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At Mensa gathering, smart is the rule
Boston Globe, by Billy Baker

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/5/2014 5:02:55 AM

Inside the largest gathering of certified “geniuses” in human history, held in Boston this week, sits a table covered in stacks of stickers. The stickers are round dots, in four colors, and each person must pick a sticker and place it on their badge for the Annual Gathering of Mensa. It is part of a hugging game they play. A green dot means “hug freely.” Yellow means “ask first.” Red is a clear “no.” A Blue dot means you are single. “It’s kind of like a traffic light,” said Tom Schnorrenberg, a 40-year-old from Tewksbury who was staffing the sticker table, dressed

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Reply 1 - Posted by: provide, 7/5/2014 7:10:30 AM     (No. 9911651)

I guess they have a color system too like the bandanas in the back pocket in the Castro.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 7/5/2014 7:46:05 AM     (No. 9911678)

Other than the nerdgasm from belonging to the Wile E Coyote Super Genius club why join Mensa?

Being smart isn´t all that impressive. Doing something useful with your intelligence is.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JimS, 7/5/2014 8:32:26 AM     (No. 9911717)

I wonder how many of the cars in the parking lot of these oh-so-smart people had Obama bumper stickers?
That alone would be proof of their stupidity.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/5/2014 8:38:58 AM     (No. 9911722)

Amen, #2.

With apologies to the minority of Mensans (comparable to the 2% of American lawyers given a bad name by the 98%): Some years ago I was invited to join. After attending a few meetings as a guest, I concluded that my time would be better spent doing – well, almost anything other than sitting around with a pack of self-congratulatory poodles performing mental parlor tricks.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: controlfreak, 7/5/2014 10:09:42 AM     (No. 9911795)

I´ll bet there were no black dots.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 7/5/2014 10:13:13 AM     (No. 9911801)

Ick.

Just goes to show -- you´re never too smart to be a phoney.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: coldoc, 7/5/2014 10:31:49 AM     (No. 9911832)

Seems like mutual admiration club for people with six fingers. Yippee.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: T-Bubba, 7/5/2014 10:53:47 AM     (No. 9911866)

If smart is so great, how have be been led to ruin by Ivy Leaguers?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 7/5/2014 11:23:24 AM     (No. 9911899)

Smart´s OK, I guess. But I´d rather be good looking, lucky, and humble.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hazymac, 7/5/2014 11:27:19 AM     (No. 9911904)

In certain corners seeking validation of one´s intelligence by joining Mensa would be considered déclassé. #4´s use of "self-congratulatory" seems proper. It´s no big deal, and by itself it won´t make your life any better. My admiration goes to those who have average smarts, yet regulate their lives more successfully than the rest of us.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 7/5/2014 12:27:48 PM     (No. 9911956)

I wonder about IQ generally. If you are given a certain IQ number from a certain test, is that number yours for life? Or, if you take the same test later, and get a different result, then what is your IQ? Do you average out the two scores? What if you are ill on the day you take the test? Or hungover? Can your IQ get better with age? Or worse? What exactly are we talking about here?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 7/5/2014 2:40:42 PM     (No. 9912068)

A "Mutual Admiration Society" on steroids.

Some of the "smartest" people I´ve ever known were miserable in their own skin. I´d rather be a Mensa reject Christian hick than a "genius" atheist who hates those around him as inferiors.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 7/5/2014 2:59:48 PM     (No. 9912090)

My IQ more than qualifies me, but I´ve never felt the desire to join. My gut tells me it´s likely a hotbed of liberals. Not that they have higher IQ´s, but that they´d want to prove it to others by membership in Mensa.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Islander, 7/5/2014 4:38:02 PM     (No. 9912160)

> If you are given a certain IQ number from a certain test, is that number yours for life?

Actually, their is not _A_ single numeric score, there are slight variations in the results among different tests. The criteria actually used is a statistical quality "Standard Deviations From The Mean." The value Mensa uses is the "2nd standard deviation", or 98th percentile. Mathematical symbol shorthand for a standard deviation is the greek "signa". Mensans are 2-sigma or higher people.

It helps to understand the criteria if you´re smart enough to be in Mensa.

PS. There is also a 3-sigma society.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Islander, 7/5/2014 5:13:18 PM     (No. 9912186)

> My IQ more than qualifies me, but ... My gut tells me it´s likely a hotbed of liberals.

Obviously you are either not Mensa material (for having an opinion without first gatehring supporting data) or else not from Texas. Otherwise you would intuitively know that -- except for the Austin chapter, where we try to keep them all contained -- no Texas Mensa chapter would EVER be a hotbed of liberals!

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