intelligence-capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude ingrasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
Most of our discussion centered around ignorance which people tend to confuse with intelligence. Personally, I have an issue with the confusion between intelligence and ignorance. I say this because we are all ignorant about some topic. Also, being well informed about many topics does not necessarily mean that said person has a higher level of intelligence.
We then began to discuss the correlation between a good college and intelligence. This argument does not take into account the topic being studied or the work ethic of the person. Basically, assumptions are irresponsible. I can not concede to the notion that a person is "smarter" because they went to Harvard. This is a dangerous over generalization.
The above is a link showing the correlation between IQ level and college majors. I find it humorous that this point gets left out often in discussions. Going to Harvard for Public Administration does not make a person more intelligent than a PITT engineering student.
The point that I am trying to make is that it is difficult to generalize our intellectual elite by any one factor.