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    The Highest IQ in America... Christopher Langan... 200+


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    Wonder what Langan gets on his urine test.

    P, I'm guessing.
     


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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    Wonder what Langan gets on his urine test.

    P, I'm guessing.
    First time I hear about that man, smartest or not the trauma of the stepfather seems big...’Langan recalls that "my stepfather constantly asked me difficult questions, and when I'd give him correct answers to those questions, he'd bat me in the mouth or something of that nature to let me know he didn't appreciate a guy trying to be smarter than he was.’

    So what it’s worth then being the smartest guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finn View Post
    First time I hear about that man, smartest or not the trauma of the stepfather seems big...’Langan recalls that "my stepfather constantly asked me difficult questions, and when I'd give him correct answers to those questions, he'd bat me in the mouth or something of that nature to let me know he didn't appreciate a guy trying to be smarter than he was.’

    So what it’s worth then being the smartest guy.
    Over the years I've heard of various super geniuses. None of them ever seem to amount to much.

    Like what's-his-name who could play 30 people at once in chess while blindfolded and beat them all. Big deal.
     


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    According to Jordan Peterson (clinical psychologist), IQ is only a minor contributor to the odds of overall life success. Fortuitous life circumstances are a crucial factor. IIRC, conscientiousness is a larger factor than IQ is (and that is a modifiable factor, at least if you still possess sufficient neuroplasticity).

    There's also a phenomenon where individuals who are a certain degree above the population average exhibit substantial difficulty in relating with the majority of said population (colloquially termed the "curse of the high IQ"). Humans are a social species, and poor socialisation during one's formative years will have an adverse effect on relationship building, and by extension, opportunity securing through social contract formation. I would deduce that this is the reason why "extreme genius" individuals don't seem to do as well in life as is predicted (IQ broadly correlates with socioeconomic status).

    Personally, I anticipate the future will be brighter for such individuals thanks to the increased ubiquity of the Internet (at least while it's largely free).

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    I was short on conscientiousness when I was young, but life has a way of beating things into you. I've made up for that deficit since then and have done alright.

    I have an IQ test result the Army gave me way back when I was 21, so I know what it is, and I was pressed into gifted children's summer school and gifted classes when I was a kid. That's as much as I will say. They convinced me I was a genius, and that actually worked against me, because I thought I didn't have to study. That went only so far and then backfired.

    (Now that I've said all that, I'm sure I'll do something here to make myself look monumentally stupid. I believe in God, and I believe that He takes a seriously dim view of hubris. So, let me just say that IQ test results aren't everything. I'm not all that smart. There's a lot I don't know.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    I'm not all that smart. There's a lot I don't know.)

    I think the smarter you are the more you accept there are things you don't know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMXX View Post
    According to Jordan Peterson (clinical psychologist), IQ is only a minor contributor to the odds of overall life success. Fortuitous life circumstances are a crucial factor. IIRC, conscientiousness is a larger factor than IQ is (and that is a modifiable factor, at least if you still possess sufficient neuroplasticity).

    There's also a phenomenon where individuals who are a certain degree above the population average exhibit substantial difficulty in relating with the majority of said population (colloquially termed the "curse of the high IQ"). Humans are a social species, and poor socialisation during one's formative years will have an adverse effect on relationship building, and by extension, opportunity securing through social contract formation. I would deduce that this is the reason why "extreme genius" individuals don't seem to do as well in life as is predicted (IQ broadly correlates with socioeconomic status).

    Personally, I anticipate the future will be brighter for such individuals thanks to the increased ubiquity of the Internet (at least while it's largely free).
    I thought Peterson said that IQ was the single most significant factor in success. Did he change his stance on this? It's been a while since I've listened to his stuff.

    Heres a clip of a lecture where he disscusses conscientiousness and intelligence, but its from 2017
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...4zehd8nZd_c6Oz

    The video is titled "Controversial Facts about IQ" on YouTube in case my link does not work
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    For a person like me, ie with a very spiky profile, it's about strengths and weaknesses rather than a FSIQ. For most people though crystallised and fluid intelligence is very evenly matched.

    There is a line of reasoning that says high fluid intelligence goes with low conscientiousness. https://www.spring.org.uk/2018/08/trait-high-iq.php

    There are of course exceptions to that. My fluid intelligence isn't good, but I always score low on conscientiousness .
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    I guess that he got administered an official IQ test of some sort before by a licensed psychologist or somethin according to this vid:


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