Hello Everyone,


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?

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I got totally roasted when I posted it, but the real message had more to do with being a minority than anything else.

Intelligence can't really be measured, but we can do a pretty good job of measuring skill sets.

The responses to that blog were pretty harsh, but mostly because it came off similar to, "My life is so difficult because of my extreme wealth and beauty" lol
It's only a burden if they do you all at once.
I literally laughed out loud on that one.

True nuff! It is a legitimate stressor... just one others might be envious of.

BTW What are you doing later?... :-P
Nerd - maybe you can post a counter thread about the burdens of being beautiful.

"Any other beautiful people here? Don't you find it such a chore to put up with ugly people and their sad little lives so deprived of potential? I mean, imagine if you had to go to a club with an ugly person on your arm?"

/sarcastic point made.
In this paranoid, hypocritical, god-obsessed U S OF A, logic and rationality are the heavy burdens to bear.

Some of the most paranoid, hypocritical people I've met are high-IQ.

Some of the most logical, rational people I've met are average or low IQ.

High IQ has nothing to do with getting/keeping a job in the real world. What you are ultimately judged on is how well you navigate office politics, and whether or not the boss' favorite alpha employee likes you personally (i.e.; feels they can categorize, control, and manipulate you).

I find my high IQ does little more for me in life than to be a possible candidate for why I was so bored in high school, which one doesn't need a high IQ to be.

The first thing that turns me off about a potential boyfriend or friend is when that person wears their IQ like some kind of badge of honor or something to prove to the rest of the world. Intelligent discussion for me is ... well ... I'm not sure how to explain it. But it sure as hell isn't a pissing contest to see who memorized more facts and figures better than the other.
I think the burden is... being different. Not fitting in is VERY frustrating. Being rational in an existence plagued by emotion thought makes you an alien.
You nailed it!!!!

The majority of the responses I am seeing here are failing to successfully separate their emotions and/or their sentiments (social or otherwise) from their powers of logical thought.

I suppose that's my problem - it's difficult to find other Vulcans on Earth at this time.
I should point out that, like me, Leonard Nimoy's character was also a musician of an unusual instrument, as well as quite an avid reader of Earth literature.

If I had a nickel for every time someone said to me, "Is that like the thing that Spock played?".........

I was not suggesting that emotion does not have its place in our skulls, but that when mixed inconsistently with our faculties of deductive reasoning, produces detrimental results. Consider this:

When I approach a new piece of music, I break the process into two distinct phases:

1) I refer to this as the "pattern phase", within which I train myself to the particular pattern of a piece of music (tempo, movement, breath requirements, etc.) that I will require for that particular music. When I have attained this phase, I move on to:

2) The "sentiment phase", within which I deal with the implantation of musical accents (vibrato, note duration, consonant pronunciation, etc.) that will evoke the emotional response or message I am striving to achieve.

So: 1 + 1 = 2

It's not a matter of ruthlessly declaring emotion to have no place whatsoever in the process, so much as determining the point at which an emotional approach will be most beneficial for the results one wishes to achieve.

So, the "Vulcans Nixed" researchers have the right of it, insofar as emotion can and does play a key factor. However, mastering the ability to determine the point of greatest beneficial use of the emotional factor is a rare skill indeed.
I think that this form of emotion-rationality dualism is interesting but misplaced. Modern cognitive science demonstrates that they are intimately intertwined at every point.
"Seeing our emotions as distinct from thinking was really quite disastrous."

I think my idea is not to deny emotions, but to utilize the "right tool for the job." Life would suck without emotions. We would have no direction and no motivation without them. Emotions give life depth and texture and flavor.

However, emotions are an AWEFUL tool for determining valid information. The stupidest behaviors we ever engage in occur when we are in highly emotional states (angry, sad, scared, in love). Emotions are housed in a tiny brain structure (the limbic system) and are tied in to survival instincts. All animals have similar structures...snakes, frogs, birds, dogs.

Humans are the only animal with an oversized cerebral cortex, which governs (among a LOT of other things) rational thought, language, creative thought, etc. For discerning accurate information, the rational mind is the best tool available to us. Unfortunately, the influence of the limbic system is overwhelming (because it is related to survival) and can easily over ride the rational mind. Concerted effort must be made in order for humans to behave rationally.

Let's face it, if we were truly rational, all of us would be eating healthy, exercising, managing stress appropriately and avoiding damaging relationships. I can hardly make it from the bedroom to the kitchen without making a decision that does not stand up to rational evaluation




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