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Smart v Stupid

Are "smart" and "stupid" just words we throw around? We hear those two words all too often. Do they mean what we think they mean? Let's check.

smart (smärt) adj. smart·er, smart·est 1. a. Having or showing intelligence; bright.

stu·pid (sto͞o′pĭd, styo͞o′-) adj. stu·pid·er, stu·pid·est 3. Marked by a lack of intelligence or care

Intelligence, it seems, is the basis comparative. Let's look.

in·tel·li·gence (ĭn-tĕl′ə-jəns) n. 1. The ability to acquire, understand, and use knowledge

As fleshbags, we like to think of ourselves as "intelligent beings," which brings us back to the issue. If "having intelligence" makes us smart, then as humans, we're technically all smart. If we're "marked by a lack of intelligence" then all but one single fleshbag is stupid (someone has to be the most intelligent) or no one at all, as we all have some intelligence. So what do we do? Are "smart" and "stupid" valid?

Over the years here at Suite Escape we've seen a lot of examples that at the surface might be construed as smart or stupid. We've also seen examples that made us question if our research was indeed accurate. Turns out, we had to make adjustments to our understanding of defining intelligence. While "smart" and "stupid" are descriptive words, they are no more accurate than "warm." They may as well be categorized as slang and as far as we're concerned, there's no such thing as "smart" or "stupid" at all.

So what is there? Intelligence! Sure, to varying degrees, but even in that it's not simple. We've seen hundreds of people unable to solve a particular puzzle in under an hour and yet a preteen girl solved it in twenty minutes without help. Is she more intelligent than every other person that tried? It's possible, but we know there's more at work here. If you've visited us you know we design our puzzles across as many thought processes as we can, because we know people think and process information differently. And that's it, in total. We're each unique. We have different depths of understanding in any given category, and on top of that, we have abilities or skills that may or may not apply to those categories. Ask any husband and wife about a dishwasher and its operation. He can tell you how it works... and she can tell you he doesn't know how to load it. Sure, he can put soap and dishes in and start it up and that counts as doing the dishes, but if you let her do it, the job will be done more effectively overall. (Let it go guys.) So with any puzzle/problem, while someone can get the job done, there may be someone else able to do it faster, and someone else unable to solve it, but understands how it relates to something else.

Different. Appreciate that you're different and appreciate that quality in everyone else. It makes a better escape team. It makes a better you. It makes a better world.

Now, if you have not visited us and somehow found your way to this post, we want you to know something we knew before we opened (closed?) our doors: Everyone can solve puzzles! We work hard on our designs and employ tactics to make each puzzle challenging and fun. Don't think you won't be able, come and play a game and find out why it truly is a sweet escape.

Finally, let's just put those two words out of our vocabulary. There may be things that are beyond our understanding, and if we understand that, we have a whole new understanding.