The other day I was discussing IQ tests with an overseas acquaintance, a gentleman who is extremely bright and generally scores off the chart, 150 or so. That’s pretty high, it’s less than one-in-a-million. Still, we both considered the real value of IQ scores, and the reality that most of the highest achieving humans were much less than that. Most presidents of the US in fact are 120 to 130’ish, only President Eisenhower was an off the chart IQ candidate. Okay so, let’s discuss this some more if we might.
You see, when my acquaintance mentioned this, I told him that personally, I tend to agree with your summation as to the value of IQ tests, as some many notable scientists had tested at 120. Perhaps, the reason we, at our think tank, have that question on our application form has more to do with the need of academics to tell us how smart they are, so we introduced that question to satisfy that need. So, this brings me to another interesting question, one I also posed to my acquaintance, namely; if he thought we ought to re-design the IQ tests, but how would we do that? What should we include?
After all, if the current IQ tests leave so much to be desired, then why have them in the first place. No that is not to say that we must completely ditch the IQ tests, they are valuable, and the do work for some things, but maybe we could do better? And yes, there have been others who have tried, take the multiple types of IQ theory, Howard Gardner’s theory on intelligence. His reasoning and logic does actually make sense, still is that enough? Would that suffice in all cases?
In the case of recruitment for a think tank, what makes sense there? Should we perhaps use the IQ test, plus another test to add to it? So, let’s say as long as the individual was 120 IQ + would they would be qualified? Would they need some other mental abilities – such as? And how could we test those secondary attributes of the mind? Are you beginning to see the challenges here?
You see, I guess I concur that intelligent quotients are problematic, I believe my acquaintance is correct, thus, I concur, as there are many 145 + IQ folks signing up for our think tank, but quite frankly many of them can’t think their way out of a cardboard box from China (usually recycled and flimsy). Now then, I suppose that achievement is one way we’ve often used, but that can be fleeting also, as many super IQ folks aren’t all that concerned with human accolades as they see what they are worth, why they are used, and how they end up trapping the mind to fulfill some goal of a mindless society.
So, what other criteria can be used, and is there an app for that? Can we use Big Data to discover the smartest and most mentally fit amongst us? How can we be sure, that those who score high on such tests are actually capable of leading the human race forward? Yes, I know, as always I have provided my readers with more questions than answers, but if you’ll use your superior intellect, maybe you might have the answer? Please consider all this and think on it.