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I read an article that said intelligent people aren't usually interested in money. Makes sense. They enjoy what they do than how much money they get; What still puzzles me is why the greatest writers,inventors,businesspeople, pioneers aren't comprised of people with genius IQs.
One might say this is an example of confirmation bias, that there were no tests to judge intelligence in the Renaissance and Middle Ages. ok, lets focus on those born during and after the mid 20th century.
Marylin Vos Savant is said to have the highest IQ....but what has she done really. Another person born around the same time was Bill Gates, his IQ probably isn't genius but look where he is now. Mark Zuckerburg is no Einstein, but he created a digital and social revolution, JK Rowling, again probably isn't the biggest genius, but she's written the most successful books in the 21st century.
So what do you think about this?edit on 1-3-2014 by depleteduranium92 because: No reason
You're assuming IQ tests accurately reflect intelligence, which I very much doubt.
Innovation measured on a fixed scale? Creativity being statistically quantified? Doesn't that miss the whole point?
you should be asking were did these ideas go?
People with High IQ's never seem to do/create anything 'remarkable'?
So what do you think about this?
I know one person in my life like this. He was very hard to get to know, works in a automotive store. Doesn't want to spend his time chasing the all mighty dollar. Says it's more enjoyable to work in a mindless job so he can think about what he truly cares about all day long while still making enough to live off of. He's constantly thinking, it consumes him.
Talking with him is difficult. He will bring up a subject, and before you can give your opinion or response, he has moved on to something else. He already knows what your response will be, and there is no small talk with him. I actually don't consider it a conversation, I believe he is thinking out loud and I happen to be standing there.
In this case, he just wants/needs the time to think. It's almost as though he lives in a different world. He has learned how to interact with people to a certain degree, but doesn't want or need to be involved with us. It is a learned behavior in order to function in this world enough to get by. I honestly don't think he would even try to interact with us if he didn't have to.
I consider him a friend and I believe he considers me one. Or at least someone who he enjoys analyzing. If you can slow him down enough, he is a great person. But not the type of person you would expect to have such a high I.Q.
I truly believe he could invent or contribute to many, many things in this world. But this world doesn't interest him. His only interest is what is in his own head.
Hopefully this answers at least some of your questions. This is only one experience, only one person. I'm sure there are many more different scenarios out there, different reasons why. But my experience is that they just live in their own world, too involved with their own thoughts to care what is happening out here.
The more intelligent you are the more you see the side effects of what you create. I tried to think of something I could create and after evaluating things, I found that the technology can be abused easily and will accomplish the opposite of the intention within a short time. I understand why those with super IQs don't want to get in the middle of this and be known in history as the creators of something bad. People will twist what you invent to fit their desires. The stuff I was thinking about but abandoned could be altered and made into weapons against others. It is better off in the hands of the secret military installations and top physics agencies, where much of it has already been utilized. Many of these things cannot be put into the general public.
It's discouraging being able to see all the side effects of technology before they happen. It's not fun at all being to evaluate the end results of something correctly as it is unfolding. It makes watching movies kind of boring when you can know what is going to happen in the end from watching twenty minutes of the show.
Risk assessment is what it is all about.
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Oppenheimer saw what he created turn into a nightmare, causing fear in people in many countries and draining the money from the common working man. Seems that those who like power did not see eye to eye with him later on.
reply to post by depleteduranium92
I feel there is a definite difference between "I.Q." and creativity. Some of the most creative people are nuttier than fruitcakes.
(Hollywood is a case in point).
I've always felt a high I.Q. can be a liability as much as an asset. I spent about 6 months working in a drug rehab and a surprising number of very intelligent people took drugs to shut their "minds" up-down?-.
Certainly, base impulses can be indulged/justified much easier by the "I.Q." (machine?) than the average or better balanced people out there.
"This is wrong...don't do it" as opposed to "these are 'reasons" why this is not necessarily wrong and why it might be "O.K." to do.
Gee, a pretty good description of the pycho-babble crowd, isn't it......