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[Last Name] 1 Sarah Bailey Professor Rigby ENG 105 N3 03/04/2018 A Good Environment for Your Intelligence Intelligence has been studied for a very long time, and it has been at the center of how we view ourselves. When we describe ourselves, we typically (at least I do) include the word intelligent or smart as one of our characteristics. One often hears the words "book smarts" or "street smarts" yet where did these terms come from? We tend to think of and often stereotype "book smarts" as people who are nerdy, very educated, etc... With "street smarts" we tend to think of someone who got their education on the streets. Have you heard of nature vs. nurture? Most likely that is a yes. Really all that means is genetics () versus the environment. Although the types of "smarts" seem different, it is really the same intelligence just shaped differently. It was long believed that intelligence was due to only genetics and nothing to do with the environment around a person. My boyfriend Frankie and I are both very intelligent, however, it shows differently for each of us because of the environment we had growing up. I am considered book smart and Frankie is considered to have street smarts. Intelligence is far too complex to be considered something only shaped by our genetics, it has more to do with the environment we come from than we would think. The story "What is Intelligence, Anyway? By Isaac Asimov is about what intelligence is and what it is not. As a private in the army, his high scores on an intelligence test had no impact on his service. Although he was highly intelligent, he "was still a buck private with KP as my highest duty" (122). I am pretty educated and on an intelligence tests I have scored above
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[Last Name] 2 average. However, I do not know everything, there are many things that others do better than I but would not score better on an intelligence test. I am more like the author, who is very smart
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