Igor wrote:I think IQ tests can measure the ability to think quickly under pressure. I don't believe they test the ability to think slowly and thoroughly, which is also a valuable commodity, and (IMO) just as indicative of intelligence.
IQ tests, as designed, are intended solely to root out people of below-average intelligence -- and we're talking only the bottom 5% or so of the entire population. Of course, folks can't resist applying them to the notion of high intelligence, but the truth is that the higher the score, the less that's being measured. This is very apparent if you take several different IQ tests as they will often emphasize different aspects of intelligence. I generally score very high if the emphasis is on reading and comprehension, but only average if the test is heavy on math. The point is that no matter which test I take, I will never fall into the bottom 5%. IQ tests are diagnostic tools designed to help identify people with mental handicaps; they were never intended to be a ranking system.