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Look, this girl finds science interesting and probably enjoyed her research quite a lot. That does not mean her scientific curiosity encompasses her. Maybe she likes video games. Maybe she likes fashion (unlikely given how unkempt she is). Maybe she has a strong affinity towards God. Intelligence speaks to a person's ability to learn and process information. It does not speak to how well someone relates to others or what their hobbies are.
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Don't want to be a jerk, smart kids are wonderful and all, but when was the last time a "world problem" was solved by some smart person through the sheer power of their intellect? I think people misunderstand the nature of the world's problems. And the role intelligent people play in society.
I mean, to take an example one of the few "geniuses" most people would know (there have been some amazing geniuses in human history and most of them nobody has ever heard of unless they took a course in the history of science or something) would be Einstein. He made some huge contributions to Physics, but what did he ever do that had a serious impact on "world problems"? There were certainly plenty of them around in his time! He helped create the atomic bomb... does that actually count as contributing to "world problems"? He did feel terrible about it though...
Meanwhile the big movers and shakers of the world are and always have been frankly pretty dim. If anything high intelligence tends to isolate you and makes it difficult for you to get into a position of great influence.
P.S. Just responding to the concept behind the thread title, nothing against the kid herself. Also, playing video games is awesome :P
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I was just getting interested in IT at age 14. She's done something impressive but evidently she has a natural talent for that area. Not only that, but she clearly finds research extremely easy to get a grip on and so she's set to only increase her intelligence as she progresses through life. I have a natural gift with technology, but my learning rate is much more relaxed. If i ever create anything truly amazing, i'll be in my 40's, 50's, or maybe even 60's. Right now, i'm happy with the rate i'm going (i'm 23), but i'm impressed by what she's apparently capable of and wish her the best of luck. I only hope that the corporations keep their greedy hands off of it and try to turn it into something they can sell for the sake or profit rather than for the sake of humanity.
I very much agree with your point, but i think we all need to consider that at 14 years old, you have little to no sense of "financial control or reliance" regardless of your intelligence or what feats you've accomplished. As she grows, this may change. She could seek it out on her own, or be corrupted by the system. We don't know what the future holds, other than the fact that she has a very bright one.
The sentiment that "Smart people don't make friends because of <factor>" is a silly one because when she does get to college, she'll make friends with people of similar intelligence to her. It's also a silly ideal to assume that smart people aren't popular. Intelligence doesn't generally dictate popularity except on the very lowest end. Even then, it's not outright "denied". People will hang around with others that they can relate to or appreciate, and this doesn't change just because one is smarter than the other.
Last edited by Chronalis; 2012-11-28 at 01:37 AM.
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She's talking about pretty basic stuff here.
Not that amazing as everyone seems to think.
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Also, I at 14 was dating my now husband who was 19. We liked pretty much that same things. So did his friends. I hung out with them when I was at his house.
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Well good for her, hopefully she gets whatever it is she's looking for out of life.
I really don't get the point of your title. I can't see why anyone should feel bad about themselves because of what some 14 year old does. You can always find someone smarter and more successful than yourself or anyone else for that matter.
Why can't we just say "Good on ya kid" and move on. We don't really have to tear everything down to bits.
Also, pretty bad inferiority complex you suffer from OP.
What is with all of the depressing shit in this thread. Just because someone is smart doesn't mean they are like Sheldon Cooper. Everyone is good at different things, I didn't understand anything she said but that doesn't mean I'm stupid, I've just never studied chemistry....
That's pretty insane. With the proposed solutions she's given, doesn't this deserve global fame, a nobel prize, something? Solving this issue is at least as important as curing cancer.