Student Life: Showing signs of being unique.
If you’re spending fewer nights hitting the books
and more time smoking weed and getting laid,
then you’re probably wiser than the rest of us.
You’re certainly a rebel. You can’t knuckle
under, be part of the herd or follow directions.
On Being Different
The three things that got me kicked out of college are apparently the things people at the best colleges do all the time.
Students studying at prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge spend more on sex toys than their peers at other universities.
The correlation probably has something to do with the open-mindedness that comes with intelligence. The ability to engage in an open sex life comes with the abilities of introspection and logical thought, and those require some level of intelligence.
If we’re talking about an open sex life that comes from an emotionally healthy place, sexual mores are mostly made up anyway and intelligent people can rationalize past them,” she continued.
The 2nd part of our genius factor is drugs. Smarter people are more likely to smoke pot or do a line than the average simpleton.
This is because, according to many studies, a smarter person isn’t more likely to choose the smarter choice of not doing drugs but is instead more likely to pursue the more evolutionary novel choice, one that would inherently expand their horizons.
Smarter people don’t necessarily think smarter. They rationalize where they’re supposed to “feel.” So while a less intelligent person is less likely to pick up a heroin habit in the first place, the more intelligent will rationalize it.
A 2016 study shows that those with an IQ of 125 or higher are exponentially more likely to use drugs.
Children who are more intelligent before the age of 16 are more likely to consume psychoactive drugs at age 42 than less intelligent children.
There’s a clear association between childhood general intelligence and adult consumption of psychoactive drugs.
“Very bright” individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than “very dull” individuals (with IQs below 75).
Late nights, too, play a leading role in that of the smart person: a recently published academic paper says that for several millennia humans have been largely conditioned to work during the day and sleep at night.
Those that buck the trend may be more likely to acquire and espouse evolutionarily novel values and preferences than less intelligent individuals. Those who are more liberal and more inclined towards atheism are more likely to be intelligent, too.
Essentially, if you’re more of a forward thinker, if you’re trying something new and pushing your boundaries, you’re most likely more intelligent.
This doesn’t mean that Toronto mayor Rob Ford is some kind of lucid genius, however. It merely suggest that smarter people are more likely to have more sex, do drugs, and stay up late.
So if you’re getting laid at 3am on Sunday morning and have a full bowl packed beside the bed and you aren’t going to church the next day, you’re probably a genius.
Either that or you’re incredibly good at living your best life, as Oprah says.