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Ed Schreiber at Café Sci2

“IQ, IQ Measurement and High IQ Societies"

Monday 26 January 2015, 6:30 PM, at Brooklyn's near LoDo Denver


About the topic




Dr GitomerBio: 

Ed Schreiber is a retired CAD software developer. Prior to 35 years in the computer industry as a techie and entrepreneur he was a musician – six years as an Army bandsman, another four as a nightclub jazz pianist while in college. He has taught computer science at CU, DU and Colorado Women’s College, has been an amateur actor, radio talk show host and a candidate for Congress. Ed immigrated to the US from Croatia at 13.

He first joined Mensa in 1964 while serving in the Army in France – “to meet smart chicks”. No regrets. He organized the first Mensa meeting in France and has been active on and off in leadership, promotion, recruiting, organizing meetings – and getting to know a lot of smart people, in Mensa and a few other lower profile, higher IQ organizations. He’s gotten to know most of the main characters in the strange world of high IQ societies. He was membership officer for one society for six years, a job in which he examined over a thousand IQ test reports from applicants for membership.

About the topic

IQ – “intelligence quotient” is not a quotient at all. Originally defined as the ratio of mental age and chronological age times 100, it only worked for school children. It was replaced by a statistical model proposed by French psychologist Alfred Binet. Hence the well-known Stanford-Binet IQ test, developed at Stanford by Lewis Terman in 1916 and still in use today.

IQ scales are based on the Gaussian or normal distribution model applied to intelligence. Ed will explain the reasoning and methodology of IQ scales, talk about some difficulties and controversies in the IQ testing industry and clarify some common misconceptions about IQ tests and scores.

At the Cafe, Ed suggested we read an article from Scientific American called "What Do IQ Tests Test?"

Then he’ll talk about the societies – Mensa, the big mama of 120,000 members internationally, and the dozens of imitations, a few of them worth noting. He’ll also talk about the peculiar characteristics he has observed among exceptionally gifted people and – of course – the benefits of belonging.

For a preview, read A Short (and Bloody) History of the High IQ Societies.

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