What does it mean to be smart? If you ask some people, it means being wise in the ways of the world, no matter your level of education. If you ask others, they will tell you it's all about your SAT scores and nothing else matters. To some, only those who attended Ivy League schools and earned at least a master's can claim intelligence.
Whatever the true definition of "smart," most would agree that whether someone is actually intelligent is actually far more subjective than most of us would like. But the people at Business Insider have other ideas. They have compiled a list of 20 qualities that smarter-than-average people possess from a series of studies and present it as proof positive that those who see themselves are smarter than average!
So what are those 20 qualities? Here they are ... and please remember, I didn't write these. Don't shoot the messenger! The 20 qualities that make you smart:
"Intelligent people don't always do the right thing," they write, "only the evolutionarily novel thing."
"The adoption of some evolutionarily novel ideas makes some sense in terms of moving the species forward," CNN quotes George Washington University leadership professor James Bailey, who was not involved in the study. "It also makes perfect sense that more intelligent people -- people with, sort of, more intellectual firepower -- are likely to be the ones to do that."
The New York Times writes, "The new findings, from a landmark study published [June 2007], showed that eldest children had a slight but significant edge in I.Q. -- an average of three points over the closest sibling."
"Adolescents with IQ scores ranging from 70 to 110 had the lowest probability of virginity, according to two researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The average IQ score is 90 to 110."
In two studies of breast-fed infants involving more than 3,000 children in Britain and New Zealand, breastfeeding was found to raise intelligence an average of nearly 7 IQ points if the children had a particular version of a gene called FADS2.
"There is growing evidence that musicians have structurally and functionally different brains compared with non-musicians.
"Sleep researchers tend to divide people into two groups, explains zoologist Robert Alison in the Winnipeg Free Press, based on whether they exhibit 'morningness' or 'eveningness.' A recent study claims that eveningness is an evolutionary advancement that marks out 'more intelligent individuals,' while those with lower IQs tend to restrict their activities primarily to daytime."
Fox News reports, "Light-eyed individuals and even light-eyed animals perform better at behaviors requiring delay, self-pacing, or non-reactors, while dark-eyed individuals and animals perform better at behaviors requiring speed, sensitivity or reactivity, according to a paper authored by University of Louisville professor emeritus Joanne Rowe."
It's not that overweight people are born with lower IQs. Rather, obesity seems to have a negative effect overtime.
What do you think? Do you see yourself on this? Do you feel smarter or dumber?
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