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Rene Descartes' True Intelligence Essay

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The names “stupid”, “idiotic”, “dumb”, and “foolish” will all be heard eventually in a lifetime. When people misinterpret or not understand a topic, they are labeled with these names. Though, the truly “stupid” and “idiotic” people are those who possess brilliant minds, but do not apply their knowledge into their lives. On the other hand, the people who are certainly ingenious are the people who attempt to use their minds to solve dilemmas in the world, even if “the dilemma” was forgetting your lunch money. Continuously, the lines between maturity and immaturity, good from bad, wrong from right, are very distinguished. This truth has forced me to see the world with new, improved eyes. ...view middle of the document...

In the end, Princess, who later became Queen, Rosalind not only taught people about peace, but she also saved many lives, and she used her mind to make the “right” decision. Rosalind was a fictional character, but there are still many people who lived and walked the Earth that could be considered to be smart.
As a child, Albert Einstein was repeatedly called “stupid” because he always asked questions. In other words, people did not see the brilliance behind his natural curiosity to know more. When he was younger, Einstein had troubles with speaking, possibly as a result as a mild manifestation of Asperger’s syndrome. After years of questions, he turned out to be a successful scientist. He became a person who “had a great mind” and “used it well” by inventing many new creations during his time. Take the refrigerator for example; Albert Einstein found an eco-friendly and less energy consuming way to power it, and the people of today are looking into using this technique for refrigeration and air condition. Einstein owned a great mind and put it to use for the good of the society. On the other hand, currently, many people consider themselves to be smart, but their minds seemingly do not work, and they do not think of their actions or of the effect their actions would have on others. Most of the time, this reflects poorly on the person performing the action. People do not need to be as smart as Albert Einstein or as a “rocket scientist” to be considered as having a great mind and using it well.
The book Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes is another perfect instance of when people are “smart”, but do not use their minds well and when people are “dumb” but use their minds exceedingly well. For example, in the beginning of the story, Charlie Gordon, the main character, was a retarded adult who attended night school to help increase his capability to read and write. He was not an intelligent person, but he tried his best to learn and was using his mind to the best of his ability. When Charlie became knowledgeable after being tested on with an experiment, he reached his peak point of intelligence, and was considered to be smarter than those around him. After a while, he grew...

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