Intelligence From a Scientific Perspective [Infographic]

Intelligence, from a scientific perspective, is a broad and deep comprehension of our surroundings—”catching on,” “making sense” of things, “figuring out” what to do. An important disclaimer is that intelligence tests do not measure creativity, character, personality, or other important differences among individuals, nor are they intended to. Genes for intelligence do exist—the notion that our capacity to learn is influenced by our genes has gone from “taboo” to common acceptance. Three genes are associated with academic achievement: Dat 1, Dat 2, and Dat 3. Those blessed with a particular combination of these genes were more likely to finish high school and go to college.

What about the exact roles of nature vs. nurture in intelligence? It’s true that 50 percent of variance in educational achievement can be attributed to genetics. However, those reinforced with the concept that intelligence is expandable are more likely to keep trying and succeed. Children with at least 10 “risk” gene variants are two times more likely to perform poorly in math—and performance in math is especially bad for children who live in chaotic homes.

Is there any correlation between wealth and intelligence? Bill Gates certainly has a high IQ (160), and he’s worth a lot ($41.8 billion). Carlos Slim has even more money ($77.5 billion) but has a lower IQ (135). You don’t necessarily have to be a genius to be super wealthy. Ingvar Kamprad has an IQ below 100 but worth a whopping $41.8 billion.

Check out the infographic below to learn more about intelligence—in a scientific perspective. It comes to us courtesy of


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