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Rolls for the Czar What is Intelligence Anyway In Rolls for the Czar by R Kinkead and in What is Intelligence Anyway by Isaac Asimov intelligence assumes different forms The two types of intelligence referred to are book smarts and quick wit In the first story Markov the baker demonstrates quick wit while in the second story Isaac Asimov ironically does not In Rolls for the Czar Markov the baker who we assume to be a simpleton shows remarkable quick wit by cleverly saving himself from the Czars wrath When the Czar found a fly in a roll that Markov had baked he was furious Markovs reaction was incredible He popped the insect in his mouth ate it and declared It is a raisin Sire This clever reaction of Markov appealed to the Czars sense of humor and he broke out laughing This saved Markov his life Although Markov may not have been high class and educated he possessed street smarts which is definitely a form of intelligence In our world today people tend to associate intelligence with book smarts In What is Intelligence Anyway the author displays book smarts He tells that when he took an aptitude test in the army he scored extremely well and says they made a big fuss over me While the normal score for the test was about 100 Asimov scored a grand total of 160 Todays society assumes that if you do well on such standardized tests then you must be smart In his article Asimov points out that perhaps there are different forms of intelligence He gives the example of his auto repairman who he had always assumed to be less intelligent than himself However after thinking the matter through Asimov realizes that the fact that the repairman is such a wizard at fixing cars shows great intelligence on his part When the repairman plays a clever joke on Asimov he begins to ponder the matter
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