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Is risk an essential element of being smart?

View Poll Results: Is risk an ESSENTIAL element of being smart?
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05-24-2010, 04:49 PM
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They are mutually exclusive. There is no way to tie these two things together.

Intelligence and risk-taking are two qualities that may exist in the same person, but you can have one quality and not the other.
This.

To begin with, as with anything that's more an idea, intelligence or "smarts" is completely subjective and to obtain or maintain such does not necessarily necessitate the need for risk. Also, within itself, "risk" is incredibly vague and equally, if not more, subjective.

Moot argument because the simple answer is inevitably no.

Certain forms of mental retardation/autism can also carry high (but often specific) intellectual characteristics and with such glaring impediments the concept of risk-taking to the individual themselves can be blurred, if not altogether absent, thusly exemplifying their mutual exclusivity.

May seem like a silly example, especially given the societal stigma given to those with forms of retardation. But in spite of the misconceptions, someone without the capacity to reason or understand risk can still obtain or possess the ability to be incredibly intelligent.

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This might be the most random thread I've seen.

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yahoo answers wasnt producing enough responses so i thought my fellow devils fans can pinch in.

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I asked Yahoo Answers a question about scotch once and got some good answers.

I asked it because a buddy gave me a decent bottle of scotch for my birthday a few years back, but kept it in the freezer before hand, so I asked if there was a detriment to keeping it in a freezer.

The answer: depends on the scotch.

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Yahoo Answers is perhaps one step above YouTube comments on the scale of internet stupidity.

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Yahoo Answers is perhaps one step above YouTube comments on the scale of internet stupidity.
Not sure there's really a scale, more like a giant, expanding amorphous blob of stupidity that will inexorably consume the entire human psyche.

PS: when the hell did you get so many posts?

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Yahoo Answers is perhaps one step above YouTube comments on the scale of internet stupidity.
It's ridiculous how many people take time to answer on there that have absolutely no idea about the question. People just say the first impression that pops into their head.

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Jumping off a bridge is risky

Asking a woman to go on a date is risky


Both have risks and both can be considered stupid(depending on one's point of view and particular circumstances)


As far as the question goes, if the risk is worth going after(and is the correct and smart thing to do), then you do it. In a way, they do tie together but they are not mutually exclusive to anything else.

So no. Risk is NOT an essential element of being smart. It *COULD* be, at times and certain situations, but if you can avoid taking unnecessary risks and achieve your goals, then risk-avoidance can also be considered "an essential element of being smart", too.


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This.

To begin with, as with anything that's more an idea, intelligence or "smarts" is completely subjective and to obtain or maintain such does not necessarily necessitate the need for risk. Also, within itself, "risk" is incredibly vague and equally, if not more, subjective.

Moot argument because the simple answer is inevitably no.

Certain forms of mental retardation/autism can also carry high (but often specific) intellectual characteristics and with such glaring impediments the concept of risk-taking to the individual themselves can be blurred, if not altogether absent, thusly exemplifying their mutual exclusivity.

May seem like a silly example, especially given the societal stigma given to those with forms of retardation. But in spite of the misconceptions, someone without the capacity to reason or understand risk can still obtain or possess the ability to be incredibly intelligent.
lolwut?

I think my brain exploded.

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I am having a debate about whether or not risk is an essential element of being smart and I would like to hear your view points.

Please give examples.

I know this is crazy OT
Intelligent risk, yes. Random risk, no. That's the key difference and recognizing the difference it probably what you're after.

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05-26-2010, 07:20 PM
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Intelligent risk, yes. Random risk, no. That's the key difference and recognizing the difference it probably what you're after.
I just said that in an earlier post....but with a lot more words.



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