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  •  My Cousin Is/Was A Genius (7+ / 0-)

    and I don't often throw around that word. My dad's side of the family professors and PhDs. My mom's side, not so much. I recall my mother begging her sister to send him away to a school where he could be around other people as smart as him. Where he wouldn't be "mocked" for being "different."

    Within a year of going away to college he changed his name and refuses to talk to his parents (he only communicates with me).  

    The good news is he found his calling and all he does these days is study Lemurs. Heck he just got back from six months in Madagascar.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:55:03 PM PST

    •  My brother is a genius (8+ / 0-)

      He did nothing with it. At all.

      We non-genius siblings got to spend a our childhoods feeling stupid in comparison, only to grow up and discover there's far more to intelligence than the stuff on IQ tests.

      •  the problem with geniuses (7+ / 0-)

        is that they need to learn self motivation, because assigned tasks are too easy for them.

        Even learning advanced topics only goes so far, because those do eventually run out. The next step, researching at the boundaries or creating things, isn't the same as learning in a class.

        In the end, if they don't learn to create something with their gifts, what's the point? Creativity isn't the same as learning calculus.

        •  Yup, Lots of wasted smart alcoholics out there- (2+ / 0-)
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          radical simplicity, mrkvica

          Sad really when all that mental talent goes to waste.
          Had a HS brilliant friend, got a full boat scholarship to college- Partied so hard first year dropped out of college, never left home, married or anything. He's 60 now and I suppose he's lucky to be alive, but that's it.

          "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones." "Life without emotions is like an engine without fuel."

          by roseeriter on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 12:14:53 AM PST

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          •  It's hard, and overwhelmingly depressing, ... (0+ / 0-)

            when you find you're surrounded by people of average intelligence who say things like "there's far more to intelligence than the stuff on IQ tests" but really mean "I hate you because I'm not as smart as you".  Sure, IQ tests do not evaluate artistic talent, musical ability, etc., and it certainly doesn't mean that the possessor is a "better" person, but it damn sure DOES evaluate "intelligence", which is the ability to reason, perceive complexity, calculate quickly and many other things.  It's no wonder most people with ultra-high IQs keep that fact to themselves; revealing it isn't worth the grief it brings.

            "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

            by Neuroptimalian on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:58:29 PM PST

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            •  Wow. That's an interesting interpretation. (0+ / 0-)

              Methinks you've spent time with people who aren't in our family, and who treated you badly. I hope you've found people with whom you fit better than whoever treated you so poorly.

              I won't go into my family's dynamics, except to say that social intelligence is critical, but is not tested via IQ tests.

              As a person with a decent, but not quite genius IQ, I can understand what you mean when you refer to jealousy among people who are less intelligent. It happens. However, not everyone with less intelligence is jealous. Most people I have encountered who disdain those of greater intelligence have generally run into those whose arrogance outshines their intelligence.

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