Rufus Lee King: I hope you folks realize that IQ tests are culturally biased. One might even call them racist.
Mutiny32: But really, for example, I have some stupid high IQ and I had to take college algebra over a few times just to get a passing grade.
FizixJunkee: As usual, Pocket Ninja is right on the money.
chaosweaver: CSB time, now...I went to the MN state fair a couple years ago with my previous girlfriend, and we found the Mensa booth. Girlfriend was very gung ho about trying to join, and sat down right then and there, trying to figure out the tests they had set up.Being bored out of my skull for the next fifteen minutes, mostly due to the fact that the only booths nearby were for churches and private colleges, I decided to take a look at them, myself. I grabbed the nearest one and completed it in a matter of seconds. I then reset it and did it in a different way.The person watching the booth was staring at me by the time I looked up after the 7th time completing the little test. When his brain finally re-engaged, he asked me if I would come in and take the official test. I politely declined, and we moved on.Before anyone calls me a pretentious ass for this story, I did not decline because I felt I was better than them, or for any other, equally douche-tastic reason. My brain seems to be built for creative problem solving, and general creativity. One of the reasons I write and love to cook. At any given time, I have 7 ideas for short stories in my head. However, when it comes to showing my work, or even describing a recipe, I'm completely at a loss. This of course makes writing and teaching a little difficult at times. That alone makes me feel that I'm not Mensa material.That, and people would likely expect more from me if I did join, and I'm okay with taking it easy now that I'm out of the Military./end CSB
Joafu: "Thrilled Lauren, of Loughton, Essex, is the daughter of a black cab driver"
FloydA: ArkAngel: Lauren, of Loughton, Essex, is the daughter of a black cab driverThis could be part of the reason. Studies of black cab drivers show them to be unusually intelligent, being required to know the areas they drive extremely well. The test they have to pass averages 12 attempts and almost three years of practice.[i105.photobucket.com image 300x168]"Look, I don't care if you're green or blue like a carrot! For me the word color doesn't mean anything. I feel colors... but you'd never understand that!"
Feral_and_Preposterous: Well, where's my f*cking flying car, b*tch?
Suckmaster Burstingfoam: This one's passable, vaguely better than English cute, but still no Boxxy
Pochas: raatz01: Neither Einstein or Hawking took an IQ test. They didn't believe in their validity.Also I would point out that the first picture of this girl is a pic of her holding her gigantic IQ test study book.I was administered an IQ test once.
Aidan: craig328: The point I'm making is: a high IQ is nothing more than a tool. In order to do something with it you have to have the motivation to do so and the discipline and training to make use of it effectively. Edison is credited with saying that invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. For those with high IQs, the formula may be not quite as unbalanced as that...but it's still weighted way heavily toward the "sweating" end of the spectrum. Good for this girl and her raw brain talent. Now, go learn to put it to good use.A whole lot of this. In fact without looking at the rest of this thread, I can guess that many others have made the same point. I remember from previous threads that there are at least a dozen (closer to two dozen) Farkers who scored high on IQ tests or were in advanced education (myself included) who've gone on to do... Not much. A lot of programming/office types as I recall.I really really really wish schools were oriented toward teaching children, especially higher IQ children, to not only identify what they want to do, but how to achieve it with good, hard work. I think we'd see more tangible results from of our purportedly extra-tasty brains.
Aidan: I really really really wish schools were oriented toward teaching children, especially higher IQ children, to not only identify what they want to do, but how to achieve it with good, hard work. I think we'd see more tangible results from of our purportedly extra-tasty brains.
ArkAngel: Lauren, of Loughton, Essex, is the daughter of a black cab driverThis could be part of the reason. Studies of black cab drivers show them to be unusually intelligent, being required to know the areas they drive extremely well. The test they have to pass averages 12 attempts and almost three years of practice.
evilsofa: No, no, you guys, it's the cab that's African-AmericanBritish, not the driver.
FizixJunkee: Fano: Rufus Lee King: thursdaypostal: Is it possible to mention your own IQ without sounding like an absolute tool?I don't think so, no.Pocket Ninja:"Remember, if you want to boast about the enormous size of your IQ in one of these threads, there are certain standards and procedures that you need to follow lest people think you're some sort of insufferable braggart. First of all, you need to begin your IQ statement with some sort of declaimer explaining that you don't really care about your IQ. Something like, "I'm not really sure that it means all that much," or "I've never really placed much stock in this, but," or something like that. You could also go a slightly different path, acknowledging that your IQ is perhaps not quite as high as that of others, but that you were hung over/sick/distracted/bored when you took the test and so almost certainly didn't score as high as you otherwise might. Be careful to not overplay this hand, especially if others have already used something similar.When you get to the actual number, it's generally best to express it as a range. Like, saying "I scored a 147" would possibly be impressive, except that, like in the Price is Right when some asshat comes in on the initial bid and goes one dollar over your offer and wins as a result, it's too easy to top. So, keeping it somewhat vague (I scored in the 140s-150s range, but the administrator said there were some irregularities that might have meant I actually scored much higher, etc.) works to your advantage. It's also a good idea to hang back in the thread a bit, wait to see if there some general field of scores being posted, and remain within striking distance of that so that you don't sound too out there. For example, if everyone is placing themselves in the 150-160 range, you might come in the upper 160s. Don't blow the field by more than a few points, though; you're likely to find yourself a target.Self-hobbling is another great technique to make yourself seem more realist ...
Just_a_Bear: trappedspirit: Just_a_Bear: All mensa members i've ever met had no clue how to tie their shoelaces. I hope this lovely young lady is also blessed with a trace of common sense.Somehow I get the strange feeling you don't spend a lot of time with Mensa members.True, I have yet to find one worth hanging out with.
thursdaypostal: Is it possible to mention your own IQ without sounding like an absolute tool?
Rufus Lee King: thursdaypostal: Is it possible to mention your own IQ without sounding like an absolute tool?I don't think so, no.
InternetSecurityGuard: Hawkins?[farm6.static.flickr.com image 500x295]
Kaenneth: In my experience, MENSA members, or at least the subset of them that announce it publicly, are usually dicks.Yeah, I could be a member, but I didn't like how that ones I met talked about 'other people' with disdain.
Krazikarl: People who who in fields with lots of really smart people don't ever think about stupid IQ tests. Go hang out with a bunch of astrophysicists, or particle physicists, or brain surgeons, or whatever. You won't hear anybody rambling on about scores that they got on a test that is poorly calibrated for anybody over 140 or so anyway.I don't care what you scored on a test. I really don't - it doesn't mean anything. You can impress me by what you can actually achieve in school, or in work, or in your hobby. An IQ of 160 is what, 4 standard deviations above the mean? That means that there are literally 10s of millions of people who have been smarter than Einstein. But I'll take an Einstein any day over somebody who might score better on a test than him.
Flappyhead: Asia Carrera is a member of Mensa, just so we're clear on how meaningful IQ scores are these days.
Gyrth: Loves "fake tanning?" Sorry but she's not that smart or as good-looking as the photos suggest.
KellyKellyKelly: "Cute" and Sun link? Seems suspicious...*click*...OK, I'll accept it.
mephisto_kur: "everybody before me had got around the 130 mark"Invalid test.
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