Last weekend, at a bar, afterÂ a fewÂ drinks, with both friends and people I had just met, during a conversation about religion, to which I was only half listening,Â because I was thinking about pie, whileÂ wearing my favorite blue shirt, someone I don’t know well asked me if I was religious. I answered withÂ a stock reply I had handy, which was: I have no affiliation with any established religion and I don’t believe in any deities, so no. I am not religious.
A woman in the group thenÂ asked me: “How smart are you?”
I didn’t really know how that followed from the original question, or from my response, but as I said, I was barely paying attention, so it might have been the perfect time to ask that particular follow-up question. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a stock reply for that one. So I hesitated.
I mean, what does one say to ‘How smart are you’? Smarter than the average bear? So smart that I have a college degree? I can solve the TV Guide crossword almost every time? Smart enough not to stick my face in a fire? I know what a Dirty Sanchez and a Rusty Trombone are? I’m a 5.352012 on the InternationalÂ Intelligence Scale? I’m able to dress myself with few glaring errors? I know what love is?
I mean, really, what can you say?
So for today’s Inquisition:
How smart are you? Or better yet, what, in your opinion, is the best measure of intelligence?