Having been a member of Mensa for thirty years, I’ve reached the conclusion that IQ and education are not very good predictors of whether I will find someone to be entertaining or not. I’ve met people with sky-high IQs who were boring old poops. I’ve met people with very little education who were fascinating and funny.
I agree, (heck, I think I am compelled to agree with someone that casually slips in a Vonnegut reference), IQ is over-rated. It is also not a predictor of what kind of poster the person would make. Some people with very high IQ still cannot write well or express themselves well.
How exactly were you planning to [del]weed out the dummies[/del] collect proof of the proper IQ level?
I qualify for Mensa, but I fritter a lot of my intelligence away and am not particularly interested in being a Great Thinker. On the other hand, I know many people who are brighter and more interesting than they give themselves credit for.
Harriet the Spry: Your post reminds me of that saying that goes something like, “A person who does not read is no better off than a person who cannot read.” My husband is one of those people I mentioned who thinks he’s not intelligent but is dead wrong. He reads like crazy and absorbs information like a sponge, and many people who meet him are surprised to learn that he does not have a college degree.
My fiance is similar. He has an art degree and doesn’t consider himself very intelligent, often referring to me as the smart one. But I keep reminding him how quick he is, and how good with puzzles he is, but for some reason those don’t mean “smart” in his mind.
He takes apart machines to see how they work and then puts them back together again. He has no formal computer training but works tech support --the youngest in the office. He loves science and is just as fascinated as I am by the stars and the universe.
I always tell him that I wouldn’t be with him at all if I didn’t see him as my equal, and it’s true.
Having a curiosity in the world and a desire to understand it are valuable traits when it comes to my estimation of intelligence.
I scored 83 on my Chem GRE’s in 1966. Second highest in my class. I was probably about(IMHO) 12th smartest in chemistry in a graduating class of 20. Got me into UNC Chapel Hill. Where I promptly flunked out of Graduate School. But, dayum!, I knew how to take a test. My speciality.
That being said, if I were to fix up a box to put dumb people in, I’m quite convinced that QtM would be absent. OTOH, he’s just slithering about the hull anyway.
My Hubby does not have a college degree, yet he can look at the outside of machine casings and tell you with a great degree of accuracy what the inside looks like. For example, 3 shafts coming in; he knows what is turning what and where to take them apart at (oops bad grammar ). He thinks he’s a dunce, I think he’s a genius. YMMV.