Philosophy

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Philosophy


The division between knowledge, wisdom, and opinion

In modern society exists a constant struggle between individuals to develop the keenest
intellect. Humans compete on a daily basis for the intellectual power over other humans.
In conversations, arguments, tests, academic achievements, recreational quizzes & games,
and in the execution of daily tasks, displaying one's own intellect is vital. But how well
do such events measure an individual's intellect? What defines intellect in the first
place?

Intellect can be divided into three forms: knowledge, wisdom, and opinion. Though combined
they produce a measure of intellect on the whole; scrutinizing each form individually
reveals important variations. Knowledge is obtainable information, stored and utilized by
the logical focus of the mind. Knowledge is measured in volume, not necessarily value.
Take the popular game show Jeopardy: a man manages to out-do his opponents by successfully
accessing a larger volume of information. What the contestant is doing is simply recalling
information that he acquired through the course of his studies. He need not use any type
of psychological or philosophical insight; merely he needs to be able to maintain a strong
memory. Still, we marvel at the man's intellect, viewing him as a highly intelligent
person, simply because he can remember things. Knowledge, therefore, can be acquired by
anyone who wishes to work to contain volumes of information.
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