How smart are you?
Genius!
21.4% (234)
21.4% (234)
Slightly above average
46.8% (511)
46.8% (511)
Average
19.8% (216)
19.8% (216)
Slightly below average
3.6% (39)
3.6% (39)
Well below average
1.8% (20)
1.8% (20)
I can count to potato!
6.2% (68)
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Poll: Rate your Intelligence! (UPDATED: NOW WITH I.Q. TEST TO PROVE YOUR BRAVDO!)

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I said average. I have fields of knowledge where I'm well read and competent, and others where I have absolutely no idea. Then there is the theory of multiple intelligences where you can be brilliant in one intelligence and very slow in another.

So I don't really have a good metric to judge my own by except for admitting there are many situations where I have very little knowledge or understanding. In my head this balances as average. Cool survey, I like the responses.

I know a lot about stuff and am VERY knowledgeable in things I am interested in. Still, I was only a C student in school (the epitome of average) almost never got D's, barely ever got A's, the occasional B, almost always C's...

I do believe I am above average though (Just don't ask me anything about Math)

Teehee, the chart looks like a boner teehee, bai thuh wae, I can cownt to potaytoe. 1, POTAYTOE!! But in all seriousness, I marked myself at the slightly below average level. If I were to compare myself with a computer, I would be a laptop with a AMD TF-20 processor with 1.66 ghz of clockspeed, 2 gigs of ram, 160 gbs or HDD (no SSD here, nosiree), no hdmi or dvi port, a vga port, 2 usb 2.0 ports, windows xp-windows 7, and some unidentifiable graphics card that can play very few games fluidly, even on minimal settings. In case you already caught on, I was describing my old laptop. We were so alike, and I hated it so much. Oh, and I have negligible cache and and I am still running firefox on it, yet to switch to chrome. (I've switched to Chrome on my new comp, and it is definitely much faster) Basically, I can accomplish basic data processing, but with the barren amount of ram, and small hard disk drive coupled with a cheap processor, you really have to shut everything else off before I can even attempt to do well in even a single task, and even then, it probably will not be A-grade work. I'd say my only redeeming features are that I seem to pick up languages fairly easily when I actually put effort into learning them, and that I am pretty good at drawing.

Average, if not below average.
I don't really care though, I'm happy and what else matters?

ThrobbingEgo:

kickassfrog:

ThrobbingEgo:

130 is not 'slightly above average.' That's two standard deviations from the average, which would put you at a single IQ point below Mensa. 115 would be significantly above average.

between Genius and Slightly Above Average

130 is in no way slightly above average. There's nothing slightly about being that far above 115.

Edit: Eh, but you don't have any other other options in the poll. I get it. I was just thrown off by 'slightly above average' paired with an IQ of 130, which in any other situation would make me spit tea all over my laptop.

I only just read the message from your quote, and was about to explain it, but then I saw your edit. Yeah, 130 is kind of beyond average (or slightly over) but I would hardly say it quite stretches into even the lower limits of genius territory. To me, genius is a 150+ IQ.
So, yeah, limits of the poll and all that.

Zhukov:
I'm intelligent enough to know that I'm not particularly intelligent.

Also, fun fact: most people believe they are slightly above average. Which of course cannot possibly be true considering the definition of average.

No, that is the definition of median, not average.
So, let me see if I can do better than pages 5 & 6.

You can have 10 incredibly stupid people, and everybody else can be slightly above average. You get one F in school, and most of your grades are likely to be above your final average.

Your median grade will be the grade in the middle of the range of all your grades, and does not always come close to the average.

Take the following example. Rather than grades, say each of these are IQ levels.

99
98
97 - Median
96
50

Average = 88

So four people are above average, and one is below average. It is mathmatically possible for most people to have above average intelligence. Being above average is not necesarily anything special.

Now, lets adjust it a little.

110
99
98 - Median
97
96

Average = 100

So now we have four who are below average, and one above average individual. This individual is above average, but at the same time this individual is the smartest in the group.

Having above median intelligence is an accomplishment. Saying one is above average requires knowing whether or not the average leans to the high, or low side of the median.

Knowledge is an accumulation of things, wisdom tells us which things are worthwhile. Academic accomplishments mean little without the wisdom to be able to use them.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." -Aristotle

One of my favorites.

My IQ was 142 at age 18. Its now 143 and I'm 25. Not much variance with age. I'm happy about that. Sept... I missed genius level by 4 damn points... No giant free grant money to go to college for me. :(

Just so people know. IQ does not mean how smart you are. Its how well you are able to memorize information and in what quantities. You still have to learn the information, AND learn how to use it.

The average IQ of humans has increased steadily over the last 50 years. IT use to be 108 back in the 60's. It was 110 in the 90's. Average IQ now is roughly 115-120 depending on the generation.

IQ is also relative to age. Your IQ may be 130 at 19. But it can be 115-120 at 30. Becasue your being compared to your current age.

There's a... large gap between "Slightly Above Average" and Genius...
Imana round up though. I've met "Slightly Above Average"; those people are fucking annoying.

Blackfire001:
The average IQ of humans has increased steadily over the last 50 years. IT use to be 108 back in the 60's. It was 110 in the 90's. Average IQ now is roughly 115-120 depending on the generation.

Well, it's actually been 100 since inception; it's normalised as such. It's just if you took the raw results from 10 years ago and the results from now, they'd be about 5 points higher now (with the increases occurring largely in the lower half of the population).

I'm a genius. Why?
Because I can spell genius, of course.

These threads are really, truly awful. Please stop making them, they just attract far too many pretentious gits.

I answered 'above average' because my grades at school are above the average grade, but I chose that very reluctantly. I don't consider myself all that clever, and choosing that just clumps me in with all of the other cocky idiots like me who think they're clever because an internet test told them so. Besides, intelligence is hardly something quantifiable. Some footballers are amazingly good at strategic thinking on the pitch, but are completely thick outside of that game. So either everyone's a genius because of some niche talent, or no one is a genius at all because everyone is shit at something.

It's strange how the average person has above average intelligence, isn't it?

How the should I know? Seriously, how should I know?

Should I arrange every single person in the country to partake in a pub quiz? We all have specialisations in some trades and subjects. People who go off an say "I'm an all around genius" are stone faced liars. Run up to them and say "What's the proper mixture for cement, in a ratio of Sand and Cement, if I was building a garden wall in my front garden?" Chances are the genius would say "That's not really my field." which doesn't make them an all around genius.

And Google doesn't make anyone a genius. No, it doesn't unless you have memorised every god damn search in Google, and if you have, Congratulations man, that must've taken a lot of work.

My point is, is that I don't know. IQ can be inaccurate so fuck that shit and I'm more specialised in some subjects over others. I don't know history ll too well outside of the industrial revolution, but symbolism in literature, movies and stuff? Boy I can tell you about that.

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK I am angry and I don't know why.

If you can think of a subject, I'm probably terrible at it. I don't know how I made it through school, and I'm not surprised I failed to complete my college course in computing. Twice. I'll probably fail again this year, but I might as well try again, because why not?

Genius. Various IQ tests have put me in the 136-156 area.
It's not all it's cracked up to be. Combined with my ADD, my grades are pretty crap. Stuff that interests normal people for huge sustained periods of time only interest me long enough for me to get a decent understanding, and then I simply move on.
I'm much more interested in knowing a decent amount about everything and seeing the overall picture of how everything relates than getting bogged down in minutiae of any single thing.

If I had lived in the Renaissance I'd've probably been Leonardo da Vinci-type famous as a "Renaissance Man" - good in art, math, science, language, history, problem solving, carpentry, technology literacy, etc. Unfortunately, we now live in a world where Renaissance Men/Jacks Of All Trades/Polymaths are seen as less useful than individuals who are absolute masters in a single field - something I doubt I could ever be.

It's also a bit....limiting in dealing with other people. Can you imagine how many women I just can't see as having any potential for a relationship? Intentionally simplifying your vocabulary and having to explain things you've known since you were in elementary school is....frustrating.

Being a genius certainly doesn't mean you know everything either. There's plenty of stuff I've never bothered learning, simply because I wasn't interested, or it was never important to my world. I know loads and loads of useless shit though.
As long as you're willing to admit when you don't know something and are willing to work with and learn from the people who DO know, regardless of their overall intelligence, everyone functions on a more or less even playing field in day to day life.
*shrug*

I'm not sure if I'd want to be the type of genius that has the focus to become a supreme master in a single field (like Hawking, for example). I may very well do amazing in school and make tons of money and know insane amounts of stuff about one thing, but I feel that would just make you even MORE isolated from being a part of normal society...

IQ is sort of the horsepower of your mind. One mind may have more horsepower than others, but it's still up to the individual drivers what they do with that power.

Am I the only one itching to make all these 'geniuses' prove themselves?

Can we devise some sort of test? And no, none of these online IQ tests - they're much too easy to cheat on, and if you've done one recently you've got a much greater chance of getting a high score. One of you so-called geniuses come up with some sort of genius test, please! I really want to see the results.

Had to do 2-3 tests, got around 130.
Got me into more problems than it helped during my school time, but got better once i grew older.

But that's only cognitive intelligence and there are 4-5(?) other kinds of intelligence too.
So jeah, on the cogintive part i guess i'm above avarage.

oh look! another one

Ieyke:
Genius. Various IQ tests have put me in the 136-156 area.
It's not all it's cracked up to be. Combined with my ADD, my grades are pretty crap.

Stuff that interests normal people for huge sustained periods of time only interest me long enough for me to get a decent understanding, and then I simply move on.
I'm much more interested in knowing a decent amount about everything and seeing the overall picture of how everything relates than getting bogged down in minutiae of any single thing.

do you have trouble concentrating or somthing? because thats what I'm reading here

It's also a bit....limiting in dealing with other people. Can you imagine how many women I just can't see as having any potential for a relationship? Intentionally simplifying your vocabulary and having to explain things you've known since you were in elementary school is....frustrating.

what?..like your doing now?

I'm not sure if I'd want to be the type of genius that has the focus to become a supreme master in a single field (like Hawking, for example). I may very well do amazing in school and make tons of money and know insane amounts of stuff about one thing, but I feel that would just make you even MORE isolated from being a part of normal society...

whhhaaaaa???......oh come on...its better than doing nothing useful and going on about how much of a genius you are, nobody really cares unless you have somthing to show for it

Vault101:
oh look! another one

Ieyke:
Genius. Various IQ tests have put me in the 136-156 area.
It's not all it's cracked up to be. Combined with my ADD, my grades are pretty crap.

Stuff that interests normal people for huge sustained periods of time only interest me long enough for me to get a decent understanding, and then I simply move on.
I'm much more interested in knowing a decent amount about everything and seeing the overall picture of how everything relates than getting bogged down in minutiae of any single thing.

do you have trouble concentrating or somthing? because thats what I'm reading here

That is what ADD means.

It's also a bit....limiting in dealing with other people. Can you imagine how many women I just can't see as having any potential for a relationship? Intentionally simplifying your vocabulary and having to explain things you've known since you were in elementary school is....frustrating.

what?..like your doing now?

Actually, no. The Escapist, as with many places on the internet, tends to attract a lot of similar people. In this case they tend to be above-average intelligence ones.

I'm not sure if I'd want to be the type of genius that has the focus to become a supreme master in a single field (like Hawking, for example). I may very well do amazing in school and make tons of money and know insane amounts of stuff about one thing, but I feel that would just make you even MORE isolated from being a part of normal society...

whhhaaaaa???......oh come on...its better than doing nothing useful and going on about how much of a genius you are, nobody really cares unless you have somthing to show for it

People caring or not is irrelevant. The topic has nothing to do with if anyone cares.

Stasisesque:
Am I the only one itching to make all these 'geniuses' prove themselves?

Can we devise some sort of test? And no, none of these online IQ tests - they're much too easy to cheat on, and if you've done one recently you've got a much greater chance of getting a high score. One of you so-called geniuses come up with some sort of genius test, please! I really want to see the results.

IQ tests are kind of bull shit in general. One of my old teachers talked about how she was taking and IQ test, and because was a math major she knew the one formula to deal with an equation that just happened to be on the test. And of coarse she got the question right. But the test didn't rate her intelligence, she just had been told how to do it. If you where to figure it out on your own, yeah that's intelligence. But just getting told and just knowing the answer is not intelligence.

I know quite a few things, but am still naive to somethings. Though having some knowledge is better than having none. Though half the celebrates in LA, I could say otherwise, except Robert Downey Jr. that guy is awesome.

Ieyke:

It's also a bit....limiting in dealing with other people. Can you imagine how many women I just can't see as having any potential for a relationship? Intentionally simplifying your vocabulary and having to explain things you've known since you were in elementary school is....frustrating.

what?..like your doing now?

Actually, no. The Escapist, as with many places on the internet, tends to attract a lot of similar people. In this case they tend to be above-average intelligence ones.

Erm, it hardly seems like you'd need to simplify your vocabulary, at least based on that post...

And I don't really see how you can say you're much of a genius without testing your intelligence some. From your post you say you get a 'decent understanding' and prefer not to get bogged down in the minutiae of things, only going for the bigger picture. Well the minutiae tends to be the hard stuff. Concepts are easy enough, applying them is what takes work. They're also rather important in being good at math and science. Not to mention language, and a fair bit of problem solving.

Ieyke:

It's also a bit....limiting in dealing with other people. Can you imagine how many women I just can't see as having any potential for a relationship? Intentionally simplifying your vocabulary and having to explain things you've known since you were in elementary school is....frustrating.

what?..like your doing now?
[quote/]
Actually, no. The Escapist, as with many places on the internet, tends to attract a lot of similar people. In this case they tend to be above-average intelligence ones.
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this was kind of the point that bothered me

I honestly don't see how you would have any issue with women/people in terms of vocabulary...unless your explaining some complex concept...and I'm pretty sure people don't talk about complex concepts 24/7

Vault101:

Ieyke:

It's also a bit....limiting in dealing with other people. Can you imagine how many women I just can't see as having any potential for a relationship? Intentionally simplifying your vocabulary and having to explain things you've known since you were in elementary school is....frustrating.

what?..like your doing now?
[quote/]
Actually, no. The Escapist, as with many places on the internet, tends to attract a lot of similar people. In this case they tend to be above-average intelligence ones.
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this was kind of the point that bothered me

I honestly don't see how you would have any issue with women/people in terms of vocabulary...unless your explaining some complex concept...and I'm pretty sure people don't talk about complex concepts 24/7

I actually kind of agree with him on the vocabulary front. Despite not having a spectacular vocabulary, I use a lot of words that a good number of people don't seem to know when I talk. It can be a tiny bit frustrating when you're having a conversation and then you have to explain the definition of a word. Just today I was talking to someone who didn't know what emulsion, pretentious or juxtaposition meant. Also, I like your new(ish) avatar.

I am the smartest entity that has EVER LIVED!! AND IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME THEN FUCK YOU!! (hahahahahahaha) see what I did there, thats funnys to mes

axlryder:

I actually kind of agree with him on the vocabulary front. Despite not having a spectacular vocabulary, I use a lot of words that a good number of people don't seem to know when I talk. It can be a tiny bit frustrating when you're having a conversation and then you have to explain the definition of a word. Just today I was talking to someone who didn't know what emulsion, pretentious or juxtaposition meant. Also, I like your new(ish) avatar.

most people arent that bad though

but (DERP) I don't know what emulsion means

Vault101:

axlryder:

I actually kind of agree with him on the vocabulary front. Despite not having a spectacular vocabulary, I use a lot of words that a good number of people don't seem to know when I talk. It can be a tiny bit frustrating when you're having a conversation and then you have to explain the definition of a word. Just today I was talking to someone who didn't know what emulsion, pretentious or juxtaposition meant. Also, I like your new(ish) avatar.

most people arent that bad though

but (DERP) I don't know what emulsion means

Emulsion is a type of liquid - something like mayonnaise, it's comprised of two liquids that don't usually mix. It's also the common name for a type of paint.

It's not exactly something most people who aren't scientists, interior decorators or photographers come across on a regular basis.

Vault101:

axlryder:

I actually kind of agree with him on the vocabulary front. Despite not having a spectacular vocabulary, I use a lot of words that a good number of people don't seem to know when I talk. It can be a tiny bit frustrating when you're having a conversation and then you have to explain the definition of a word. Just today I was talking to someone who didn't know what emulsion, pretentious or juxtaposition meant. Also, I like your new(ish) avatar.

most people arent that bad though

but (DERP) I don't know what emulsion means

Nevermind, I've been ninja'd. Common example would be mixed oil and water, however. I'd imagine many cooks would be familiar with the term.

axlryder:

Vault101:

Ieyke:

what?..like your doing now?
[quote/]
Actually, no. The Escapist, as with many places on the internet, tends to attract a lot of similar people. In this case they tend to be above-average intelligence ones.
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this was kind of the point that bothered me

I honestly don't see how you would have any issue with women/people in terms of vocabulary...unless your explaining some complex concept...and I'm pretty sure people don't talk about complex concepts 24/7

I actually kind of agree with him on the vocabulary front. Despite not having a spectacular vocabulary, I use a lot of words that a good number of people don't seem to know when I talk. It can be a tiny bit frustrating when you're having a conversation and then you have to explain the definition of a word. Just today I was talking to someone who didn't know what emulsion, pretentious or juxtaposition meant. Also, I like your new(ish) avatar.

EXACTLY. There are so many words that people just inexplicably don't know....hell, inexplicably is a good example. Do you know how often I get a blank stare when I say "inexplicable" instead of "unexplainable"(which is NOT a word!)? Feeling like a pretentious asshole all the time because you constantly have to define words for people gets old really REALLY fast.
I'm not sitting here using "complicated" words on purpose. I just use whatever comes to mind fastest as the most accurate/correct way to say something.

I'm not sure if this is an "unusual strength" for me, or if this is just a widespread problem for loads of other people. All I know is that I don't put any real effort into having a good vocabulary, but I still constantly deal with people giving me confused stares, like I'm speaking Japanese or something.

As far as discussing complex concepts 24/7...have you ever randomly realized you were mall-ratting with your friends, just derping around a department store, and for some reason you've spent the last hour and a half talking about 17th-century philosophy? Or have you ever been hanging out with your friends in the park and ended up on the playground's roundabout (those twirly merry-go-round things) spinning at full speed while discussing physics as if it were the most normal thing in the world?
That type of stuff happens constantly with my friends. We spend more time talking about geeky stuff (D&D, video games, movies, or whatever), to be sure, but those weird moments of "Are we seriously discussing etymology while hanging off the roof?" happen frequently enough.

And yea, I get why people question people claiming to be geniuses on the internet, but they ARE out there. Whether you realize it or not, places like The Escapist, where we can come discuss all our weird fascinations and such with like-minded people, tend to attract people who enjoy and take part in that type of conversation.
You know how many big weird moral/philosophical debates I've taken part in on The Escapist, while simultaneously watching cartoons or playing Minecraft? A lot. It's the computer-based equivalent of my friends and I hanging out at the mall and discussing philosophy.
In case you guys don't realize this, that's NOT REALLY NORMAL for most people.
So, if you're sitting at home taking part in these same discussions on here that I do, while simultaneously watching TV or whatever, there's a good chance you're a a fair bit smarter than average. Maybe a great deal smarter than you're giving yourself credit for.

Average. To quote Rob Gordon, "I mean, I may not be the smartest person in the world, but I sure as hell ain't the dumbest either. I mean, I've read books like The Unbearable Lightness of Being or Love in the Time of Cholera, and I think I've understood them.

"They're about chicks, right? Just kidding."

I'd definitely say I'm far above average. I'm knowledgeable about humanity and I understand things that other people will deny.

Meh, it never really mattered to me, but I'll just say average. However, my husband is above average. He's a smarty-pants.

I consider myself above average. Don't get me wrong, I do not believe I am intelligent. I just believe the majority of human beings are morons.

I'm definitely above average, as I was a constant A-B honorroll student from 7th grade to when I graduated. I have an AA degree, and currently am going for an AS as well, giving me 2 degrees.

However, to make myself feel more arrogant, I definitely say I have a magnificent brain and try to flaunt my intellect.

Sadly, this forum does not allow me to input my correct age, which would probably suprise you. I know that I.Q. is not a perfect judgment of intellect, but I do belive that it would be fitting to add that my I.Q, as tested yesterday, was 183, so quite sufficient to be considered genius. However, the arguments on this forum on the validity of these so-called genius ratings are quite reasonable, but I might add that there can, and should be, a higher concentration of geniuses here, for the obvious reasons. Further, to back up my self-assessment as a genius,I have attended several international math competitions where i was the youngest by at least 2 years, and I achieved a professional level in guitar in 1.5 years time, as compared to the usual 30+ years it should take, is quite an achievement. In addition, I am bilingual, and can be mistaken as a native in America and Spain. But, of course, given my age, I'm probably the stupidest here, but relative to my respective age group, I'm definitely a genius.. But, hey, age isn't something I can really help.

As a final thought, most people here place themselves at slightly above average, knowing the psychology behind it. In reality, there is a very small likelihood that they are not significantly above average, seeing as they took the time to post on this thread, which they would not be attracted to, otherwise. And according to the Kruger-Dunning effect, smarter people rate themselves lower, because they think that since a test was easy to them means that that test was easy to everyone else, which is not exactly a contributing factor toward a good personality.

75% of people think they are above average intelligence. That means one person in four is a dumbass and doesn't even know it. I think that explains most of society's problems.

I test in the 140 range, however I am not formally educated beyond high school. There are people with far less intelligence who know lots more than I do.

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