What is the difference between intellect and mind?

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  1. flysky profile image76
    flyskyposted 9 years ago

    What is the difference between intellect and mind?

  2. JohnGreasyGamer profile image78
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 9 years ago

    My guess would be that Intellect is more about fact, whereas mind is about creativity and imagination. If you're intellectual, you're very factual, assertive and knowledgeable. Whereas if someone has a great mind, they're open to new ideas and thoughts, philosophies, are very creative and imaginative.

    This is commonly seen in video games, most notably the RPG genre. Intellect and Spirit/Mind are statistics used by spell-casters for the amount of knowledge and study they need to master their arts. So that's where my guess comes from. I hope this helps!

  3. arun.udayan profile image77
    arun.udayanposted 9 years ago

    Please don't mind my intellect or foolishness, but the mind is what you have- could be intellectual or foolish. So intellect is an adjective for your mind. Btw, does this question has a context here that I am missing?

    1. flysky profile image76
      flyskyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      No, there is no any special context... I think these days about this question, so I start this discussion.

  4. Silva Hayes profile image77
    Silva Hayesposted 9 years ago

    Everyone has a mind.  Intellect refers to the mind's ability to reason logically (or not).  So they can't really be compared as two separate entities.

    1. Harishprasad profile image74
      Harishprasadposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Silva Hayes, your definition is to the point. What people are conveying through so many words, you have said all that in just one sentences, a very fine use of intellect. God bless you.

  5. skperdon profile image83
    skperdonposted 9 years ago

    The mind is the "busybody", while the intellect uses practical thinking.

  6. amer786 profile image79
    amer786posted 9 years ago

    Intellect is a capability or characteristic defined by the ability to acquire knowledge and skill with inference and deduction to arrive at accurate or better conclusions. Intellect is sometimes possessed and can be acquired too with effort. Mind is really a property of the human form sometimes characterized as conscience, consciousness and awareness.

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    Beth37posted 9 years ago

    One is acquired knowledge, gathered in your brain, the other is your brain.

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    Larry Wallposted 9 years ago

    Intellect is the means of measuring how you use your mind. It is not IQ, it is how you use your mind, for good, evil, to help others, to offer suggestions, to love, to hate, to defend, to offend, etc.

  9. conradofontanilla profile image66
    conradofontanillaposted 9 years ago

    Let's get into definitions or systems building. Mind results from the brain. Brain is like a blank template. It gets filled up with impressions (red, hot, soft, hard, like, dislike) and statements of fact. Such statements are true or false, or neither true nor false, or factoid. "A genetically modified organism is safe to eat," is an example of a statement that is neither nor false, it has no evidence in its favor or against it in the past and in the long future. A factoid is like a statement about scenes in a movie, like "Sting" where the basis of such statement is contrived. Robert Mitchum appearing in the movie, "The Longest Day" based on the Allied landing in Normandy in WWII is a factoid because Robert Mitchum was never at Normandy in the day of the landing. "Robert Mitchum appeared in the movie 'The Longest Day'" is true, But ""Robert Mitchum was in Normandy landing" is factoid.
    Let's separate the brain, as matter, from the mind. (We will not resolve here the controversy whether brain and mind are the same). Brain includes its anatomy and physiology; that it is composed of fat; that it has thousands of neurons.
    Mind consists of content (impressions, statements, factoid, hypothesis, predictions) and how it works (induction, deduction, logic).
    Let's make a subset of mind called intellect. Intellect consists of hypothesis, predictions, attitudes, induction, deduction, and logic.
    Hypothesis is a scientific guess used as guide in doing research. It consists of concepts and relationship(s) among concepts for verification. When verified as true, a hypothesis turned into theory. Prediction is a statement of fact that is unverified. In 1906, the statement E = mcsquared was a prediction. When Enrico Fermi chanced upon it in 1936 and Lise Mietner and company verified Fermi's findings in 1938 it turned into a true statement. Attitude consists of like or dislike of what is and what we would like it to be. Attitude can either be a statement or a behavior or an introversion. (There is a more appropriate term but it escapes me now). Attitude includes creativity. Logic includes mathematics. 
    So, mind is the whole set, intellect is a subset of mind.
    An intellectual is a person who has a brain where the area that takes care of intellect is well developed.

    1. flysky profile image76
      flyskyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      ... a great explanation! Yes, I would also say that the mind has some extra ability...

    2. conradofontanilla profile image66
      conradofontanillaposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Fact is anything in the universe that is undefined. If you call it or represent it by the use of a symbol you define it. In logic, a class is not a thing. Zero is a class without a member. "None" denies that a class has a member. Math deals in class.

    3. arun.udayan profile image77
      arun.udayanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Awesome smile

  10. Nadine May profile image71
    Nadine Mayposted 9 years ago

    What a great question. I will write a hub about it.

    1. Nadine May profile image71
      Nadine Mayposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      With our mind we collect and categories impressions from our five senses. With our Intellect we observe and discriminates useful from the useless and makes decisions. Intellect is a higher function of mind.

    2. flysky profile image76
      flyskyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      ...great! I would be happy to read the hub.. :-)

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    jonnycomelatelyposted 9 years ago

    I'll have to think about this one..............

  12. C.V.Rajan profile image59
    C.V.Rajanposted 9 years ago

    A girl loves a man and she is not too sure whether to get married to him.

    - 'He is handsome, he is caring, he is romantic, he is humorous; he loves me so emotionally; he seems to be possessive about me; so get married to him'. What says so is her mind.

    - 'He has no job; he does not seem to be serious about anything; he smokes too much; at times he gets drunk; he is over-sentimental. Be cautious; he may be a good lover but not a good husband' -- what says so is her intellect.

    Hove you get the point.

  13. Tusitala Tom profile image68
    Tusitala Tomposted 9 years ago

    I think most people would agree that intellect refers to our intelligence.  This can cover not only reasoning powers but creativity, motivation, intentions, pursuits and, in particular, choices.  That is our ability to choose what to do or not to do subject to our knowledge and perhaps even intuition. 

    The mind, on the other hand, is almost as nebulous as asking, "How high is the sky."   Or "What is the centre of a circle which has no circumference?"   Mind is almost an idea...almost.  We can't quite grasp it.   We know from our intellects that it somehow manifest through our brain enabling the brain to work intellectually.  That if a certain part of our brain is diseased or damaged, the mind cannot operate as effectively as it should through that brain.

    But the mind is not the brain.  Even our personal mind, that is personal to a particular brain and body is not held only in the brain.   It is found throughout the whole body.  Indeed, some have said that every single cell, no, atom contains and individual intelligence.   But I'm using my intellect in trying to describe this.

    Then there is Collective Unconsciousness, and Superconciousness of realms beyond our ken.   Mind, it seems is very, very complex.   Or maybe very, very simple.

    Certainly the intellect and the mind overlap.   It would seem one cannot exist without the other.   What is the difference?   Tricky question.  What is the difference between water molecules in steam, water or ice, except the speed of aggitation or vibration?   Perhaps the intellect and the mind have a somewhat similar relationship.   ...But then I'm only guessing.

    1. flysky profile image76
      flyskyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      ...yes, I also think that intellect and the mind overlap. Furthermore, while the both are related to brain, the mind is not only the brain - we have some evedence from neuroscience that you mention...

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    PrivinBgoodposted 9 years ago

    Intellect look out to only one thing 
    Mind look out everything around us

  15. moronkee profile image73
    moronkeeposted 9 years ago

    In my opinion, our intellect is refered to as our sixth sense. It's our power of thinking. The mind is not physical and can't be touched. It's simply the seat of understanding. It helps us to understand concepts.

    Thanks for asking.

  16. Harishprasad profile image74
    Harishprasadposted 9 years ago

    Flysky, first, I would rather give you indirect response. A house is mind, it's capacity to accommodate is intellect. Water is mind, it's capacity to quench thirst is intellect. A car is mind, it's capacity is to move to the places is intellect. Now we come to the point. Mind is an instrument and a very complex one and it's capacity to think is intellect but it's capacity is used differently by the people, some use it very clearly, some use it very cleverly, some use it foolishly and so on. In some people, emotions are very controlled while some just burst out without breaks. In whatever terms we may put it, intellect is our capacity to think about various things in our own way. Now whatever is our whole personality, our status, our perceptions, our behavior and everything what makes us as an entity and whatever we would be in the future ,that all is the result of constant use of our intellect. Intellect is not different from intelligence, on the contrary, it is the sum total of our intelligence and our foolishness and all that goes with the mind's capacity to think. A man may be as straight as a tree in his capacity to think, some may brand him as a dull witted, but some may praise him for his honest approach to think about things and beings. A person who is blunt in speech can be abhorrent in the eyes of some people but still a few will be such who would be praising him no end. In spite of such differences, these persons cannot be told to have different minds, nonetheless, their capacity to think or intellect would be surely different. Here on the Internet, there would be many responses to your questions, some responses would be very attractive, whereas some very ordinary though in your view but different people would make out different opinions about even the same response. To sum up, I would say that mind is a instrument which is the same in every person but intellect would be definitely different in every person and that is the beauty of these two very fascinating entities, one is obvious, second is abstract. If you go on exploring further about this thing, I am sure you would find so varied meanings with extraordinary details but it is worth searching. To be honest, I have not given you the contents from such sources but what I found out from searching out my own mind about this stuff, I poured out before you. In other words, the whole content you look here is the result of my capacity to think about your question within the time frame fixed by me.


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