IQ, "g", and smarter than a bear?



Here's my rant and rave on "IQ" - it does have a real purpose - and I don't feel that it's at all self-serving but honest:
I refuse to take any more "IQ" tests. I was told in high school (although it was supposed to be kept from me) that my score from the 4th grade testing was 133. Later, in high school and before leaving the nest my parents built, I took another and it was 147. When I finally did leave the nest, my father's domination, and the state of North Carolina and went west to university, I took another one as part of a study by the psychology department and it was 152. Then, in grad school at a different university, I was given another one (the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale) as part of another study. I was not told my score but only that it was "'something' more than four standard deviations above the mean." Most sources establish a standard deviation of 15 points for IQ scores so this put my scdore (not me, only my score) at something above 160. Mensa, Intertel, and Triple 9 took me on the documentation I sent from the psych department.
But I am also a professional flop. I couldn't keep up with S. J. Gould or Richard Dawkins (both had lower scores than me - I know that for a fact) and I had so much personal crap going on that I flopped and came close to blowing my orals (note the clever pun) over a simple question on Rassenkreissen and evolution. I did not publish anything after my one and only paper a long time ago but went into medical laboratory work because I needed the money and academia was not fit for me, or vice versa. Who knows? Who cares?
The concept of IQ is a mismeasure, sorry for stealing the word, Stephen Jay, and loaded with misconceptions held by psychologists, neuroscientists, and especially, the public. Nobody knows what "g" is anyway and IQ is what IQ tests measure. It's meaningless for living.
And, IQ is not correlated with income (at least above about 110)- so the old question of "If you're so smart, why ain't you rich?" is inane. That makes me feel a little better. But all in all, having a lot of "g" does not make life and living with people easier. It makes it harder - especially when it is combined with ADD or ADHD.
So, if you guys out there have kids that are classified as "gifted" or "talented" on the basis of an IQ test, you can help them by teaching them that their scores do not guarantee "success." You can help all kids by teaching them the attributes and skills by which they may succeed.
Finis de fulmination. Ende des Schimpfe. Konetz rechii.
Agki
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snipped-for-privacy@mindspring.com says...

All my high IQ did for me was let me figure out that chasing "success" was a big waste of a short existence.
I found a job I could do for fun (programming) and make enough to live on and then semi-retired (went independent) at the age of 45 or so. Totally retired at 62.
With hobbies of woodworking, model railroading, gardening, and motorcycling (the last just given up due to arthritis), retirement has been anything but boring.
My wife of 35+ years and I also got to spend a lot more time together.
We're not rich (cue a chorus of "Maybe we're ragged and ...") but we've sure had a lot of good times.
So don't feel too bad if your "talented" kids reject "success".
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Yeah, me, too. I figured out that "success" doesn't mean owning a lot of yachts or 7,000 ft^2 houses. Still, though, I'd like to retire (next January) to 1300 ft^2 with a 600 ft^2 shop in the back (or, better for me) attached by a breezeway.

I will retire from the US government at 60. I could work longer but what is happening to government scientists is both political and administrative interference with science by people who have no idea what it is. It's a generation of me-firsters in suits who want to show their alpha wolf power.

Deletia
But what do you think I meant by "success"?
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Agki Strodon wrote:

I suspect you meant the tangible rewards that would announce your success to everyone around. Sounds like you rethought that as you matured (welcome to the club!)
I still like Emerson's definition:
Success To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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Nah! More ... um... "sprititual" was what I had in mind. More RWE said than Donald Trump.
Agki
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snipped-for-privacy@iedu.com says...

Thanks, Morris - if I ever heard that one, I'd forgotten it. I'll try to remember it now - it certainly meets my definition of success.
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He went by "Jay" in HS, did he change that?
IQ is a measure of your ability to discern pattern and analogy, in short, ability to learn. Never pretended to be anything else, but a bunch of pretenders have tried to make it seem as if it did.

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But that's not intelligence or "g" as the psychologists call what they are trying to measure. Pattern and analogy are important points on IQ tests but they are not all. There are also cultural components that depend upon cultural exposure. "Who wrote 'Faust'?" was in the Wechsler I took. I remember because I almost said "Christopher Marlowe". Memory is also a component of "g", so it seems.

Some people can learn different things and at different rates. When learning characteristics are compared with IQ scores, there doesn't seem to be a really good correlation. And what about insight? Understandings that come from nowhere and give you new perspectives on ... anything... woodworking, for example, are important in "g" but not measured in IQ.

And they still do. Pretense is ubiquitous in every society.
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Sorry, that's information. Intelligence is integration and employment. Those questions are likely determinants to find out your cultural experience. Your answer will be used to weight others.
You echo the "cultural bias" position without consideration of the undeniable - vicarious learning demands a language. The two considered universal used to be mathematics and standard English. Though you may acquire information in many ways - current educational buzzword is "kinesthetic" learning, it is your ability to retain and employ information that counts. The convenience of print takes the place of the blocks as soon as the individual is able to read. Perhaps soon we'll do things by television, since kids can't read.

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snipped-for-privacy@mindspring.com (Agkistrodon) wrote:
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You can be smart as can be but with out imagination, one's smarts won't take you far. I'd trade some iq for a bit more imagination.
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Imagination can be learned to an extent, especially if you understand what it is. What is imagination but the ability to form images in the mind and use the mind to manipulate and modify them? Moving a piece one way or another, changing joints and creating them (like the Japanese do with their fantastic joinery skills), anything that you can see, you might be able to create in reality. "The battle is won or lost in the mind before the first soldier takes the field," Sun Tzu.
Imagination is popularly confused with fantasy but fantasy is not what Albert Einstein meant when he said that imaginations was more important than knowledge.
Anyway, if you can teach yourself to draw just a little bit or to see things from different perspectives, you will be doing exercises that really will improve your imagination and that will improve your skills at designing projects. Go get five books "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards, and "The Zen of Seeing" by Frederick Franck - no, three, three books! - and start drawing. Start with the Edwards book.
You might also check this out for how the Edwards book has been used:
http://www.pacificu.edu/academics/as/arts_humanities/art/faculty/to/hewlett/h3/linking.htm
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Great quote! You might want to check out Sun Tzu's Art of War at www.sonshi.com
"The battle is won or lost in the mind before the first

http://www.pacificu.edu/academics/as/arts_humanities/art/faculty/to/hewlett/h3/linking.htm
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On 14 Jun 2004 08:10:17 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@mindspring.com (Agkistrodon) wrote:

Don't worry. You don't have an IQ to measure, or you'd be able to read the title of this newsgroup.
Bill.
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Well that attitude doesn't seem to measure up to your namesake there Bill.
Dave Hall
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I'm replying to another and another and another who brought it up and expatiated on it but changing the title of the thread. I did not start the discussion but so flippin' what anyway? Ain't digression part of any conversation in some way or another?
Agki

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