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As Stephen Hawking says about IQ:

"Q: What is your I.Q.?

"A: I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers."


"Symptoms of the disorder first appeared while he was enrolled at Cambridge; he lost his balance and fell down a flight of stairs, hitting his head. Worried that he would lose his genius, he took the Mensa test to verify that his intellectual abilities were intact."


While an interesting snippet, I don't see how it relates to the comment you responded to.

-- he obviously cared about his IQ /at the time/ if he took the test. If he really didn't care he could have just tackled some physics problem and seen if it felt the same (or something).

And subsequently he appears to have decided that having actual accomplishments as a physics researcher and as a popular author on science is much more significant than his IQ score. In other words, what he thinks after he learned more and had real-world experience is that boasting about IQ is for losers, as he said in the much more recent interview.

There's a difference between caring about -- or knowing -- one's IQ, and boasting about it.

Also there are smart people who haven't achieved much in their life. Sometimes I think I'm one of them.

Ultimately one's achievements mean more than their mental capacity.

I have no idea. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers.

I love that quote, but I love this one from the article, too:

She was just another person trying to make it in New York. The fact that she had this credential just gave her something different and I remember thinking, "How can we cash in on it?"

That's from the guy who suggested she use her IQ to make herself famous. To him it was just a way to sell books.

Preoccupation with IQ is not for losers. But we also live in a world where computers augment our cognitive abilities. And so any measure of intelligence should probably be a combined measure of brain + computer.

Preoccupation n. extreme or excessive concern with something http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preoccupation

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