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  1. I'll tell you this – the very first sign of the mind is a craving for knowledge. If you are interested in something, studying and trying to delve deeply into the essence of processes, or strive to improve your professional skills, or want to become an expert in a certain field – then your brain is working in the right direction and you are already smart to a certain extent. Conversely, if a person's priorities include an idle lifestyle or working just for the sake of a tick, or being interested mainly in “entertainment” – then this is a reason to think about the degree of development of their mind.

    There is an interesting theory about multiple intelligences. It was developed by Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner. According to this theory, all people have different types of intelligence. To cover the full range of abilities and talents that people possess, Gardner divided human intelligence into nine types. It will be interesting for those who do not fully know their capabilities and abilities and have not decided on the area of application of their intelligence.

  2. Good question! The ability to ask questions to yourself is already a sign of having a mind. But I also have a more specific answer to your question.

    Mind, thinking, intellect, reason, reason, etc. are words that are mostly used at random. Let's understand the meaning of words. I'm not going to quote the dictionary.

    Intelligence is the ability to control your thinking.

    Reason is a component of thinking that allows a person to make correct judgments about something.

    Intelligence-includes the mind and reflects the level of development of thinking in general.

    Mind is an overly general word for everything that relates to a more developed person compared to a less developed one.

    Now the most important thing! What is thinking?

    Thinking is the ability to produce and grasp concepts.

    When you read a text, each word is a primitive concept for you, i.e. there is some content behind the word. But when you read something in the style of “what you sow is what you reap”, then without conceptual thinking you can not understand what is meant, because in addition to the content of words in this expression, there is also a more general concept that it expresses.

    So, if you can give 10 (conditional) examples to explain the mentioned folk wisdom, then you have a conceptual mindset, just like anyone over the age of 12. If a person does not have conceptual thinking, he functions in the “moron” mode, i.e. he is essentially healthy, but his thinking is developed at the level of a moron. It should be noted that most people (more than 50%!) they think at the level of morons, i.e. they can't form concepts and perceive metaphors.

    So how do you test your mind? To test how smart you are, you need to plunge into a situation in which your brain will need to perceive complex conceptual structures. Complex conceptual structures are contained in complex texts. Therefore, you need a book. For example, you will definitely not read Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason! You are even more likely to miss Hegel's Science of Logic than you are to miss Kant. If you can read and understand these two books, then you are definitely among the top 5% of the smartest people in the world. Martin Heidegger's “Being and Time” is a book probably not understood by anyone but Heidegger himself. If you understand, then feel free to count yourself among the 1% of intellectuals in the world.

    I recommend you to find the book “Psychosophical treatise” (A. V. Kurpatov) on the Web. It seems to me that this is the easiest way to answer your question. There are only 150 pages. You can't read the entire article in one go. If you can master 30-50 pages at a time, then you are significantly smarter than 80% of people. There is another criterion within the scope of this book. If you think that this is an absurd text, then you couldn't understand anything. If you can understand what is written in this book, then you will most likely experience some intellectual pleasure.

  3. Everyone's mind works on the same principles, so you can potentially do everything, but smart people are those who create instructions for others, and most of them are executors of instructions, and the latter are divided into good performers and bad ones. Bad performers are also divided into 2 types : lazy and instruction creators.

    Who are you?

  4. Is this such subtle trolling?

    If not, then the criteria for reliably determining the mind have not yet been invented, although the Americans have tried to introduce different methods for calculating IQ.

    And if you want to understand something purely for yourself-try to engage in self-education in any field of science, technology or humanities that you like more than others.


  5. If you look in more detail, then intelligence is not a single thing, but a set of aspects:

    Memory, attention, imagination, analytical thinking, the ability to focus, the ability to express your thoughts, empathy, “connection with reality” – these are just some of the components of intelligence.

    Some of them will probably be more developed than others. In this way, you can be both dumb and smart at the same time, just in different aspects.�

    There is no way to assess intelligence objectively at the moment, it can only be done relative to the average, for example, using the IQ test, like any other tests, it checks only certain aspects of intelligence.

  6. By the speed of reaction in the response, by the same speed of reaction to a call to action, both from an external request, and internally – by your motivation! And of course, a person with high intelligence is distinguished by signs of calmness in everything that he does for himself and for others, and with a high mind-reserved and gentle in the perception of everything!

  7. The main sign here is the reaction to the stimulus. Ability to think as objectively as possible. With answers, you hit the spot, which is called not in the eyebrow, but in the eye. Speed of reaction, including evaluation. Ability to navigate any situation and find solutions without mistakes. See the problem from the inside, read between the lines (or even between letters), hear between words, and sometimes understand without words. In general this is called developed intuition multiplied by wisdom)

  8. stupid is a very unpleasant word, too vivid for an objective assessment of intelligence. do not apply it to yourself, please, so as not to raise problems like impostor syndrome 🙂

    it seems to me that “stupid” people do not exist in principle. There are only those who could not understand what is interesting for them to know. Did you find yourself genuinely interested in something? Believe me, if you find and concentrate on it, you can become a real expert and absolutely have no time to think if you are “smart”enough

    and the question that you managed to form, I'm a little worried, as a person from the field of psychiatry) I am afraid that it may increase prejudices about the really existing pathologies that doctors diagnose and treat in hospitals. But I understand that this is just out of habit, I write without judgment at all, just so that in the future you, if possible, formulate a little differently)

  9. There are no smart or stupid people, there are only people with a certain, unique level of consciousness. Consciousness limits or expands our ability to see and perceive the world.

    Some children in 5-6 years speak 5-6 languages, read and translate fluently, have a phenomenal memory and learning ability. How is this possible?

    People just came up with a way to stand out from the crowd by putting labels on it. It is this desire that has led people to conclude that 98% are fools and madmen, but people are simply different and serve the world as their consciousness allows them. Bright and well-known writers write about this. I will give just one quote to confirm my words.

    “In human society, everything is full of stupidity, everything is done by fools and among fools”

    Erasmus of Rotterdam. “Praise For Stupidity.”XVI century

    I call this an exchange of delusions, for no one is perfect.

    So, the statement of such a question is incorrect.

    There is a pure consciousness, like that of Jesus Christ, and some Enlightened Ones,

    there is the consciousness of each individual, which determines the place of everyone in society and life in general, from the garbage collector to the president, from the beggar to the billionaire. And we should probably agree that everything is God's will.

    And for this reason, you should not worry about trifles. Lao Tzu wrote 2.5 thousand years ago that scientists are not smart.

  10. Difficult question. If you were told that you are smart and you then stopped developing – this is bad. If you were told that you are stupid and this forced you to develop-this is good.

    • unfortunately, not everything is so simple. you can determine for yourself how smart you are only by observing yourself and other people. it is necessary to establish the main criterion, let's say it will be the effectiveness of your actions. If you often manage to do something better than others, find new ways to do something, get out of difficult situations, can analyze your mistakes and correct your future behavior, then you can safely consider yourself smart. This is nice, but I would advise you to consider yourself curious) this does not discourage the desire for development
  11. I'll write it subjectively. 🙂 Who I'd think was smart. First, a smart person is an independent person. They are able to solve some of their everyday tasks, meet their needs, find ways out of some situations, etc. Secondly, of course, he has an education. He doesn't have to be a professor and know everything, but usually the presence of some general knowledge in this or that person is visible almost immediately. Third, this person has a system of their own views and attitudes to certain things. Fourth, he has a fairly rich speech and a decent stock of his native language. Fifth, a smart person can navigate the world around them. He understands what's going on around him.:)

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