One thing that makes me think someone is not too bright is if they won’t listen to another person’s point of view…EVER.
And I really think they’re not intelligent if they are presented with facts and ignore them…which is pretty common these days, unfortunately.
What do you think is a sure sign of low intelligence?
AskReddit users shared their thoughts.
1. Do a little research.
“Posting clickbait articles in a rage because you couldn’t take the 5 seconds to do a quick Google search to verify the truth.
Then getting angry when someone points this out.”
2. You’re not wrong.
“People who watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
3. Who gives a s**t?
“Their conversations revolve solely around gossip, be it celebrity gossip or gossip within their ‘friend’ group.”
“Shallowly “studying” a complex and difficult problem for a short time and believing you’ve hit upon a novel solution all the “so-called experts” have missed.
For reference, see Donald Trump suggesting that perhaps industrial disinfectants might be used to flush the virus from someone’s lungs, as if it’s coating them like a layer of pesky soap scum.”
5. You got a lot to learn.
“The assumption that you know all that is worth knowing.
People who are genuinely lower IQ have very little sense of wonder about the world.
Everything they need to know they already know and they believe anyone who is a specialist in an academic area is easily dismissed as a nerd or uninteresting.
I went to grad school for mathematics and encountered this all the time –“So you are one of those guys who hangs around all day and does long division?””
“No sense of humor.
Humor is one of the highest levels of intelligence.”
7. Everyone is different.
“Correlating actual intelligence with academic achievement.
I’ve met plenty of smart folks who only attained high school diplomas, and a few that didn’t even graduate or settled for a GED. There are some obvious limits to their knowledge, but they’re intelligent nonetheless.
Conversely I’ve met some extraordinarily stupid individuals with masters degrees and doctorates. Oh they can talk your ear off about their specific field, and even excell within it. Yet there is a core of stupidity in them that is almost offensive to behold.
All educational achievements, from graduating kindergarten all the way to a PhD boils down to completing a checklist of requirements. If you do the work satisfactorily and continue along the outlined path, you’ll graduate. There is no base level of intelligence or actual ability required at any level.”
“Worshiping politicians should be high up there.
Claiming the government is trying to control you and then in the same breath worshiping the former president is absolutely insane.”
9. This is quite a list.
“Trying to follow 1950s cleaning advise and mixing cleaning supplies
putting coins and rocks on railroad tracks
fishing with dynamite while swimming in the water
eating random mushrooms you find in your yard
getting out of the vehicle to pet the hippos while on a safari
swimming with red piranha during the dry season
jumping into a river to save an “injured” kangaroo
picking up and taking a selfie with a blue ringed octopus on your hand
sticking your genitalia in a giant sea clam
forgetting what a mountain lions mating call sounds like and going towards the “crying baby” in the deep woods
playing with and handling fresh water snails
going to the isolated North Sentinel Island for with the intent to convert them to a religion
trying to play fetch with a wolverine
trying to pet a moose you found in the woods
trying to clean your toaster and take a bath at the same time.”
10. There you go.
“The Dunning Kruger effect
Dumbos think they are smart. While smarties will under guess their intelligence
To me personally, it’s the inability to justify you opinions and ideals.”
11. I’m brilliant.
“Self-procalimed high intellegence.
The smartest people I know don’t have to tell anyone they are smart, people are aware of this from the things that they say and do. The people I know who believe they are smart are thicker than treacle.
Some people have a bit of a big fish in a small pond thing going on, where their social group and work acquaintances lack intelligence and they’ve always felt like the smart one. In my experience the self belief then leads to them making fools of themselves outside of that group.”
12. Get a life.
“Fighting employees about the mask mandate that have to enforce it or they lose their job.
Fighting with retail workers in general like they have control over stuff.”
13. Zip it!
“Commenting on everything, never listening, never changing their opinion, arguing every little thing that comes out of your mouth…”
“When someone chastises you for speaking on a topic you’re knowledgeable about.
It’s typically because they feel insecure.”
“Mentioning your IQ a lot.
In the immortal words of Stephen Hawking, “People who boast about their IQ are losers.””
16. Who needs facts?
“Not changing your opinion even when the other person shows factual evidence of you being wrong and still just saying you’re right with nothing to back that up.”
“Lack of self awareness is a big one.
There’s a direct correlation with high intelligence and social anxiety/ narcissism/ depression / indecision and lack of confidence.”
18. Here we go again.
I’ve met a few of these people throughout my life, always seeming to run into the same problems over and over again, problems that are 100% avoidable but they just seem to keep walking right into them.”
19. All of this.
“Lack of imagination and empathy.
No interest in ongoing learning or reading. Inability to admit when they are wrong or listen to someone else’s point of view.
Not able to “think outside the box” / problem solving skills.”
20. You’re right.
I realize it is an atypical sign or low intelligence, but the few times I have witnessed an adult throw a tantrum in a place of business, it is because they are incapable of understanding the company policy which renders them unable to make the return, exchange their item, receive an accommodation…etc.
It is a terrible combination of low intelligence and entitlement.”
21. So dumb.
“Believing that the earth is flat.
Flat-earthers show an incredible ignorance towards factors that determine intelligence: rational argument, empirical data through scientific studies, direct observation, logical reasoning, collective research, laws of physics, plain old common sense.
Their belief stems from the desire to absorb and distribute nonsensical ideas because it challenges general opinion. Also, from my speaking with some of these deluded individuals, they have a yearning to directly contradict facts that come from “the government”.”
22. Incredibly rude.
“Playing music out loud on public transportation.
I had a friend once who would confront these people by asking if they needed to borrow headphones. But then she actually carried around a dirt cheap spare pair of headphones with her to back that up.
I really admired her dedication to the bit. The worst thing anyone could accuse her of was being aggressively nice.”
“An inability to admit when you’re wrong.
Or an inability to try to understand another person’s point of view.
Facts don’t change just because you refuse to accept them.”
24. A**hole move.
“Commenting on something obvious about a person, like a speech impediment, wheelchair use, or dwarfism.
It never occurs to these people that they have to hear about it all the time.”
What do you think is a sign of low intelligence?
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Thanks a lot, friends!