Ask A Genius 250 – Termanites
Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner
August 5, 2017
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Rick Rosner: I’m just saying that the idea that IQ doesn’t have a huge context of matter, especially since IQ was designed by [undecipherable], I believe in France as just a tool to see what kids needed help with in school.
He had IQ, I don’t know what he called it, he probably didn’t call it IQ, because that was probably termed coined by California. But he came up with the idea of intelligence testing, on a five-point scale, where the ones and twos had learning difficulties, needed help, and the fours and fives had advanced learning abilities and needed perhaps different educational resources too, and the threes are your average students who might be okay in just a regular classroom.
And then Terman gets a hold of the idea and probably comes up with an index of 100 being average. You know with differences of measured on a scale of the standard deviation of 16, and he kind of Americanized it, he kind of tech-ed it up. Going from a one through five scale to a scale that gives you two or three-digit score, which gives the illusion of much more precision.
I can brag about my IQ and use it to try to get recognition and maybe eventually a book deal or employment, or somehow monetize it the way like Marlin Savion who was known for having the highest IQ in the genus book of records in the 80’s has monetized her IQ. She has probably six or seven million dollars over her life-time.
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen
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