When the mind's eye rests on objects illuminated
by truth and reality, it understands and
comprehends them, and functions intelligently; but when
it turns to the twilight world of change and decay, it can only form opinions,
its vision is confused and its beliefs shifting, and it seems to lack intelligence.
... Truthfulness. He will never willingly tolerate an untruth, but will
hate it as much as he loves truth. ... And is there anything more closely
connected with wisdom than truth?
(Plato, 380 BC)
What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. (Sigmund Freud)
As a science philosopher I thought it would be interesting to do some IQ tests (the mind is a very interesting thing), which then led me to creating this webpage with links to reputable, free, online IQ tests (use Anchor Links or scroll to IQ tests below).
It is obvious that IQ / Intelligence is partly genetic and
partly cultural (practice / education). I know that I come from a genetically
smart family (due to test results of my siblings - see my Biography)
and I was curious as to how ten years study of Physics,
Philosophy, Metaphysics) affected my intellectual ability (for good
or bad!! - my IQ Scores for the IQ Tests are shown next to the IQ Test links
According to these results I would be classified as 'gifted'. However, acting intelligently is not just about being a gifted 'genius' (an abused term!), but, as Plato wrote, requires knowledge of truth and reality (philosophy physics metaphysics) if we are to act intelligently and wisely. (And evolution has not equipped us well for this task, we tend to be deceived by our imagination, and we sense the world around us as being made of separate and discrete objects when reason clearly tells us things are interconnected).
Anyway, this page has a good collection of free online IQ
tests. Hope you have some fun doing them. And I also hope that you will
look around you sometimes and think about what everything is (including
yourself), how it is all connected together in Space. There is now a simple
explanation, you just need to read and think about it!
All the best,
PS - I checked the links to IQ tests (below) in 2008 and they were all working. Please write to us if there are any problems. Thanks.
Somebody who only reads newspapers and at best books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else. And what a person thinks on his own without being stimulated by the thoughts and experiences of other people is even in the best case rather paltry and monotonous. There are only a few enlightened people with a lucid mind and style and with good taste within a century. What has been preserved of their work belongs among the most precious possessions of mankind. We owe it to a few writers of antiquity (Plato, Aristotle, etc.) that the people in the Middle Ages could slowly extricate themselves from the superstitions and ignorance that had darkened life for more than half a millennium. Nothing is more needed to overcome the modernist's snobbishness. (Albert Einstein, 1954)
Having read many great philosophers over the past ten years
I feel that I am reasonably well qualified to comment on some common characteristics
of 'creative genius'.
i) They tend to live fairly isolated lives such that they have a great deal of time to think, and they are not so indoctrinated with the beliefs of their time, thus they are more likely to create / discover new knowledge.
ii) They tend to be very stubborn and believe that they are right, but this stubbornness is founded on a passion for Reason and Truth.
iii) They believe that things can be understood and explained by Science and Reason. That reason is founded on Principles and their logical deductions which are True if they correspond with our Senses. (Thus opinion plays no part!)
iv) They tend to be both curious and very good at understanding how things work. Often philosophers were also inventors.
v) They tend to be non-specialists with a diversity of knowledge (very different to modern education!)
90-110 (average intelligence)
111-121 (above average)
122-130 (highly intelligent)
142+ (genius - top 1%)
(I have completed these tests and can confirm that they are free and provide reasonable test scores of your IQ.)
http://www.highiqsociety.org/iq_tests/ The International High IQ Society offer five free IQ tests online (and logic puzzles). Adults who score more than 126 may join the society (for a fee of about $50.00 US). I scored 160 on their standard test (12 minutes, 50 questions - so you have to answer quickly!)
http://www.iqtest.com/ - You have thirteen minutes to complete 38 questions. I scored 165 (so the test is fairly easy I think!) You have to pay for complete results.
- We received a nice letter from the vegas society recently (Oct. 2007)
so we thought we would add their link here. They have a nice collection
of IQ tests, and their ideals of creativity are important.
From their site: Advanced Vega Society is a worldwide intellectual society, founded in August 2006. Our members are from different backgrounds and religions, the only common thing we share is a quest for knowledge and improvement. Our motto is "Great minds, noble goals".
http://web.tickle.com/tests/uiq/authorize/signin.jsp?url=/tests/uiq/index.jsp - Congratulations Geoff, Your IQ score is 131. This number is the result of a formula based on how many questions you answered correctly on Tickle's Ultimate IQ test. Your IQ score is scientifically accurate. This means you are highly intelligent and have picked up an impressive and unique collection of facts and figures over the years. You've got a remarkable vocabulary and exceptional math skills. Note: The IQ score is free but you have to pay for complete results which analyse your strengths and weaknesses.
http://www.intelligencetest.com/ - You have fifteen minutes to answer thirty questions. I scored 135.
http://www.testcafe.com/iqtest/ - Congratulations! Your general IQ score is 157. A person whose IQ score falls in the range of 144-160 is considered to be 'gifted'.
http://www.psychtests.com/tests/iq/index.html - Classical Intelligence Test - Revised - 60 questions, 45-60 min. I did the test in 20 minutes and scored 127 (So there is probably no advantage in answering faster and I should have taken more time and care!)
I have not completed the following IQ Tests but the websites seem to be pretty good.
http://www.allthetests.com/iq-test-intelligence.php3 - Provides a comprehensive list of online IQ tests, including some for children (not all are free).
http://www.audiblox2000.com/dyslexia_dyslexic/dyslexia014.htm - An interesting article on the history of IQ Tests: Where Does It Come From and What Does It Measure? BY JAN STRYDOM, M.A., H.E.D., D.Ed. & SUSAN DU PLESSIS, B.D., B.A. Hons (Psychology) - The most important criterion in diagnosing a child as learning disabled is the IQ test. The aim of an IQ test is to measure the intelligence of a child, which supposedly is an indication of the child's potential. But where does the test come from and does it really measure potential?
My two children will do these tests over the next few months and give us their results and opinions! I am having trouble finding many FREE online IQ Tests for children so if anyone knows of any please write to me and I will add them. Thanks
http://www.athey-educational.co.uk/noaccess/mult1x.htm - 'This verbal reasoning test is suitable for nine to twelve year old children and a challenge for kids parents! There are 25 questions and the time limit is 13 minutes. When you have finished the test click the 'What's My Score' button. You are also given the correct answers for the questions you got wrong.'
Oddly, things have now reached such a state that even among men of intelligence philosophy means something fantastical and vain, without value or usefulness, both in opinion and practice. The cause lies in chop-logic which has captured all the approaches. It is a great mistake to portray Philosophy with a haughty, frowning, terrifying face, or as inaccessible to the young. Whoever clapped that wan and frightening mask to her face! There is nothing more lovely, more happy and gay - I almost said more amorously playful. What she preaches is all feast and fun. A sad and gloomy mien shows you have mistaken her address. (de Montaigne)
http://www.highiqsociety.org/ - International High IQ Society - Five professional free IQ tests to qualify for membership. Members enjoy access to chat rooms, discussion forums, regular online tournaments in chess, backgammon, contract bridge, and Go, as well as difficult puzzles and brainteasers, and the ability to submit works to the quarterly online IQ Magazine.
- Prometheus Society - Educational, scientific, and research group for those
with extreme intelligence.
http://www.intertel-iq.org/ - Intertel - An organization of those with IQ scores in the 99th percentile (top 1% of the general population). The goals of the organization are to encourage meaningful intellectual fellowship, foster an exchange of ideas on any and all subjects, and to assist in research relating to high intelligence.
http://www.s-2000.com/iquadrivium/ - IQuadrivium Society - A high IQ society for those at and above the 99.9th percentile.
http://www.hiqh.org/ - High IQ for Humanity - Recognizing that children are the most important asset any country has, High IQ for Humanity seeks through various projects to develop the skills of gifted children within their respective countries. It is hoped that by doing so, the gifted will not migrate to more developed nations, but rather stay and help develop their own homeland.
http://www.poeticgenius.com/ - Poetic Genius Society - The Poetic Genius Society is an organization for highly gifted individuals (99.5 percentile IQ, or the top 0.5% of the general population) who have a love of poetry. Members can submit works for publication in the organization's online journal and interact with fellow poets via a member chat forum, and a message board.
http://www.angelfire.com/home/sesquiq/ - SesquIQ - High IQ society. Membership active in environmentalism and research.
http://www.cerebrals.com - The Cerebrals Society - A society for those whose IQ falls at or above the 99.7th percentile (top 0.3% of the general population). Members interact via discussion forums and an online journal. IQ tests are available on this site.
- MENSA - To join Mensa you must score in the top 2%. In Australia the Annual
Fees are: 88 AUD (Concession rate 44 AUD: full time students, pensioners,
unemployed; Additional Family Members 24 AUD). Cost for Test Evaluation
or Supervised Test or Home Test - 40 AUD. National Magazine: TableAus (6
issues/year). Number of Members: around 900.
The following IQ tests are accepted by Mensa Australia;
Test name -----------------------------------------
ACER Advanced Test AL-AQ ----------------------------- 130
Cattell Scale 3 Form A --------------------------------------- 148
Otis Higher Test ------------------------------------------------ 130
J.C. Raven Progressive Matrices - Advanced -------- 148
Stanford Binet, Form L or M -------------------------------- 133
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - R (Revised) ------ 130
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (3rd Ed.) --- 130
Kaufman A-B-C ------------------------------------------------- 130
Wechsler Preschool & Primary Scale of Intelligence -130
- This site has a nice collection of essays covering various aspects of
intelligence: Measuring Brain Function, Famous Intelligent People,
Genetic Engineering to Boost Intelligence, Healthy Habits to Improve Memory, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Aptitude Vs. Intelligence, Memory Biases, Learning Disabilities and Intelligence, Intelligence and Memory.
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