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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It's easy. Intelligence is what intelligence tests measure. Alternatively, intelligence is what I have and the other guy does not.
We don't even know exactly what intelligence is let alone the best way to determine it - I say scrap the IQ test.
Don't. IQ tests are perfectly suited to measure everyone's ability to pass an IQ test.
Ben Stein is a genius - for example.
"Unless it makes money, helps my son get into a better college, or helps me make the acquaintance of beautiful girls, I have no interest in it."

So creationism helps you meet beautiful girls? Maybe I've dismissed it too hastily.
lmao... Yep, how do ya think the man got the name "Oral" Roberts... chicks fell all over him
Huh. That sounds kinda like The Nerd's problem. On second thought, I don't think I'm up to that much action.
Jason, I might not be up to that much action, either, but it's a chance I'm willing to take!
Jeez ! he is a genius -  ugh pphhhthhhhpt :p
"Existence of intelligence in one field has no affect on their intelligence in another."

Actually, that is not generally true. People are generally fairly even, give or take 5 standard deviations, in their spread of abilities. When there is a big difference between someone's top score and bottom score it is diagnostic of brain pathology or malfunction. The pattern of the deficient scores tells neuro-psychologists which part of the brain is not working properly and how badly damaged it is.

The reverse is sometimes true. The so-called idiot savants can perform amazing feats of memory but cannot make use of this information to perform normally in other areas. The amazing performance stems from damage to part of the brain which controls attentional filtering. When that is turned off the person cannot forget and cannot monitor their behaviour properly. That is not a good thing for normal functioning.
Er, isn't 5 standard deviations pretty much all of them, for practical purposes? Or do you mean that 99.999% of people are generally even, rather than that people are generally 99.999% even?
Michael: There are different areas of intelligence. Existence of intelligence in one field has no affect on their intelligence in another.

Uhuh. And what nonsense self-help book did you fish that one out of ?

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -- Robert Heinlein

"Intelligence", your usage, not mine, in specific areas and lack of ability in everything else is Savant syndrome.

Intelligence, and this is where mensa falls over, is not indicated by your ability to play 20 simultaneous games of chess blindfolded, yet not having the ability to boil an egg. Intelligence is non-specific. As Heinlein so beautifully puts it - Specialization is for insects.


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