IQ tests

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beLIEf (June 26, 2011, 21:20:41 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).



I like Piaget's idea - "Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do" but it is a very specific form of common sense/ problem solving intelligence which many seemingly "brilliant" people don't possess.
beLIEf (June 27, 2011, 08:29:42 AM):
how legit are these things, or are they pretty much thumb-sucked?

141 is impressive! Mine came out about the same as when I did it before but I was surprised (!) when my boyfriend's IQ came out 12 points higher than mine - big differences in our education levels - which I don't think makes a huge difference as that is down to opportunities as well, (Masters degree Vs matric) we looked at the percentiles which says he should then be more intelligent than 98% of the population! I reckon he had some lucky guesses.... Needless to say I will never hear the end of it!

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