I remember reading somewhere that intelligence is fairly well summarized as just knowing a bunch of things that are factually true. In other words, the whole “learning how to learn” idea is for the most part bogus. Thus, intelligence is mostly about context, about knowing what else has happened that’s similar, recognizing patterns, drawing correct metaphors, and knowing enough to discern the rule from the exception. In short: knowing enough relevant facts yields context, and context yields insight.

I find that argument compelling.

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