I was just thinking- there's a big difference between simply being academic and being genuinely smart.
I'd say everybody knows at least one person who is a "know-it-all" or a "genius"- these people tend to be perfectionists, excelling in everything they do, and having a high level of knowledge on pretty much anything.
I know two people who are incredibly intelligent- they both got 5A*s at A-Level (both got into Cambridge) and partake and excel in many extra-curriculars, and if you spoke to them about anything (and I mean ANYTHING) they will know more about the subject than if you were talking to anyone else.
They're generally well informed on literature, politics, news, finance etc even though both of their subjects they're studying has nothing to do with any of that. They just know a lot about everything, and are able to form many mature ideas/opinions, and can engage in interesting discussions and debates that other people might not be able to or have any interest in.
Now I wouldn't call myself dumb-but I wouldn't call myself "intelligent", especially not on the level of those two people I know. I would say I'm a fairly average person- my general knowledge isn't great but it's okay, I get good grades if I work hard, and I can form opinions about things if I go away and read about it for a while first.
But what I want to know is how people become like the two I pointed out at the start of this post. Is it merely genetic? Are these people putting it on, or do they genuinely just remember everything that they've heard or seen about anything?
Do they make an effort to know so much about everything?
Is it possible for someone to become
as "smart" as this?
What do you guys think?? Discuss!
(Apologies if this is in the wrong forum)