Intelligence has many ingredients

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Intelligence has many ingredients, including self-control, creativity, communication skills, and a desire to explore.

Many of these ingredients are not factored into traditional measures of intelligence, such as IQ. "IQ is strongly related, probably more than any other single measurable, human trait, to many important educational, occupational, economic, and social outcomes" [1]. But it is not the end-all-be-all measure of intelligence.

A person's IQ can change over their own lifetime and IQ has been shown to be correlated with socio-economic status. IQ has also been steadily rising over generations. These data points suggest that IQ is not permanent or something inherent to a person, but rather is highly malleable and affected by the environment [1].


  1. Medina, John. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five. Seattle: Pear Press, 2014.