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Originally posted by Gemwolf
Hmmm... Really interesting thread. As I've seen ATS turn into a "let's compare brainpans" on more than one occasion.
And it's interesting to see the similarities between all the "geniuses". Depression. Quick thinking. Relatively social - but prefer to be alone. Etc. etc. And it's also interesting to see how many "highly intelligent" people spend their time at a forum like ATS! (Should make some people think!)
I guess I fit in this box as well. I've been tested a couple of times, with the result being more or less 155. But I won't go as far as to call myself a genius, and I'll kick anyone who does. I think IQ tests are ridiculous and should be thrown out of the window. I don't see the point in them. They are biased, and it's been proven that it's "prejudice" towards certain cultures (South Africa with all its different cultures being a perfect example!)...
I hate math. Although I can do most calculations in my head, I barely passed Math in my final year of school. Science bores me to death, and I rarely read a book of "pure science" (quantum physics, etc.) past the first page.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with my social skills - although I don't do good in groups of people.
I think the only thing that might make me different than a 110 IQ guy, is the fact that I can make up my own mind. I have my own opinion – I don’t need to be spoon-fed like most of the crowd? And those people below 140 ... Forget about IQs! You're not missing out on anything. IQs mean squad!
One of the reasons pepole with "High IQ's" isolate themselves from the rest of the world is that 50% of the existing IQ's are below 100, 75% are below 110, and 99% are Below 137."
Herrnstein and Murray in many ways follow in the footsteps of Harvard researcher Arthur Jensen. The authors report that estimates from psychometricians of the heritability of intelligence range from 40% to 80%. They report that there exist significant differences in measured intelligence between various ethnic groups. They argue that a better public understanding of the nature of intelligence and its social correlates is necessary to guide future policy decisions in America.
Herrnstein and Murray set out to prove that American society has become highly meritocratic: that wealth and other social outcomes are being distributed increasingly on the basis of individual talents (especially intelligence) and decreasingly on the basis of social class. Thus they argue, to the extent that intelligence is not amenable to easy environmental control, but rather is substantially heritable, genetic difference are increasingly contributing to social and economic differences among individuals. Their evidence comes from an analysis of data compiled in the National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY), a study of thousands of Americans starting in the 1980s, in which all participants took the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT), a measure of cognitive ability comparable to an IQ test. Participants were subsequently evaluated for social and economic outcomes. In general, IQ/AFQT scores were a better predictor of life outcomes than social class background. Similarly, after statistically controlling for differences in IQ, many outcome differences between racial-ethnic groups disappeared. (see also Significance of group IQ differences)
Originally posted by GrendelsBacon
Emotionally - Kinda detached but always thinking of how my current demeanor is influencing others. I am generally optimistic.
Ideologically - I am what I would hope is a strong Christian. I am a deep thinker, and tend to overanalyze many things. Find the reasons for why things are, and have always had a profound interest in what people do to seek fulfillment
Socially - I have always been pretty outgoing, and generally I am able to get along with pretty much anyone. I have a quick wit, and I am sometimes sarcastic. I always like to find and point out idiosyncracies, they make life alot funnier.
I have a tested IQ of 182.
Originally posted by Garden Spider
Firstly the I.Q. test simply recognizes your ability to find a pattern, hence many of the questions being "Find the next shape in this series", or the like. And if anyone has taken their I.Q. test on the internet, than it is flawed, because a large portion of the I.Q. test is a measure of how quickly you can recognize a pattern. Since the internet tests, specifically Tickle.com don't measure how long you spend on each problem, it give abnormally high numbers.
Einstien and Back were not geniuses because of their ability to recognize a pattern. That skill certainly helps, but what moves someone from the intelligent category to the genius category is the creative ability
Originally posted by watchthestars
See, one of my best friends told me I look like a monster because of all my acne. My MONSTER DICTIONARY MEANING: seldomly occurring FREAK that is usually rejected by society and consequently has a really REALY SAD AND TERRIBLE life.