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A 16-year-old female asked:

is it possible for someone to lose their intelligence under average life circumstances ?

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
General Surgery 43 years experience
No: you never lose your intelligence, circumstances around you sometime make you feel more or less intelligent. human potential has no limit, and every one of us has the potential to be what ever we want. a lot of what sound to be intelligent could be improving with practice and repetition. so have a confidence in your ability and the sky is your limit.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can intelligence be inherited?

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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Partly: Intelligence is a combination of genetics and environment. It is the age old "nature vs nurture" controversy. Perhaps the best thing you can do for yourself is to participate in healthy, stimulating activites to broaden your mind.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Aptitude vs intelligence test?

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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
IQ is broader: An IQ test is a broad measure of knowledge is many areas, whereas aptitude is the ability in a more focused area. A standard IQ test, the weschler IQ measures the average IQ at 100 with a standard deviation of 15. This means than an IQ below 70 falls into the range of mental retardation and an IQ above 130 is in the "superior" range. An aptitude test measures things like an aptitude to build.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How does intelligence relate to being a genius?

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Dr. Steven Chen
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Highest level: A person who is a genius has a level of intelligence in the very top range. The statistical normal curve goes from the bottom to the top range of intelligence. A person who is considered a genius will fall into the very top range of the normal curve.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Does tobacco smoking actually enhance the intelligence?

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Dr. Michael Sinclair
Family Medicine 38 years experience
It doesn't: Some people think that pipe smokers are smart. They might be, but it has nothing to do with tobacco. Smoking tobacco does not make you smart. It kills you with cancer and heart disease. It is true that it can help you lose weight, but the risk is not worth it. Diet and exercise are a much better choice to make you smarter.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: intelligence?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: Intelligence has been defined in many different ways including, but not limited to, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, reasoning, learning, having emotional knowledge, retaining, planning, and problem solving. Intelligence is most widely studied in humans, but has also been observed in animals and in plants.

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