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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by frog View Post
    I know we all do it, but trying to judge someone else's brainpower is a slippery slope. There's just so many ways to get it wrong. If the people around you are really smart or really dumb, you need to know so you can keep an eye on them. Other than that it's better not to speculate too much, it's just way too easy to make a big mistake. Also, you got dumb people trying to appear smart, along with smart people playing dumb. Which is which?

    The Army says I'm smarter than you, but not by that much. These tests may be a rough guide, but I wouldn't put too much stock in them.
    I think the same. IMO intelligent people can: build/fix things, solve problems*, be creative in some way and NOTHING ELSE.

    *Donīt mistake intelligent men with wise men. Intelligent men solve problems, wise men avoid problems.

    I know (and itīs very common in my country) people with exceptional grades in school who cannot build ANYTHING, are NOT creative and would die if left alone in an island.

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    I gave up on it but all I know is I have enough IQ to stay away from women

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    I suck at those puzzles and although I started the test I just lost interest and patience with it. I deal with problems at work all the time that require brainpower to solve, not everything is a matter of following a process and usually there isn't a process anyway. I have seen Uni grads fail in my workplace! So I have always been cynical about these tests. I have seen some at least that test a variety of different skills and subjects at least.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by throwawayeh View Post
    If you mean my IQ according to that test i really am not interested. I would say my IQ is in the average range (maybe a bit lower because of poor working memory due to ADHD).

    Sorry to make an innocent post into a serious discussion but what does solving puzzles have to do with intelligence? How do they translate a simple activity into the complex activities of life? IQ is nonsense and sadly a lot of people buy into it.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles1999 View Post
    Sorry to make an innocent post into a serious discussion but what does solving puzzles have to do with intelligence? How do they translate a simple activity into the complex activities of life? IQ is nonsense and sadly a lot of people buy into it.
    One's ability to solve problems is a measure of intelligence. Maybe you are focusing on why does it have to be puzzles of all things? I'd say because testing every person in a physical real world environment would be cost-prohibitive. For instance, and you can probably think up your own examples, giving each of millions of people a box of parts from a disassembled doohickey and seeing who can re-assemble it in a specified period of time (or can even figure out what the heck the doohickey is) would be costly. Placing millions of people one-at-a-time on a desert island and seeing how smartly they lasted three or six days later would be too expensive and you couldn't get people's willingness and availability. So, a few hours with two-dimensional pencil-on-paper puzzles it will have to be. This is a practical solution when the cost of measuring something is always a consideration. Plus, it removes the uncontrollable variables one would encounter on the island. Most importantly, you're measuring the mind, not the body too, and it would not be fair to people with physical disabilities (nor scientific, I suppose) to time their performance in assembling the doohickey or navigating the island as compared to a fully-abled person.

    Problem-solving is not always a simple activity. It depends on the problem and... wait for it... the intelligence of the person trying to solve it.

    Can you think of examples where people around you, people you know, have not done so well with the complexities of life? Perhaps their problem-solving skills were not the same as other people?

    How does this matter to whatever their IQ score is? Probably not at all, they are living out their lives as the persons they are, not as dictated by some number that they may or may not know. (Although there is a nice member here who seems convinced that his IQ score limits the success of his efforts and I'm trying to dissuade him of that.)

    There's other ways to measure people, certainly. As you point out, the IQ measurement is not meaningful to everyone.
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    Re: What's your IQ?

    The problem i see with these tests is that it's a bad measure of intelligence, a measure of course, but lacks any real depth other than working memory and spacial ability .. Intelligence is not simply about someone being able to solve a one-dimensional puzzle and then comparing it to other people solving the same puzzle to extrapolate an IQ.

    What it might show is that they have good brain functioning in those specific circumstances, like being better suited to studying math. IQ should ideally be a measure of someone's ability to work in intellect driven fields as opposed to manual labour, one day there will be a sophisticated measure of intelligence that predicts a person's success.

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    Got an 110 on that damn IQ test. Still though, having a high IQ doesn't mean you're a genius. There are some people with high IQs who are complete dumbasses.

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    Strangers Rank Their Intelligence | IQ vs First Impressions

    Hint, the women with college degrees think they are smarter than the man without one.
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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by DocDJ View Post
    Its just nonsense. IQ is not fixed anyway. Plus there is bias in the tests. Performance can fluctuate. It is possible to improve your IQ aswell. It doesnt account for curiosity, patience, tenacity, stubborness, focus, determination etc which are all qualities found in high achievers.


    Throwawayeh - the average range is 85 - 115 which means your IQ is that of the majority. In fact you are within the apex of the Stand Distribution Curve.. But do not focus on it. It is pointless. Just decide on what you want to do with your life and get on with it.

    There's a Stoic quote (IIRC) that says 'the world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going'.
    Well said. I don't know if it's true or not but apparently Stephen Hawkins said that the people who brag about their IQ are morons and I tend to agree.

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    Re: What's your IQ?

    Quote Originally Posted by FireBird View Post
    There are some people with high IQs who are complete dumbasses.
    In agreement with you, imagine a graduated cylinder, where you could pour two different liquids into it, perhaps let's imagine these are liquids of two different colors and that do not mix together such that we can see the volume of each as they exist in the cylinder, one on top of the other, once poured. The height of the cylinder limits the total amount of the two liquids. Let's call one liquid "I" and the other we'll call "S". You could mix any amounts of the two liquids but only to total 100% of the cylinder. For instance, if you pour Liquid I to fill 60% of the cylinder, you could only pour Liquid S the other 40%. If 96% of I, then only 4% of S, etc.

    The model described above is how I see some/many people expecting Intelligence and Stupidity to work, where the smarter a person is, the less dumber he must be. An expectation where having a high level of one requires a low level of the other, never exceeding a 100% capacity representing the person. A formula of two variable addends. I + S = 100%

    This doesn't fit what you and I occasionally observe, yes? So, we must throw out our model and perhaps come up with a model that fits a little better for us.

    Instead, I see the two variable quantities I and S are in separate graduated cylinders. Two cylinders. One for I and one for S. Each cylinder can have any measure of its liquid, not dependent on the other.

    So, we see a brainiac who rarely is stupid, perhaps his I-cylinder is 95% full while his S-cylinder is only 3% full.

    We see a high IQ person who makes ridiculous (to us) bonehead mistakes, making us shake our heads, perhaps his I-cylinder is 90% full and his S-cylinder is 40% full. His S-cylinder might be the same percentage as an average person walking around. Let's now call them qualities.

    They are two independent qualities, such that

    I ≤ 100%
    and
    S ≤ 100%

    and likely 100% is the theoretical limit, never actually reached.

    In this model, I can better explain the variety of people whom I see. It's a more forgiving model, too, because the expectation that the first model requires upon a person is not there.
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    The test seems to only measure pattern recognition. Don't mistake me for an expert. But it seems that there's more to anyone's intelligence than their ability to solve a puzzle. Tests like that one don't have an obvious (to me) way of measuring someone's competence with math, verbal communication and so forth.

    Also, given that I suck at pattern recognition, I doubt my pattern recognition IQ is actually 107 like the test says. I'm thinking it's probably lower but my score got inflated by lucky guesses that I made when I didn't know wtf else the answer might be. Making a lucky guess and knowing the right answer are not the same thing, which is another thing that I don't see how the test can control for.

    It's interesting and sort of fun to take the test. But I'm not putting too much stock in it.


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