People have a personal notion about their own intelligence. For example, some genius people believe they are not really smart while some less-smart people think they are the modern reincarnation of Albert Einstein. But how do we quantitatively determine intelligence? If someone has business intelligence and is a genius in Math but fails in English and arts, is he dumb or is he intelligent but only in one aspect? If that’s the case, can we still call him “intelligent” even if he only excels in that particular subject?
Now, how can you really tell if you are smart or not? Hmmm a tough question, considering that a lot of people are questioning whether the standard IQ tests can really measure intelligence.
In 2012, researchers from the University of Ontario in Canada came to this conclusion:
There is no such thing as a single measure of IQ or a measure of general intelligence. When we looked at the data, the bottom line is [that] the whole concept of IQ – or of you having a higher IQ than me – is a myth.
So, if that is a scientifically proven fact, how can you tell whether you are smart or not? This question is rather funny if you think of it. For example, if you have always excelled in everything you did, whether you take a particularly difficult course or pursue a rather different career, then you must be smart, right? But what if a person was not given a chance to pursue an education because of financial constraints; does that make him technically dumb? Again, this makes the subject all the more debatable.
However, research has shown that the following signs can prove that you are smart:
- You belong to a smart family
- You are the eldest child in the family
- You are a night owl
- You are a musician
- You use recreational drugs
Certainly debatable points, right? I just might agree with the smart family portion yet the rest are quite questionable but Business Insider Science claims these are backed by scientific data!
Watch the video for their explanation:
So, what do you think of the video? Is being smart really about all aspects of a person or could it be possible even with one aspect like business intelligence and love for music? You be the judge…