posted on Sep, 28 2013 @ 02:34 PM
Well, I fall into this category. I'm a member of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry, which is a high IQ group that restricts
membership to the top 0.1% of cognitive abilities as measured by standardised IQ tests (with a deviation of s.d 15, which I guess is what the OP is
using, that would be IQ 146+).
I do have faith in the ability of IQ tests to measure cognitive ability (so do most of the intelligence researchers in the scientific community,
although it's not very popular / politically correct, to state as much any more). I think, though, that there is sometimes a gap between what
intelligence researchers consider intelligence and what the public consider intelligence. The latter often includes any desirable mental trait at all,
from wisdom to creativity to common sense, to whatever (none of which can be effectively measured by traditional IQ tests).
I can only talk about the way I think, and I have no idea if the following is typical of other people in the same IQ range as myself:
I'm overly sensitive. Although I have a pretty good handle on this nowadays, when I was younger controlling intense emotions was difficult. Perhaps
this is because emotional issues can rarely be resolved by rational ability alone. Who knows.
I'm more analytic than the people around me. When people bring out statistics or facts, it's second nature for me to question them. I want access to
the original studies they came from, I want a calculator and half an hour alone to see what this means in relation to the field in which they're
being used. Then I want related information so I can paint an interdisciplinary picture of meaning. It's only recently that I've discovered this is
completely different to how most people interact with everyday facts. It made quite a few casual conversations perplexing and awkward.
I find that I often think in contradictions. Where people sometimes see two things as being opposite, I often think my way into seeing them as
necessary for one another. For example, I believe in both determinism and free will, and think that accepting either one of those propositions alone
paints an unreasonably simplistic model of human agency.
I am (and always have been) anti-authoritarian. I think most smart people tend to look to the smartest guy in the room for leadership (just like, I
guess, the most ardent capitalists look to the most successful people for leadership, or the coolest people look to the most charismatic). Whether or
not the most intelligent people SHOULD be in charge, they rarely are, and having to follow the orders of people that are making obvious mistakes in
cognition is sometimes difficult. This character trait actually got me expelled from high school at 16 (have no fear, I taught myself my A-levels and
went to uni anyway, so no great loss). I also think it's what makes conspiracy theories appealing - should we really trust authority simply because
I find it difficult being as tolerant as I should be of others. If we're discussing an intellectual subject, I usually understand things quicker than
the other conversationalists. But, I do strive to be tolerant, because if we were climbing trees rather than debating, it would probably be me who
needed the tolerance.
Of course, there's more, but this post isn't exclusively about me. Some of the things I've noticed about other people with these IQ's that may or
may not apply to me are:
Despite the numerous studies that show religious / right wing / black / 'add your own group here' people have lower IQ's than their social
counterpoints, I have met numerous people from all walks of life / races / ideologies / careers that would fall into the IQ 140+ category.
There is a proportionally higher occurrence of autism and other mental irregularities in people with very high IQ.
Even in the instance that someone with 140+ IQ is popular and socially successful, they often feel lonely. This is partly because it's hard to find
people that think the same way as they do, and is arguably the best reason to have super-high-IQ groups at all.
Although there are a fair few janitors and unemployed people with an IQ of 140+, the vast, vast majority of people this smart are at least moderately
successful. Either they excel in their career, or own a lucrative small business or whatever. I know world class academics, a military colonel,
pioneering medical drs, a mayor, successful artists, writers, mathematicians and a surprising amount of software developers who are in this IQ range.
They also tend to be far more educated than their average IQ peers.
For anyone who hasn't done a standardised IQ test and wants to try out some decent tests / get a handle on modern psychometrics, I strongly suggest
looking up the work of Dr Xavier Jouve. He was a former psychologist at Pearsons (the de-facto leader in intelligence testing) and works tirelessly in
this area. A lot of his tests are available online, and he's detailed and honest about explaining how reliable they are.