March 16, 2010

Intelligence....I think NOT

In the name of Allah, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Peace be with you السلام عليكم

"Intelligence is an umbrella term describing a property of the mind comprehending related abilities, such as the capacities for abstract thought, reasoning, planning and problem solving, the use of language, and to learn."
Growing up I was lead to believe that intelligence was among many other things an ability to communicate with others concisely, allow you to better yourself and others as well as helping you get things done.

Anyway, I used to watch A LOT of TV when I had a TV set but I still watch some of my fave shows (unfortunately couldn't find my forensic files) online. In most if not all of the shows I watch all the geniuses or intelligent people portrayed on them don't fit the definition. I mean yeah they understand complex theories and ideas but they can't communicate for jack. So what good is their intelligence?

Kinda like an AWESOME fashion designer who doesn't know how to draw or how to instruct someone else of what is in their 'vision'. Or an amazing artist who is unable to put on canvas their skill. Or someone who knows everything there is to know about running a multi million dollar company but can't motivate the troops because his communication skills are sub par.

Like the show The Big Bang Theory, the 4 male main characters are geniuses and one is so much of a genius he is 'rare' (Sheldon). However, they can't seem to express themselves in a way that would let the rest of us know what the heck they are talking about. If you noticed none of them are in a position of management or in a position to really change the world with their intelligence and ALTHOUGH I KNOW THIS IS FICTIONAL it lets you know that you need more than just being able to do complex math equations or understand theories. I still enjoy the show very much but I still don't think they can be called "geniuses." Their work kinda seems like some "mental masturbation."

Another character portrayed as a genius is from Bones and Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan a forensic anthropologist as well as a best-selling crime novelist. Her intellectual brilliance enables her to do groundbreaking work, but her lack of social skills provides most of the show's lighthearted humor. Anyway, when the position of director of the "Jeffersonian" comes up she keeps getting passed on and it is eventually given to another character and although she is not as "brilliant and intelligent" as Brennan but she can motivate/manage the institution and get things done. This is a position of power that can change how a prestigious organization works but she will never attain it. Although her job is glamorous and fulfilling to an extent it is kinda of a dead end job.

Ps. please keep the above post under secular knowledge as bringing in religion kind broadens the subject too much.

1 comment:

Kiddy said...

I have heard it said that being a genius is close to being insane,like love and hate.Love can turn into hate like that*she snaps her fingers* instantly.That is why we hear of so many crimes of passion,women can kill if driven by a passion for men, believe you me.And if intelligence is mixed in with the passion for a man there we got madness taking over and on top of that power,and we are well aware of the fact that power corrupts,volia,we have a nuclear bomb going off.