My problem with intelligence tests is how little they seem to represent the real world.
I’ve talked about it before how there is little difference in level of expertise between a lower education based job like being a carpenter and a higher education based job like real estate or surgeon. Everything a surgeon knows about the body a carpenter knows about buildings and how to build them etc.
Now that I am studying law, what many people consider a higher education in my country, I am experiencing with my own eyes how intelligence doesn’t seem to play any role at all in real life. The only thing reliable is interest.
Even the speed of learning is something I think has nothing to with intelligence but with the way information is obtained and wether or not your brain works well in obtaining the information that way.
I think our brain has a sort of “cognitive interest”, the way it obtains information, independed of our own interest that also determines how well you learn something, Which answers the question why people still have a difficult time learning something despite having a major interest in the subject, like chess.
It also answers the question why people can be geniuses, experts or grandmasters in one area and donkey ass in another.
If your own interest aligns with your brain’s “cognitive interest” then you’ll have a much easier time dealing with the subject you’re interested in. Nothing to do with speed or intelligence.
This cognitive interest could be determined by a lot of different things like memory, working memory, sensitivity of your senses, bloodflow and even muscle memory whereby you have an easier time learning something when you physically do something.
I’ve met people who performed bad at school when learning from a book but had no problem learning the same information while doing physical activities about the subject. Sometimes they learned even faster than their peers that way.