At PARC we had a slogan: “Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.” It was based on a few things from the past like how smart you had to be in Roman times to multiply two numbers together; only geniuses did it. We haven’t gotten any smarter, we’ve just changed our representation system. We think better generally by inventing better representations; that’s something that we as computer scientists recognize as one of the main things that we try to do.
Allan Kay at http://www.ecotopia.com/webpress/futures.htm
This generally accords with my observation that my stuff works not because I’m smart, but because I’m weird.