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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."

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/12/magazine/12QUESTIONS.html




"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."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hawking#Illness

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

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-- 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).

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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