For my claim against the Catholic Church I spent two full days being psychology analysed and for comprehension it seems I am up there with the geniuses - aw shucks, though sadly, not a mathematician. And, for what it is worth, two eminent psychiatrists, one on my behalf, and one on behalf of the Defence, gave evidence, in the witness box, under oath, that I am not a liar, or indeed a bad person, they were both agreed in fact, that I am a good egg. Very few people have such character references, but due to exceptional circumstances, I do and they are publicly available as I am sure the compilers of 'the dossier' are aware.
What is intelligence? And what is it that makes Tony far more intelligent than I? I don't claim to be intelligent btw (my sons could give a 1000 reasons why I am as daft as a brush) nor do I document my research to bore others with online. I simply never feel the need to prove and justify everything I say with links - I have been on social media long enough to know that everything will be challenged and cross-referenced by those who keep such detailed files on me. - they have archives going back to 2007, lol. It keeps them busy I suppose, even if it is a bit creepy.
Tony is like many people who 'work extremely hard', he gets off on the martyrdom of sacrificing his life for his work and he wants everyone to know about it. If it brought him pleasure, he would just get on with it, but its the praise he seeks. He is the kind of guy who is still at his desk, head down scrivening away while the rest of the office head off to the pub, and he is first back there in the morning while they are nursing their sore heads. Does it make him more intelligent? In my long career as a legal secretary, the most successful and dynamic boss I ever had, had nothing but contempt for the 'kiss arses' who stayed late every night and sacrificed their weekends. His reasoning, if they can't get their job done between 9 to 5 with a lunch break, then they are crap it.
Tony's 'intelligence', I'm afraid, is painful to watch. He reads every text as if it were Janet and John Book 1 - deconstructs it, analyses each word individually, then goes on to miss the point completely by choosing only parts that fit his already established conclusions. An intelligent reader, skim reads the volumes, picks out the salient points, then interprets the information in its simplest and most basic form with ALL the key points, not just a select few. If they can do this for others, then their skills are much appreciated, because most people don't have the time or inclination to devote several years of their lives to a solitary piece of trivia.
I always thought academics, politicians and wordsmiths were the most intelligent among us, but I've since had a rethink. The cleverest I believe, are those who can sum up situations with the fewest words, those who are several steps ahead of the rest of us, the comedians who can say in one line, what everyone is thinking but dare not say out loud, they top the poll in my opinion, and are by far my favourites.
The politicians have gone way down my own list of intelligent people (bar Clinton) - because their lines are written by others and they can't handle the truth. Truth is of course essential if one line is to hit to the spot. Academics remain on their pedestal for reasons that would take several pages and another day to go into. But for genius, and intelligence then I would look towards the Art world, towards the creatives who are able to able to interpret and transcribe public feeling, in one painting, one song, one drama, one film, one book or even one line. They are the carriers of history, culture and time.
Tony is trapped in a blinkered world by his own ideology. He is physically and mentally unable to think outside the box - everything for him is clearly delineated and in many ways, that is very sad. I don't mean to pick on Tony personally, he is a product of his environment and the thought processes he was indoctrinated with as a child. He is however, for me, representative of all the stupid white men who preach racial prejudice, sexism, bigotry and hate based on shit written over 2000 years ago by other stupid white men. And in those days, the revered and intelligent ones, were those who spent 23 hours a day reading the bible, rather than ones who were out partying and sowing their seed. Even a non mathematician such as I, can see how mankind's progeny went slightly awry.