‘Peril!’ Champion Amy Schneider explains how she got ‘so smart’

With her Peril! After a winning streak now with a phenomenal 14-game count, Amy Schneider answered a question she has been asked multiple times since making her debut in the series: “How are you so smart? “

The California-based chief engineering officer has become a star of the show since arriving in November, becoming the first transgender woman to qualify for the Champions tournament and break a number of other records.

And in an essay for Defector, titled “How I Got Smart,” the engineering director sought to answer the often-asked question about how she got so smart, sharing a number of factors that led to its ability to retain obscure extracts. of information.

“One is to attribute my intelligence to factors beyond my control,” Schneider wrote. “With this approach, I will generally observe that I was born with a brain that for some reason retains knowledge well.

“I don’t have a ‘photographic’ memory or anything like that; God knows I’ve spent enough time looking for my apartment for my phone to disprove that idea.

“But while many people, upon learning that, say, ‘oviparous’ is an adjective meaning ‘laying eggs’, will almost immediately forget it, I will probably remember it, and without much effort.”

Schneider also spoke of the “privilege” of portraying herself as a man until she reaches adulthood, grows up comfortable and is white, factors which she says have fueled her thirst for knowledge. to flourish.

“Unlike most people in history, I was not born into extreme poverty, and my parents believed in the value of knowledge as its own reward,” she said. “Also, I’m white and until adulthood I was seen as a man. If that hadn’t been the case, my intelligence would have been seen at best startling and threatening at worst. would undoubtedly have had an impact on my intellectual development.

“But it was, and I was never discouraged from acquiring knowledge. (Well, hardly ever; I was strongly advised against acquiring any knowledge whatsoever about human sexuality, with … . mixed results.) “

“Peril!” Champion Amy Schenider wrote an essay titled “Hot I Got Smart,” in response to a question she says has been asked more since she appeared on the show.
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Schneider admitted in the essay that his initial reaction to being seen as “intelligent” would be to challenge the notion, explaining that there are “many types of intelligence”.

She wrote: “After all, being able to do things like name all the monarchs in the House of Stuart is a pretty narrow definition of ‘intelligent’, don’t you think? There are many types of intelligence, and the one I have is far from the most useful. “

Ultimately, the University of Dayton graduate shared, he sees every fact otherwise “naked” or seemingly uninteresting as part of a larger tapestry of information that can help push the breadth of his knowledge. in another area.

“[Any] of these threads will in turn lead to an ever-increasing number of additional threads, and following these threads is a richly enriching experience, and one that will not only make you better at Peril!, but live better in society, ”said the Ohio native.

She continued, “To understand what’s going on around you, why, and what might happen next, and how you might prepare for it. show hosts will promote anti-intellectualism in their shows, as well as bull prep kits *** and reverse mortgage scams.

“If your knowledge is limited, then you are an easy target for people who wish you harm. Knowledge is a shield and a sword, a joy and a duty, and though you may never remember things. as easily as me, or win a bunch of games on Peril!, if you have the desire, not only to know but to understand, then you will become more and more powerful every day, and no one can stop you. “

In the Monday night episode of Peril! Schneider was seen returning to the show, after a two week hiatus for the Teachers tournament.

She earned her 14th consecutive victory, placing her seventh on the list of all-time champions in the Peril! Hall of Fame nominee, and increased her cash prize to $ 571,200, making her the fourth-biggest regular-season winner.

Ken Jennings and Amy Schneider
Amy Schneider poses with “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings, who currently hosts the show. Both studied computer science at university.
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