The results of this poll suggest that SF is very much like Lake Wobegon ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Wobegon_effect
Originally Posted by macuser3of5
Maybe slightly above average? I don't know, I don't feel particularly smart, but I'm surrounded by idiots.
In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king ...
Originally Posted by GQgeek
Top 5% might be pushing it, but I'm certainly in the top 10% overall imo. In HS I scored in the top 1% on the University of Waterloo SIN test competition for physics, but I'm not equally strong in other areas. In more general math competitions I was more like 90th percentile, but then again, I was a bad student and my score probably would have improved if i had ever studied more. On the other hand, I'm a complete dumbass when it comes to extracting the underlying meaning of poetry.
I put above average, even though, objectively, I'm probably between 90-95th percentile.
The person that contstructed the poll did a pretty horrible job. There's a huge gap between average, above average, and 95th percentile.
That's because knowing your way around a poem is more about wisdom
than intelligence. Dumbass.
Originally Posted by Soph
I graduated Magna Cum Laude with 2 degrees in 4 years. Honor Society President and a bunch of other awards your mom would love etc. etc. blah blah blah. Being driven is more valuable than intelligence.
Experience is still vastly superior to producing real world results. Academic records are more a represetation of hard work and ambition than high IQ. Making mistakes still provide the greatest lessons. And the quarterback still gets the hot cheerleader to put intelligence in perspective.
The world is run by C students, eh?
As for myself, I am not running the world, so I'll count myself among the marginally above-average. The secret to my success? A small pond, baby ...