I am assuming there may be some high IQs (I am a former member of MinD, or MENSA in Germany) in the Nexus? What have been the challenges you have faced in the world due to this? Has your IQ sometimes been a heavy burden to bear?
Any thoughts on this? Experiences to share?
I have often wondered why topics regarding Mensa (Mensa is not an acronym) often prompt "sour grapes" replies, around about 98% of the time.
Congratulations if you got it.
hi douglas - my son's father is extremely intelligent and always had trouble in school because he knew so much and thought differently. it made him feel very alone. one time an airforce guy came to his school talking about the air force and and jet technology. my ex knew exactly what he was talking about asking incredible questions for a 2nd grader. the airforce guy was truly impressed. he has always felt alone in this sense. he says that one can always tell immediately when he meets an equal and he can just talk and be himself. he is very verbal. but, he hates games - the kind that mensa uses to test IQ. not all very intelligent people like those games. they do not find every one who is very intelligent. i'm not mensa material either, although i am not as intelligent as my ex.
(also, i am not very verbal as you can tell - very frustrating.)
another thing - when i first found atheist nexus, i was thrilled to find other people to discuss ideas with - to my disappointment, i have found some pretty low functioning thinkers who really don't use reason or logic in their diatribes. there are, however, people like you. . . i do appreciate people who are not as bright if they are good hearted and all people can be interesting. i am not a snob, but i really do enjoy intelligence, which is not always accompanied by emotional 'normalcy'. many of my friends have more than neurotic problems. anyway, i just wanted you to know that i totally understand your statement and your feelings about having a high IQ - i am sorry that so many responders to your query are so hostile. it comes with the territory, i guess, as you know very well.
hope to hear from you - alexa (p.s if i am frustrated as to people to really talk to, i know how my ex and people like you must feel :)
One of my former girlfriends was a Psychologist that was rather eager to place my intelligence for her own curiosity. Of course I refused (we were smoking...stuff), but I asked her: "How would you go about testing the machine intelligence of Google Search?" We both knew the answer, and it turned out to be a rather good night.
I suppose being thoughtful is only a burden when I have to lie, or suffer fools, to make others feel comfortable with absurd opinions and positions. I recently had an older religious lady show up for a bbq, and she had the insatiable urge to share with everyone that 'god' had touched her and 'blessed' her. To which I quickly replied: "Does your 'god' also touch pedophile priests?" My property, my rules. Most of the time I'm fairly easy-going though.
IQ is a relative measurement of narrow subsets of isolated domains, and as such, everyone is a genius and a moron to those on their left and their right of the bell curve. My hope is that someone would not misunderstand this narrow measurement as a conclusive quotient for all human capability; hence the doctor that couldn't change a flat tire to save their own life. Binet himself admitted its inherent limitations as a tool.
The complexity of intelligence is staggering: On the bottom layer lays IQ potential (which new research shows is ever-malleable due to neuroplasticity), on top of that sits the personality index, on top of that sits the predisposition towards certain subjects or activities, on top of that sits the socio-economic potential, on top of that sits parental guidance, on top of that sits emotional and physical resilience to overcome hardships, on top of that sits cultural relevance of knowledge, etc...etc... how far down the rabbit hole would you like to go?
The sum is greater than the whole of its parts. Emergent behavior, indeed.