tensorwhat wrote:As a population, I'm saying that you need to step away from the 'physicists are more intelligent than everyone who doesn't do physics' mentality for a second, and suppose that intelligence is not a singular quality based solely on problem solving ability, IQ test methods etc. - but that it might be something more general, perhaps there are different types of intelligence which yield the broad spectrum of people in a population and what they are good at.
On the contrary, I am sure that there are plenty of fields where the population is roughly equivalent in intelligence to physicists - in the other sciences, doctors, lawyers, etc.
If you want to define intelligence as "you're good at what you do", then say "skill". Intelligence *is* a specific thing, whereas "skill" is general.
tensorwhat wrote:Every child is a snowflake mentality is just a product of this singular intelligence idea that you are or aren't gifted with
Actually, the snowflake mentality is the "You can be whatever you want to be when you grow up, little Timmy" mentality. Or at least that's what I was trying to say. If Timmy doesn't have an athletic predisposition (like myself) he can't be a professional athlete. If he isn't smart enough he can't be a physicist. etc.