Friday, June 1, 2012

IQ, UQ. (What the hell, let’s all Q.)

IQ tests determine the level of a person’s intelligence.

Q. Yes way? No way?

A. No way

For many years I’ve heard people affirm that IQ tests determine the degree of human intelligenceand that all a person has to do in order to find out as to how smart he/she is, is to take one of those test. I started to seriously look into those so-called intelligence determining tests and the answer isn’t quite that simple.

Borrowed from encyclopedia Wikipedia is the following: Modern mental testing began in France in the nineteenth century. It contributed to separating mental retardation from mental illness and reducing the neglect, torture, and ridicule heaped on both groups.

Mental illness is a deeply rooted disease that can, in no way, be compared to mental retardation. A person suffering from mental illness is a person who sadly lives his life surrounded by a bubble, completely detached from the rest of society. That person has absolutely no knowledge of the conventions of social living as normal people do and therefore can only function in it with a great deal of difficulty, if at all.

Mental retardation, on the other hand, only means that a person lacks knowledge. For example an illiterate is definitely a retarded individual but that, by no means, suggest that that person isn’t intelligent.

When IQ test were first introduced into society, by the French, in the nineteenth century women were, more or less, tagged to have between twelve and seventeen children, once they married. Yes ladies that was normal for the era. Don’t you feel lucky today with one or two? Anyways, a situation like that implied that one or two of the oldest girls were designated to help the mother in the running of the household.

On their side a couple of the older boys were also chosen to help their dad on the farm or, if they lived in the city, to get a job and to bring additional money for the well being of the entire family. Going to school for three or four years or none at all only meant that those children were socially retarded but it certainly didn’t mean that they were less intelligent.

After taking a few of those IQ test for the fun of it, it becomes quite evident to anyone that they are all mostly based on knowledge rather than on the facility and ability with which someone uses his/her intelligence in order to find the answer to precise situations or in an incentive manner.

It’s a fact which, the designers of those tests seem to ignore, that intelligence simply can’t be compared to knowledge and can’t be measured using a test on knowledge. And I don’t believe either that it can be measured in numbers but rather in levels similar to the following example.

Intelligence levels.


Above average


Below average


This being said, don’t imagine for a moment that people of inferior and below average levels can’t be very nice, gentle and loving individuals and, on the other hand, that those with above average and superior levels of intelligence can’t be jackasses and rude to anyone whom they believe are not on their level. The degree of compassion that one person can show to another is usually acquired through that person’s upbringing although some individuals are capable of learning it by themselves.

What do you think?

© 2012 Jean-Paul Gosselin

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Take this with you.

A guy and a girl meet at a bar. They get along so well that they decide to go to the girl's place.

A few drinks later, the guy takes off his shirt and then washes his hands.

He then takes of his trousers and washes his hands again.

The girl has been watching him and says, "You must be a dentist."

The guy, surprised, says "Yes! How did you figure that out?"

"Easy," she replied, "you keep washing your hands."

After they had had sex, the girl says, "You must be a good dentist."

The guy, with a boosted ego says, "Sure, I'm a good dentist, How did you figure that out?"

"Didn't feel a thing!"

Have a swell day, stay relaxed, have a beer and don’t forget: keep smiling. Life is good. Buena la vida. La vie est belle.


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