posted on Apr, 19 2010 @ 12:06 PM
When I was 6 years old, I was informed by the School Vice Principal that I scored 155 on some random Los Angeles Unified School District IQ
standardised test (random is the operative word here) so it was decided that I was to be 'separated' fom my former 1st grade compatriots (who all
seemed bright enough to me at the time) to be thrown into 'special classes', which was (basically) a room full of four-eyed bookworms (mostly
sisse-boys who like myself had the charming habit of throwing a baseball like a girl -- NB: only a little less than half of the original
'accellerated' class turned out to be homosexual, though).
And so there I was: stuck in (more or less) the same group of over-achieving over-parented, emotionally retarded children for the next 9 years of my
life - which was stimulating enough intellectually but let me tell you, the little overinflated egos in those classes were enough to light up Fire
One thing I noticed was that (like myself, admittedly) very few of these high IQ test scorers had any common sense at all (my mother's mantra to me
as a 5 year old) or the ability to get on with 'average intelligences' (whatever the crap that means) for very long (they thought through things
quickly and had zero patience with people who could not keep up).
I also noticed that the orchestra I played in as a child was full of academic under-achievers who had 'way above normal' musical talent, seemingly
at the near genius level - which clearly indicated to me that these persons were overly developed in the musical part of their brain (wherever that
is) but seeminly below average in just about everthing else in life (i.e. they were simply not interested in anything but music, with one or two
That weird dichotomy seemed weird (I always figured a musical prodigy would be brilliant in everything - but I saw with my own eyes this is NOT the
case: I guess you could say my 'Mozart' bubble popped a little at the time)
At any rate, I came to see that there are highly talented and very intelligent persons who are 'geniused' in many different ways, and not just in
some standardised IQ test taking talent way.
There are in fact so many different types of 'genius' out there in the wild, that it beggars description.
There is a kind of talent which can only be called musical genius (the Mozarts and Handels of the world) there is athletic /sports genius (or
'physical' genius, where neuro-muscular coordination is hyper-developed to a near-unique degree) there is mathematical or calculational genius
(including those wizards of the so-called 'idiot savant' syndrome) , there is theological genius, building-conceptualising-mechanical genius, poetic
genius, narrative (writing) genius, there is also the famous artistic (drawing/painting/sculpting type) genius, philosophical genius, &tc &tc. as well
as the genius (or any uncommon hyper-abilty) to do common things un-commonly well, e.g. like super-models and actors who often have what I call 'the
uncanny ability to wear clothes' (i.e. know how to put choose ONLY most flattering outfits to show off to best advantage) which is a remarkable
talent in itself (living in Los Angeles lets one see many of these persons in action - and let me tell you, the hot house plant-kiddie wizards in my
so-called 'accelerated' grade schools had none of the latter talent at all).
I do not think standardised IQ tests (most of which are culturally biassed at any rate) tell us much about the potential of the child who is subjected
to such an ordeal : maybe in future, we'll be able to be plugged into a machine and told exactly what we should be best at !!
Or maybe (as a scrawny six year old) I would resent being told what I should be good at, come to think of it !!