Monday, August 24, 2009

The Smartest Guys in the Room

I heard something this morning in a podcast that I thought was amazing. It's something that is very common sense, I just liked the way that it was worded.

I was listening to a podcast from Northpoint Community Church and the speaker was discussing the difference between intelligence and wisdom. He put it this way:

Intelligence is the gaining and pursuing of knowledge. Wisdom is the application of said knowledge.

Brilliant. Sometimes it's difficult to explain the difference.


  1. I've always thought intelligence has more to do with one's capacity to learn and reason rather than pursuing. Or I guess it could be used as a noun to mean a manifestation of that capacity. I guess it depends on the context.

    I never saw that Enron movie. Any good?
    Have you seen District 9 yet?

  2. I've never seen that movie either, but in the podcast he used Enron as an example of what it means to be very smart, but not very wise.

    I have seen District 9 and we loved it! I love it at the end when the aliens all die...

  3. I've seen The Smartest Guys in the Room. It was very's unbelievable to me that people can be so unethical and greedy. Greed at the top leadership level perpetuated a culture which played on man's most basid instinct - self-preservation. It was interesting to see how even regular people would succumb to seriously unethical practices just to keep a job. I recommend it. there was a lot more to it than what was in the press. (Shocker)

  4. About intelligence and wisdom. I like the statement you quoted. Proverbs says they aren't unrelated. I was just reading this morning and came across this:

    "The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out."
    Prov. 18:15

    Gaining wisdom is never passive.

    "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice."
    Prov. 12:15

    The first part of Proverbs 2 says it all, I think.