1."Being a contrarian. Disagreeing with everything is as lazy as believing everything."
2."Good memory. It can be a sign of intelligence, but not a guarantee. Lots of kids just memorize facts and get good grades, but they can't apply those facts to real life."
3."Money. 'I have it, you don’t. Therefore, you should listen to me.'"
4."Confidence and arrogance. A guy confidently yelled at me that he knew what confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance are in a disagreement. I asked him to explain them for the group, since they may not know. He almost dissolved in embarrassment because he didn't actually understand the concepts."
5."Fast talking. People often assume I'm intelligent because I speak fast."
6."I’m a Ph.D. student, and one that really irks me is using academic jargon and long-winded terminology. Just because you know a couple fancy words doesn’t mean you’re intelligent. It is usually an indication of the opposite. 'If you can’t explain it to a ten-year-old, you’re not that clever' is what I’ve told undergraduate classes before."
7."Criticism. It’s easy to dole out, so people use it to look smart."
8."The simple fact that somebody has a YouTube channel. All of a sudden, they are seen as an authority on a subject."
9."Starting a thought or article with 'according to science.' There's so much bullshit out there that isn't 'according to science' at all, but people use the phrase to seem more factual than they really are."
10."Using big words. Some people will use big words to sound intelligent, but in reality they aren't saying anything at all."
11."Education. Just because you managed to get good grades or a degree is not a reflection of your intelligence."
12."I have a friend who is knowledgeable about a lot of topics, and people have commented how smart he is because of his impressive trivia knowledge. I know him better than they do, and he is dumb as a box of rocks. He has zero critical thinking skills. I marvel at his imperviousness to logic. He believes some of the weirdest shit — even in the field of science. Fortunately, he’s not an anti-vaxxer."
13."In India, intelligence is judged by fluency in English."
15."Debate skills. Just because you're good at arguing doesn't mean you're smart."
16."Having a British accent."
17."Being good at chess."
18."Being articulate. Not all who speak eloquently are smart."
19."People in leadership positions. Sometimes someone is very good at getting things done because they're aggressive or tenacious, not because they're intelligent."