Is your intelligence level written in your genes?

Yes, according to a study we don’t need because anyone with half a brain already knows that intelligence is innate and does not depend on environment or nurture or education or anything else one can learn by training or experience. Judgment, on the other hand, is greatly affected by one’s upbringing, life experience and personality type. [“Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment”, Will Rogers. Thanks to reader, Coyyote] Anyone who’s lived very long has encountered highly educated idiots and shrewd people who never went to college. Of course, it takes a certain level of one’s own intelligence to recognize intelligence in others, but you don’t have to be a genius.

While in college I once drove a taxi cab over the summer. That was before taxi drivers were required to be Somalian. I spent a week riding with a trainer. He was Black, lived in the inner city, had little education, and a gold front tooth. He was a beautiful man and I believe he may have been one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. He didn’t just teach me how to drive a taxi cab, he taught me how to stay safe at the same time. He showed me how to read other people, their body language and a host of other “tells” that would let me know if I should be wary and perhaps get the hell out of there fast. We hit it off that week and remained friends though out that summer. He was interesting in every way. I loved him for being a superb human being. Of course, I have no idea what his I.Q. was, only that it probably was about 20 points higher than mine.

He educated me in more than street smarts. He had deep insight into how to live a good life and how to deal with adversity. I’m pretty sure he was born intelligent and used his intelligence to develop the good judgment that he had by the time I knew him.  Our relationship was totally color blind, as manly relationships between intelligent men always are.

  • Jack

    “Good judgement comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgement”, Will Rogers. One of my favorites from the cowboy sage.