How I determine intelligence: 2013

In 2010, I created a set of criteria that I use to unfairly judge the intelligence of others. Three years later, I decided to re-examine and revise the list. Surprisingly few changes were made.

Three items were tweaked for clarity.

Three items were added to the list.

Nothing was removed.    


  • 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
  • The amount of reading that a person does on a weekly basis 
  • A person’s willingness to act self-deprecating
  • The number of Supreme Court justices that a person can name
  • The total number of tabloid magazines that a person reads in a week
  • A person’s acceptance of the theory of evolution
  • The ratio between a person’s degree of religious belief and the number of times that he or she has actually read the Bible, Torah, Koran, etc. 
  • The answer to this question: Which super power would you choose? Flight or invisibility?
  • The way in which a person spends his or her time in a waiting room
  • A person’s acceptance 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 voice, repeating an already-stated point or interrupting
  • New York Jets fan or not