Ive been wondering about this topic for a while after reading another forum where the inevitable: 'What is your IQ?' topic cropped up and a couple of tests were thrown around, most notably these two:
http://www.iqout.com/ <If you are curious I got 99 on this one.
http://www.iqtest.dk/main.swf < 105 on this one
Both slightly above what I expected.
Basically the discussion descended into the usual argument about how IQ is related to intelligence or being 'smart' and whether or not there is any validity in this and about a politically correct agenda against making people feel inadequate.
But I did wonder about the nature of intelligence. I think it is important to utilise it when it comes along and to make sure people are reaching some kind of potential.
However, I can also see the argument against singling people out or adhereing too strongly to the superiority of your 'apparent' intelligence.
The worst outcome is someone believing they are right or correct, merely on the basis that they are intelligent. Although this is not to downplay the brilliance of a clearly genius mind.
Of course we all know that intelligence is a multifaceted creature defined by so many amazing and interesting factors beyond the typical notions of what people believe constitutes intelligence.
The point is that I have to ask: Will people ever be ready to face their own inadequacies? And even if they do, is it possible without falling into a deep self-conscious depression? And does the knowledge of limitations in intelligence stop people trying as hard as they could?
Ive always acknowledged that my intelligence is average at best, that has never been a mystery to me, but very often I find myself wondering what it would be like for someone who was so highly intelligent, to see all these connections, twists, turns and ideas that might be so far out of mind's reach to others that it would be like comparing the size of the sun to the size of the earth....and perhaps even more stark than that.
Then again perhaps I would not enjoy the true loneliness of such a mind.
What are peoples thoughts on this?