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Is it better to overestimate or underestimate the intelligence of a stranger?
tynamite's avatar No. That would be an ill judgement.
The only way we can judge people's intelligence, is to compare them to the past people who fit into their category of behaviour.

For example, if we were conversing with a person who doesn't know what you know, or gets something wrong; by judging them as unintelligent or stupid, we would be categorising them with the same people who were like they were.
Or if there was some blonde who was talking to you, and you thought they were unintelligent (stupid), because your past had you believing that all blondes were dumb, that would be casting someone off into a past category as well.

The thing with judging people on intelligence early on, tarnishing everyone (or every X) with the same brush, is that we would be making an ill judgement. We would be judging people based on similar people who we've met in the past. It's a hostile way to go about your day and treat people.

The worst part about judging people's intelligence early on, is that how you judge them, will come across in the manner you behave around that person, without you realising it. If you think someone is stupid, you're going to be talking to them in a different way, without you realising it. If you think someone is worse than you, you will treat them differently for being worse than you. That's why it's an ill judgement.

Why not give someone that chance? Why not give someone the chance to let you know whether they are stupid or not, before judging them for it beforehand? Let people talk to you and express themselves, as you would let anyone else, who you don't know.

You can't estimate people's intelligence. You can only have a feint idea. Some people are outspoken, and some people are understated. Some intelligent people act childish, and some stupid people act mature. At least give people the chance to let you know whether they are stupid or not first. You could be encountering the act stupid and think clever types. How would you know?
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Richer people have better health.

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