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Old 04 December 2017, 02:54 PM
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Being able to solve certain kinds of puzzles doesn't necessarily make you more intelligent than other people.
Whenever my brother, sister or I would get all excited about our grades, my parents would always say something along the lines of "that and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee."

I think horse sense is much more important in day to day life than abstract intelligence.

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Old 04 December 2017, 03:50 PM
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Common sense isn't very common.
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Old 04 December 2017, 03:59 PM
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Because it usually means 'situational stuff that I learned already'.
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Old 05 December 2017, 12:49 PM
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Old 05 December 2017, 02:03 PM
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Hear hear.

This topic comes up in my day to day more often than I would like: I don't even want to talk about "intelligence" any more. There are so many different kinds that "intelligent" turns out to be a nonsensically vague catch-all term for "being good at something". I've never heard it used in some situation where I thought there wasn't a better way to describe whatever skill it referred to. Stupid word. (And, yes, that definitely goes for "AI" as well.)
If you ever feel the need on a message board to get 98% of the people on it-including many lurkers- to participate just start a thread about who else was in gifted and talented classes in school. People can't wait to tell you. By my reckoning there are a total of 6 people and me on the internet who weren't.
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Old 05 December 2017, 02:14 PM
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That's because we are all above average.
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Old 05 December 2017, 02:18 PM
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If you ever feel the need on a message board to get 98% of the people on it-including many lurkers- to participate just start a thread about who else was in gifted and talented classes in school. People can't wait to tell you. By my reckoning there are a total of 6 people and me on the internet who weren't.
That was one of the first things I noticed about this board when I joined. The only other place I've been where the gifted and talented outnumber everyone else is a message board for parents I once belonged to. My kids, apparently, were the only children in Ottawa either not in a gifted program or not in a gifted program but obviously should have been but were kept out by jealousy and unspecified nefariousness.
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Old 05 December 2017, 03:01 PM
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I was never in a gifted class, and AP didn't exist then. I did participate in a program that allowed students to pull ahead in math (starting in the 8th grade) so that by the time I was a senior we could take calculus. Now, calculus is available to all high school seniors.

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That's because we are all above average.
This naturally leads to some thoughts on Lake Wobegon, but I don't think it exists any more, and I don't know what they call the place where all of the women are strong and the men are good looking now.
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Old 05 December 2017, 03:10 PM
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In first grade, I was placed in a special class. It was for those who were slow learners. It probably was because I was, and still am, left handed. This was in 1956 in parochial school in Birmingham Alabama.
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A nearby city has a Gifted and Talented middle/high-school. Having gone there seems to be the defining attribute of many adults, even in their 30s and 40s. Many of the alumni from this school seem to use it as a way to look down on people in other gifted/talented programs in high school. The fact that their attendance was decades ago doesn't seem to occur to them.
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Anyone else ever run into someone with a Mensa membership?
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I was in a gifted program in at least two separate schools/levels.

I regret it. I do not feel it brought me much except raised expectations from my school teachers.
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The fact that their attendance was decades ago doesn't seem to occur to them.
Kind of like the guy in his early-mid 50s whose crowning achievement was throwing the game-winning touchdown in his high school?
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Anyone else ever run into someone with a Mensa membership?
I did once but fortunately it was only a minor fender bender.
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Old 05 December 2017, 05:38 PM
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Anyone else ever run into someone with a Mensa membership?
It only took one conversation with one Mensa member to ensure I wouldn't touch that organization with a ten foot pole.
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Old 05 December 2017, 05:41 PM
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I did once but fortunately it was only a minor fender bender.
Rimshot! He'll be here all week!

Say Beach, what was the vibe the Mensa member was emitting? An I'm better than you! vibe?
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Old 05 December 2017, 05:51 PM
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It only took one conversation with one Mensa member to ensure I wouldn't touch that organization with a ten foot pole.
Yeah, no kidding, but the nail in the coffin was finding out they have members who are Young Earth Creationists. At that point I realized that they really didn't have any membership standards and thus were a completely useless organization.
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Old 05 December 2017, 06:08 PM
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...what was the vibe the Mensa member was emitting? An I'm better than you! vibe?
Very arrogant and elitist. They have regular meetings locally and I asked what they did at their meetings. From what I was told they sit around and discuss how to solve world problems. Not in a 'how can we help' sort of way, but in a 'even only everyone was as smart as we are' sort of way.
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