skylights - tbh I don't belong to mensa and don't know much about it, nor about how its members view others.
I still think though that there are just as many Elitist groups of different sorts outside of mensa-type intelligence. Sure, they may not be as formalized, but I don't really buy into the notion that people who have different definitions of what Good Music is are going to be accepted in certain music-snob groups or scenes, or that people who don't view drama or other activities in the same light/obsession are going to be truly accepted into those sorts of sub-cultures. I mean elitism and snobbery are found everywhere in ALL groups - it's not specific to intellectual circles. Mensa just gets the bad rap because it codifies things and has an actual membership selection process, and does define intelligence in a more limited spectrum. I'm not condoning the definition btw...but again it's a certain type of intelligence.. I just don't really have a problem with people who have that aspect in common, gathering together.