When it comes to knowledge, intelligence is a hard thing to quantify.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not important.
This post, which examines the differences between knowledge and intelligence, suggests that there are some important, practical implications.
The post’s title comes from an article I wrote for Forbes that discussed the ways in which knowledge and intellect differ from each other.
In it, I argue that intelligence and knowledge are not equal, that knowledge is not the same thing as intelligence, and that the two are not synonymous.
It’s not clear whether the article has been taken down, but I’ve added it here for the sake of completeness.
(I didn’t find it on the Forbes website; I’ve written about it before on The FiveThirtyEight blog.)
Knowledge versus intelligence?
How much is knowledge worth?
If we are to define intelligence, I believe that it is the ability to reason from experience and knowledge, to recognize facts and to understand the world.
For this reason, I think knowledge is better than intelligence, but it is not as valuable as the intellectual abilities of the two.
As a rule of thumb, intelligence and expertise are more valuable than the ability of an average person to reason, to remember, and to apply their knowledge.
Intelligence is more than a little more valuable, as it allows us to perform tasks that are otherwise difficult.
However, because it takes a lot of mental effort to understand and apply the facts of the world, we tend to underestimate its value.
And because knowledge is far less valuable than intelligence and reasoning, the average person does not realize how much of a difference his or her intelligence is.
(We don’t really have the tools to measure intelligence.
We don’t have the capacity to study it.
We have no way to measure the quality of a person’s knowledge.
So we often use measures that we think of as being “better” than intelligence or reasoning, like verbal fluency.)
What are the differences in intelligence and intelligence ability?
The term “intelligence” has come to mean a certain kind of knowledge that someone can acquire or that someone else has acquired, such as an aptitude for math, for instance.
In some cases, such knowledge is very valuable.
For example, the more a person knows about a particular topic, the better they will perform in certain types of tasks, such for example, driving a car or playing the piano.
(In this sense, we could call this type of knowledge “knowledge value.”)
It is not clear what kind of information one should expect from an average high school student with a high IQ.
But the kinds of information that most people value are probably pretty similar to those that are most likely to help them make good decisions in a job, a marriage, or a career.
What about people who have a high level of intelligence?
This is an area that has received little attention in the literature.
It is important to note that, in general, intelligence does not vary much between people with very high and very low levels of intelligence.
(Some people have low IQs, for example.)
What about those who have very high IQs?
People with very good IQs are almost always very intelligent, and they are also very good at other types of activities, such the arts, sports, or learning.
People with relatively high IQ scores also tend to have a lot in common with those with moderately high IQ levels.
For these reasons, it is difficult to make any kind of general claim that the differences that exist between intelligence and intellect are greater or lesser in people with high or very high intelligence.
In fact, the data suggest that there is more in common between intelligence, reasoning, and creativity than between intelligence alone.
So what about people with relatively low IQ?
These people have a fairly similar amount of intelligence to those with very low IQ.
It seems to me that the difference between the two is more about the level of information and reasoning that they possess than the difference in the quality that they have.
They are all in a similar position to me, which is to say that I do not think it is necessarily useful to define “intelligence,” “reasoning,” and “creativity” in terms of those terms.
But it is important that people recognize that there really are some differences in the kinds and abilities of people with the two kinds of intelligence and that it can be useful to distinguish them in a way that is useful to us all.
I will give an example.
Consider the case of a guy who has a very high level (say, IQ of 250) in the arts and sports.
He may be extremely talented in these areas, but he does not appear to have any skills that are particularly useful for a job as a doctor or a writer.
This is because he is not particularly creative in the areas that he does have skills in, such working as a physician or a nurse.
Similarly, he is very good in a certain way, but not very good with many