IQ is a dicey thing, and generally speaking I dismiss it- while there are obviously variations of intelligence, I believe that beyond that 3rd SD you're basically in bald-faced estimation territory because accurate tests cannot exist- and what, exactly, is the qualitative difference between say an alleged 150 IQ and an alleged 175 IQ, besides that score on the test and the supposed rarity it implies? And how useful, for example, are "parlor trick" examples of intelligence like lightning calculators or eidetic memories? Are these really intelligence, or just minor flukes of brain power that don't really matter to any assessment of intelligence? Most amusing are those alleged 210, 215+ IQs or whatever that make someone's IQ so rare that the historical population of the entire human species is still 1,000 times too small to allow for the statistical likelihood of that person's intelligence occuring even once in all of human existence.
And with that, I simply must link here to my all-time favorite "High IQ" website, the Giga Society- the dissonance between this guy's professed IQ and the quality of this web page is so startling it single-handedly reveals high- IQ nonsense as nothing more than a cheap salve on the wounded egos of acceptably bright but insecure individuals. Oh, and note the opening sentence "Although the emblem of the Giga Society is not reprinted on this page, you may just be able to see it if you look very hard." Gee whiz, fella- most people with an IQ over 91 couldn't miss it!
Yeah, and besides Bush is StOoPiD! Neener neener neener! :)posted by hincandenza at 12:55 PM on September 8, 2001
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