QUOTE (Aware @ May 9 2010, 02:46 AM)
Every concept depends on how you define it. How do you define "intelligence"? I think of intelligence as the ability to process information, reasoning, etc. Kensofine can you elaborate on precisely what you mean by self-aware in this context?
I mean if you wanna talk about text book intelligence and the ability to grasp complex concepts, I'd say Tyson is intelligent as well. He has a pretty strong grasp on history and global philosophy. Even in his crazyass quotes, he's using pretty sophisticated vocabulary and syntax. I've never considered him "stupid" in the textbook sense.
For me, being self-aware and honest translates to emotional intelligence which is just as important as cerebral intelligence. It's pretty known that you can't learned everything through books and to me, Tyson has learned from his experience.
Mike is smart, he just hasn't made smart decisions, which are completely different. His rocky upbringing, the magnitude of his super stardom at such a young age, the leeches that surrounded him, all of that combined to a disastrous career. It's actually quite impressive Mike is able to dissect his life so accurately, and like the OP said, honestly. So yeah, maybe you won't call it "intelligent", but he's definitely not stupid.