Who’s Smarter?

A person who reads books?


A person who watches videos?


A person who writes?


A person who speaks?


50 thoughts on “Who’s Smarter?

  1. I’m a visual learner. Images help when I get lost in the words. And just because I’m not an avid reader I’m less intelligent.
    So I guess neither really. We learn and process knowledge differently.

    Speakers or writers?
    If you can write it but can’t speak it, I think that makes you a tad smarter. Someone else can use their oratorical skills to speak it for you.
    That’s my 2cents.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I hear ya Dorothy. It seems that it’s always a competition, “read a book”, “learn to write”. We all are different.

  2. Those things add to a person’s knowledge and understanding, but I don’t think they make someone smart, and I certainly don’t think any one outranks the others in some sort of intelligence information gathering hierarchy.

  3. None of those things are a guarantee of intelligence. IT isn’t that someone chooses to read, it is what they choose to read and how well they understand it that is a measure of how smart they are. You could judge them, maybe, on what they read, view, write or say and not the fact that they do any of those things over another one.

  4. It doesn’t matter what catalyst is used. It depends on the person who is absorbing the knowledge. Different mediums will help different people in different ways when it comes to learning.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      My point exactly Huntress. I wonder why so many act as if reading a book is the only way to attain knowledge?

      It’s always about reducing screen time and reading. Both strain the eyes, yet both can be very beneficial as well.

  5. The answer is Yes! And No!
    If you gain knowledge by doing it, it makes you more knowledgeable. Smarter? To me, that depends on how you use your knowledge.

    And, umm…just to be clear… I am the smartest! Duh😂😂😂

  6. hawk2017

    I believe we need all of them to be educated. Being uneducated does not mean stupid. Many Highly educated have no common sense and many of low education has learned common sense the hard way. They both get thru life somehow. :))

      1. Thanks, Mr. Coffee. I know I can and I appreciate that. I was just speaking in general. I’ve been knocked down most of my life for speaking my mind; for just being me for that matter. But that never stopped me. It did however, create a she-devil that comes to my rescue from time to time. That’s when I need to keep my mouth shut.

  7. Marleen

    I like reading books and articles, but I also like videos (as well as real-time camera and sound feed). One thing I especially like to hear played is Supreme Court discussion (no photography from that). I think there are details and nuances from which a viewer or listener can benefit that are not always or even usually present in writing. I was really surprised fairly recently when someone with stubborn views said he had never heard a certain person’s voice — which means he’s getting everything second-hand at best. How can that seem to be sufficient at all? But this same someone had posted a topic a few months before from a magazine/newspaper that I consider to be somewhat sensational (not in the best sense)… not as bad, for instance, as The National Enquirer but not quite trustworthy. So he had never heard the voice of the person for whom he voted in 2016, but he had taken a headline to shout forth and say he heard it himself about a different candidate (during the primary season).

    Even with video or audio, we have to be careful. He was angry because something untrue had supposedly been said of Israel. So, I read the transcript, which was included at the would-be news site with the article and recording… and along with a shorter clip of the recording (which was used to mislead people who didn’t hear the whole thing). While this candidate had said certain words, he had not said them pertaining to Israel. So the accusation of a false accusation was itself false. [He (a blogger) did take in that revelation at the time, after seeing it pointed out.] Moreover, transcripts have to be approached with some caution. I noticed, after the last SOTU event, that most transcripts offered were of the speech as planned; they were not of what was actually said. I’d take the time to type in the word salad.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I hear ya Marleen. Nuance and idiosyncrasies are hardly ever conveyed in text alone. We have a tendency to easily write off a person, since we do not hear their voice and their personality.

      1. Marleen

        Seems it can go either way. That guy had fallen for a party candidate to whom he hadn’t listened (someone he literally hadn’t heard) at all [fallen for the man rather than written the person off]. And the other person, the person (who didn’t end up on the federal-level ballots) who the guy had written off after hearing for once, he had heard wrong — but, yes, I’d say because he didn’t take the time of have the interest to listen longer. You know what’s really weird (when remembering his objection)? The person the guy wrote off sounds very Jewish (and is Jewish). [No, the guy (the blogger) is not Jewish.]

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