A sign of intelligence is the ability to hold multiple, and even contradictory, ideas (or possibilities) in your mind at the same time.
An easy example: Is light a wave or a particle?
The correct answer is: Yes, both/either.
Here's another example: Is the lad behind the bathroom door a terrorist menance to freedom that must be dealt with now, or a harmless deaf kid having minor bathroom issues?
The correct answer is: I don't know. And if you don't know, then you have to cautious. But the caution duh-obviously applies in both directions. You don't assume. You don't necessarily need to pry the door open. You don't assume. You don't necessarily need to fire tear gas. You don't assume. And you certainly don't need to taser the person (judging by the results, a massive and justifiable lawsuit, a stupid move). [LINK]
Here's another example: What if you meet someone with slurred speech? Are they drunk?
The correct answer is: Maybe, maybe not. [LINK]
Can you keep alternate possibilities in your mind?
Are you intelligent?
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