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« on: September 06, 2010, 14:32:19 PM »

I had an itch, so I did one of these online IQ test doodabbies.
According to them, im blessed with an IQ of 141.  Highly unlikely, but hey, im still smug as hell about it.
http://www.3smartcubes.com

how legit are these things, or are they pretty much thumb-sucked?
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2010, 15:22:35 PM »

I have'nt had time to go have a good look, but I'm wondering about the accuracy to it simply because of the Zodiac Match test advertised below....

As for your IQ, you're far brighter than what you're giving yourself credit for, so the 141 odd probably are'nt far off the mark.

Why not go have yourself tested at Wits?
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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2010, 15:31:15 PM »

as long as i can take a calculator and paper to scratch on, im in, i suck at the maths stuff.  like, if timmy is james' little brother, and james is the dog's stepson, how old will the dog's puppies be by the time timmy realises he's gay?
my brain refuses to work that shit out.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2010, 15:41:29 PM »

as long as i can take a calculator and paper to scratch on, im in, i suck at the maths stuff.  like, if timmy is james' little brother, and james is the dog's stepson, how old will the dog's puppies be by the time timmy realises he's gay?
my brain refuses to work that shit out.

Heh!  You never fail to deliver a smile to my face.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2010, 16:00:25 PM »

GCG PLEASE donate your brain to medical research at the appropriate time...it should be used to clone future popes and archbishops and the world's problems will be forever solved Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2010, 16:02:27 PM »

the professors will be stripped of their degrees of they attempt to make a name by dissecting my grey matter.  it's all vacious peanutbutter anyhows.
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« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2010, 16:06:39 PM »

People with peanut-butter for brains don't use words like "vacuous".
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« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2010, 16:12:35 PM »

People with peanut-butter for brains don't use words like "vacuous".

see, i cant even spell it right   Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2010, 18:13:29 PM »

You know, you can actually get higher scores by practising. Back when I used to do a lot of them I managed to improve my score by almost 20 points.
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2010, 12:11:59 PM »

There are some serious problems with IQ tests. Stephen Jay Gould's Mismeasure of Man is good on this topic, and James Flynn (he of "Flynn effect" fame) has a bunch of research showing the same. Cosma Shalizi has a superb review of Flynn's latest book here: http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/reviews/flynn-beyond/

You can listen to Flynn lecture at the RSA here (mp3): http://www.rsa.org.uk/audio/lecture181207.mp3. Oh, and Gladwell has a wonderful article about IQ and race here: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2007/12/17/071217crbo_books_gladwell?printable=true
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« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2010, 14:04:21 PM »

There are some serious problems with IQ tests. Stephen Jay Gould's Mismeasure of Man is good on this topic, and James Flynn (he of "Flynn effect" fame) has a bunch of research showing the same.
I agree fully with you Michael - nice post.

I read SJG's Mismeasure Of Man many years ago, unfortunately after I had already joined Mensa, and it changed my views completely. It was this book I referred to during my talk at Mensa Jhb a few weeks ago that upset some of the members (heheh).
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« Reply #11 on: September 07, 2010, 14:05:34 PM »

It is common course that one can improve your IQ score by practicing the tests.   An interesting exercise would be to establish by what margin this can be done.   Just practising the tests itself would, of course, not amount to an increase in intellect, but regular mental exercise does expand brainpower.   The following is from Flynn in the last of MM's references:
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“The mind is much more like a muscle than we’ve ever realized,” Flynn said. “It needs to get cognitive exercise. It’s not some piece of clay on which you put an indelible mark.”
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« Reply #12 on: September 07, 2010, 19:59:00 PM »

I like that quote, Hermes. Sums it up.

The biggest problem, of course, is that it's incredibly hard to define intelligence. There is simply no consensus definition (see Pinker on this - in How the Mind Works) so we don't even know what to measure. The notion of G ("general intillgence"), by the way, is a statistical myth: http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/weblog/523.html.

(That's another link to Cosma Shalizi's blog. He is, in my honest opinion, the single most intelligent person in the world who blogs. Yeah, yeah... I can't define "intelligence" either. But read him, and see).
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« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2010, 20:48:09 PM »

Hey, Cosma Shalizi! I stumbled upon his online notebooks ages ago and found them to be a wealth of useful information (especially the recommended reading lists). I didn't realise he blogged. I'll have to check it out.
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2011, 12:15:05 PM »

I did a free IQ test at www.iquotient.net I took that one out of many online IQ tests. I got 125 points in that test, so the result was similar to the one I got some time ago when I was checked by professionals from MENSA (then I had 124 points).
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