Determiners of intelligence

I judge intelligence (rather unfairly) by the following criteria:

  • The number of Supreme Court justices that a person can name
  • The amount of time a person spends watching television
  • Smoker or non-smoker
  • The scope of a person’s musical interests
  • A person’s overall ratio of speaking to listening
  • A person’s willingness to act self-deprecating
  • The total number of tabloid magazines that a person reads in a week
  • A person’s acceptance of evolution as Darwin initially described
  • The ratio between a person’s degree of religious belief and the number of times that he or she has actually read the Bible
  • The way in which a person spends his or her time in a waiting room
  • A person’s acknowledgement of human-induced global warming
  • The degree to which a person finds Jon Stewart and David Sedaris funny
  • A person’s ability to debate without raising his or her voice, repeating a previously-stated viewpoint or interrupting
  • New York Jets fan or not

Like I said, I’m not exactly fair in my judgment.