May 5, 2009

Margaret Mead on the true test of intelligence

"If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one’s subject matter."

1 comment:

  1. I think 12yr olds can be too political. When I have to work out an explanation of nuclear disarmament, trade policy, microfinance or knowledge management, I prefer a precocious 5yr old if one is available. Attention spans are still an issue (about the same as a politician) but they are more likely to grasp the underlying sense of the concept.



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