ive read the ideal iq for suceeding and having benefits in society is 125. any higher and your going to have problems, i.e. bordem (which can lead to emotional problems).
this's probably been said already but i think a lot of what makes one sucessful has nothing to do with intelligence.
not everyone wants to be a doctor or surgeon anyway, its a crappy lifestyle.
Again the score is different depending on test...
I think you have a point about bright people getting bored... I know some very bright people that took till their mid 30's to grow into their brain - it's not until they are a bit older that people are willing to give them the responcible jobs with clout that will challenge their brains... so they play this weird treading of water thing between late 20's and mid to late 30's (I'm sure a fair few make alternative life choices in the interval).
So what are the "interesting results"? You mention getting results but don't mention what the results are...is it world war 3?
Yes, sorry, it's just that the results weren't the point of the post (i.e. that this guy appears to be extremely intelligent and has ended up in a blue collar job either because of a lack of social skills or as a lifestyle choice).
Anyhow, he predicted that what has just happened would happen (i.e. the credit crunch). The good thing about working in education, is that during the summer it is possible to have extended conversations with people. We also chatted about chess personalities (Capablanca, Fisher, Karpov, Kasparov came up), artificial intelligence and inevitably religion.
If you are aiming for the best quality of life your IT teccie probably has the right idea.
In more senior possitions often you end up working longer hours in more stressful situations. Hence the increase in money doesn't compensate.
Many city types make money the first part of their careers - then get out the city and have a life.... which personally sounds like a good idea.
If you value climbing the corporate ladder it's money and status
If you value quality of life it's probably people and family
Very few people know what makes them happy... but thats a whole new thread...
I have found that whatever job I do, I will get stressed whether it is mundane, repetative or challenging. In fact the more repetative or lower down the food chain it is the more stressful I find it (this is evidenced by research done on the UK civil service).
As I have to work to make money and survive, it seems sensible that I should try to aim for the best paid jobs within my field of interest (research and computing). I also like to control things and be able to make changes rather than get frustrated when things aren't done right.
Therefore the best job for me is in management. This is something I've only recently realised!
Although the term "IQ" is still in common use, the scoring of modern IQ tests such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale is now based on a projection of the subject's measured rank on the Gaussian bell curve with a center value (average IQ) of 100, and a standard deviation of 15, although different tests may have different standard deviations.
Fifteen is the most common s.d., but it is not the only one even from an "official" IQ test.
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