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11 common traits of highly intelligent people

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    Smart people have a number of traits in
    common.
  
  
    For example, they're curious and funny - and they
    understand how much they don't know.
  
  
    Check out these other common characteristics of highly
    intelligent folks.
  
  
    
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  Smart people aren't just defined by their outrageously high
  scores on IQ tests.

  They tend to share a bunch of other characteristics, like
  insatiable curiosity and a good sense of humor.

  We took a look at a 
  Quora thread where users have listed some common traits of
  highly intelligent people, and checked out the science to see if
  it backs them up.

  Here are 11 qualities of super smart people:

  • Smart people have a number of traits in common.
  • For example, they're curious and funny - and they understand how much they don't know.
  • Check out these other common characteristics of highly intelligent folks.
  • Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories.

Smart people aren't just defined by their outrageously high scores on IQ tests.

They tend to share a bunch of other characteristics, like insatiable curiosity and a good sense of humor.

We took a look at a Quora thread where users have listed some common traits of highly intelligent people, and checked out the science to see if it backs them up.

Here are 11 qualities of super smart people:

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