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    Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    You can't talk to the person. Let's say you see them from across a room. They're not speaking, just listening to a conversation.

    Another guy and I said "no". Two women I asked said "yes".
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    I wouldn't by any means suggest you can absolutely, but I bet more often than not you can get in the right ballpark.

    For example I look brilliant, and I am.


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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    If they are a mouth breather the odds shift

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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    You can gather some idea through social cues, like mannerisms and wardrobe, but the true geniuses of our time often forego most of their social identity. A photograph of a genius scientist looks awfully similar to a photograph of someone who could fit on the opposite end of the spectrum.
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    I was watching something on the Science Channel the other day and my wife walked into the room and said, "Why do all those really smart people look goofy?"

    I'm a good case in point. My I.Q. is on the plus side of 160 and you'd never know it by looking at me, or by being around me for that matter. I think in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter a whole lot besides being a nice number, so I'd rather not conduct myself in a manner to draw attention to it or set myself apart in any way. I probably take more pride in my musical ability anyway.
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou View Post
    If they are a mouth breather the odds shift
    In which direction?
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Pretty easy if you ask me

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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    You can't talk to the person. Let's say you see them from across a room. They're not speaking, just listening to a conversation.

    Another guy and I said "no". Two women I asked said "yes".
    My version of this is to guess the level of education by looking at wedding announcements. They typically have a picture and a write up telling you there job and where they went to school.

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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    I look intelligent, but I'm an idiot.

    So no.
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Quote Originally Posted by klw View Post
    My version of this is to guess the level of education by looking at wedding announcements. They typically have a picture and a write up telling you there job and where they went to school.
    Another good way is to see if they know the difference between "there" and "their."
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raisor View Post
    I look intelligent, but I'm an idiot.

    So no.
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Now that you mention it, I wouldn't have given you your 37th Nobel prize. I thought Will Smith deserved it for saving the world on the 4th of July. He completely got hosed when he saved the world against the robots too.


    Yeah, the 37th one was a little iffy.

    I mean, who wins the Nobel Prize for discovering that not only are parrallel universes real, but are easy to enter and return from?
    "But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."

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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rojo View Post
    You can't talk to the person. Let's say you see them from across a room. They're not speaking, just listening to a conversation.

    Another guy and I said "no". Two women I asked said "yes".
    How intelligent do those two women look? Um, wait, never mind?
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    I was going to say "of course not" but then I saw those Cubs fans.
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    Re: Can You Determine Intelligence from Appearance?

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    Another good way is to see if they know the difference between "there" and "their."
    Or the fact that they, their, and them are plural pronouns and shouldn't be used with a singular subject, but darn near everyone does that these days.
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