In the UK, a poll has found that the ‘silly’ is now the ‘smartest’.
According to research by online survey company Ipsos MORI, Britons now think ‘smart’ people are the ‘most intelligent’.
But they aren’t, according to experts.
Instead, the survey found that people who are ‘sick of people doing the wrong thing’ were the most likely to consider ‘smart people’.
This, experts believe, may explain why so many people are so fascinated by the ‘intelligent’ and ‘smart’.
It may be that smart people are simply being silly.
“I think it’s a silly term because it suggests that it’s something to be achieved in the lab or in the classroom,” says Paul Hirst, a lecturer in human and social psychology at Queen Mary University of London.
Hirst has spent his career studying how people behave in a world where people have so much to do. “
People who are so busy, so busy doing things they don’t have time to think about what they are doing, I think is what they call a smart person.”
Hirst has spent his career studying how people behave in a world where people have so much to do.
He is particularly interested in the ways we learn and how that can affect our relationships with others.
“What I think it shows is that, when you spend time thinking about what you are doing it is easy to get distracted by what is going on around you,” he says.
“When people are engaged in thinking about the world around them, they can become distracted by the things around them.”
Hrist says there is a “sensibility” to this behaviour.
“If you look at how we get distracted, there is actually a sense of urgency to it,” he explains.
It’s a sentiment that has been shown to help people cope with stress and anxiety. “
So we feel we need to do something to keep ourselves occupied and keep ourselves engaged.”
It’s a sentiment that has been shown to help people cope with stress and anxiety.
So, while it may be silly to think smart people can take on the world, there are some signs that they are.
“The sense of importance, or the sense of significance that is attached to this word, is an important psychological construct, it’s an important aspect of what people are doing,” Hirst says.
It is this aspect of smart that may explain people’s interest in the term.
“They don’t necessarily think ‘I’m smart, I’m smart.’
That’s just not how people think about it,” says Hirst.
“Maybe it’s because it’s associated with the idea that it will help them be more effective and productive, or it’s probably just because they think ‘It’s nice to be smart’.” So, is the word smart really a useful one?
According to experts, there’s a lot that goes into choosing a good name for a person.
“A good name can be an important factor in getting people to want to use it,” Hrist suggests.
“It’s a matter of choosing an appropriate name that is meaningful and recognisable.”
It may sound like a small thing, but Hirst agrees that the word is important.
“That’s the key word, the meaning of the word,” he adds.
“There are a lot more people than think they’re smart, but you can only get that through using the right term.”
This article originally appeared on The Conversation.