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What would you pick if you had that choice ?

Updated on September 5, 2012

A question you might be interested to debate

If you had only one choice, would you prefer :

1 - Intelligence


2 - Common sense

As for myself, after careful considerations, I think I would go for common sense. Being smart is definitely a good thing, but it can be a little abstract. I have met people who are, by my standards, extremely intelligent, but I always have a soft spot for those who maybe are not technically as smart, but whose attitude towards life in general will always get them to steer in the right direction. As always, I am interested in what others may have to say on the topic.

Please feel free to elaborate, thank you.


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      3 years ago

      Woah nelly, how about them apepls!

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      Bernard J. Toulgoat 

      5 years ago from Treasure Coast, Florida

      Hello Kerry, Sorry for not responding earlier to your fine comment. Like you, I think intelligence and common sense are two different things. I personally know some people who are extremely intelligent but have no common sense whatsoever. Of course, it would be best to have both. In the end, I would compare intelligence as a college education and common sense as being street wise. I think if you have to have only one of these qualities, common sense will help you better in everyday life, but of course I could be wrong. Thank you for voicing your opinion and I'll see you around on HP.

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      5 years ago

      A thought provoking question, indeed. My opinion is - common sense is most valuable, and I respectfully disagree that the two cannot be separate. It is too often the case that intelligence is drawn upon to analyze a problem and draw conclusions, however, there is also the problem that one encounters when over-analyzing becomes an issue and detracts from one's ability arrive at any conclusion at all, because logic gets in the way of good old fashioned thinking.

      Interesting topic!


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      6 years ago from CALIFORNIA

      Tough question. Is it possible that we as humans who are descendants of the Charles Darwin Theory might probably be endowed with both of the cognitive faculties of which one is more predominant than the other? How is common sense delineated from the intelligent qoutient? When is a thought considered common sense and when is it considered an intellectual function? I believe that common sense is a derivative of the intellectual function and so therefore not subject to separation from the intellect. Just my 2 cents in -not exactly an expert in the workings of the mind.

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      6 years ago

      The difficulty with this question is that there can be no common sense without intelligence and no intelligence without common sense; thus, a preference between the two begs the question of that union. A better question perhaps is whether common sense intelligently used is a result of, or in spite of, the need one has for the other.


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