Tangents are fun! (I just don't want to study)
Hmm, the thing about studying makes a lot of sense, but I feel that if you're studying for 10 hours straight and still cant understand the topic, you would realize that you're going about it the wrong way. For me if I do a set of 10 problems, and I get more than 2 wrong, I'll go over the core concepts for those problems, AND go over my mistakes in depth, before I even start again.
Sure. And you're also on TLS. And relatively active here, judging by your post count. You don't fall into the category of student that: a) goes into the LSAT blind; b) goes into the LSAT having taken a prep course from a poor company, thinking you'll be fine.
The majority of students do (a) or (b). So you're guilty of representing the whole (students studying for LSATs) with a part (you).
I don't think it's necessarily a lack of intelligence that leads people to do (a) or (b). It's a number of issues: lack of exposure to intelligent study techniques; lack of ambition or drive or understanding what ambition/drive really are; liking the idea of going to law school and being a lawyer and glorifying that life more than actually wanting it (and thus putting in the time to study, because that becomes their purpose, without it being what they really want -- someone that I was studying with, up until a few days ago, was incredibly frustrating for me to study with because law school was their purpose; they studied constantly, yet they put no thought into their study strategy and relied on me to lay it all out for them. Another friend of ours explained to me that this person didn't really want to go to law school. And, sure enough, a few days ago the studying friend had an epiphany and out went the law school plan).
Could be any number of things that lead people down to poor study technique. All to say, I think a 170 is attainable for anyone, with the caveat that they must have exposure to the aforementioned issues on studying. (and with that, I think I should head to study and be done with my pseudo intellectual psychoanalysis!)