I've always been wondering, what with I.Q. tests and all, how one can better sense intelligence. Not intelligence as in how much we are measured to know, but how much of what we know is actually known in non-relation to informal testing and human comparison.
Essentially, how much of what we know makes us "smart" without comparing ourselves to peers and such, or people in other fields; think as in measuring our "smarts" as in applicability of potential or learning ability progression, brain limitations but desire, and application rather than simply "I know more". Simply, what if I could learn more but I had more trouble in the learning process itself? That would not mean I know less; it would mean I have more trouble learning or grasping something, but doesn't irrefutably prove limitations.
People define intelligence many ways:
1.A teenage girl can think a "hot" teenage boy is intelligent if he gives a goofy answer to a less goofy question, e.g., "Oh God, you are so smart! I never knew computers added by two's complement!"; this is a relation to another person;
2.A person who has never heard of science may be baffled by hearing things like, "Water turns to steam", "Things can exist for some time (virtual particles)", or even, "Your mind can fool you; you may see it but no one else around you can."; this is a relation to one who has no input or involvement.
Essentially, again, fairness can't be just in reasoning that a person from a farm with no technology is "doomed to succeed" because they are behind in socially-accepted knowledge forms.
"Smart" is a measurement in relation to another immediate factor (e.g. a person). How can we measure intelligent without that? Determine how smart I am with non-conformal I.Q.s, or socially-approved knowledge graphs? Theoretically I could be "smarter" than every other human on this planet, but I just don't have the immediate knowledge to prove this. And since "intelligence" is not 100% known, I may be smarter and just less capable; or I may be able to apply myself, but lack mental execution to succeed, leaving the question open for others to debate on whether, "I can but haven't yet", or whether, "I could, but my mind is limiting me."