A couple of questions today. First of all, have you ever taken an IQ test? If so, how did you score? If not, why not? Was it because you don’t know how to read and so the tests didn’t make sense to you?
I’ve taken a few of them, and so far I’ve ranged from the low 100s (103 was my lowest) all the way up to 139. 103 would be considered very average, while 139 seems to be butting up against genius level according to most of the tests I have seen.
I think this is a different question than “How do you get smarter?” That question gets asked often and most of the people I see who are asking it don’t have a great idea of what “being smarter” would actually look like.
So what is it? Reading more books? Getting more degrees?
It depends. How synonymous are smarts and wisdom? Do you view intelligence as a sort of functional fitness scale for the brain? When I talk about functional fitness, mental or physical, I’m usually just looking at the ability to perform a specific task.
You can read a lot of books and score horribly on an IQ test. I’ve done it.
And I suspect you can have a high IQ while forfeiting just about every social skill in the world, and without reading a bunch of books or doing a lot of formal book learnin’.
IQ tests, to me, are an example of functional mental fitness. They may be good indicators that you are intelligent, but they can also mean that you are very good (fit) at taking IQ tests–executing a specific task.
Enough rambling. Over to you.
What’s intelligence? What’s wisdom?
Does IQ have anything to do with either of them? How much stock do you put in these tests?
And of course, do you know how to increase your IQ level?