Hi Grace Marguerite Williams! How's it going?
Has it been established that wealthy people are FAR MORE INTELLIGENT than poor, even middle class people?
Second, assuming it is even desirable to try to measure intelligence, we'd have to establish some base lines. There are some things we need to sort out.
1. What is intelligence? For the sake of argument, let's say it is the capacity to acquire and use information.
2. Are we equating wealth with intelligence? If we are, are we assuming that all people use whatever intelligence they have to trying to gain the most wealth they can? Does this mean that between the school janitor and the CEO of a bank, the latter automatically wins the intelligence contest?
3. If we are assuming that, it is only fair that we make some attempt to identify the body of knowledge, that said bank CEO, proved better able to access. That is to say: What does the bank CEO know that the janitor does not know? Or, what level of knowledge-conversion was the CEO able to execute that the janitor was not able to execute?
4. We need to remember that "intelligence" is not defined as knowledge. It is defined as the faculty of acquiring AND using knowledge. It does not matter if the bank CEO knows 12 languages, can recite every word of Shakespeare, is conversant with quantum theory. That is proof of information storage capacity, not intelligence, per se. The janitor may have an equal plasticity of mind in learning about the things that interest him. We don't know.
5. No one really knows what "intelligence" is, despite the pretensions of some to be able to measure it with IQ tests and the like.
6. If wealth is an indicator of "intelligence," what do we say about the person who was born wealthy? That she had the "intelligence" to be born into the RIGHT family? This requires a belief in reincarnation, which begs the question: How do we measure the intelligence of disembodied souls?
7. One could simply say that human beings, as a species, have intelligence and other animals on this planet do not. That is because we, as human beings, have developed culture and knowledge and experience can be passed along through various means. Other animals are more or less, born knowing how to survive in a specific environment.
8. Also, if we really wanted to engage in the exercise of determining "intelligence" levels, then we would have to have some means of measuring across disciplines: More intelligent: Dostoevsky or Einstein?