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Old 10-11-2004, 02:14 PM   #16
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Ahhh, the difference between wisdom and knowledge....
Ain't it the truth. I wouldn't consider myself wise but I definitely have alot more common sense than my friends, while my friends have alot more knowledge than me. Booksmarts I should say. Even they acknowledge that I have a more realistic view of the world than they do, even though I've never actually been IN the real world, I tend to observe it more carefully and thoughtfully than they.

Gosh that sounded arrogant.
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Old 10-11-2004, 03:45 PM   #17
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Eh, I think growing up without a TV would have its advantages.
I have been without anything other than 10 channels since June.

My four year old is now reading.
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What?!?! That's not fair! We just got college credit/exemptions for AP classes and honors credit for honors classes, the grades of course counted towards GPA but, the TYPE of class didn't. Weird, I've never heard of that. But maybe they do our schools way different here. Our scale was 98%-100% was an A (4.0) 96-98 A-, 92-95 B+, 89-91 a B (3.0) etc, etc. I mean, you could get over 100% for a class, but then your grade was an A (4.0)
Holy crap! I thought only my high school did that. Believe me, colleges take that into consideration when you apply. I promise.

I can understand this lack of pop culture/common sense but this is a little overboard. I've never seen a Christopher Reeve movie yet I know he was in Superman. And even I didn't have pop culture knowledge, I knew he was involved in stem cell research. How can you not know that?

I think that case is different from someone who just decides not to watch TV or something. I have a friend who has little clue about all the music I know about but she's deep into Broadway. Her iPod is full of Broadway shows and she's opened me up to going to more shows. And I gave her more U2 stuff.

But you have no clue what the White House looks like? Start with white -- as in color, author E.B. -- and go from there.
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Well, I dunno about the Chrtopher Reed thing really (LOL), but not knowing what the White House looks like. That's pathetic. And she had a 4.5 GPA. It proves that booksmarts really don't mean true intelligence!!!

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Ain't it the truth. I wouldn't consider myself wise but I definitely have alot more common sense than my friends, while my friends have alot more knowledge than me. Booksmarts I should say. Even they acknowledge that I have a more realistic view of the world than they do, even though I've never actually been IN the real world, I tend to observe it more carefully and thoughtfully than they.

Gosh that sounded arrogant.
I'm actually the same way. I don't know alot about things like math and history (like alot of my friends do) but they do tell me that I'll probably do better in life just because I'm more knowledgable about real life issues and how to handle them. Also that I'm more cool-headed. Sometimes I'm really suprised at how my friends will freak out in certain situations (it's kinda annoying really LOL).

Boy, now I sound arrogant!!!
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Well, I dunno about the Chrtopher Reed thing really (LOL), but not knowing what the White House looks like. That's pathetic. And she had a 4.5 GPA. It proves that booksmarts really don't mean true intelligence!!!



I'm actually the same way. I don't know alot about things like math and history (like alot of my friends do) but they do tell me that I'll probably do better in life just because I'm more knowledgable about real life issues and how to handle them. Also that I'm more cool-headed. Sometimes I'm really suprised at how my friends will freak out in certain situations (it's kinda annoying really LOL).

Boy, now I sound arrogant!!!
I'm more cool headed too. my friends get wrapped up in drama and blow the silliest things out of proportion, meanwhile i'm a very calm, mellow person who rolls with lifes punches. and yes, when they freak out it is annoying! but such is life.
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I'm actually the same way. I don't know alot about things like math and history (like alot of my friends do) but they do tell me that I'll probably do better in life just because I'm more knowledgable about real life issues and how to handle them. Also that I'm more cool-headed. Sometimes I'm really suprised at how my friends will freak out in certain situations (it's kinda annoying really LOL).

Boy, now I sound arrogant!!!
Yeah, but if some guy pulls you into an alley, puts a gun to your head and demands to know the integral of the inverse hyperbolic tangent of x, you're in trouble.
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Booksmart, commom sense and combinations. That's why I like FYM, I've seen them all in here. LOL
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Yeah, but if some guy pulls you into an alley, puts a gun to your head and demands to know the integral of the inverse hyperbolic tangent of x, you're in trouble.
that's my greatest fear!!!!!
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Yeah, but if some guy pulls you into an alley, puts a gun to your head and demands to know the integral of the inverse hyperbolic tangent of x, you're in trouble.


Finally, the perfect answer to the "And when the hell am I ever going to use this?" question.
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I understand. On the same note, it bugs me when my disclaimers get looked over and I get accused of generalizations. It happens here all the time "some but not all" is usually the one I put when someone posts 'but they're not all like that' so there's a history there for me too. Of course most smart people are smart in movies and songs too and real quick to make puns and jokes. I mean by this both smart in grades people and bright people who don't make good grades because they don't apply themselves, they are a group too. I have also seen people with masters in physics lose on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire because they didn't know the artist or the lyrics to a common song. There's all types out there!

As far as the extreme cases I mentioned in the first post, I have personally known those people, but of course they are a minority.
It does crack me up when someone's a National Merit Scholar and it just doesn't fit with the typical "studious" person because that person doesn't apply themselves in school.

And, by the way, that's a sweeeeeeeeeet picture you've got there as your sig. =D
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I think the thing this thread is missing is that there's a difference between what you know (be it book smarts or practical smarts) and how you behave as a social being. This is why I like college so much - not only because I'm getting educated and getting a degree, but I know how to act and live with people my age and people who are superiors, like my boss, professors, advisors, etc and I know how to live on my own and do my own thing. Just because someone knows all the pop culture trivia doesn't mean that person has a clue about how to live a fulfilling life our society. And I'm not saying you need an education to do so, but I think it REALLY helps and in many cases, the experience is ultimately more useful than the degree.
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I think the thing this thread is missing is that there's a difference between what you know (be it book smarts or practical smarts) and how you behave as a social being. This is why I like college so much - not only because I'm getting educated and getting a degree, but I know how to act and live with people my age and people who are superiors, like my boss, professors, advisors, etc and I know how to live on my own and do my own thing. Just because someone knows all the pop culture trivia doesn't mean that person has a clue about how to live a fulfilling life our society. And I'm not saying you need an education to do so, but I think it REALLY helps and in many cases, the experience is ultimately more useful than the degree.
i agree. i can't wait till college for those reasons.

i guess i should clarify that with many of my friends it goes beyond a lack of knowledge of popular culture alone. its anything outside of school itself. i'm the complete opposite. outside of school i know an incredible amount of information for someone my age, but you put me in school and its a deer in headlights look the whole time. we're all different, and our brains all operate and store information in different ways.
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