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  1. It is very interesting that the word “mind” appears in the question, and the tags contain “intelligence” and”reason”.

    Actually, all these words are almost synonymous (especially in everyday speech), but I personally share them.

    Intelligence in my understanding is just erudition, the ability to operate with arrays of data in your head. That's great, but I don't think it's the main thing at all.

    Reason is a kind of “common sense”. That is, a mixture of different things in their daily use, for example, how best to get a loan, where to relax at this time of year with some set of initial parameters, etc. This is a very good thing, and much closer to the “mind” – because here we operate in completely different areas and connect them literally “on the go”, but still not quite the same.

    Intelligence – I call it “alertness of mind”, that is, the ability to get maximum conclusions with a minimum set of data. That is, the whole dialectic is almost impossible without this mind – with the help of intelligence, we can understand the results of others and evaluate them, but only with the help of the mind can we realize and come to this on our own. Actually, I think that this is the most important thing – it is always interesting to talk with such a person, even if he does not know anything at all (he will find very interesting connections and draw parallels where you do not even think).

  2. It seems to me that smart people realize that their beliefs and views are not always the only correct ones. And a smart person will never be boring and aggressively impose their great conjectures on another. A smart person always strives for all-round development, and if something is unfamiliar to him, he will not immediately say “come on, what nonsense” (whether it's an avant-garde art, a provocative article in a newspaper, or a new scientific theory), but first thoroughly study the background, etc.

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