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Found out something very interesting today...

Apparently, when I was in elementary school and sucking at it, the school administration was worried that I was retarded. So they had me take an IQ test.

As Mom remembers it, the principal called her and said "I think your son may be the smartest person I've ever met."

She seems to think the test showed 162. I don't really know about that...I'm smart, yeah, but not that smart.

Anyway...yeah. Weird.

Maybe I'll go find a picture of Dexter to turn into a user image or something. Then again, probably not.


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Mar. 27th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
I tend to think that everyone I converse with on any sort of regular basis (in IMspaces) has an IQ of at least 125+. You can.. kinda just feel it. If the average is 100, then my friends' average is probably more like 140. So I'm not at all surprised that you could have scored that high. I'd be more surprised if you told me you'd gotten around 110 or something.
Mar. 27th, 2004 09:52 pm (UTC)
There's a pretty similar story about me; that is, that when I was in Grade 5 or so, my teacher called my parents in, and told them gravely that I hadn't been doing any homework, and he thought I might be mentally handicapped. The work that we'd been doing culminated in our doing a presentation, and after he had seen my presentation, he called my parents in again, and told them I was a genius.

I don't put much stock in either assessment.

(Who only sort of knows who you are, I'm afraid; I'm livejournal-wandering. But hullo nonetheless. ^^)
Mar. 28th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC)
Well, IQ in general is a measure of how smart you are compared to how smart you should be at your age, times 100. So if you're aged 10 but have the mental capacity typical for a 16-year-old, your IQ is 160.

I'm always amused when the super-intelligent aliens are revealed to have IQs in the thousands or hundred thousands. I always want to ask if it means they're as smart as a centuries-old human, or possibly a centuries-old member of their own species, and how exactly the scientists studying them know how smart they are after a few centuries. 'Course, most writers only know IQ as "bigger number = smarter person".
Mar. 28th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
I've never heard that at all. But what happens when you grow up? Surely the cognitive abilities of a 30-year-old aren't that much greater than those of a 20-year-old, though of course there is accrued wisdom.

I always thought that the scale was just about measuring your natural adeptitude at academia, and that it believed itself to be an objective scale, unwavering regardless of the nature of the person taking the test.

Mar. 28th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Really?
IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. If you didn't sleep through fourth grade, you'll know that "quotient" indicates division. In this case, the division problem is:

IQ = ((your test score) / (average score for people your age)) * 100

This is because people gain more intelligence as they age, but in general, their intelligence relative to people their age stays the same.

So a score of 100 means that you scored exactly average for your age. 120 means your score was 120% of average; 80 means it was 80% of average.
Mar. 28th, 2004 11:17 pm (UTC)
Hi, Einstein. =P
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