I have to say that I have read this thread with disappointment. Many threads on this forum quickly sink into pathetic schoolboy debates with some members trying to impress each other with their intellectual might and knowledge of obscure subjects, all obtained during the course of expensive educations that are continually mentioned. These educations have seemingly taught everything except humility, perspective, an understanding of appropriateness and an appreciation of real life verus academia.
Expecting the same here I was further disappointed that this debate did not even reach that level, no matter how pathetic and self indulgent it is, and instead is just post after post of the most bone, predictable and generally incorrect assumptions and comments about Mensa, it members and it functions.
I was a member for a few years and attended many functions, ranging from an afternoon in the pub to formal affairs in London and found the varied people who attended to be generally interesting and fun, and to have none of the arrogance, inflated ego and generally obnoxious attitude of some here who haven seen fit to remark on something that they know little about.
Finally Mensa does not consider itself to be an elite organisation, simply one for members who share a certain trait, the level of IQ required for entry is not especially high, although many members exceed it by a huge amount,(I am not one of them) it is simply a minimum standard, and to those who have seen fit to mock it, I would point out it is in excess of that generally needed to enter any of the professions or places of education that they are so proud of.
Some of the arrogant pricks on this forum would do well in life to put up or shut up, lets have this as a starting point. If you don't want to join don't, if you want to criticise the entry standard then do so when you have reached it, if you want to criticise the functions, do so after you have attended one.