posted on Apr, 22 2013 @ 02:02 PM
reply to post by Gazrok
lol Gazrok. Yeah, I have my moments, too. If you look at the research into this kind of stuff, you'll find that trying to adequately measure and
codify it are constant subjects of debate and there are classifications. You have gifted (may be genius level iq but may be simply gifted), genius,
creative genius, savant, autistic savant, and more that I probably haven't seen. I know for the gifted programs in schools, they default towards a
measure of IQ plus some ambiguous "other" factors. Renzulli is often cited for these programs and that is basically identifying children that have
above average ability, creativity, and task commitment. So basically, they have the iq and they have the potential to apply it--just like you said.
The issue, I think, in trying to measure one's ability to apply something kind of falls on its face though. Let me try putting it this way, if the
average IQ of the majority of society is around 100 and it is society who gauges whether or not someone of higher iq is using it appropriately, then
could it not fall under a difference in consideration of relevance? It may be that that individual who society views as "not applying their
intellect" is, in fact, applying it but just in ways that society, as a whole, may not fathom.
Let's use you as an example. You're a super moderator on this message board whose motto is "Deny Ignorance". How many people on your block or
whatever would view what you do here as being irrelevant, pointless, and maybe even question your sanity? The fact that you invested enough time and
basically "proved" your intellect to become a super moderator here doesn't mean that you're not a benefit to society. It's just society, in general,
may gauge your activities and participation here as being a "waste" of time and intellect. I think that having a place where intelligent discourse is
very, very important and crucial to society and its ability to function. Most people don't think twice about the conversations that they have. They
may not see the relevance or the effects of a too narrow or broad minded discourse. So, your presence as a super moderator with a higher iq may be
viewed as irrelevant when what you do may be very relevant.
Sorry for putting you in the limelight but you're a good example of what I'm trying to say.
Hope you forgive me.
edit on 22/4/13 by
WhiteAlice because: apparently small words like "it" are irrelevant, too