Re: IQ - A cautionary tale (Re: The ways of child prodigies)

From: Martin Striz (
Date: Thu Nov 10 2005 - 21:53:00 MST

On 11/10/05, Tennessee Leeuwenburg <> wrote:
> >a bouncer). Mensa states that it wants to provide a forum where
> >intelligent people can work together to solve the world's problems.
> >
> >
> I am a member of Mensa Australia, and they make no such claim. I
> maintain my membership for the high quality mailing list which they
> provide. Within that mailing list, I have found a variety of beliefs,
> some of which I don't believe are genuinely defensible. However, I think
> it's a mistake to believe that the "compellingness" of an argument is
> ever an objective thing.
> >But the people who are already solving the world's problems --
> >doctors, scientists, engineers -- have already surrounded themselves
> >with other smart people and get the stimulation that they need. They
> >tend not to join places like Mensa, which is why Mensa will never
> >fulfill its goal and will always be a place where people play
> >scrabble.
> >
> >
> Well, as I said, my mensa makes no such claim. They *like* just playing
> scrabble. Aspiring to some ideological goal is something else.

Sorry, perhaps I shouldn't have implied that it was their official
policy. There is a profuse amount of writing on the matter, however,
such that it is a concensus view. That's undeniable.


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