1. Post #1

    September 2010
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    A four-year-old girl from Hampshire has been accepted into Mensa with an IQ just one point below Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

    Heidi Hankins from Winchester has a 159 IQ. She taught herself to read and was able to count to 40 at two years old.

    British Mensa chief executive John Stevenage said Heidi's parents "correctly identified that she shows great potential".

    According to Mensa, the average adult IQ score is 100.

    In 2009, Oscar Wrigley, aged two and a half at the time, from Reading in Berkshire became the youngest ever child to join Mensa with an IQ of 160.

    Mr Stevenage said: "We aim to provide a positive environment for younger members to develop."

    According to Mensa, the signs of a gifted child include an unusual memory, reading at an early age, intolerance of other children and an awareness of world events. A gifted child will also ask questions all of the time.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-17702463
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  2. Post #2
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    Dennab
    February 2011
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    That's actually cool.
    Imagine being outsmarted by a four-year old in for example chess.
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    "She taught herself to read..."

    Amazing
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    kill me
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    I see someone likes stock photos of kids with oversized glasses :3
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    According to Mensa, the average adult IQ score is 100.
    Uhh, that's kind of the definition
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    If the average IQ is 100, what would an IQ of 135 get me?
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    caw caw motherfuckers
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    Why didn't you use the picture of her from the article?

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    I see someone likes stock photos of kids with oversized glasses :3
    that sounds
    really creepy
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    I see someone likes stock photos of kids with oversized glasses :3
    I like stock pictures

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    Wait, teaching yourself to read isn't a normal thing? I thought it came about the same way speaking did.
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    I remember when titles used to mean something, now you can get one for a dollar, this all used to be fields, get off my lawn damn kids etc.
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    I can't get over the fact that she taught herself to read. That's just insane.

    I mean, as long as it was without help from anyone.
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    Wait, teaching yourself to read isn't a normal thing? I thought it came about the same way speaking did.
    I think majority are taught how to read in school or by parents.
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    I bet she will end up growing up arrogant.
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    When I was four I memorized all my books instead of learning how to read. To this day I have no idea what i'm typing its all a random assortment of fruit.
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    Wait, teaching yourself to read isn't a normal thing? I thought it came about the same way speaking did.
    I would read signs constantly on the way to pre-school, eventually I could read picture books, but my dad helped me with the meaning of words.
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    God dammit, and here I am struggling in Chemistry.
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    June 2010
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    I've always wondered what my IQ is...
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    If the average IQ is 100, what would an IQ of 135 get me?
    Absolutely nothing. Intelligence by itself is pretty useless, and IQ isn't even intelligence.
    The highest average income is located between 120 and 140 on the IQ scale, go higher or lower and the income decreases. 125 with good social skills, a set of balls and will to succeed will get you far, far higher than 200 IQ points.
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    I just have one question?
    Is she 100% normal in a social way?
    Because I have a feeling she's a savant and they're often horrible in social situations.
    Some can't even do simple tasks like getting dressed or boiling an egg.
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    The Union Jack would look a shit ton better with a Hammer and Sickle in the middle of it
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    November 2007
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    she is going to grow up to become a terrible person and huge narcissist like all child prodigies do
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    It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen

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    I taught myself to read when I was 4 because I couldn't pass the man who needed coffee in Pokemon Yellow. Infact, when I was 5, I got banned from my schools library because they didnt think I was actually reading, just looking at tthe pictures.
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    She actually taught herself to read.

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    In 2nd grade we had to read these books, and there were boxes of different leveled books. I hit the hardest level :hehe:

       ITT: Boast about how smart you are   
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    Absolutely nothing. Intelligence by itself is pretty useless, and IQ isn't even intelligence.
    The highest average income is located between 120 and 140 on the IQ scale, go higher or lower and the income decreases. 125 with good social skills, a set of balls and will to succeed will get you far, far higher than 200 IQ points.
    I know that, IQ doesn't have shit to do with how smart you are, it's more of a rate of learning. Hence the name "Slow" that gets branded on people that aren't as smart as most people. Takes a person with an IQ of 80 to learn something longer than it does for a person with a higher IQ.
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    She actually taught herself to read.

    I learned to read (and write numbers and some words) on my own as well, back in kindergarten. Just asked which letter is which on street signs and licence plates, and boom, by first grade I was reading fairy tales on my own.

    Although wow, she did that when she was two. That's pretty hardcore.
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    I can buy a title to replace to the one someone bought me
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    I learned to read and write when I was 5, (although with a little bit of help from my family and the staff at the kindergarten).
    When I started school at age 6, me and my best friend were the only ones in class that understood and knew how to use double consonants (which are quite prevalent in the Norwegian language). I often found myself correcting my classmates' grammar.
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    MBB

    February 2012
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    IQs are age-adjusted scores guys, she's very smart for her age but I guarantee most of us are still more intelligent than her.

    Edited:

    We eventually won't be, of course, assuming her intellect continues growing at the same rate (it often doesn't, many very smart kids become only above average in their teens)
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    You can't measure IQ at 4 years old, comon.
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    MBB

    February 2012
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    You can't measure IQ at 4 years old, comon.
    Agreed, this is pretty meaningless aside from a quick news story on a slow day
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    Dennab
    August 2005
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    That's actually cool.
    Imagine being outsmarted by a four-year old in for example chess.
    I'd feel for her because people with high IQs are generally depressed.
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    January 2012
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    Technically there's no such thing as teaching yourself to read or speak, at least not by yourself. You need a base to start from, a focal point if you will, to set examples on what things are. "This is A, can you say A?", for example is a base, without that you would think that the letter A sounded like Q, or something or other.
    It's really not as astonishing as people are making the line "She taught herself to read..." out to be, quite normal in fact. The only thing astonishing is the time it took her to learn how to read.
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    August 2005
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    Why are people like this always compared to Albert Einstein? He never got an IQ test or spoke about it.
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    I bet she will end up growing up arrogant.
    Sort of hard to imagine someone with that much potential as being modest. I would be perfectly content of dealing with the arrogance if it means being able to talk to, potentially, one of the greatest minds the world has seen.
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    October 2007
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    IQ is such bullshit, it doesn't make a person any better than anyone else, it just means you work stuff out quickly.
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    January 2010
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    i taught myself to read :<

    when the rest of my class was learning the basics, i was reading full novels
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    MBB

    February 2012
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    Sort of hard to imagine someone with that much potential as being modest. I would be perfectly content of dealing with the arrogance if it means being able to talk to, potentially, one of the greatest minds the world has seen.
    No, high IQ doesn't necessarily mean a good or pragmatic thinker. For example, this guy who has the highest IQ in the world was a bouncer and said all kinds of dumb shit:
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    October 2005
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    This one guy who works full time in this restaurant told me had a genius IQ.

    I asked him when he got tested for it.

    He said when he was 5.

    I imagine things have changed since he was 5.
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    I bet she will end up growing up arrogant.
    And then, when no-one likes her and she's a total social outcast, she'll become mad and build an elaborate underground base into a volcano and start assembling a huge death ray.
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    kill me
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