Common-sense vs Intelligence

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Are Common-sense and Intelligence the same thing? Can a person with an IQ over 130 lack common-sense? The questions that determine one's IQ after all test only analytical and logical ability (both theoretical in nature). None of them cite any pratical situations. So I guess including common-sense as a part of IQ is partially incorrect.

My family has an undivided opinion that I am intelligent but lack common-sense totally.

Common-sense is the ability to think on your feet - pratical application of any knowledge you might have acquired either through experience or observation. Right? If the water flow in your faucet stops, what do you do first? Common sense dictates you check if the valve is open. And some people get out their plumbing tools :)