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Are runners fitter than the general population? yes
Are gymnasts more flexible ditto?yes

It doesn’t mean that there isn’t potential, untapped for whatever reason, among individuals in the general population. It’s going to be the same for any activity.

Intelligence is a vague concept and has many different forms. Any discussion of it seems to raise red flags.

It’s probably safer to state that classical pianists are better at playing classical music than the general population and if that correlates with other abilities so be it.

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Don’t believe classical musicians are smarter—- and Im a classical pianists. I just roll my eyes when I read this statement that we are. Balderdash!


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I'm really too busy playing to spend much time worrying about these things.

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There are certainly a few answers here that, if made by "classical musicians" go some way to proving the title statement wrong.

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What I have found during my temporary career as a teacher, is that intelligent people learn piano way faster. Piano playing is complex, be it classical or jazz or something else. So it makes sense that good pianists have an above average intelligence.
(I do not consider myself a good pianist, just an amateur pianist).

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I did have an IQ of 155. That was several 100 gallons of gin ago. Now I don't care.

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