Alex Was A Boy Genius

On the February 17, 2017 episode of The Alex Jones Show, Alex let the audience in on some juicy tidbits of info about his childhood, namely that he was basically a super-genius:

Certainly, this tale suffers from being a first hand account, provided by an unreliable narrator, but on some of the most basic facts, he probably isn't entirely lying.

The age that children become literate varies quite a bit, but a generally accepted guideline in Western culture seems to be that, by first grade, a child should be beginning to be able to read, or they risk being left behind by the coming curriculum. Generally speaking, first graders are about six years old, so the idea that Alex began reading at six is not something that is too unbelievable.

He insists he's "not bragging," but does go on to say that he was reading hundreds of books about history at that young age, and was doing "University level studies" by the time he was 14.

It is quite possible that in early high school, he was a gifted student, and was advanced for his age, and was indeed reading college level texts. It is also possible that he was reading books on the history of WWII at the age of six. What is less possible is that he was able to understand them at that age.

Psychologists generally agree that the ability to think abstractly (the ability to understand metaphor and symbolism, and to use critical thinking skills) does not typically develop in youths until the age of 11, and that's the low end of their estimate of 11-16.

Using this as a guideline, it is not too hard to believe that Alex Jones technically learned to read complicated material early in life, but he wouldn't likely have been able to actually comprehend what he was reading. The fact that he still appears to have some difficulty with reading comprehension (and constantly builds arguments based on headlines as opposed to what actual articles say) leads us to believe that he may never really have made the leap to critical thinking and abstraction.

While most psychologists do concede that abstract thought does present in some particularly gifted children earlier than age 11, we once again posit that the fact that Alex appears to be operating very concretely in his cognition at the age of 43 is a strong indication that he wasn't one of these particularly gifted children in question.