One of the interesting things (among many) that my psychology course has brought forth is the fact that intelligence doesn't predominantly come from your educational environment, rather, it comes from genetics and family environment. Now, this got me thinking quite a bit, because that would ultimately invalidate the prestige of institutions of Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, UofT (had to put that in there), and other schools known for their academic rigour.
While I do agree that genetics does contribute the most – the stereotype of being smart if both of your parents are doctors (although I am not a big fan of that stereotype) – I do believe that there are some environmental factors that heavily weigh in. The environment in which you are raised in, your family, arguable plays an overshadowing role. Although intelligence, in the sense of which I am describing it, may not be clarified by the natural ability to recall and remember things, I do believe that embedding these core foundations of work ethic, perseverance, and resilience is critical in shaping the mind to learn, and thus obtain intelligence.
With the growing age of technology and the easy access of information nowadays, the question now becomes: how does one apply the use of their intelligence to solve the world's biggest problems. Curious to hear your take on this!