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  1. You can, if you want. This definition will not affect anything in real life, except for your self-esteem or the perception of others around you, if you are going to define it out loud.

    For me, there are no “smart” or “stupid” people. Not even the ” relatively smart (or stupid) ones.” There are qualities of intelligence that can be tested (and then not absolutely) – the speed of thinking, memory, ability to analyze, abstract thinking, technical / humanitarian aptitude for thinking, etc. There is erudition – that is, the amount of knowledge of a person at the moment. There is creativity – that is, the ability to come up with new things based on existing experience. There are beliefs that may be “right” in the eyes of some people and “wrong” in the eyes of others. But what is” intelligence “and” stupidity ” – no one can clearly say. Because these are just concepts that we came up with ourselves.

  2. In my opinion, the relative scale is still more practical. Based on the study of the corresponding words in Russian, we can roughly estimate that the concept of mind among Russian speakers includes such components as' skill/professionalism',' knowledge/erudition',' common sense/wisdom','dexterity/ingenuity'. There are people who are smarter than you, and there are people who are dumber than you. This means that there are people who are better versed in this case than you are, and there are people who are worse versed in this case than you are. There are people who have more knowledge than you, and people who have less knowledge than you. There are people who can see further than you, and people who can't see as far as you can. There are people who think faster, and people who think slower than you. It remains to determine what is more important for you at the moment in the interlocutor, and evaluate whether you are higher or lower by this criterion. Common sense suggests that it is always better to slightly overestimate the capabilities of the interlocutor, such an error in the assessment is easier to correct than the reverse 🙂

  3. Can. To do this, you need to choose some verifiable criterion for evaluating intelligence/stupidity. For example, the result of an IQ test or the speed of verbal counting or the number of books read or the number of Facebook followers, etc.

    The most difficult thing is to believe that this scale really reflects the level of intelligence 🙂

  4. I am definitely a smart person. And by defining myself in this way, I feel doubts and the vulnerability of this definition, and my helplessness before those who want to redefine “me”for themselves. I don't have the power to stop others from thinking, “Only a really stupid person can claim to be so unapproachingly smart. After all, a smart person only knows that he doesn't know anything.”

    And the point here is in philosophy. Definition is an act of will that can be judged by different people from different points of view as smart or stupid. From the point of view of Aristotelian logic, there is a clear conflict here: someone MUST BE right, and someone MUST BE wrong. You need to choose.

    To reduce the intensity of this conflict, I can narrow down the scope and definitions by saying: “I am at this moment in my own eyes – definitely a smart person. Who admits that at the same moment there are three other people, one of whom uses his will to join my definition, the other-with a strong-willed effort for himself crosses out my definition and appoints me a pseudo-smart nerd, and the third who saw in this text both sound thoughts and stupidity in my unambiguity or something else.”

    The question remains… why did I define myself that way? I'll keep the answer to myself and invite readers to think about why they define themselves in one way or another.

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