Tuesday, October 08, 2013

IQ Again (Frivolous)

I notice that Lumo has claimed a Sheldonian IQ of 187 lately. Of course such an IQ is meaningless, since there arent enough people in the world to norm a score that high (a few quadrillion would need to take the exam). Practically speaking, IQ tests max out at about four standard deviations (IQ 160), but there is plenty of reason to suspect that any score above 140 or so is measuring much different kinds of things than lower scores, like skills in some specialized intellectual tasks.

UPDATE: See comments below for Lumo correction of my faulty arithmetic. I somehow got 187 = 7.8 std. dev. instead of the correct 5.8

I thought I remembered him reporting a more plausible 3 standard deviation score once upon a time.