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Old 06-15-2007, 02:04 AM
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I work with a fella that's a member of Mensa. Had no idea he was that brainy until he mentioned belonging one day. I still can't see it. He's not dumb by any means, but just didn't come across as particularly brilliant.
Any of ya hangin' here? What's the criteria? Heck, I may even qualify!
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Old 06-15-2007, 05:53 AM
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He's not dumb by any means, but just didn't come across as particularly brilliant.
I went to a couple of meetings with a friend when I was in my teens. (For obvious reasons, I was never asked to join.)

Membership in Mensa is open to persons who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test that has been properly administered and supervised. There is no other qualification or disqualification for membership eligibility.
http://www.mensa.org/index0.php?page=10

My impression is that this qroup consisted of a bunch of bright albeit VERY socially awkward kids whose parents wanted them to go to the meeetings since they felt and acted "different" from the general teen populace. I guess the parents wanted them to know that there were other people around like them.

There was a sort of oneupsmanship going on - who could talk the smartest.

From an appearance viewpoint, it sort of looked like the bar scene in the first Star Wars movie, except without the intoxicating drinks or music.

As I'm writing this, and although I've never been to a GTG, I am thinking that half of the membership of this forum might qualify....







At least if the intelligence test qualification part was removed.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:05 AM
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I've known a number of really brilliant people that were also very socially awkward. Often they seemed to be able to comprehend extremely abstract, complicated concepts with east while displaying a lack of what I would call common sense or street smarts.

Everybody has a gift for something. We're all different, though and ought not to think more highly of ourselves than others just because we happen to be gifted in one particular area. I guess it's just human nature, though.
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Old 06-15-2007, 06:22 AM
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I don't know what my IQ is. I am socially awkward though......maybe it is because I am too smart!

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Old 06-15-2007, 07:11 AM
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My wife had two job interviews where she had to take those tests. They never told her what she scored, but extended a job offer the very next day. According to them, it wasn't an IQ test.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:19 AM
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For some jobs, they give an IQ test and throw out too high and too low scores.

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Old 06-15-2007, 07:26 AM
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You can count IQ tests and personality inventories at almost any decent company these days, our company has found them to be right on target for assessing aptitude and personality.
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:46 AM
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Hello Birkman test What are your colors? LOL
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Old 06-15-2007, 07:56 AM
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I work with a fella that's a member of Mensa. Had no idea he was that brainy until he mentioned belonging one day. I still can't see it. He's not dumb by any means, but just didn't come across as particularly brilliant.
Any of ya hangin' here? What's the criteria? Heck, I may even qualify!
Sure as hell not me. My hyperactive 10yo son tested 140 on an IQ test 2 weeks ago during the course of trying to figure out why he can't sit still in and be quiet in class and why he's so critical of his classmates when they can't understand concepts. The kid is bored out of his mind in class, finishes his work early and then gets into trouble.

That's the closest I'll get.

I think you've got to be in the 98th percentile and higher for membership.
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Old 06-15-2007, 08:28 AM
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I belong to the Densa Society.


Are they accepting applications?
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I don't have my glasses on...I thought the subject was "Mensa Recall"
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I think Mensa good - I enjoin to discuss smart things.
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:38 AM
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Sure as hell not me. My hyperactive 10yo son tested 140 on an IQ test 2 weeks ago during the course of trying to figure out why he can't sit still in and be quiet in class and why he's so critical of his classmates when they can't understand concepts. The kid is bored out of his mind in class, finishes his work early and then gets into trouble.
sounds just like me
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Old 06-15-2007, 09:45 AM
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I professor I know actually helps WRITE the IQ tests. I only had one seminar from him. I was honestly too freaked out to take a class since I didn't think I could contribute anything to a class with the prof sporting a ~180 IQ
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