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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Took an IQ test online today. Said I had an IQ of 138. Trouble is, the questions they were asking didn't seem to have anything to do with basic intelligence, but more about education. One question basically amounted to "Do you know the Pythagorean Theorem?" Sure, it made you do the calculation, but if you'd never taken basic high school geometry, you wouldn't know how to do the calculation.

I've never actually taken an IQ test before. I've taken all kinds of standardized tests, but not IQ. I have a hard time imagining that I'm in the top 1% of minds on earth. I feel way too stupid for that most of the time. Perhaps I'm more educated than average (though certainly not in the top 1% of that either). Anyway, just one of those weird things I've always wondered. So many of my friends are very smart folks, many of whom learned their IQ at a young age, and that knowledge was taken in several different ways. Some took it as a foundation to excel from. Others took it as an excuse to give up on the standard educational system. I've never known and sometimes wondered when numbers get bandied around.

So now I guess I'm left with a couple of conclusions. First, that the IQ test really isn't much of a measure of intelligence. Second, that by the numbers, I'm right up there with my friends.

All this for the sake of procrastinating on system testing at work...


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