"Smart" etc [was Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22]

Subject: "Smart" etc [was Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 40, Issue 22]
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 07:04:26 +1100

I wrote:
> > If it doesn't make you smarter, can it really be called "education"? Or
> > we just quibbling about what "smarter" means?

Mike Starr wrote:
> Well from my perspective making one smarter would mean that one gains
> intelligence. With education, one gains knowledge, but not intelligence.

But "intelligence" is widely used to mean either "ability to learn" or
"knowledge or information", just as "smart" is often used to mean either
"knowing a lot" or "clever". These variations in usage are hardly worth
getting offended over, as Mike correctly points out.

(And it wasn't "smart" of me to leave the "Digest" subject line unedited in
my previous post in this thread. I'm "intelligent" enough to "know" better.)

Mike West


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