I’m a genius. That is, I have a genius IQ. My IQ is 147, and genius is 140, so the argument is over.
I’m always accused online of bragging about my IQ (never in meatspace because I know how to discuss it without offending people), but the truth is that there is nothing to brag about.
Face it. In America, you can brag about anything but your brains. Brag about how much money you make, what a great job you have, what a nice car you drive, how many chicks you get, how nice you are, how everyone loves you, how awesome your kids are, how angelic and pure as driven snow you are, and no one gives a flying fuck. Bragging about brains is only resented in that not only do most folks obviously not have any, but worse, they are never going to be able to acquire any, not even at discount at Walmart.
Furthermore, brains have zero value in US society, hence bragging about them is proscribed. If brains were as valued as money and you could get you just as many chicks and as much validation as cold cash, bragging about would be the like soup du jour, an everyday thing.
I must honestly say that my brains have never done my much of any good, and any good they have done has been massively counteracted by all of the negative stuff. They’ve turned off way more women than they turned on. They’ve hardly made me a nickel. They openly and objectively turn off the vast majority of people I meet. They’re essentially useless as far as making a good show in the interpersonal world and the world of money and success, or maybe worse they are worse than useless, an actual hindrance.
Since they are such a great big negative, why all the fuss about “bragging” about brains? I suggest it’s sour grapes. Even though your average moron says he hates brains, and every day he sets out to prove just that, deep down inside, he resents the brainiacs.
A commenter said a while back that when there are 30 IQ points difference between individuals, communication is often difficult if not impossible. There may well be something to this, but I think it is especially appropriate for those with IQ’s below 100. That means that when I am talking to many people with IQ’s 100 and below, it’s a hopeless endeavor at some point and I may as well throw in the towel. Sure, there are people with IQ’s under 100 who understand me just fine, but most of them won’t.*
The typical scenario is I am saying something in meatspace or writing something here, and their interpretation is over there, 150 miles away. They’re not getting it. They’re not understanding what I’m communicating. Worse, they are getting a 100% inaccurate message from what I am communicating. Often the message they are getting is the exact opposite of what I am communicating. It’s very common that people claim I am communicating a view that I actually hate.
I have tried and tried to take these people aside and show them what I really mean. It hasn’t worked yet. I may as well be talking to my cats. No matter how much I try to explain it, they never get it.
Let’s think here for a moment. If you are an average person, your IQ is 100. A person 30 IQ points below you is a Goddamned retard. So for most anyone, a person 30 IQ points below them is probably going to seem like a total fucking retard. Now, 85% of the population has an IQ below 117. The question is, “Robert, does 85% of the population really seem to be total fucking drooling retards?” This is a very painful question for me, because I want to give people the benefit of the doubt and get along with everyone. I especially try to be nice to folks of lesser intelligence.
Yet if I had to sit back and answer that question, I have to answer very sadly, “Yes, or at least those with IQ’s of 100 or less do.”
It’s true. When you’re as smart as I am, a good 50% of the people you meet day in and day out seem like total fucking drooling retarded ass pinheads. They’re so stupid and so incapable of understanding that you’re almost afraid to even talk to them because half the stuff you say is either misunderstood or not comprehended at all. You especially have to watch out for jokes, because maybe half your jokes either don’t make sense at all to them or are interpreted in drastically wrong ways.
So not only are they stupid, but they’re also sort of dangerous because they are always misunderstanding you, often in nasty and malevolent ways. Most people think if they can’t understand you, that you must be either weird, crazy or possibly evil or criminal in some way.
Every day, you step outside and it’s Moron World. Moron World, all day, every day.
Now, I ask you. You still want to be a genius?
No you do not.
*I will say that I can actually communicate pretty well with folks at the higher end of that range. I have known folks with IQ’s of 113 (2 of them), 115, 116 (2 of them) and 117, and I could communicate very well with all of them, and none of them seemed stupid. In fact, sometimes I wonder if the 117 IQ guy isn’t smarter than I am, and the 116 guy was very, very smart. That is because both of them have filled their brains up with many things. People in this range may seem fairly average at first, but the truth is that many of them are just not having their brains stimulated. Once you stimulate their brains a bit, it is often amazing how smart they seem. They just need a little prodding.
I have also known a few folks with rather average IQ’s. One has an IQ of 106 and the other has an IQ of 97. The 97 guy also has a learning disability, and I wonder if that affects his score. The 97 guy, amazingly enough, is shockingly intelligent, so much that you start to doubt his IQ. But he is in his 50’s, and I think he has just been packing his brain full of stuff for decades, and it shows.
The 106 guy, a friend, at first said he could hardly understand what I was even writing about, but I urged him to keep reading the site. I kept talking to him, and I tried to stimulate his brain. I also urged him to stimulate his brain as much as possible. The truth is that now he seems quite bright, and sometimes he even seems brilliant or ingenious. He just needed to stimulate his brain is all!
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