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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Looks Vs. Smarts

Recently, read an article by a very smart person about looks and intelligence. The debate was between Smart & Ugly Vs. Hot and Dumb. The author was against societal biases in judging people based on looks alone. I expected a lot of comments agreeing with the author.

Surprise, suprise. Most of the commenters wanted to be both hot and smart. But everyone emphasized the importance of being handsome/beautiful. Not even a single person said, "Hey, its okay if I am not that great looking. I am smart. That's the way I want it to be." Instead, the responses were more along the line of, "Huh...I want to be both" or "I want to be beautiful in my youth and then I want to be smart."

Articles online also seen to say that the bias towards "attractiveness" is hardwired into our systems. Almost like nature wants the best of the breed! :) But it seems totally unfair too! What about us poor beings who might not be terribly beautiful?? Are we supposed to be left behind in jobs, promotions, education and society?

No wonder there is so much emphasis on beauty these days....

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah so the "Looks" Win !!! There you go, look good or goto hell einstein.

Anonymous said...

This discussion is something crap.

Badhri said...

If only the smart ones are smart enough to care to be beautiful/handsome. :)

Priya said...

nammak kitta smartness irundha beautiful look irukko illayo, cute look create aagum ..idhu epdi:)-

Anonymous said...

Hi Subha,
How hard you wish to deny, looks has its own power. I personally felt it comparing Rajiv's regin with his follower Narashimha Rao, a very clear diference being rajiv's undeniable charm, in spite of his short comings in policts, only to be attributed to his looks and family credits. You can take case studies in all walks of life.

I am myself a poor soul trying to overcome my looks by my attitude, brain*&?! :-)

your judgemental aunt said...

Looks almost always win. And without intelligence ignorance is bliss, isn't it?

Who decides who is and who isn't smart? What is that decision based on? IQ, education, material wealth, success in life, success in the business world, etc? I have known many people in my day who are said to be dumb but lead successful careers.