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  1. Couldn’t agree more. It always blows my mind when people refrain from asking someone questions just because they aren’t an “expert” in the questioned area.

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  2. I’m not sure your thesis follows. Your friend seems to be an experienced developer, and as such has specific skills and knowledge related to software development. He may not know that particular library or language, but he does know similar languages and libraries.

    Or to put it another way, he’s intelligent, AND he has domain-specific knowledge that relates to the problem at hand.

    I have a very intelligent friend who’s a neurosurgeon and knows nothing of software development. If he had been in that chair instead of your friend, I suspect you might still be working on your problem.

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  3. “Intelligence is the ability to apply knowledge.” Great quote and read Anthony . Thanks!

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  4. So, if you wouldn’t mind a related, but not directly, question: What is the difference between Wisdom and Intelligence?

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  5. Wisdom is the ability to understand how situations fall within your domain of intelligence and knowledge. When something falls outside the domain, using this situation as an example, Anthony has knowledge of PHP and as a talented developer has the intelligence to apply his knowledge, but it was wisdom that gave him the idea to reach out to an external source for help when he got stuck.

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  6. Great explanation for the differences between knowledge vs intelligence vs wisdom, Jose!

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  7. I don’t know what to say. This is definitely one of the better blogs I’ve read. You’re so insightful, have so much real stuff to bring to the table.

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  8. i think knowledge is everything

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  9. Without intelligence knowledge is weak, i think

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  10. Interesting subject and great comments. I see intelligence as a means to acquire data, transform the data into information and store it in a knowledge repository. Data from what we see, hear, feel, smell,and touch. A theory or framework is applied to the primary data. The theory or framework/model sits in our knowledge repository. We thereafter use a theory or framework/model (intelligence process) to secondary data that can know be classified as information. Knowledge is historic data and information and is useful (I recall a great quote “remember the past or you are destined to repeat it”),many organisation create a community of practice group to review knowledge management in organisations (generally they are retired professionals). Technology will change however theories and models evolve slowly. Should organisations spend more time on intelligence capabilities or improve their knowledge management processes to get a competitive advantage? Predictive analysis can be articulated as using historic data to predict the future, examples earthquakes,  recession, droughts etc. General the outcomes are seldom very accurate. Is that a flaw in the intelligence or a flaw in the knowledge that was used to model the process?

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  11. Thank you so much for this detailed and extremely helpful article.

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  12. And the takeaway: “Knowledge is the collection of skills…Intelligence is the ability to apply knowledge.” I would like to add that developing a skill takes years and thousands of hours of dedicated work. So without this background, intelligence might fade in front of knowledge.

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