posted on Sep, 3 2005 @ 05:48 AM
IQ tests test problem solving, logic, mathematical acuity, and spatial acuity. That's it. Some of them make a poor attempt at testing
verbal-linguistic intelligence, but those are simply logic problems with words and sentences as the medium. Anyone that tells you that IQ tests are
the be all and end all of success or intelligence is probably an engineer/scientist/accountant/etc whose world revolves around/depends on logic.
There are plenty of areas of human brain function that are not tested in any way by IQ tests, such as artistic, musical, and physical pursuits, as
well as creativity in general. You could build a supercomputer that could figure out mathematical and spatial problems to register an IQ of 200+, but
that doesn't mean it will be able to create a song or a picture that isn't copying and modifying something else already created, or even invent
anything scientifically useful. A genius physicist with IQ off the scale who can't create, invent, or find any inspiration to go beyond what s/he has
learned will be a waste of space and useless in anything but analysis of existing data. Logic without creativity is like a gun without any ammunition,
it functions fine, but you can't do anything with it.
Then there are interpersonal and communication brain functions, possibly one of the most complex and little understood things that the brain has to
deal with. Some autistic savants will have equivalent IQs off the scale, but they cannot function in ordinary social situations, or even care for
themselves physically, and they certainly could not be a leader of any sort.
IQ tests are a general indicator of mental acuity, and an extremely general indicator of individual potential, and there are exceptions to the
Einstein was a genius not because of his high IQ; there are many who have gone before him and come after him with equivalent or higher IQs. He was a
genius because of his ability to think outside the box. That is why he was a brilliant philosopher as well. And Mozart probably sucked at math.
[edit on 2005-9-3 by wecomeinpeace]