when talking.)


I think the trick is to be comfortable with saying nothing. Know that everyone else will be desperate to talk just to be heard, meanwhile you can sit back quietly and wait for the right idea at the right time. If someone else gets there first, all good, the right answer was reached. But you'll get it by thinking carefully more often than not. Brain first, mouth second.




dont worry. now youve got something to rehash in the shower or when you desperately want to go to sleep.


A willingness to learn Dumb ppl think they know everything so they don't bother.


To be fair, I am dumb as a rock and I want to learn. I forget words in English, _my native language_, regularly. My mum (English is her second language) has a better time with English than I do. _But by god I wanna learn_


After over 5 decades on this Earth and developing an expansive vocabulary, I'll say it's worse when you know a word exists to express something and you know you've known this word, but it won't come to the front of your mind so you can speak or write the word. Sometimes I'll remember as I begin using other words to describe what one word would do. Other times, those around me will pipe in with the word.


Nah fam I mean like I forget words for simple household objects. I forgot the word “oven” and instead said “dishwasher” I am the silliest bitch that ever did silly lmao But then I’ll remember really specific words like “Petrichor” (smell of rain) and “Effervescent” (lively/enthusiastic, produces lots of small bubbles of air or gas) instead lol


Ooh, so that's what that smell is called! Today I learned something, thanks!


This has been me lately, but with spelling. I used to be great at it. Now the most simple words escape me. The other day, I found myself thinking for too long about whether or not I spelled “skateboard” correctly. Also had to google “wallaby” to be sure I spelled it right.


Autocorrect/spellcheck has ruined me! I used to be able to see a word, recognize it was wrong and the right way to spell it. Now I feel like I’ve lost that skill and it’s because the phone and computer fix it for me. Also, I sound old. Sigh.


no shit, i think that means you ARE smart. smart means you are never, ever done learning.


They are aware of their limitations and just how much they still don't know. As a consequence they also tend to underestimate themselves.


Let's say that's why I suck at everything


This is why you suck at everything


That's why you suck at everything


That’s why we should be skeptical about people who are highly confident about their own opinions. (I think)


"Being an expert is knowing enough to *think* you're right." Neil deGrasse Tyson, Masterclass advertisement


I think there was a quote that went something along the lines of "ignorance is loud..."


"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing" -Socrates


They can explain difficult matter in an easy way


Einstein said if ya can't explain it to a child you don't understand it yourself.


I believe that was Feynman


Einstein said you had to explain it to Feynman? Tough, but fair.


They listen to every word you say and ask a follow-up question that you never even thought of, but ends up completely changing your way of thinking.


I worked with a guy like this. He would come up with ideas that were so well thought out and comprehensive and was able to work his way up to the top where we worked. Brilliant and kind and truly able to think creatively ‘outside the box’ and was able to accomplish so much good. Sadly, died young of a heart attack.


I was not prepared for that ending


Neither were those of us who knew him. Such a shock at the time. Part of him just burned too bright, if that makes any sense. He never rested much, I think.


A candle that burns twice as bright only lasts half as long - Scruffy


There was this young couple that would come get their coffee and donuts at a store I worked at. They were super kind and humble working jobs dealing with humanity. They would make the effort to come visit with me. One day I saw the girl buying stuff by herself, and I asked about her husband. She told me he was playing basketball and had a massive heart attack on the court and died. I didn't know what to do, but hug her. The thing that made me breakdown crying was seeing her leave the store with a four-pack of toilet paper. I still think about them from time to time.


Wow that’s pretty tragic. But what’s with the toilet paper?


I’m guessing they used to buy a larger pack, like a 12 pack, but now she only bothers getting 4 cause she’s alone.


Behave like a depressed 19th century Russian writer


Could’ve just said Russian Writer. Depression is kinda a consistent factor throughout Russian history.


Yeah I know I was redundant in my words


Only if all Russian writing were done in the 19th century.


But Tolstói and Dostoiévski are the best examples of exceedingly gifted depressed alcoholic writers.


Dostoyevsky has entered the chat


Way to call out Dostoevsky like that 😂


The ability to change their mind when presented with new information. Intelligence is, at its core, a constant reassessment of your own knowledge and the ability to acquire and apply more.


I tend to think intelligence is the ability to comprehend. What one does with it seems a matter of creativity.


I always thought of the raw info as information, the ability to hold it and use it is intellect, and the knowledge of when to use it is wisdom. But I like the idea of creativity


Yep, that's correct, ability to store info in your head is memory, the info itself is knowledge, the ability to use that info is intellect, and knowing when to use that info is wisdom


Two ways: - When it comes to a subject matter they know they can deconstruct in a way to explain it and use analogies to help it make sense to others. - With subject matter they don’t understand they will ask questions for their own comprehension and ask you for examples/analogies so they can frame the concept in their mind.


There are plenty of intelligent people who are not social animals and are completely useless at explaining things to others. Doesn't mean they're dumb, they just don't possess a certain skillset.


Augustin-Louis Cauchy was one of history’s greatest mathematicians, but was largely regarded as an abysmal professor.


I think it's import to remember that these are just examples of gives a smart person away. Not what a person has to have to be intelligent


Tbh all the comments everyone is saying are just generalizations, I’ve met intelligent people who were rude as hell lol and some that were quiet and asked questions


Same goes for all the “they ask questions” comments. I’ve met plenty of ridiculously smart people who are also know-it-alls. Just visit any university campus and talk to the faculty.


Smartest naturally gifted kid I know if a frat bro party type. Just so happens to score 99% percentile in all metrics. He’s book smart and street smart, witty as hell and very sociable. He just doesn’t care that he’s the smartest in the room. He just cares about having a good time and living life


>He just cares about having a good time and living life Very smart indeed.


Yeah, honestly the whole "they ask questions"/"they know they don't know everything" thing is more wisdom than intelligence.


Yeah, almost all of these responses basically boil down to humility. But there’s a reason the phenomenon of the unfireable asshole genius at the company exists. This thread reminds me of those posts asking, how can you tell someone is very rich? And it’s all responses that basically boil down to, they’re quiet about it. It seems like people want to give these attributes a certain moral spin.


It's more that people are confusing wisdom with intelligence. They are not the same thing.


Yeah what people are actually listing here are their ideas of intellectually virtuous tendencies. In most places we shouldn't expect an honest discussion of intelligence.


80/20 rule


I think there are so many different types of intelligence that it’s hard to narrow down one defining trait. Social intelligence, spatial intelligence, problem solving, etc. I’m from a very rural area with a high poverty rate. I grew up working on a cattle ranch. One of the guys I worked with had to drop out of school in 4th grade to work full time doing agricultural work for his family. He had to work really hard as an adult to reach even a 6th grade reading level. He doesn’t read for pleasure, and by the standards of an educated, urban person, he’d be considered pretty ignorant. However, he can build anything. Fences, mechanical things, buildings, sprinkler systems, you name it. He’s funny as hell, and as a kid working around him I had no idea he was barely literate until his 30s. One of my brothers is absolutely brilliant. Well read, follows world politics, works in IT at a high level. He’s the smartest person I know, easily, in terms of processing complicated information and retaining it in a useful way. He could absolutely build a computer, but put him on a horse and ask him to go get cattle off the back forty or repair a fence and… no way. He’s also good company, but not always the most socially adept, in that he has almost no street smarts and doesn’t understand concepts like flattery, or other mostly harmless ways that people manipulate those around them as a social lubricant. Which one of them is smarter? Depends on what you need them to accomplish.


You sound like you are a good friend and brother to recognize their abilities and qualities so well


I feel very fortunate to have been raised by parents who taught me to value people for who they are and what they bring to the table, not who you’d like them to be or what you want them to bring to the table. (As long as they are good people.)


My great grandfather only had a 4th grade education, but was very mechanically gifted and had automated portions of his farm clear back in the 1940s, basically as soon as he got the place wired for electricity.


Similar situation with mine. He graduated 8th grade and then had to work on his dad’s tobacco farm. He ended up volunteering for the Army Air Corps, went to engineering school, ended up a pilot, flying 30 missions over occupied Europe including pre-invasion bombardment and Normandy campaign missions during the invasion. Came home. Worked his way up in International Harvester. Became a VP of a department, taught himself how to invest. Became pretty damn wealthy. Built planes in his garage (that was always awesome to see as a kid). Really solid guy, and one of the most remarkable lives I know of. I’d have to point to both of my grandpas as two of the most intelligent people I’ve ever known.


30 missions in WW2?? Wow, he’s lucky to be alive, good for him!


Yes, 30. Initially each crew was slated for 25 missions, but they had an extra 5 tacked on due to the addition of the P-51 mustang. Better fighter support meant more bombs were going to make it to the target areas. He told me he didn’t mind because he loved flying.


If you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will lives it's whole life believing it is stupid.


This is a good quote. I hope more people would see the wrold this way.


This. But I’d also go a step further and ask which one is more capable of learning the others set of skills quicker? I feel like the ability to learn and adapt is also a very important trait of intelligence.


Pretty easy answer to that, the barely illiterate person is not going to be able to accomplish advanced IT to any meaningful degree. At least not without an extreme level of training/teaching which I think falls outside the scope of the question. At worst, the tech nerd can google their way to an answer. It may be a shitty fence, but they could build a fence.


To go off that, emotional intelligence means a lot too. Someone who can control when they’re calm and when they’re angry. I say that because in a perfect world everything would be handled in a calm respectful manner. Unfortunately, a vast majority of people don’t respond to kindness and politeness well and view it as a weakness.


They do everything I do except better.




So Clark Kent is intelligent but Superman isn't?


Superman wears his undies over his pants.


Clark is certainly more grounded.


I'd give you gold for that pun if I could


I mean at this point, just believing the earth is a sphere is good enough for me.


Depends on the living arrangements. It's hard to know from the outside. Intelligence is the ability to learn, retain, recall, apply, and abstract. Knowledge and Wisdom are not good indicators of actual intelligence. Intelligent individuals can be anything. They could be apathetic, or impassioned. They could speak like a thesaurus, or fumble simple sentences. They could seek tertiary education, or lack both a High School Degree, and a GED. Living situations dictate an individuals intellectual display more than personality quirks, so it'll be complicated.


They have a look. Their eyes look AT things/people, not THROUGH things/people. And that doesn’t necessarily mean direct eye contact (because a lot of people with ASD for example struggle with eye contact), but you can tell they are constantly observing, consciously looking at the world, not just witnessing it passively.


I second this! I wrote a comment in this thread about my friend, and to add, he 100% has this observational gaze. Especially in conversation, he makes strong and confident eye contact as if to analyze how the other person is feeling and internalizing whatever he is analyzing. He also explains his observations very detailed yet practically at the same time.


Quick wit and and humor


Agreed - speaks to a certain sharpness of the persons attention and how fast they can communicate.


Also, being able to joke with people with a variety of comprehension levels.


They can explain things simply.


Waiting a few seconds to ponder a question before answering instead of blurting out the first thing that comes to mind.


There are different types of intelligence which do not share the same telltale signs, but for me it would have be; 1) humor, it's and indication of out of the box thinking 2) humility, indicates awareness of one's limitations (willingness to learn may be included here) 3) adaptability, the ability to analyse and direct accordingly Care to add on to those


In my experience, it's the people that are always open to a constructive argument (or conversation, depending on their knowledge on the topic), regardless of the topic. One big condition: this only counts when they're able to admit they don't know everything on the topic, or ask people who know more about it to inform them.


Came here to say people who don’t have an opinion on everything. To not have an opinion shows you’re willing to admit you don’t know enough about a topic to form one. Also people who know how to separate opinion from fact.


There are a few that I've either seen or read about but if I am deciding for myself if someone is intelligent/ sharp I use the below as standard indicators: - They are good at calm debates without resorting to insults, shouting or profanity, in addition to this they know how to listen well and are able to accept that the person they are speaking to may know more information on the subject than they do and therefore alow their opinion to be open to change should new information and/or evidence be presented; equally they do not put others down for not knowing something. They also do not interrupt. - They are often in pursuit of knowledge like, learning a new language, are very inquisitive, learning a new skill or trying out new things. - They are always trying to think a few steps ahead, they seem to do this without thinking about it (second nature), they think about how an action or series of actions might impact what they are doing and/ or how those actions can potentially get them towards their next goal. These are only three things that I initially look for personally to determine possible intelligent people but there are likely many more.


They show a lot of curiosity.


Watch out guys, AI is trying to pass the Turing test.




"You don't have any guns? How do you defend yourself?" "Wit." "Wit' what?"


This. Some of my friends are able to respond in a witty fashion instantly, unlike me who only thinks of that perfect line 47 minutes later.


> unlike me who only thinks of that perfect line 47 minutes later. I once met an actress who played a character who had a pretty cool surname, that happens to be the same as mine. As I was getting her autograph I showed her my license with the name on it. She said, "Oh, wow. I wish that was my last name!" Two days later, I thought of, "Well, that's very flattering, but I believe you're already married."


lol me it’s when I’m in the shower I just replay that one encounter and bam! Perfect line. Too bad it’s too late…


In a work situation: someone who says little but when they do speak they do so clearly, concisely, decisively and with so much thoughtful meaning that often others need a few minutes to catch up to what they just said. They're five steps ahead of the conversation in the room and cutting to the chase.


Silence and always being excited about learning new things.


They listen instead of talk. A former CIA agent was asked this question and his answer was this because he said the quietest person in the room is listening to everything that’s being said which makes them the smartest and most dangerous.


That’s one of the oldest Proverbs ever, and while it can be somewhat accurate, it also can imply a variety of other things. I don’t think it makes a person intelligent necessarily, only saves them from potentially exposing their ignorance.


A good sense of humor.


Dunno about intelligent, but constantly cutting things accidentally is a sure sign that someone is sharp.


They are able to quickly adapt to and participate in the style of humor and rapport of someone they’ve just met.


Vocabulary. Not just using big words, but using them correctly. The problem with this is that it requires the listener to be smarter than the speaker. Fortunately, as others have said, the person who talks the most tends to be the person who knows the least. I'm a software developer. When I attend a conference, there is a roughly 50% chance that any given speaker will use the word "idempotent" within the first ten minutes of their talk. This is a big word, and it has a very specific meaning amongst the target audience (people with academic training in Computer Science.) If they use it incorrectly, and this has happened far too often, I get up and walk to whatever talk is happening next door, because this speaker is more interested in appearing to be smart than actually being smart.


The capacity for abstract thought.


Being able to explain something to someone in a way that's suited to that person's level of understanding. Effective communication is highly underrated.


They never cheat in board games.


I feel like this may be a personal vendetta against someone u played a board game against during the holidays..


Breakdown; brevity


Well Hell, I am a dumb as a box of rocks then. Like I was saying the other day, my friend who lives across the street, the one with the hunchback....


Creativity. Abstract style thinking. The ability to have a meta-like approach to thinking about the world. Maverick. Bohemian. I love being around these people; it’s like being amongst magicians.


Two ears, one mouth. Used in that ratio.


They can have a civil discussion/debate about sensitive topics. Usually this is displayed when you see talking about politics I can see two people discussing something, completely agree with one and disagree with the other but the calmer more respectful one always comes off as more intelligent and has more respect from me


Responding to someone who doesn't agree with them by asking genuine questions , getting their p.o.v. to be shared to gather whatever wisdom they may have inadvertently getting said person to question their own belief/ opinion without the conversation never being anything resembling an argument. Listening doesn't necessarily mean someone is smart but one becomes wise by saying as little as possible in a conversation over a long stretch of time


When asked a complex or profound question they will often take a pause before answering rather than just jumping to what first enters their head.


They don’t immediately attack you for having an unpopular view that’s different


Intelligence is being able to entertain an idea while not being convinced by it.


Oh bullshit! What a moron. Were you raised by wolves? I mean...oh...um...never mind...


A long time ago I read something that said a study showed people walking quicker in front of cars that are waiting for them to pass showed higher intelligence. Probably some bullshit study or article but now every time I see someone very slowly walking in front of cars or especially when jaywalking I can't help but think "dumbass."




A dry sense of humor.


They know and realise how little they actually know…and it humbles them.


We know very little. There is a lot that we don’t know. There is an unknown number of things that we don’t know that we don’t know. And that’s beautiful.


Did we already say depression!?


Y'all listing out how to tell if people are wise, not smart... Wise people know their limits, how to ask questions, humility, etc. Smart people can also be totally irrational, loud, arrogant, know very little, etc. You can tell someone is smart when they can move quickly from discovery to synthesis. That "know it all" approach comes from being able to spin up on something new faster than people realize you don't know what you're talking about.


Mate at work is able to explain things _perfectly._ He does away with all the complicated jargon and explains things as if you're a simpleton without making you feel like one. Asked him to have a look at my digital calipers a while back and, while he couldn't fix it, he explained in detail what was wrong with it, how to fix it, and how the mechanism in question makes the calipers work. He's an invaluable friend and a _much_ better mentor.


When they talk about how they’re in Mensa and how every online iq test ranks them above Einstein. The truly subtle things.


They are full of doubts