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    Default Trolling hard this morning. Who do you reckon. . .

    Is the smartest person on this forum?

    I’m nominating twodot.

    Maybe I’ll start a poll later. . .
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    As I pondered, I realized it would be good - if you do such a poll - to define what you mean by 'smart'...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    As I pondered, I realized it would be good - if you do such a poll - to define what you mean by 'smart'...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Well dressed?
    If he means smart-mouthed... I'm throwing my hat in the ring.

    If smart-assed... do you have a hat? <G>
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    As I pondered, I realized it would be good - if you do such a poll - to define what you mean by 'smart'...
    This might be a fruitful direction in which to hijack the thread. I've know people with pretty good brains who don't bother to think much. Darwin is supposed to have had an IQ of around 130, well below genius level, but he created works of genius in The Descent of Man and On the Origin of Species. He was willing to do the work and think through the implications of the evidence.

    Thomas Hobbes, sometimes called the Beast of Malmesbury because he was willing to think the unthinkable, thought of the social contract as a new justification for the legitimacy of rulers, but was unwilling to think it through to the logical conclusion that the people should be able to remove a ruler if he sucks at his job. Hobbes was more of a polymath than John Locke, but Locke was willing to think social contract theory through to the logical conclusion that the people have a right to revolution when a horrible ruler can be removed by no other means.

    But then, we know Hobbes was in danger of losing his life at least twice because of his writings, and that he burned some material for fear of what might happen if it were read by the wrong people. I like the idea that to be regarded as a genius, you have to do the work to produce a work of genius, that's one way of defining 'smart,' but circumstances can prevent a person from doing that.

    I do like this idea:

    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post

    @ the OP: There's a long road from being really smart to having a clue...
    Think of a pickup baseball game. Some folks are just there to enjoy the company and the sunny day, but only a few know the score. Knowing the score shows you have the focus to apply your intelligence, which makes intelligence a much more useful thing to have.

    Are these aspects of intelligence, or just demonstrations that intelligence without the willingness to do hard intellectual work is about as useful as nipples on a man?

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    Hey. I just posted about quantum entanglement! (Of course I admitted in the same post that I’m clueless. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Is the smartest person on this forum?

    I’m nominating twodot.

    Maybe I’ll start a poll later. . .
    There are a lot of bright people on the forum but this question could well be differently phrased.

    The question is "who presents as if they think they are the smartest person on the forum?"

    One avitar in particular comes to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    There are a lot of bright people on the forum but this question could well be differently phrased.

    The question is "who presents as if they think they are the smartest person on the forum?"

    One avitar in particular comes to mind.
    you spelled avatar wrong. i didn't even have to google it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    you spelled avatar wrong. i didn't even have to google it.
    Do you think speeling will count in Paul's definition? I think it should... but only as a secondary consideration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    you spelled avatar wrong. i didn't even have to google it.
    Is this a airplane thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbys View Post
    Is this a airhead thread?
    Now it is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Longino View Post
    Now it is!
    Thanks Glenn for nono meeting me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbys View Post
    Is this a airplane thread?
    I already tried to work with that but unless one is prepared to sacrifice another vowel, it only makes matters worse.
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    Vanna will sell you one Lew!

    [showing off how I watch the highbrow shows..]

    @ the OP: There's a long road from being really smart to having a clue and I'm not sure many really smart folks can make the trip. Years ago I went to a Mensa meeting. Holy nerdiness Batman! Those who weren't impressed with their own brilliance were largely incapable of carrying on on a conversation. I beat a hasty retreat & went to a bar. Far better!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Vanna will sell you one Lew!

    [showing off how I watch the highbrow shows..]

    @ the OP: There's a long road from being really smart to having a clue and I'm not sure many really smart folks can make the trip. Years ago I went to a Mensa meeting. Holy nerdiness Batman! Those who weren't impressed with their own brilliance were largely incapable of carrying on on a conversation. I beat a hasty retreat & went to a bar. Far better!
    My darling m-i-l was a Mensa member. It was the organization she stayed with the longest as she aged. Since previous iq tests would suggest that I'd do well on their test, she invited me to be her guest - so I could see what it was like. It was like Garret described. I passed. Yet she loved it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Vanna will sell you one Lew!

    [showing off how I watch the highbrow shows..]

    @ the OP: There's a long road from being really smart to having a clue and I'm not sure many really smart folks can make the trip. Years ago I went to a Mensa meeting. Holy nerdiness Batman! Those who weren't impressed with their own brilliance were largely incapable of carrying on on a conversation. I beat a hasty retreat & went to a bar. Far better!
    I have a nephew whose virtually a mathematical savant, but give him a hammer………….. as grandma said about someones sewing "Like a cow with a musket". Interesting analogy, I wonder how far back that goes in the family?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Vanna will sell you one Lew!

    [showing off how I watch the highbrow shows..]

    @ the OP: There's a long road from being really smart to having a clue and I'm not sure many really smart folks can make the trip. Years ago I went to a Mensa meeting. Holy nerdiness Batman! Those who weren't impressed with their own brilliance were largely incapable of carrying on on a conversation. I beat a hasty retreat & went to a bar. Far better!
    What's your view on Vanna's vowel movement?

    As for Mensa, I have met some incredibly stupid/intentionally-ignorant geniuses. I have a few long-term friends who are very well educated, aware and (with the exception of a tendency to pun) capable conversationalists. They're not all drooling dingbats -- but I have read somewhere that there's a gene/gene complex that is/are associated with both great intelligence and madness (mental weirdness). Myself? I'd need to plead autism. Weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webishop14 View Post
    What's your view on Vanna's vowel movement?

    As for Mensa, I have met some incredibly stupid/intentionally-ignorant geniuses. I have a few long-term friends who are very well educated, aware and (with the exception of a tendency to pun) capable conversationalists. They're not all drooling dingbats -- but I have read somewhere that there's a gene/gene complex that is/are associated with both great intelligence and madness (mental weirdness). Myself? I'd need to plead autism. Weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mahan View Post
    So a smart person invited you, or are you holding out on us?



    I'm a great example of how you ain't gotta be all that smart to be in Mensa. I dunno my IQ, but they also accept SAT scores > 1400 - which qualifies me. However, I got a 760 on the math portion while I was flunking algebra - so it seems I just test good.

    Yes, I eventually passed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    you spelled avatar wrong. i didn't even have to google it.
    Bet that smarts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post
    Bet that smarts.
    Not as much as you might think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by L.W. Baxter View Post
    you spelled avatar wrong. i didn't even have to google it.
    I'm so ashamed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    There are a lot of bright people on the forum but this question could well be differently phrased.

    The question is "who presents as if they think they are the smartest person on the forum?"

    One avitar in particular comes to mind.
    THAT guy?

    Sheesh!
    Rattling the teacups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    THAT guy?

    Sheesh!
    You guessed it!
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    Been told that I have a smart @ss...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Been told that I have a smart @ss...
    Your wife... sure. We all know how kind-hearted SHE is!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Been told that I have a smart @ss...
    That's my mother's pet name for my wife (truth).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Been told that I have a smart @ss...
    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    That's my mother's pet name for my wife (truth).
    I have three of them. They are all out doing lawn and grounds maintenance at the moment while I came in to avoid a thunder storm and grab a bite of lunch. I did however, give each of them some personal attention this morning, with pedicures, hair brushing, ear rubs (they love that). I even applied some insect repellant on them before turning them loose for their lawn work after telling them “you are all getting fat!”. Such sweeties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomF View Post
    Been told that I have a smart @ss...
    My @ss is smarter than yours……
    My brain not so much…………..

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    I'm soooo lucky there. .

    She's allegedly say smarter than I am, but I dunno. She sticks with me, which leads a person to question...
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    I'm so bright my dad used to call me sunny.

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    Who has the best words!
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    Boy this thread has real potential to go south in a hurry.
    (Paul, notice I didn’t capitalize “south”. )

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    Me, by far.
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    How about most polymathic?

    As a metric, I mean.

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