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Are You A Genius? Read These Signs And Find Out

Have you ever wondered what geniuses have in common? A number of experiments have been conducted to find that out and some peculiar behaviors have been observed among people with high IQ.

Are You A Genius ? Sign of genius

Have you ever wondered what geniuses have in common? A number of experiments have been conducted to find that out and some peculiar behaviors have been observed among people with high IQ. How anyone turns out to be genius is due to their genetics. So genetics of geniuses definitely differ from “not so genius” ordinary people, but these brainy people do have similarities in their genetics that lead most of them to possess similar qualities. How would you recognize or identify a genius if you come across one?

Well, science answers to that. Read the list below and you will know if you or someone you know, have got more brains than average, because geniuses commonly have more than one of the following signs.

1. They Don’t Lose Their Virginity To Just Anybody!

A study conducted among students of top universities has found out that the number of sexual partners per students were lower as compared to the average control group – a group with which the results of an experiment are compared. Same results have been found in both U.K. and the U.S. It is especially true for men. So you question how is having less sexual partners related to higher IQ?

One quality geniuses have is they do not follow the rules, they tend to deviate from the path designed by evolution. Men tend to be polygamous, so they can pass on their genes to maximum offspring, but that is an evolutionary norm.  Men who go against that are more intelligent.

Another reason that links monogamy and high intelligence in men is that the male hormone testosterone tends to inhibit intelligence and increases the libido, so when there is less testosterone, it will not only result in monogamy or even asexuality, but also a higher IQ.

By the way, do you know Newton never got married? And, neither did Nikola Tesla and Leonardo da Vinci. Darwin had an amazingly close relationship with his wife, Emma, which is thought of as more like a ‘son-mother’ than ‘wife-husband’ closeness!

Proof: Why More Intelligent Men (But Not Women) Value Sexual Exclusivity

2. High Sex Drive

A sex toy retailer in U.K , Lovehoney, after analyzing their sales data found that the students from top universities buy more of their products than students from other universities. Cambridge and Oxford came first with students spending $14,600 on sex toys, compared to students of Surrey and Loughborough, who spent less than $4900.

The conclusion of this study is somewhat contradictory to the first one, but it can also explain why monogamy is preferred over polygamy by more intelligent men, compared to their intellectual and professional life, they don’t want to spend more time, resources or energy having kids (Another divergence from evolutionary trend, our ancestors spent less time on unnecessary activities like learning, investigating and discovering and more time reproducing), they satisfy their libido using personal pleasure products.

When such individuals who refrain from sexual interactions even with a high libido enter a relationship with someone who meets their both emotional and physical requirements, tend to form a strong bond with that person, thus leading to a monogamous relationship.

Another correlation that shows relation between a high IQ and less sex is the difference in the number of offspring they have, both men and women with high IQ tend to have lesser number of kids than their less intelligent counterparts. It can also be seen in birth rates of different countries, poor countries with less health and education facilities (thus on average low IQ) have higher birth rate than the developed countries with on average higher IQ.

Proof: Does a high IQ equal a high sex drive? Cambridge University tops sales at Lovehoney

3. Sorry, We’re Not Social Type

More intelligent people don’t do well socially. Geniuses just don’t feel understood by people, so they withdraw themselves from society. Their interests and priorities are usually different from those of their peers, colleagues and even family members that makes them act distant.

Sometimes, you will see a person talking absolute non-sense with confidence, on the other hand, you might meet a person, who talks once in a month, but when talks s/he talks you will be surprised at what an amazing thing s/he said. That’s the difference between a genius and an average person, genius thinks before speaking and most people don’t, but what does that have to do with being socially poor?

Geniuses probably think too much, s/he will consider all the effects and consequences of a thing s/he wants to say, like what will this person think if I say this? Will this make sound stupid? This person might think I am trying to act too smart and on and on and on. Besides, social interaction might just be too boring for them, as compared to their own activities.

Some geniuses might even become arrogant, not interacting with people they think can’t reach their mental level and may even develop anti-social personality. Darwin probably suffered from social anxiety disorder and there were times when the famous physicist Galileo offended people.

4. Yay, This Is My Thing!

As geniuses like to experience new stuffs, they are more likely to plunge in an ocean of drugs and become addicts than less intelligent people. A study revealed that they are more likely to take illegal drugs like marijuana, ecstasy, amphetamines and heroin.

Proof: Intelligence across childhood in relation to illegal drug use in adulthood: 1970 British Cohort Study

5. Sleep Is Too Boring

If you like to stay up all night because you cannot sleep without completing a Nicolas Spark’s novel, welcome to the genius club. Evolution has shaped us to work during the day and rest at night, but apparently it doesn’t matter to brainiac.

People with bipolar disorder that is associated with heightened creativity sleep less when in their manic phase. A research says that insomnia is associated with a higher IQ, the need to sleep per hour in night decreases as intelligent increases. Also, there is a possibility that for genius, their calcium channel, Cav3.1, for deep sleep is slightly unstable.

So having a tough time trying to sleep? It is a sign you’re a genius. No wonder why Nikola Tesla never slept more than 2 hours a night!

Proof: Bipolar disorder and creativity are linked (but not by some mad genius)

6. Even the Eye Color Matters!

Blue eyed people on average excel better at self-pacing activities like academics and are better strategic thinkers, but that doesn’t mean people with other eye colors are always less intelligent. Brown eyed people on average tend to do better at quick response based activities like sports. But don’t worry brown-eyed people, as research states you are perceived more trustworthy than your blue-eyed counterparts.

Proofs/References: Correlation of eye color on self-paced and reactive motor performance / Intelligence and Pigmentation of Hair and Eyes in Elementary School Children

7. Alcoholism – Just Feels Good

Just like drugs, drinking alcohol is a novel task as our ancestors weren’t too fond of alcohol. An experiment done in U.K. shows that brilliant students have more tendency to become alcoholic.

Proof: Smarter People Tend To Drink More Alcohol

8. Artistic Abilities and Boundless Imagination

Whether it’s the magic world of Harry Potter that captured minds of thousands or Johnny Depp making you think Jack Sparrow really exists or incredible talent of Mozart or Da Vinci’s Eternal Mona Lisa, geniuses express themselves in way world can understand them.

The ability of projecting your thoughts or expression into the world, requires a mind more developed than average. People with high IQs tend to share their thoughts in a way everyone finds understandable and pleasing like poetry, writing, music etc.

9. Atheism – We don’t confess

Researchers say that on average atheists are on average 6/7 points higher than non-atheists. Belief in God has been advantageous throughout evolution, so geniuses often break this trend too. The poorest countries with less education, less IQ (most of which follow rules our ancestors laid foundation of), tend to more religious. Among 137 countries in a study, only 23 had more than 20% atheists, which are all higher IQ countries.

Proof: Intelligent People Have “Unnatural” Preferences and Values That Are Novel in Human Evolutionary History / University Quiz Implies Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

10. Liberalism – Don’t Poke Your Nose in My Business

A research concludes that people who are very liberal in early adolescence have a mean IQ of 106.4 while those with very conservative views have a mean IQ of 94.8. This, as everything else in geniuses, is because they like to challenge evolution, our ancestors valued their own families or individual with more genetic, cultural and geographic similarities as them, while did not share their resources to genetically distinct individuals, interbreeding was not common, thus leading to a conservative approach to protect one’s norms, genes, resources etc. Liberalism is evolutionary novel, thus practiced more by more intelligent people.

Proof : Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent

11. Weird Hobbies

Geniuses are inclined to ‘weirdness’ or they just don’t follow what averages consider ‘normal’. A genius’ idea of fun is equally weird. Can you guess what Albert Einstein’s hobby was? It was not reading about what researchers have said about electromagnetic rays, neither was it spending hours to derive a mathematical relation between physical quantities, Einstein loved to sail.

12. They Do Things Which Make Other People Ridicule Them

Everyone laughed at Wright brothers, did not they? Because no one had a goal quite like theirs. Darwin was criticized by the scientific community after he presented his Theory of Evolution. Socrates had to take poison because Greeks believed he had corrupted youth by his radical concepts.

13. Mental Illness – There is not much difference between geniuses and mad, is there?

High IQ and mental disorders go hand in hand. OCD has been associated with above average IQ, bipolar with creativity, autism with music skills, there has not been a genius without ‘crazy’ in history.

14. Being the Oldest Child

Parents interact more emotionally and psychologically to their first child, thus causing the child to develop better intellectually. The oldest children on average have 3 points higher IQ than the closest sibling.

Proof: Older Siblings Are Smarter

15. Breastfeeding and IQ

Breastfeeding increases IQ by 7-10 points if the child has a variant of FADS2 gene. Another study concluded that children breastfed for first 6 months had a verbal IQ of 10.48 points more.

Proof: Moderation of breastfeeding effects on the IQ by genetic variation in fatty acid metabolism

16. Lefty 

It’s the right side of brain that controls the left side of the body and vice versa. In left-handed people, they can use both side of brain equally, thus being able to process more incoming information.

Researchers have observed that these people have more vocabulary and problem solving capacity, making them somewhat smarter than right-handed people, usually with an IQ of 140 and above. But bad news lefties, research also says you tend to forget things easily because of rapid neurons formation in the hippocampus.

This is the reason why childhood memories are hard to recall and it is same for genius.

Proof:  Handedness / Why Are Left-Handed People So Brilliant?

17. Have you always been the tallest in class?

A study found that even before children start going to school taller kids perform better on cognitive tests.

Proof: Common Genetic Variants Explain the Majority of the Correlation Between Height and Intelligence

18. Being Sarcastic

Has making cynical jokes and snarky remarks always been your favorite means of showing affection to your friends?

According to study at Harvard University, sarcasm can actually promote creative thinking processes. And, being actively able to make intelligent, sarcastic comments is an indication of higher intelligence.

Also delivering or receiving sarcastic jokes requires a great deal of effort for both the commenter and the recipient in order to be understood and appreciated as humour. This boosts the creativity and cognitive functioning of both the parties.

Proof: The highest form of intelligence: Sarcasm increases creativity for both expressers and recipients

19. Being Skinny

Obesity has been shown to decrease IQ over time. A research led by French scientists found that people with Body Mass Index of 20 or below do better in vocabulary test than people with BMI of 30 or more.

Proof: High BMI Tied to Poor Cognitive Function in Middle-Aged Adults

20. Being Smart Never Means You Have To Be Truthful

Because more intelligent people are aware of their ability, they lie more than average people when they think it can get them out of a tough situation.

Lying requires the brain to reason and process, more efficiently, scientists have shown that parts of the brain involved in working memory with tend to be more developed in smart people are activated when they lie.

However, a research at the University of Oxford claimed that intelligent people are better at trusting people, so it is likely that trusting people readily is a sign of intelligence.

21.  Love To Wear The Same Outfit Every Day

Most successful and powerful people choose to wear the same thing every day, and it has nothing to do with laziness or lack of fashion sense. Instead it’s a trait commonly associated with most geniuses, according to study.

Of course, successful and powerful people undoubtedly are geniuses. And as you know, their life is filled with incredibly tough decisions. So in order to pare down or minimize the amount of decisions that they have to make on stupid things and have their mind focused on the more important issues, they basically adopt some standards and one of the most common being – wearing the same outfit every day.

For example, Steve Jobs was known for wearing his black signature turtleneck jeans and sneakers. And Mark Zuckerberg can be seen wearing same grey T-shirt and jeans every day. Albert Einstein too owned several variations of the same suit.

So that’s it. Wearing the same clothes every day is a sign of genius. Do you own multiple versions of the same T-shirt, too?

22. Smart as your Mom!

Genes decide how our brain will develop, so smartness determined  genes are more likely to run in families, smart parents have more chance than average parents to produce smart kids, it has been proved by studies of IQ in identical and fraternal twins. Also, a study has proven that on average, 20 to 40 percent of child’s intelligence is inherited from their parents.

Proof: Childhood smarts partly in the genes

23. Can’t Hear What I’m Thinking!

Once considered a sign of insanity, talking to yourself has shown to improve memory. When there is a storm of thoughts in your mind and you talk to yourself loudly, it will be easy to remember next time, because your mind will know it’s familiar.

24. Gift Me A Guitar Next Time

Part of brain that process the information received are more developed in musician than in an average person. Experiments have shown that learning an instrument can change your brain’s neurophysiology.

Proof: Early Musical Training and White-Matter Plasticity in the Corpus Callosum: Evidence for a Sensitive Period

25. Don’t Underestimate a Listening Ear!

Geniuses listen more and that’s how they learn, complex auditory processes are involved in listening attentively and storing it in your mind, so obviously smart people are better at it.

So these are the signs of genius, have you found any resemblance in your character? If you do so, then probably you are a genius.

388 comments

  1. I think its an outstanding observation . can you tell me who passes on your left hand and who passes on your right and how such decisions are made for men and ladies. In highly populated areas and lesser populated streets.

  2. Very interesting….but I have one question: Is #20 to be taken as proof that Donald Trump is smart? Think before you answer–whether YOU are judged truthful or smart may depend on it! 🙂

  3. Well I found that I did relate to almost of the stated signs listed. However I am social and have brown eyes. I learned to play a couple of instruments early on and I love to sail! I don’t think that makes me an Einstein however. I am ambidexterous, write with my right, throw with my left, most everything else I do with whatever hand is closer to the object I am going to manipulate. Hammer with either, shave and comb hair using both hands. I happen to know what my IQ is as it happens. Do to circumstances beyond my control I did not go to school until I was almost 13. So the school had me take an IQ test. Two years later I moved to a different school, the state was basically my guardian at this point, so since I only had two years under my belt and entering the 8th grade they tested me again to see if I could keep up. Since I had no one to see me through college I had to drop out due to lack of funds. There was a draft in place, so I took some tests to get myself a place in aviation working on Computer Warfare birds. But after a couple of tours overseas, (Vietnam) I came back suffering from PTSD, unbenownst to me. So instead of going back to college, I raced motorcycles, 4×4 rigs, dune buggies, boats, anything to keep up an adrenalin rush. So how smart could I be!

  4. While there are obvious extenuating factors for many of these indicators, I find the list pretty valid. Maybe that’s because I consider myself intelligent and many of these apply to me. I am an atheist, liberal, my eyes are blue, I love exercising, I love communicating, I have a vivid imagination, I talk to myself, I trust my judgments, I am not the most social guy around, and more. So, I hope these indicators prove what I want to believe about my intelligence.

    1. Haha! Ironically tho, I find funny, quirky girls to be rare & the most deeply loving beings on the planet. Generous & inspiring to me in their unique intuitive originality & a magical muse for me & others to change the world for the better. A different kind of genius, just as, if not more genius…so I like your self-effacing ‘sociopathic’ humor!

  5. I relate to a lot of these, but I’m young so a few of them I can’t count, but I still consider myself under average-average.

  6. Before some time , I was weeping because my friends do not like me , they ignore me..? They laugh what I say , but I am happy.? I am genius I am happy now

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  8. People say I’m a genius, but this list seems a little wierd. I exhibit 9 of these qualities, but I believe in God and I’m extremely conservative. I’m also horrible at music, but my IQ is 146, so I don’t know what to think.

  9. Religion is real…..get your self to the closest psych ward under the diagnosis that you believe in unicorns, fairies and sock gnomes!

    The faster the neanderthals get it through their thick skulls that the idea of “God” is just another form of control / obedience by the powers that be the faster there will be peace on this planet…..

    1. religion is real my friend. i seen ghostly and alien like things out there in the world. o wait im crazy but for real. there is more than the eye can thank.

    2. Obvious religion is real… it’s everywhere. It’s if one chooses to believe or not. I think of religion as a coping method. If one needs religion to get through the day or life in general then they should be free to worship whomever they want. Also most people want to know everything, even if they don’t know they’ll make up a lie that sounds accurate to look smarter to there peers, or be perceived more powerful. Which is what religion is, it’s an answer, but it’s an answer that holds no proof. Just because someone wants to know the answer instead of pretending they know the answer they must be atheist, right?

  10. I’M NOT A FUC*ING GENIUS. Do you want spiders in your bed? You can put them in mine. An IQ test result said that I’m a genius. I’M NOT A GENIUS. Do you want me to put lizards in your bathtub? They can be fun to find in mine. Mmm-hmm. Surely they can be.

  11. What about speaking in tongues? Christianity is real, and is the only true religion. Albert Einstein believed in CHRIST.

    1. Actually Einstein quite obviously stated (in many more words) that “belief in anthropomorphic deities is naive and childlike”. You are right that he did believe in a god though, however it was not the god of the bible.

  12. I am Singaporean. I stand 4’2. I’m 14 and I talk a lot and I am the youngest out of 3 children. I have a lot of friends, and so do my classmates. I’m right-handed (most of us are) and have an average IQ of ~180 which is considered average in my class of 18 students. Our class leader’s IQ is 225. Most students in my school are fluent in 3-5 languages except for foreigners. I am fluent in 4. Most of us are shorter than the average adolescent. On our exchange program with a private school in New York, we realized how slow and unchallenging the classes were. My point, basing IQ levels on someone’s appearance or favored criteria is inane and misguided. Sad.

  13. its all comes down to self concept beliefs and creativity seeing patterns constructs of norms and coming up with very different slant on what is exceted is normal, never look at what is presented to you as its vested in others motives, seek outside the noise and only then do you find extraordinary findings and innovative ways to stratgetically piece together solutions that literally blow out the current known beliefs around what works. Genius like intelligence, think there are 8 types is multi facted and whilst its true these characrteratcs can be drawn up generically- to be honest there are many examples of genius variables and uniquene types of genuis, look through google and all lists have variables, each genuis has their own list, then we have creative genius and the academic genius- but it does have patterns of seeing solutions infront of you like pictures, mathical patterns, rythms and mostly being able to see feel clearly new patterns, systems that others can,t- but its not a one size fits all

  14. P.S. Does anyone remember that the theory Darwin proposed is just that…a theory?
    If evolution is true, life has no lasting purpose. If creation is true, we can find satisfying answers to questions about life and the future.
    Some people believe in creation simply because that’s what they’ve been taught at church.Some people believe in evolution simply because that’s what they’ve been taught at school
    CLAIM: Everything in the universe came as a result of a random big bang.
    1. Who or what caused the big bang?
    2. Which makes more sense—that everything came from nothing or that everything came from someone?
    CLAIM: Humans evolved from animals.
    3. If humans evolved from animals—from apes, for example—why is there such a huge gap between the intellectual abilities of humans and those of apes?
    4. Why are even the most “basic” forms of life so incredibly complex?
    CLAIM: Evolution is a proven fact.
    5. Has the person making this claim investigated the evidence for himself?
    6. How many people believe in evolution simply because they have been told that all intelligent people believe in it?
    If you were walking through the forest and discovered a beautiful house, would you think: ‘How fascinating! The trees must have fallen in just the right way to make this house.’ Of course not! It’s just not reasonable. So why should we believe that everything in the universe just happened to come about?
    Despite decades of research, scientists have yet to come up with an explanation for evolution that they can all agree on. If scientists can’t agree on evolution—and they are supposed to be the experts—are you wrong to question the theory?
    I

    1. Also, KayGrace, I hate to break this to you; a theory can never be proven. No theory, ever, will be proven because the universe is in constant flux. This means that nothing is static and that everything is subject to change. As a matter of fact, even quantum mechanics indicates that we ourselves are self-propagating the “reality” we live in today. But, who am I? XD

    2. A theory, by definition, is a hypothesized set of ideas. Evolution ceased to be a theory decades ago; it is now a fact. There are many persons who have studied this claim in the form of scientists in the field of biology, who study these types of things for a long time, until they’re a doctor and expert on the subject.

      I am not an expert or a doctor, but I can tell you through the grapevine of knowledge that mutations caused by mistakes in DNA copying itself have, over the course of millions of years, killed many species through disadvantageous mutations which are mostly lethal.

      Some of these mutations turn out to be beneficial, such as the the changing of an animals skin pigment in order to camouflage better into it’s environment. It has an advantage over the rest of it’s kind before it, therefore being more likely to procreate and pass on it’s genetics.

      The consequence of this process over the course of millions of years is all the diversity in life you see in the world around you today.

      By all means, research what I’ve stated and tell me I’m wrong, and cite your valid sources. Do not, however, make groundless statements of intelligent design without any proof or at least any explanation to back it up.

  15. Actually, studies have shown that geniuses don’t require a high IQ to be genius. If they did, then I guess Feynman, Newton, and Beethoven, weren’t geniuses, considering that they had merely respectable IQs.
    It’s ridiculous to believe that eye color contributes to greater intellect. Brilliant people in the past had brown eyes as well.

    1. KayGrace, correlation is not causation… I’m kind of sick of people with average IQ levels making ignorant replies… Just wanted to educate you all… 😛

  16. Caramba posso me considerar um genio pq minto de mais e tenho tendencias a dormir bem tarde tenho 95℅ das tendencias acima

  17. Interesting read, although the paragraph explaining eye color needs to include colors other than blue and brown. Reading through the research, it includes green eyes along with blue as a sign of high intellect, so be sure to include that.

  18. 1) I love how everyone thinks that they are a genius hahhaha reality check – your Not!
    2) I love how this conversation could not resist from a political spin, people truly are predictable
    3) Interesting article – credible? Accurate? Hardly

    Happy days all!

    1. I believe that to get more people to read about it and actually like it you have to cover a wide variety of traits to get that positive feedback, like having blue eyes is pretty random, or being tall and skinny those are just up to fate.

    2. You’re IQ probably hovers around 100 based on what you’ve said so far alone… Btw, I have had my IQ tested and am legally a borderline genius… -_-

    1. LOL I was just thinking that. I have green eyes, 6 foot and 220 pounds. I am left handed tho and am a scifi artist. My last IQ test was at 166 LOL I guess there may be similar traits in people with higher IQ’s but definitely not a blueprint. And I’ve never believed an IQ test was the best way to measure intelligence. Fascinating article tho….

  19. Interesting. I feel as if I match all but lack in the “Social Complications” area. I feel opposed to this, being that if one speaks his mind then others are granted the opportunity to beacome enlightened. One who knows they possess a great mind must share their understanding of reality with those in dark of knowledge.

    1. Interesting indeed. I can relate to all descriptions, but the one of being the oldest child, i am actually the youngest ( and smartest). I guess the relative age in a family may not matter much.

  20. Also, many of the people with higher iqs than Darwin were religious, like Isaac Newton, who had an iq 25 points higher according to some websites

  21. So you’re talking about David Bowie, then? 🙂 These all seem to fit him, except for the “being the oldest child” bit.

  22. Ellen DeGeneres: “a disturbing new study finds studies disturbing.”

    .. LOL at the knee-jerk response of ‘everyone is a genius in their own little snowflake way’… tiring ++
    Everyday is Everyone gets a trophy day … devalues trophies and people.

    People, like other anima-pods, can be crafty, creative, inventive when a situation requires such particularly when only self is involved,but we shouldn’t ever confuse craftily inventive, with raw intelligence; Stimulus-Response isn’t brilliant. Try Response-Stimulus, it takes self-reflection … that’s a good a indicator of one’s intelligence. Come-on, Bluu, [a running list of opposites does not mean the mean average is mean. — und jedermann auch. If yaz came to check to see that a crap written article contains your ubiquitous quirks, so you can feel confident you are a genius… ur not. If ya did… ya ain’t.

    I know we are all aware of the irony of using this medium to decry it, Sideshow Bob said that.

    plus-note: let’s wait til tomorrow to decide if we are procrastinators.

  23. Studies show?? And then they don’t say which studies. “,genius’s express themselves in way world can understand them”. Was this sentence, missing the words “a” and “the”, an attempt at irony? Probably not, because there are numerous, missing, joining words throughout this article on genius traits. I give benefit of doubt, however, and assume writer not get enough sleep. Haha.

  24. Hmmm…I agree with being weird,antisocial, taking to self,drugs(I don’t do drugs BTW),sleeplessness.
    I have been given many Nicknames by students and teachers alike. The Antagonist, crackpot, class madman,the baddest kid around are but a few of em.
    I am mean,politely rude,a kung fu freak(often punished for getting in fights) and yet an Honor student.
    I have no friends except one who is equally crack.
    We often get punished for misbehavior, out of the damn class mostly.
    Being lefty sounds weird, most geniuses I know are eighties.
    As for taking drugs…well I am a coffee freak.I drink a huge glass of chilled mocha frappechino every day, can’t live without it.
    Also personal experience is the flame of a genius’s forge.
    Lastly,we all know that god made men COLT made the equal(though holding a gun is challenging).

  25. yeah sorry there is not a genius inside everyone, that’s ludicrous. The sad truth is that people aren’t equal, never have been, nor will they ever be. This list is actually quite accurate besides the two presuming that political affiliation and taste in religion and being an atheist is somehow a universal characteristic of genius (both absolute rubbish) are absurd. I’m a ‘genius’ and will tell anyone flat out that I don’t believe in government, regardless of my taste in color and animals, red, blue, elephant, donkey, whatever absurdity these ‘two’ parties apparently differ on. Government is there for one reason: to rationalize their existence and to GOVERN. What does Government actually mean? Govern = to rule, or steer, mente = mind. The word government literally means “Controlling or steering the mind of the populace.” That’s THE LITERAL ETYMOLOGICALLY CORRECT definition of the word, and people still think government is some magical institution here to help us. Ever wonder why nothing ever changes? Well….that’s what government,. by its OWN definition actually does. They create the illusion of choice and have somehow made people think democracy (Demo, rule of, Cracy: the majority), ie, rule of the majority is somehow something beneficial while the banks (THOSE WHO OWN THE GOVERNMENT) pick a new puppet every 4 years and let you vote on which puppet gets to be worn by the hand of our banking overlords while convincing or trying to rationalize and reinforce that people have a say in what goes on in global policy. They would NEVER let the majority of people decide ANYTHING. So they have to put on this disgraceful and intellectually degrading circus every 4 years so people (despite being fucked repeatedly) will still believe in the same people who’ve done only one thing to them: Lie repeatedly. I won’t even get into atheism but smart people know what they don’t know and that doesn’t mean I’m an atheist, nor does it mean i’m a atheist. I simply don’t know which doesn’t automatically qualify me for some illusory reference label such as atheist. Anyway, want to know the hardest part about being a genius? Watching people get manipulated everyday and knowing they will never figure out how, nor care why while their lives are getting destroyed on a daily basis. Being able to remember everything can be an extreme burden. Anyway, I was a heroin addict, am an insomniac, work from 2am to 9am, didn’t lose my virginity until I was 27, and absolutely love drugs. So the list is surprisingly accurate. Bye dummies.

  26. There is genius in almost everyone, albeit at diverse and sometimes extremely opposite ends of the scale. It is up to each one of us to identify our genius and develop it. Its up to each and every one of us to recognise and appreciate the genius in others. Genius can not be defined and certainly should not be contained to a specific quality or accomplishment. It can be seen every day in extremely diverse situations and circumstances. I’ve identified genius in the most extraordinary environments and under the most unlikely circumstances. Genius has no time frames and can be perpetual and ongoing or brief and fleeting. The genius is in almost all of us. Its society that no longer encourages or attempts to develop it. Our social circumstances, our education policies, our lifestyles no longer encourage excellence but make excuses for failure. We need to change that. We need to introduce pride and excellence back into our young people. Vincent Hickman

  27. Gosh studies show…I’m not convinced studies are the arbiter of genius and this article for sure is not! I particularly found the current cultural, politically correct spin disheartening. And I agree with Bluu that a genius mind recognizes the genius within the creation. Most geniuses that do not recognize the “Divine mind” of the creator as Aristotle did are living with their head in a box. Utilizing an overdeveloped rational process and under developed awareness of the reality of the soul! That soul being the center of the mind, will and emotions….

  28. Complete rubbish regarding one “believing in God”…To name a few…
    Albert Einstein, Blaise Pascal, Galileo Galilei, Guglielmo Marconi, Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, Leonardo da Vinci… who struggled with religious organizations (rightfully so back in his day, any smart person spying) but did believe in God. Most genius minds were absolutely a believer in God & mentioned God often in their journals.

    As well, today….. being a liberal is the “norm”. To be an outcast by “challenging society”, would be giving consideration TOWARDS conservative views.

    Other observations:
    Most geniuses come from very limited, less accomplished parents
    Do NOT need to be left handed to use the function of bother sides of one’s brain (society often forced children to use their right hand. Doing so, did not make them suddenly less intelligent)

    Ok, this is quite enough to bring to people’s attention. (; Going for a run now.

  29. Atlanta

    Buckhead offers twelve-dollar sandwiches,
    Parents lunching their children on Saturday:
    Straight from Beemer to deli to Emory to evening
    Wedding to Benz to kids at lunch on Peachtree.

    North Peachtree, where you can’t quite see the smog
    Thanks to trees and art and tacky bars. Southern
    Culture on the skids, but not outside this deli, where
    Leaves tumble with Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda cans.

    All I can think of is you: hamburgers and organic
    Bananas, juices, never soda, and a complete
    Satisfaction. Money doesn’t earn these deli-dippers
    The satisfaction you have. Inner peace even.

    You cook after volunteering, after the kids are
    Down for the night. You go there and back then home
    To ride your bike to work. Teach me how to calm
    Myself won’t you? One point at five points:

    There is no chemistry to teach the zen you have.
    Perfect weather makes yellow leaves stand out.
    Small winds coerce more travel. Sharp shadows
    Waver. One beacon lures me home to paint autumn.

    What do YOU think?

  30. Maybe I have no interest in novels, fiction, sports, etc. because I was not exposed to those things. In school I was always in so much trouble I was never in school. I got in trouble not for fighting but for answering questions out loud because I got tired of hearing THE WRONG FUCKING ANSWERS OVER AND OVER. I got accused of cheating ALL THE TIME and had to retake tests OVER AND OVER MAKING 100.

    Once in 6th grade math we played a game where we all got a cube with an open top with tetris like blocks in it. The goal was to dump the blocks out of the cube and see who could get them back in the fastest. This was advanced and gifted math, pre algebra- algebra. I won, they said I cheated. We did it again, I won again… I flipped the fuck out and cussed them all and kicked a garbage can as I left.

    I am just glad my college professors let me not have to suffer the boredom and let me just turn in home work and take tests.

  31. Well I would reply to people on here but there is no way to. I was drinking when I found this, there is no way to change it, reply or delete. But yes I have a high IQ it does run in the family, especially the fathers side for both males and females. My aunt ( fathers sister ) is an Entomologist, all on that side are science related minds. I have wished aliens would take me to a planet or place with intelligent life ever since I was about 9, that is when I heard of aliens. LOL

    And if you read around most people that claim to have IQ over 140 are always called a liar and trolled. I fully expect it and give not a shit. Honestly I don’t care what people think, I will do what I do and live my life. I do not have many reasons to interact with humans, nor do I want to anymore.

  32. P.S. I have an intelligence quotient of 127 by the woodcock-jonhson test and i do not waste my time on reading novels or poems either because i would like to save lifes some day,but i dont think its a waste of time in general because they tend to help to develope different perspectives e.g The adventures of Robinson Crusoe,Les miserable or War and peace and many,many others are truly great readings.Also it is proven that reading fiction is a for of escapism,so it naturaly helps your brain to get so rest without loosing your edge.

  33. Interesting. Nicholas Sparks was a terrible example, true, but your argument doesn’t hold too well for me either. I’m fairly certain Stephen Hawking ADORED Wagner. And I don’t think he’s the only one.

  34. The ability of projecting your thoughts or expression into the world, requires a mind more developed than average. People with high IQs tend to share their thoughts in a way everyone finds understandable and pleasing like poetry, writing, music etc.

    Bullshit. this is a waste of time to a genius. My genius friends do not write poetry, write music etc.. They research and study and work. All of us program with some sort of language. Honestly only liberals think that a genius is into novels and poetry and music, we do not waste our time on this shit. Honestly when we hang out we talk about subjects like programming, computer hardware, circuits, math. Never met a genius into wasting time on fantasy shit, like novels and poetry. I love my engineer friends they have cool tools, they make shit like CNC machines and 3D printers. That is the difference between 125 ( reading novels ) and 140+ ( reading reference )

  35. If you like to stay up all night because you cannot sleep without completing a Nicolas Spark’s novel, welcome to the genius club. Evolution has shaped us to work during the day and rest at night, but apparently it doesn’t matter to brainiac.

    Absofuckinglootly not NO. Who comes up with shit like this??????????????????? i hate novels, I hate wasting my time reading useless shit. I read reference material only. I have tried and tried to read novels, they are just boring and useless, they contain no knowledge.

    Geniuses CRAVE, FUCKING CRAVE KNOWLEDGE. Everytime as a kid when I got in trouble I said fuck it, tore the referral up and went to the library to read in a corner. I would walk down the isles and find books on interesting subjects and read them, then look up the related materials I found in the book and read about them too.

    A TRUE, TRUE GENIUS IS WAY TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO INTERESTED IN MATH, SCIENCE, AND OTHER SUBJECTS TO EVER WASTE TIME READING A FAKE FICTION BOOK.

    Seriously. I own hundreds and hundreds of books… NOT ONE, NOT A SINGLE GARBAGE FICTION BOOK, NONE AS IN N – O – N – E NONE .

    Seriously the most depressing part of being a genius is knowing there are so many things you could learn and knowing that your time on the planet is limited, it causes depression for TRUE… TRUE GENIUSES. For example, why would I master English grammar when the only purpose would be for me to feel like I come across as more intelligent, LIKE I GIVE A FUCK WHAT LOWERS THINK???????? By lowers I mean those that think they are geniuses but are not, but put off the act of being highly intelligent by using dipshit words that the average person does not understand, because they are not common words. This is the #1 way non-geniuses try to pass as geniuses. This is due to how the BS IQ tests are rigged to word identification etc.

    So much of what is written here is just what someone has read and is now repeating. Me, I love Social events, I just do not partake often because I am WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYY TOO INVOLVED IN MY work and research. Also I hate STUPID HUMANS. My favorite social events consist of learning things, like going to a museum, art exhibit etc.

    When i was young I was stupid, i tried hard to fit in, went to bars, clubs, did lots of drugs ( especially LSD And Mushrooms ) I also spent a lot of time going to Museums alone. The worst part of having a high IQ is being Lonely.

    Imagine, society considers an IQ of 100 as Average and 75 as retard. What do you think the person with an IQ of 125 thinks of the person with an IQ of just 100? What do you think the person with an IQ of 150 thinks of the person with an IQ of 125? What do yo think the person with an IQ of 150 thinks of those with 100 or lower? Now you see why geniuses stay alone. I’ve been in a room for nearly a fucking decade now.

    And most people that think they are geniuses believe so because they are great linguists… NEWS FUCKING FLASH, ANY GENIUS CAN MEMORIZE WORDS AND USE THEM, BUT THAT IS POINTLESS. Plus using big words when you speak makes you come off as a know it all asshole. I use regular words with humans, I feel no need to try to show my superiority, this also makes it easier for me to make friends. The friends I have know i am a genius, however I never put them down or talk down to them or act like I know more or USE BIG WORDS FROM A NOVEL.

    Actually TRUE geniuses can be real Social butterfly’s when they want to be.

    I have a few friends that are geniuses too. They do not read fiction GARBAGE either, or hang out with people etc. Other people myself and genius friends Crazy. However, we are Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Engineers, we are always immersed in our interests. I dropped out of Computer Science after 3 years with a 3.98Gpa, I tutored 20+ Comp Sci courses, before that I graduated with a 4.0Gpa in Accounting.

    After I took like 3 courses I asked my Accounting Professors if I could “JUST NOT COME TO CLASS AS IT WAS A WASTE OF MY TIME, I CAN READ WHAT IS IN THE BOOK ALL BY MY SELF” After that I only went for tests, they emailed me the weekly work, I emailed it back and went in to take tests. I FUCKING HATED IT. WHY?????? Because college is so FUCKING LIBERALIZED IT IS A JOKE. NO ONE CAN FAIL…. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NO, NO ONE FAIL. So the shitbag professors would give 10 to 20 points back each fucking test so the losers who did not shit would not fail.

    I was told SORRY MR. JACKSON 100% IS THE HIGHEST YOU CAN GET ON A TEST. I REPLIED HOW ABOUT YOU SAVE MY EXTRA POINTS EVERY TEST AND LET ME AVOID THIS MIND NUMBING TEST SHIT. I would go in with a fucking hangover and get the highest grade.

    I honestly wish most humans had a higher IQ. China is doing it’s part to help humanity. They are trying to raise the Average IQ of their citizens to 115, their average is now about 107, the highest on the planet. America is about 97 average. Studies have shown that a person with an IQ of 115+ is capable of performing any job, where any less is not. So you could become a physicist with an IQ of 115, but it is not very likely as you would struggle to grasp concepts.

    I was tested as a kid. I got in shit tons of trouble for answering questions aloud, I was always in advanced and gifted and got tired of hearing inferiors give wrong answers so I would blurt the correct answer out. At 11, in the early 1990’s I was part of the study on Child IQs. I was given 2 IQ tests, plus many other tests, even blood tests ( to determine blood sugar levels to compare to hyperactivity etc. ) I was one of the few you will read about that had IQ over 180. Before you go retard, look it up, they later came up with a formula to convert the super high 180+ child IQ’s to adult IQ. So at 197 and 212, I was around 147 and 150.

    Myself and about 19 other children were chosen out of my Advanced and Gifted program out of 120 who applied to go to a special college prep school. That means 100+ others were not intelligent enough to make the cut. Out of us 20, about half, by my age 36 now, have been diagnosed with mental problems such as Depression, some are not alive anymore due to suicide.

    I just wonder who comes up with these things like what geniuses are really like. I grew up in the Murder Capital of Florida, most of my friends were far from geniuses, I spent most of my time in the projects and ghettos, I was comfortable there, I grew up in ghettos prior, it was what I knew.

    I hate people that are semi-genius, like 110 to 130, they are so fucking combative and full of themselves, so close to genius but fucking DUMB, always trying to prove they are a genius, witty remarks etc.

    I am no quirk, I am a genius due to genetics. My father was a genius, his father and my great grandfather, I am sure there were more before. My Great Grandfather was a Chemical Engineer , My grandfather was a Petroleum Engineer and drilled most of the oil wells or helped in California… My father was an accountant, you may have heard of him he blew the whistle in 1984 the Iran Contra deal Robert William Jackson Sr. All had an IQ over 160 tested by the Government, yes they were all in the Military.

    I do not understand IQ and how some of us have such super high IQ’s and others do not. I was always interested in Genetics, but I have always been interested in nearly everything Science. I just hate my life is finite and I can’t learn everything, I am truly interested in almost everything Science or math.

    Also I suck at Grammar I know, I can do better when I slow down and proof read etc. I am done here now… waiting for the hater comments, I got hater comments on Quora over this shit too, told there is no way that I am a genius etc. Well genetics provides 60 to 80% of the chance of a person being a genius so.

    1. This comment is generally a reply to Mr. Robert Jackson.Its not a hatefull one ofcourse just an explanatory one.I am one of thoose close to genius but dumb guys you mentioned with an iq between 120-130.And im only wrighting this comment because i was a bit offended by your.You say that people with that iq are combative and using witty remarks or being sarcastic or whatever but i have to say that is not entirely true.I am 20 years old.I am in medical school now and most of the people that i meet on daily basis are presumably as intelligent as i am and i have never seen such behaviors from them or from me.You might say that maybe it is because we are even or something like that but that wouldnt be true as most of my friends are not as intelligent as i am and still i care deeply for them and have never felt the desire to show my superiority to them.As to the rest of your comment i think the most of it is a show-off.You said that you never felt that need to show you are genius to inferiors as you refered to them(including my self),if we assume you didn’t lie about your iq or your story anyway but you wrote a whole paragraph on your hatred on people with low intelligence.As for the article they are some good things written in it but as well some misconceptions but it was fairly interesting anyway.

  36. This is my story buddy. I got 145 iq score with sd 15. I am tall, skinny virgin and not much social, my mom is even smarter than me, except that I am the youngest chid and I remember each single day of my childhood because I am not lefty.

  37. It’s usually such that I am paying full attention to one thing then boom. All of a sudden I’m thinking of something deep and philosophical instead of my math. I also have ADHD as well like you so I can relate. It doesn’t affect my learning as much because of my IQ but I DO find it hard to pay attention.

  38. How does your ADD feel? At 4 I was diagnosed with ADHD but the psychiatrist it wouldn’t affect my learning. Did not feel like it was impairing me much, until college.

  39. As a person with an IQ of 145, I agree with this page very much. I am the oldest and have quite a few mental illnesses that include OCD, ADD, and many more.
    Dear normal people,
    Don’t judge us because we’re different. I’ve gotten a lot of fun thrown at me because I’m “nerdy” at best. Many people think that intelligent people are freaks of nature. When I was 10 I found myself interested in older time periods. I still have an interest today. This comes to show that people like me yes are weird and might even scare you. But we are not bad people. We are hard to get along with and never want to be wrong. Oh and parents of gifted children, don’t be hard on your kids because the ask questions all the time. Please. It’s hard for us to try to explain why sometimes but there is always an answer and as parents we tend to know. Not quite last but for you other kids out there that are geniuses, stay strong. You WILL get picked on. Most of you will have depression or other things in that area. Just never forget that there are people out there like you. You aren’t alone. Don’t go down without a fight. (No physical anyway). Finally for everyone else, give us a break. We don’t show emotion easily and if one of you folks have deep feelings for a genius, tell them. It may feel scary but It will speed things up a lot more. Go at it.

  40. Sooo, people call me thin and so I have observed in myself being more smarter than before. Well not all are true but yes I am a loner and love to play piano by myself…. And I have very small waist, but then perfectly fit I believe

  41. Fire the idiot who wrote this utter nonsense. And shoot the blithering idiots who believe it into the sun with a cannon

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  44. Only actual sign that you’re genius is that you’ve made something genius and competitive other people tell you that that is genial and the people from the future think it is genius. Here ya go.

  45. So if this list were to fit me in every goddamn category? The answer is not as simple as I am a genius. If I have so many thoughts going through my mind at times of “proving myself” that I cant reach any form of understanding of my potential, what do I do?

    I cant take tests, cuz they stress me out too much, so ive given up on the IQ-test part. How do I find a somewhat understanding of my intellectuality in other ways than reading lists or taking tests? Then also knowing and having come to the conclusion that ADHD, ADD, Autism etc etc. Has one common problem, the obsessive need to find an understanding of my mind and its “level”.

  46. In a way there’s a “he’s loves me, he loves me not” game here. And we all want “him” to love me, and tend to hold our breath over it. But from what I’ve learned so far, what is called genius is about as common as the nuts and bolts and screws scattered on my workbench all over the place. It’s pretty much everywhere you look, and every time a person speaks—you know, language—it’s right there.

    Thanks for stopping by my site, too.

  47. Interesting, but really just bad application of research and science. The person that does not explore further but believes everything he or she reads will run with this. LOL

  48. So I’ve just discovered I am a genius. Sounds ludicrous but I can back it up to anyone who’s prepared to help me move forward. I’ve had mental health issues for my entire life and at the age of 36, on august 10th 2015 at approx 5 am I awakened. Someone tell me what’s next? Theres a million things going through mind every moment right now and it’s overwhelming but I’m learning more every minute. I have a list and I’m working through it, I have plenty to keep me busy but being a genius doesnt mean you automatically know everything, just that understanding is a vastly quicker process. Advice appreciated.

    1. “Scott Rayner [AUGUST 11, 2015]” and “…on august 10th 2015 at approx 5 am…” speak otherwise, sorry m8.

  49. I’m 6’2″ tall. I am friendly and kind and caring of others and myself. I am a loner who talks to myself loudly or inside voice. I do believe in other dimensions, reincarnation, god is exist and not exist at the exact time to be literally be everywhere as I know god him/her self will never intervene us, and i have an IQ of 144.9. I do have A.d.d & ADHD as I am a programmer and Pc gamer.

  50. Some of you commenting clearly are not geniuses. Studies are and have always been “GENERAL” statements. If someone concluded at the end of a study that humans have brown eyes, that means that “IN GENERAL, humans have brown eyes.” There are always exceptions, ALWAYS. (There’s even an exception to this rule.)

    1. It has some points that might seem cool but thinking “blue eyes” is more intelligent than brown eyes is racist. Because a) it presumes people of only one homogenic order has blue eyes or “mixed” people when THAT IS FAR FROM THE TRUTH b) If brown eyed people are more trustworthy then why are African Americans’ the presumed pinnacle of gangsta life? Seriously some of the stuff may seem “informative” in this article but most are really far fetched. Mozart breaks the chain of monogamy so does Sartre. Nietzsche was pissed that he was coerced into a celibate living that made him misogynistic by default. Also many of these people had different coloured eyes. Martin Luther King Jr. was not blue eyed person nor was Nelson Mandela nor was Virginia Woolf I suppose are all these people “lesser”? Also many geniuses were chubby or fat. Some were skinny some were normal. Yes, we should keep an active lifestyle but there is a line between being healthy and saying that all fat people are dumb. Also, this looks at geniuses as a male only phenomenon. You know who called out on that shit way before? It was a dude but it was Jacques Derrida on his work “Geneses, Genealogies, Genres, and Genius.” That was a seminal work that actually also addressed the socio-politics of geniuses.

      Also, your IQ capacity is not only linked to genetics. It has a lot of work done even when you are living when genes also change and develop so genius is not really always inherited. Not in the simplistic fashion thought of in this article. Genius is primarily rooted also on a social framework because the question of Marlowe and Shakespeare makes us think that. Dr. Faustus is one work that is so crucial to understand many things in life. It has many themes that are inexhaustible even now and can be analogised in many ways. Shakespeare has many known plays, their source material has all been borrowed, his only fictional work is the messy and gory and sad “Titus Andronicus” and many people have never ever thought to read. Does that make Marlowe a less of a genius? No. It’s just for many socio-political reasons Shakespeare is better known. Darwin also had predecessors and contemporaries who helped shaped his work but Darwin became the patriarch of that tribe while many are lesser known. So, this article needs much more research and added commentary to even discuss why we even need the catch-all label “genius.”

  51. This article is a hodge-podge of half-truths, ideas taken out of context. Wow, look at all the commenters that automatically think they are geiuses now (narcissism).

    1. I noticed a couple occasions analysis was stretched to extremes: My friend’s father married a pretty bimbo (second (or maybe third) wife) who beforehand had VERY AVERAGE children that ended up going to Ivy League schools, mostly due to my friend’s father’s contacts. They had good grades in high school school, but also very stable upbringings which contributed to that. It doesn’t take a genius to excel in high school, otherwise the school system would be a collosial societal failure. You also don’t have to be a genius to get into Ivy Leage universities, as who you know is often more important – and if you’re mother is a pretty bimbo, chances are she’s married to some important simpleton with great contacts. This is why statistical analyses have tolerance levels, at least under the normal curve in which IQ is measured.

  52. Every bit of this makes sense to me i was diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome when i was 2 years old my mom found me putting a dirt bike back together and took me to a psychiatrist because she thought it wasn’t normal for a 2 year old to be doing such things when no one had shown me i’m all self taught and i’ve done every kind of IQ test all scoring between 179 to 182 and no i’m not crazy okay.

  53. Religion (doing what men tell you to) and knowing God personally are completely different. Someone who can look at everything in this Universe and not confess to a grand design is lacking something, like curiosity perhaps? And anyone who doesn’t want to question the Designer Himself? Also lacking curiosity. Curiosity is what God is really testing us for (Do you think he wants robots and slaves? How boring we’d be if that’s all we could be!) and only the truly intelligent ones, the saints, have that and don’t lose that curiosity to stale “religion” (even atheism is a religion and a dead-end one at that). Job didn’t curse God. He didn’t settle for three religious man-made explanations (of his friends), which represent religion or “curse God” (atheism, which curses Him by saying He doesn’t exist or He’s cruel if He does). Job ASKED God directly (as God suspected he would). And Job accepted God’s answer for then, having faith that he, Job, would someday be capable of knowing God more fully in spirit and truth that only a Creator can reveal to the created ones (not explanations from mere men, such as those who think they can outwardly measure intelligence in articles like this, or, yes, even me!).

    1. A lot of atheists are unintelligent however. Realizing that religions are, in addition to faith based documents, ancient forms of history protected from destruction by “superstition” and “what men tell you to do” is key to understanding religion. Sure, to the simple minded it is about law and order. But if you actually read these texts there is much about science and natural order of life. Take for example diet and hygeine. It is no mystery that seafood without fins and scales often contain high amounts of bad cholesterol and even mercury (at least this is in the bible). In the Koran/Quran it is stated you must wash yourself regularly, which surprisingly prevents the spread of disease through pathogens in contact-based interaction. Being hateful and angry is not necessarily indicative of genius, but is indicative of being a particular type of hole. Thanks!!

  54. Critical thinking is important regarding important issues such as this. Research must be replicated to carry credence. Besides there are many factors that determine the generalizability of the findings of any study. As such, we take scientific findings with a grain of salt, knowing that there is always room for improvement and repudiation of prior findings probably due to the research method applied or the size of the sample or the cultural background against which the study was conducted or even the credibility of the researchers….. many, many factors…

  55. Regardless of any study, my own observations tell me there are several different categories of genius. I know people who are math prodigies, they excel in all forms of mathematics, great chess players, but take them out on the farm and the concept of digging and installing two fence posts in a straight line somehow alludes them. I have also noticed (not always but more than occasionally) that they do not read or spell very well. On the other side of the equation I have found people that are voracious readers, write and can explain themselves well, do not generally care for or excel in math. Of course there is that exception to every rule as I mentioned. I just do not think you can categorize genius. Plus some IQ tests are based how much you know, learned, and or observed in your education so far. Those tests do nothing for the genius who just walked out of the back woods and has no education. I know there are tests that take that into consideration, but I guess what I am saying is that tests don’t make the man. Depends on who designed it. The old saying figures do not lie, but liars can figure, comes to mind! Reading all the different opinions, seeing the “math comment” is what prompted me to add this comment.

  56. Because I only went to school a few months before my 13 birthday, I was given an IQ test. Then I moved in with another family, different town, and they were actually splitting up the 8th grade class because of a huge split in !Q among the students in that grade, so gave me another test. Then, as I was a ward of the state, my IQ was tested again to make sure they were putting me in a grade I could cope with. I wound up in the half of the class with the higher IQ, I didn’t even know my multiplication tables, I had taught myself to read however. You would laugh if you had heard me pronounce pedestrian until I learned better. I became a voracious reader, actually wound up two years in high school as the editor of the newspaper, never did like math. Did ok, but spent a lot time to get the grades. All the rest was easy. IQ test scores were always in the 140 plus range on all three tests I took. However, as I said, I did not like math, loved science, as long as it did not use math, so I took physics but hated it. Love all of the earth sciences. Was a straight A student by my senior year. Have always had a high sex drive, however I have always been faithful even when my partners drive waned. I am not religious, ok I am an atheist. So in some ways I fall into the categories you expound, in some I definitely do not. I do not identify with any party, but you would definitely not catch me claiming to be a republican! I write angry blogs, am on novel number two, mostly just because it is fun. I wrote this because I don’t really fit into any one set of parameters.

  57. Cool. I’m surprised that skull and collar bone measurements weren’t on the list.

    I am a heterochromic and an apparent moron in all categories – I wish I had the time to dissect the propaganda, but thanks for the follow anyway.

  58. Thank you for liking “Signs of Spring” and “A Tale of Two Trees.” I enjoyed reading this informative and entertaining article. I never thought about geniuses spending a lot of money on sex toys until I read this post, and this idea made me laugh. 🙂

  59. Everything, and i mean absolutely EVERYTHING is true about me except being the oldest sibling and tall. I guess I truly am a genius.

  60. University quiz implies that atheists are more intelligent than Christians ! Now THAT shows the ultimate lack of intelligence.
    A quiz is a measure of knowledge in a particular area or areas, not intelligence ! Now that is what I call dumb !

  61. I’m not atheist, left handed, blue eyed , I don’t drink alcohol or do drugs. But for most the others I can relate. But I have never consider it myself genius. Since I have abad memory and I can’t learn something by hard and names are difficult to memorize for me.

  62. 15/23 I’m fat, brown eyed and right handed don’t like drugs and am the offspring of two dumb people (sorry guys:D ) But all the other stuff is pretty much true. I’m an horny, sleep deprived mentally insane outcast who thrives from playing around with ideas in my head. Yay.

  63. I’m an atheist after reading Giordano Bruno, Kant, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer …
    +
    Researchers say that on average atheists are on average 6/7 points higher than non-atheists. Belief in God has been advantageous throughout evolution, so geniuses often break this trend too. The poorest countries with less education, less IQ (most of which follow rules our ancestors laid foundation of), tend to more religious. Among 137 countries in a study, only 23 had more than 20% atheists, which are all higher IQ countries.

  64. This was an interesting list, and I like how you’ve provided proof for most of your points.

    However, some points, like 12 or 13, seem a bit more like stereotypes or generalisations rather than actual scientific signs of genius. If you could provide actual proofs for those points, the article would be perfect.

    Still though, great article.

  65. This somehow made me feel better about myself. But that reveals that I think I’m a genius. Which makes me feel somewhat worse about myself. Conundrum. :/ Thanks for liking my blog, anyway. Appreciate it. Will keep my eye on yours 🙂

  66. I am not a genius, but I tell people I am geniotic! Thanks for liking my poem Sorry. I wrote it in response to a fool who thinks playing pranks and teasing people for days at a time is funny.

    Brent Kincaid, WordMusic.

  67. If liberals are more intelligent, why do they not seem as bright over all? I guess it could be perception. I have met some very smart liberals, granted, but usually they are the exception, not the rule. There are a lot of stupid Atheists as well. You have to be fairly intelligent to grasp the concept of a higher power.

  68. “Geniuses express in a way the world can understand them.” Um, yeah, that’s why they get discovered. I’m quite sure that when 2 geniuses discuss something of a highly intellectual value, the average mind won’t be able to decode their conversations. Besides, many geniuses received recognition a great deal later in life or after death. Point 3 is true however. It begs the question whether I’m a genius but I usually avoid relationships for I can’t stand the boredom or futility of having to communicate on a mundane level. But the feelings are somewhat mutual. Since they don’t understand what I’m talking about, they too get bored ^_- I hope I haven’t offended anybody. You’re all lovely and I pet my pet rabbit when I’m lonely.

  69. Unfortunately, intelligence is very much like a good hammer, it’s only a useful tool if you’re willing to apply yourself. An I.Q. of 150 would be of no use to a person who lacks the will to use it.

  70. Interesting post. I can relate to most things (all except 6,16,17) but I’m afraid my IQ is average. I like working with challenging material and enjoy intellectual debates. I love learning. I spend most of my freetime reading articles, mostly useless things but people like to believe I’m a genius because I know rather strange or unusual things. I don’t know too much about ‘real life’ though.

  71. I don’t know… Im right handed, I have brown eyes, but I’m still one of the smartest people in my school (im in 8th grade). I have to listen to all of these idiots (no, really) in Math class. That class is just so low with all the common core stuff (personally, I like the idea of common core, but in my school they are executing it so badly). So i explain the math to people in that class who don’t understand, but then I get this reaction (which every person with an iq of 140+ hates): “no, you’re wrong.” Anyway, I’m taking the ACT and I have a 25 (my English and Math scores are 29-30, but I’m too tired by the time I get to the reading and science sections and I mess everything up) and I’m considering skipping high school for, if this year (and my lessons in ACT) are any show, it will be boring and easy.

    I’m not a guy who thinks of himself as an amazing person that is smarter than everybody (although I could work on how I treat people in my school right now…), but I constantly see high scores in tests with little effort, I do my homework quickly, i get compliments on how I’m “brainy” and everyone comes to me for help (unless they are trying to prove me to be stupid to their peers. A friend of mine told a person like that that it was a “futile effort”), so I am in much confusion. Am I an idiot, an average person, an above average person, or a genius?

    I can’t wait for them to invent an intelligence finding machine… Or I don’t because maybe it’s better to live in uncertainty then to be faced with the risk of disappointment on technology’s doorstep. Anyway, please advise.

  72. OK, so I have weird hobbies(so weird that I don’t even want to talk about it in public), ambidextrous, only child, plays three instruments(guitar, piano and flute), can’t sleep at night(gets very stimulated and wants to train on my sport skills, study something or read a book), only child, doubts the existence of god(not religious), hates socializing(prefers to be alone, I tend to distance myself from everyone), thinks very carefully before speaking, lies but rarely gets caught(I set it up in a way so that no one can find out the truth) and falls in love with an anime character(sounds slightly stupid…) for quite a long time(still loves that anime character, can’t get over it) and has never fallen in love with anyone else in my lifetime. So does that mean that I’m a genius?

    1. Also I think I might have good logic, always the top math and science student at school, when I play games, I tend to have strategies(like how I got my friends frustrated by always winning in a card game). If my friends are around me, I always make them laugh. Unfortunately though, I’m lazy as hell.

  73. So i’m a genius ^_^ All of the things on this list are more relative to my personality/character traits except for the left handed, mental illness and the blue eyes part my are are very dark brown. 😀

  74. Loved this entry. Einstein’s relationship with his second wife was like Darwin’s. Having sex less often does not mean it is less valued or enjoyed less eh? Genius’s may be less social because they enjoy their own company. I can click several of these traits off but my husband is the smartest man I have ever known.

  75. The bit about geniuses not sleeping with just anyone is total rubbish !!! Most of them don’t sleep around, anyway; but when they do, it’s with whoever’s to hand.
    Leonardo was VERY gay. Tesla thought sex would interfere with his genius. Who was the other one …?

  76. I think I might be a genius. I’m anti-social when it comes to being on the internet. I’m one of the most famous people in school because I love to make people laugh. Though, in most games I play, I tend to use logical reasoning to figure out how to get better at it. I don’t just take things as it is. “OH, You’ll get better at it over time” Over time my behind. I take information from people and form my own opinion. My logical reasoning skill is primitive, which is why I do better in math than in science. I do believe in God and I have brown eyes.Observing how people react to what may be what I’ll do next. Also, I do lie quite often
    – a 13 year old

    1. What I’ve figured out in the past 8 years is that when I hear things to fast to count in my mind, I keep record of the noises. Example: I tap 30 times on the counter. I then slowly play the “Sound Track” I stored in my head, and figure out how many times I’ve tapped the counter.

  77. I fit in to all categories except 9, 17, and 18. I am bit happy about that. It kind of makes me sad that I didn’t stay in my Science route that I had planned all my life. I guess I realized it was more that it was extremely easy rather than what I enjoyed. Easy doesn’t mean fun.

  78. Some are true such as less social type, sleep late due to strong passions. But there are still many i disagree with like high sex drive because it doesn’t affects a person’s cleverness. Talking about well known universities students, you can say all of them are geniuses. There are many great people without degrees and even if they did, it wasn’t due to the schools taught them, it was their talents (born). If schools produces geniuses, then everyone can be geniuses. And yes, they tend to go against the actual way. Eye colors don’t judge a person’s IQ, I can bet with you. It is not that more clever people WILL sleep less, if a man sleeps too little every day, he will be in his coffin before he could be recognize as a genius. And height doesn’t matters, so stop going too far. Skinny doesnt means smart because can be dumb.

  79. (N degrees/360 degrees) X N^2 = N of rotations around a 360 degree circle
    Also, it appears that if you were to take the values for all the divisible numbers for 360 and multiply all 24 values times 360, 18 of the 24 total divisible numbers for 360(360) are in pairs where one number in the pair 10X greater or less than the value of the second number in that pair (or a(360)X10= b (360) where a and b are both divisible by 360)…The 18 numbers or nine pairs that are X10 or /10 in value for 2 divisible numbers are: 360/3600 for 1 and 10 multipled by 360, 720/7200 for 2 and 20, 1080/10800 for 3 and 30, 1440/14400 for 4 and 40, 2160/21600 for 6 and 60, 3240/32400 for 9 and 90, 4320/43200 for 12 and 120, 6480/64800 for 18 and 180, 12960/129600 for 36 and 360. Interestingly enough, take the smallest number assigned to the first value in numerical order from smallest to largest values for numbers divisible by 360 and you get the following values for each number. smallest for the left column: then the middle values notated between ( ) is the value of that number X330, so you can see the matching factors of 10 for number values:
    #1=1, ———-(360)
    #2=2, ——————– (720)
    #3=3, ————————- (1080)
    #4=4, ———————————–(1440)
    #5=5,
    #6=6, ———————————————(2160)
    #7=8,
    #8=9, ——————————————————-(3240)
    ,#9=10, ———(3600)
    #10=12,————————————————————–(4320)
    #11=15,
    #12=18,———————————————————————–(6480)
    #13=20,—————–(7200)
    #14=24,
    #15=30,————————-(10800)
    #16=36,———————————————————————————-(12960)
    #17=40,———————————-(14400)
    #18=45
    #19=60——————————————–(21600)
    #20=72
    #21=90——————————————————(32400)
    #22=120————————————————————–(43200)
    #23=180————————————————————————(64800)
    #24=360——————————————————————————–(129600)

    So the 1st smallest and 9th smallest numbers divisible by 360 are 10X greater or less in value from eachother, 2nd and 13th values, 3rd and 15th, 4th and 17th, 6th and 19th, 8 and 21st, 10 and 22nd, 12 and 23rd, 16 and 24th values are the 9 pairs that are 10X in value from eachother for both numbers in a pair…or to put it in shorthand writing:
    1/9
    2/13
    3/15
    4/17
    6/19
    8/21
    10/22
    12/23
    16/24
    Now take the difference of the larger number in the pair – the smaller number in the pair and you get:
    9-1= 8
    13-2=11
    15-3=12
    17-4=13 *
    19-6=13 *
    21-8=13 *
    22-10=12
    23-12=11
    24-16=8

    Notice how the top and bottom values match for a difference of 8. second to top and bottom match with a value difference of 11. 3rd top and bottom difference values match=12. Then you have the middle 3 values that all match with a value of 13 for a difference…so out of the 9 values, the middle three are the same and the top three match up with or line up with the bottom three values in reverse order of smallest to greatest number to 3rd smallest to third greatest. Coolahoops, eh? Or am I just spinning in mad circles that scream DORK=( rotating whale penis going in mad circles in protest to dick in the box that is limited to linear movements within a box )… yeah, I might be a tish kooky.
    Divisible numbers of 360 and binary code patterns…David read my mind and beat me to posting something about converting the values to binary code for a circle… Very snazzy though; gotta love fellow geek ideas. 🙂 Anyway, I converted the values to binary and noticed a pattern that divided the 24 numbers into 6 different sets of 4 values that correlate to the binary code values and multiplying each value by 10 or dividing by 10 for the next number up and down for the binary code sequence…For instance, 2^-1 or (.1) X10= 1 or 2^0 going up one value in binary code sequence. 2^0 or (1) X 10 = 10 which is 2^1 or 2 for another additional value in binary code sequence going up…so after making my list of circle binary codes for numbers divisible by 360, I noticed that four values out of the 24 values could be divided by 10 for each number added for the four numbers….So going from smallest value to the largest value, I’d have the first value as (N), the second value as (NX10), the third value as (N X 100), and the fourth value as (N X 1000). Then, going from largest to smallest value, I went in reverse with (1000N) as the first value, (100N) as the second value, (10N) as the third value, and N as the fourth value. This could be done in three different ways either going smallest to largest to correlate with the three additive light values for physics light primary colors, and going in reverse from largest to smallest are the 3 reverse ways for the subtractive physics light primary colors. Here are the binary code values for the 24 numbers with markings to note different sets of 4 numbers for 6 sets to correlate with the 6 colors used for physics light.

    1. (1)
    2. (10)
    3. 11 *
    4. (100)
    5. “101″
    6. 110 *
    8. (1000)
    “9.” 1001
    10. “1010″
    12. 1100 *
    *15. 1111
    “18.” 10010
    20. “10100″
    24. 11000 *
    *30.11110
    “36.” 100100
    40. “101000″
    (45) 101101
    *60. 111100
    “72.” 1001000
    (90.) 1011010
    *120. 1111000
    (180). 10110100
    (360.) 101101000

    The first and last set are: (1,2,4,8) and (360,180,90,45). Notice how they start with the first and last two values for divisible numbers of 360, skip one value and with the third value being 4th number up and down the sequence of 24 numbers, skip 2 values with the last of the four values being the 8th number going up and down the sequence of divisible numbers of 360.

    The second and second from last set are: *3,6,12,24* and *120,60,30,15*. The pattern for this set would be the first value being either third smallest or third largest number, skip 2 values with the second value being 6th from the top or bottom value,skip three values with the third value being the 10th from top or bottom, skip three values with the final value being 14th from the top or bottom of the sequence.

    The 3rd set and 3rd last set would be “5,10,20,40″ and “72,36,18,9″. All four values are evenly spaced with three values inbetween each of the four numbers with the first value being 5th from the top of bottom of the sequence of 24 values divisible by 360. twee.
    There’s more patterns but that’s enough babblings of circle binary code twisted patterns of thought.

    That’s just a start…I’ve also connected numerical values for physics light colors for the three additive and subtractive primary colors to music note lengths to binary code values for points on a 3d cube for dimensions in space… How snazzy, eh?

    Thinking outside the cube

  80. I don’t mean to sound condescending, I was reading the article and found it very interesting, but once I saw the “right handed people use this side of the brain, left handed people use both sides” your credibility fell tremendously. That’s a common misconception, an old wives tale, with no scientific backing. This seemed like a well-written article, so I advise that you maybe revise some of it.

  81. Extremely fascinating indeed but I too would kind of like to see proof. Kind of because knowing if I’m a genius will not help me to advance myself in any way that I truly need or want.

    If; however, this is all reliable, then I score a definite 11 points out of 23. I possibly could score 16/23 as there is potential that I have 5 other characteristics.

    So, a range of 48% to 70% is interesting.

  82. Reblogged this on athenenoelle and commented:
    I agree with most of this. But, I’d need proof of a lot of it; eye color, height, obesity, etc. being factors of a high IQ.

  83. I agree with everything here except the eye color theory. I have known many high IQ people with brown eyes. Also, this article is fraught with typos. ;p

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  85. I believe people whit blue eyes are stupid and have slower brains,,,,

    see how that sounds?

    please study about geniuses there have been worldwide ,, just google and then write an article about it ,,,, otherwise its not worth reading

    1. I second this notion. If there were sources linked in this piece, it would certainly boost the author’s credibility. Otherwise, as Abdullah demonstrates, this looks like something ripped off of Buzzfeed.

      1. Same reply goes to you. You need to study more about Geniuses throughout the world or history. It’s obvious you lack the knowledge of Basic Evolution and Biology. You need to get your facts straight.

    2. That’s funny, did you bother to google it at all? If you are so “hurt” to hear that blue eyed people are (on average) more intelligent then you should just learn to face the truth. Just because you believe “white people with blue eyes are stupid and have slower brains”, does not make it a fact. BTW, I am neither white nor do I have blue eyes, which is obviously what you seem to think.

      Blue eyed people are more intelligent because evolution made them so, these are the people who had to cope with cold of North, had to built houses or coverings to protect them from harsh weathers, they had to produce means to gather food in 24 hours of snowing/raining, they had to ensure the survival of their off-spring, In other words, in order to live they had to overcome the extreme cold and to do that they had to be smart enough, that’s how they evolved to be smarter.

      And you know what you seem to miss the basic logic here, these statistics are taken ‘on average’. Means on average blue eyed individuals are more intelligent than brown eyed ones or the percentage of intelligence for blue eyed people is greater. It doesn’t mean all blue eyed people are more intelligent than all the brown eyed people. In fact, the statistics are taken on average for everything; e.g. not all tall people are more intelligent than all the short people but majority of them are, not all highly intelligent people are socially awkward but most of them are. Do you get it now?

      You don’t have to be offended just because you have brown eyes. And it’s you not me who needs to study more about Geniuses throughout the world or history. It’s obvious you lack the knowledge of Basic Evolution and Biology. You need to get your facts straight.

      Please do some research before criticizing the work of scientists who have way more knowledge,experience,intellect and means to prove something right or wrong.

      1. Abdullah is just mad because religious brown eyed people of this world are the ones who strap bombs to their chests and blow themselves up in the name of a God that is essentially the same God as their enemies… Not too intelligent, eh?

      2. I take no side in any particular political movement, I’m just a free thinker and speak for myself. I am not sure why you talk about men with strapped bombs in the chest? I don’t understand , u haven’t seen me, you don’t know me, then how do you know why I am mad? its weird ,its simply not a smart move. might get yourself in trouble with it. plus its called racism when to say brown eyed people are strapping bombs …. I mean yes its typical that they are Arabs, however the so called theory of terror dates back to a particular country that isn’t my job to tell u I mean its not because of race that they are terrorists, they have been brainwashed and trained which is a very horrible story how those groups were created …. very very sad ….. do u know how many Iraqi, Afghan, Syrians died by terrorists? up t one million in Iraq, up to 20,000 in Afghanistan up to 300,000 in Syria …… I mean read books it gets uglier when u read more about true stories of the world …… what I m saying is that we already have enough sensitivity with race and we shouldn’t ignite it with stupid posts …. i mean its just so dumb to say that ….. I cant believe you said it ….. im upset …. don’t spread hate … please

      3. The last 400 years hardly offer prove that the blue eyed are smarter on average. That is perhaps the lie that the author of such research want to believe in. For instance one can select a very biased population for concluding that blue eyed people are smarter on average. The Hufftington post survey of the 10 smartest over there: Polgar, Woods, Tao, Kosner, Hirata, Vos Savant, Kasparov, 6 out of 10 not blue eyed… The biased sample of the smartest living not looking very supportive to this racist theory.
        Lets go back in history, the Northern Blue eyed, Europe. What has achieved? Lets see: Aqueducts? No, Silk or Cotton? No. A coliseum? No. The Pyramids? No. Astrolabe? No. The Great Wall? No. Dam it! Bathroom sauna? No. The Mayan or Aztec callendars? Huge stone temples and buildings over all Nortern blue eyed Europe? No. Literature? No. Geometry? No. Jesus Christ! No, again. Crap!
        Small wooden ships. Yes! 1 point.
        I’m sure that blue eyed population should inhabit Rome, Egypt, Mexico. Well maybe because Hollywood says so… I agree, I am lost. Is Hollywood loyal to history?
        Well if you agree with me. Northern European populations adopted later than Mexico or Peru the civilization.
        They did not got empires because their primitive political structure. In America there were not horses for traveling huge distances and conquering everywhere quite few iron ores (Peru (Inca) had gold, Mexico (Mayan and Aztec) silver, not so much iron or copper). But they also developed empires and huge architectural marbles, precise callendars.
        Chinese had powder, the compass, the crossbow, etc. Nothern Europeans iron swords, axes, hulls, but the techniques to build make were stollen to the Romans.
        And Romans, Greeks were not really blue eyed. That came with the slaves and the later invations of the greedy Northern European barbarians.

      4. And one more thing. They are made… I wonder if for instance dry, like desert environments are not even harsher than the snowy Northern Europe. The cold environment was solved with stove and hut. Based on that theory of evolution, Native American should be equally intelligent to blue eyed guys. But they have small numbers and few genetic diversity and different interests or occupations to make a fair match. But also other even northernmost populations like Inuit, and Greenlanders most be even smarter that blue eyed people, because the cold and Natural selections. Lets ask Terence Tao if he has Inuit heritage.
        The harsh environment to make man a smart man works awfully. Yes, they might need long legs for walking snow, blue eyes for better sight in the longer winter nights. But that is rather, subising subsiding the need of inventive genius. Of course, they were strong otherwise they could not live on pillage, robbing and slaving their non blue eyed neighborhood.
        But intellectually superior… not even in average… I belive that by pure statistics there are more asian with high IQ in China, and India. At least it seems that the universities in the Anglo-Saxon America are increasingly selecting bright students from those non blue eyed countries than from the rest of the while blue eyed population. It is simply nonsense white supremacy pseudo theorists the idea of that smarter people has blue eyes. English is my second language, but I can write better than most native blue eyed. And I learned it myself, and I not really use it daily, I do not need it… Neither, I am blue eyed but if I got WISC 150, some years ago when I was 10 and later 177 (21 years) & 184 (30 years) in the Weschler for adult, I belive that my deep brown (a bit dark-red under sufficient luminance with ie 25000 lux) are not playing a significant role. I am far away the supposed racist-biased-mean.
        Those figures surely make me smarter than most blue eyed guys over there. And my ancestors did not required, cold, snow, hasrh, long winters to bless me with their, genes; rather they came from dryer places. My sister is 140 and my brother 165, none has blue eyes. I am the oldest and with well breastfeeding the pediatrician (also her former teacher) told my mother that I was not a calf, neither she was cow. But, I utterly thank the confusion. I am a former Asperger, I had adapted, but for instance, I needed to learn what was being in love from several books and authors, the remaining lack of social skills are compensated with abstraction capabilities and by being gifted in mathematics.
        Two former girlfriends, I had neither blue eyed 157 and 174 (both make me get retested, one belived that I was smarter, I insisted I wasn’t, the other based on my average economic success had her doubts, arguably, but I have never been money driven, and I had been fired twice for issues related to the lack of confidence of former employers, one was envious, the other told me I was odd, too smart to be trusted, “according to psychometric test you [I was] beyond three standard deviations, and was not clear what could you [I] do, or how to control you [me], since you [I] don’t believe in God.” Yeah! I am discriminated because I am atheist and oddly smarter. What a hell… being smarter brings many trouble sometimes unexpectedly, other times unavoidably, because I am quite sicere and direct; that produces me more enemies, really I do not care, but I know that I am impatient with too slow people, the specie, sort or kind found outside the academy, I can rarely stay in the same role more than a couple of years).

      5. Ghazal you need to consider the countries where you get proper education and have the of freedom choosing your path is normally western countries and countries of other races like in asia, africa south america are not in the same level so people dont get to use all of their brain capacity, in fact there is not the platform for them, now the reason of them being second world or third world can be anything, super powers dominating lands to concur their resources and whatever … so these are reasons that lead to those statistical results … however China and Japan and Korea dominate the technology world …….so I am not sure what is the source for your statistical claim ……. however a scientific fact (not your “fact”) requires real scientific research. to this day there is NO evidence that one race has better brain capacity than the other in fact we Do not know how to measure the brain capacity … there are plenty of researches that suggests traditional IQ tests are not at all sufficient….. so I would say we should be more careful about this topic…… As a blogger I think its crucial!!! to put up the correct content, for most people don’t bother extra research and rely on the post they read on your blog. thus it makes you responsible. I was just watching a documentary about Park Yeon-mi a North Korean girl who fled her country as a teenager and she says till this day she cant easily get rid of wrong belief that was fed to her as a child that Kim Jong Un could read her mind. I am being sensitive about the integrity of information and I am sure its not for nothing….. ps. I said that statement about blue eyed people in irony to show u how you post sounds like .

      6. Abdullah, I would not try and classify people by eye color, skin color, or how tall they are. I believe everyone is an earthling, and leave it at that. I apologize for anyone who “spoke for you”! I do not know you, so have no idea of your heritage, you might be Irish who had a momma enthralled with the sound of the name you own for all I know. I do know, and this is just an example, that in our past Iran, then part of the Persian Empire, had the most advanced science, math, and yes, the most progressive government on the planet. I will bet not a blue eye in the bunch! We are a product of our parents, even more than our IQ, which in some instances is unfortunate. But no one should classify anyone based on physical attributes, or where they originated on the planet. Sounds too much like a planet wide Jim Crow south to me! Again, I apologize to you for any comments made assuming actions by you based on eye color or any other damn thing. We just need to realize what we teach our children will design the world they get to live in, IQ not withstanding!

  86. Well, Ghazal, genius or not I have found your blog most interesting! I think you’ve found a fan ~ sorry, I mean a follower, lol! I am going to enjoy reading your posts backwards (is that also a sign?).

  87. IQ and education are not linked. You can live in an extremely poor country and have the misfortune of not being educated and still have a very high IQ. It will just be expressed differently.

    1. This is an almost true statement. IQ is actually a combination of intelligence and knowledge. IQ is like your score that says how effectively you can learn something, but IQ is a variant number that is dependent on both intelligence and knowledge.

      Intelligence is a finite ability of your brain to process information, this will never change and it has to do with the quality of the connections made in your brain, not the contents or quantity of those connections.

      Knowledge on the other hand is infinite and will change at a “real-time” constant rate as your brain takes in new (or old) data, as it takes in this data your brain forms more new connections which in turn create new pathways to connect information, making it easy for the information to be located no matter where you start from.

      IQ is derived from the effectiveness of the combination of these two things.. the quality of the connections (speed, consistency, etc..) coupled with new pathways in which to connect pieces of information to be processed. So knowledge is a factor of IQ but not of intelligence.

      To put it more simply… you can be ignorant and not stupid.
      Which is to say that you can be very smart and simply lack knowledge, making you appear stupid.

  88. Regarding point #1, have there been any studies done on women to see if there’s any correlation between IQ and monogamy? I ask both as a polycurious woman and as someone who takes an article more seriously if there are links to the referenced studies in the piece itself. Otherwise, I’m not buying any of this drivel. Even Cracked.com does a better job wit article-style inline citations.

  89. Dang, here goes a long reply/post.
    · “…male hormone testosterone tends to inhibit intelligence.”
    LOL! I think the phrase “clouds the mind and good judgment” would be even better!
    · “Some geniuses might even become arrogant, not interacting with people they think can’t reach their mental level and may even develop anti-social personality. “
    I’ve noticed that even when a group of them get together they engage in “intellectual oneupsmanship.” “Herding cats” comes to mind.
    · “…they are more likely to plunge in an ocean of drugs and become addicts than less intelligent people.”
    That would describe my first (and “late”) husband. I finally decided it was the only way he could either bring his intellect down to their level, and/or slow it enough to stand to talk with them.
    · “…they like to challenge evolution”
    Which is a great way to get criticized. (Yes, I am interpreting that my way)
    · “Liberalism is…practiced more by more intelligent people.”
    No, just by people who think they are. Remember that part about being arrogant? 😉
    · “They Do Things Which Make Other People Ridicule Them”
    Like challenging Evolution (see above) and believing in God.
    · Being the Oldest Child
    Interesting. I’ll have to see if Mensa or Intertel have any statistics on that.
    · “Lefty…somewhat smarter than right handed people, usually with an IQ of 140 and above. But bad news lefties, research also says you tend to forget things easily.”
    That explains some things.
    · “Have you always been the tallest in class?
    · Being Skinny”
    Hmm. I guess there’s hope for me, yet.
    · “Once considered a sign of insanity, talking to yourself has shown to improve memory.”
    Woo hoo! I’m on a roll!
    · “…learning an instrument can change your brain’s neurophysiology.”
    That’s it, I’m going back to my harmonica and bowed psaltry.
    · “…complex auditory processes are involved in listening attentively and storing it in your mind,”
    As an ASL interpreter I listen with my ears and my hands. I wonder how that factors in.

    Conclusion? I’m terrible at sports.

  90. Guess I’m only half a genius…12 out of 23 traits…but I won’t tell you which 12 or that would ruin my mystique.

  91. 15 out of 23. Unless you’re all 23, it isn’t genius? I got the first 4 then fell off a ways down, picking up again to the end. 😉 Interesting article, too.

    1. Interesting question! You will be surprised to see that those people who attained something and we call them geniuses for that are really geniuses and have most of these signs e.g all the great poets, writers, scientists, etc, I have read about had some sort of mental illness or weird behavior, most were socially awful or anti social. Now, your other question is a bit tricky. From what I have found with my study, observation and research that mostly geniuses do attain a lot of things or at least whatever they want, I know most of people would think of it as silly or exaggeration but that’s just my view. Remember, geniuses don’t always become great discoverers or renowned poets but they do excel at something whether they are known for it or not. Besides, it’s not only an IQ of 145 and above that classifies you as genius but it is one of those factors that make someone a genius.I hope you get my point, thank you for visiting Sparkonit!

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  93. This is fascinating stuff Ghazal. Found you through Jo’s reblog btw. My eldest son fits a fair bit of the above (not all) and is a MENSA member (although he never mentions it!), my younger son is a musician and my daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome which affects her socially but she, like the boys is extremely bright. Gosh, hope I don’t sound like one of those awful mums bragging endlessly about her ‘perfect’ children but I’m only replying like this because of the nature of your excellent post to give some feedback. So you can see why I found this so interesting, thank you! – Sherri 🙂

    1. Well, you are very lucky to have such intelligent children, I hope you encourage them to contribute to improvement of society and people in any possible way, because they can. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

      1. Well thank you very much, I appreciate it! They are all great kids I have to admit and they do their bit! Thanks again for a fab post 🙂

  94. Interesting. My parents were both geniuses and did not fit the ‘social’ norm. However, having said that, I am not sure that I agree with some of what is written here.

  95. I think the main point of being a genius is that you are different to the rest of us, so I don’t think they can be as quantifiable as this list seems to suggest. The link between genius and mental illness is just that they both think differently to most of us, so again, different can be many things, and there are many social, cultural and gender differences. There seem to be more geniuses in wealthy families because they allow them to be.

    1. Well, you are right and you are not. First not all geniuses are apparently different than ordinary people ,they just blend in and act like everybody else and no the only difference is not about being different, every man and woman in history who did something great was a genius, whether or not they had all these properties.Yes, madness and genius are linked cause that makes those people think differently than rest.There seem to be more genius in rich families because a good nutrition, education and the way they are bought up counts a lot even if they aren’t genetically blessed with high IQ.

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  97. Interesting read. I have most of these qualities. TIME TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Join me. We we build the cult to end all cults.

    Great stuff here. 🙂

    -JT

    1. Well, one doesn’t have to spend $14,000 on sex toys to be called a genius. Not all more intelligent people spend more than average IQ on sex toys, that’s just an average.

  98. 18/23
    Still I’ve always thought of myself as above average rather than genius. Maybe I’m just too humble for my own good.

  99. I found the facts in this article very interesting! I have very light blue eyes, I hope I am not trusted less because of this. I also like number 12. I always argue with husband to take risks, even if he or no one else thinks they will work out!

      1. Oops! They just assumed you were a “dude”! That’s funny! Where’s the study for that? Male vs. female geniuses?

  100. Wow, Ghazal, this is a very interesting post! I’ve heard it somewhere, too, that the difference between a genius and a mad man is a hairline…What do you think?

    I wish you could give some examples of those geniuses who do drugs (#4). Someone so obsessed with becoming a genius might try this out and see if some hallucinations could do the trick. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Melissa and you heard right. There is a strong link between Genius and madness, I suggest you read my post ‘There is no great genius without a mixture of madness’ and you will know what science has to say on the matter.

      As for Drug addict geniuses, yes I could give you some names, Charles Dickens, Edgar Ellen Poe, Sigmund Freud, Stephen King, Francis Crick, Thomas Edison, Lewis Carol and many others.But dont try becoming an addict in order to be a genius,that could go terribly wrong.:D

    1. Agreed, it was interesting. I hate to question studies, but I worked in a school for gifted and talented children (K-8) and have followed some of them into college via Facebook. Many are quite gregarious, have a great sense of humor, and enjoy a lot of social interaction.

      1. Again these were on average stats, indicating that there do exist those that do not have social problems. Also it might be worth noting that you are not them and cannot attest to their mental state during or regarding social situations. Many of them may simply be intelligent enough to form special ways of socializing that make it easier for them, while at the same time it is still not an abundantly enjoyable task.

        I’m not saying I am a genius but, I know I have social problems and I alter my normal behavior in order to provide responses typically expected. I find talking to most people incredibly dull as they insist on talking about the most boring monotonous subjects and often repeat themselves without realizing it and most people are in-capable of debating a subject without turning it into a hostile argument in which personal feelings are brought in.

        There is also, I feel, a massive problem with human communication in general that makes any conversation difficult. Everyone has a different perspective and from that perspective comes different definitions or interpretations of things. Take the statement “I really love cheese”, this statement can be interpreted hundreds of different ways and unless everyone in the conversation can reach the exact same interpretation, you can’t be sure what they really said at all!

      2. Completely agree with you.I kinda feel the same way.According to intelligence quotient tests Im listed as highly above average meaning between 120 and 130.So I guess there might be a reason in what you said above.

  101. One thing is for sure. Whatever preconceived notions I had on the matter were certainly altered when I started blogging. I can’t believe how many intelligent, creative and talented people are out there. But it makes me wonder if such is the case why isn’t the world a much better place.

    1. Yes, Carl. There are lot of intelligent people around, but unfortunately, there number is not even half of that of average people. Besides intelligent, one has to be broad-minded and brave enough to do something good, which most of the people aren’t. That’s why the world is still the same as it was centuries ago.

      I recommend you read an essay “Bromides and Sulphites’ by Gelett Burgess, it will give you some insight on the matter. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  102. Very entertaining…Also relieved to know that it’s the storm in my brain causing me to talk out loud to myself. Aha! So glad it’s not insanity. (or is it? there I go, talking to myself again) Great list.

    1. Haha, Yeah he does, but so do many people in real life, like if you read biographies of some great scientists, writers and artists of the past, you will find these signs in them, too. 🙂

      1. No their not that’s just liberal BS propagated by schools and the same losers that spread this “lets not keep score crap” that ultimately degrades our society. Sorry but some people are just morons and should be informed as such.

      2. Oh my friend, *they’re not “their.” But, no worries, we all make mistakes sometimes; the most important thing to remember is to learn and progress 😉

      3. It’s funny, I use to play a lot of online poker and the worst poker players managed to do the most trash talking. It seems that may be the case with people calling everyone else in the world idiots.

      4. It’s true. Most of this is accurate except for the liberal one. Both conservatives and democrats have a lot of manipulated studies that say one side has higher iqs than the other. The author must be liberal, and chose a study with their viewpoint.

      5. Yes Emily, but some people are educated beyond THEIR ( for you, Nick ) intelligence. Education in no way insures a high intelligence quotient.
        I present into evidence, George W. Bush as a shinning example to back this up.

      1. (N degrees/360 degrees) X N^2 = N of rotations around a 360 degree circle
        Also, it appears that if you were to take the values for all the divisible numbers for 360 and multiply all 24 values times 360, 18 of the 24 total divisible numbers for 360(360) are in pairs where one number in the pair 10X greater or less than the value of the second number in that pair (or a(360)X10= b (360) where a and b are both divisible by 360)…The 18 numbers or nine pairs that are X10 or /10 in value for 2 divisible numbers are: 360/3600 for 1 and 10 multipled by 360, 720/7200 for 2 and 20, 1080/10800 for 3 and 30, 1440/14400 for 4 and 40, 2160/21600 for 6 and 60, 3240/32400 for 9 and 90, 4320/43200 for 12 and 120, 6480/64800 for 18 and 180, 12960/129600 for 36 and 360. Interestingly enough, take the smallest number assigned to the first value in numerical order from smallest to largest values for numbers divisible by 360 and you get the following values for each number. smallest for the left column: then the middle values notated between ( ) is the value of that number X330, so you can see the matching factors of 10 for number values:
        #1=1, ———-(360)
        #2=2, ——————– (720)
        #3=3, ————————- (1080)
        #4=4, ———————————–(1440)
        #5=5,
        #6=6, ———————————————(2160)
        #7=8,
        #8=9, ——————————————————-(3240)
        ,#9=10, ———(3600)
        #10=12,————————————————————–(4320)
        #11=15,
        #12=18,———————————————————————–(6480)
        #13=20,—————–(7200)
        #14=24,
        #15=30,————————-(10800)
        #16=36,———————————————————————————-(12960)
        #17=40,———————————-(14400)
        #18=45
        #19=60——————————————–(21600)
        #20=72
        #21=90——————————————————(32400)
        #22=120————————————————————–(43200)
        #23=180————————————————————————(64800)
        #24=360——————————————————————————–(129600)

        So the 1st smallest and 9th smallest numbers divisible by 360 are 10X greater or less in value from eachother, 2nd and 13th values, 3rd and 15th, 4th and 17th, 6th and 19th, 8 and 21st, 10 and 22nd, 12 and 23rd, 16 and 24th values are the 9 pairs that are 10X in value from eachother for both numbers in a pair…or to put it in shorthand writing:
        1/9
        2/13
        3/15
        4/17
        6/19
        8/21
        10/22
        12/23
        16/24
        Now take the difference of the larger number in the pair – the smaller number in the pair and you get:
        9-1= 8
        13-2=11
        15-3=12
        17-4=13 *
        19-6=13 *
        21-8=13 *
        22-10=12
        23-12=11
        24-16=8

        Notice how the top and bottom values match for a difference of 8. second to top and bottom match with a value difference of 11. 3rd top and bottom difference values match=12. Then you have the middle 3 values that all match with a value of 13 for a difference…so out of the 9 values, the middle three are the same and the top three match up with or line up with the bottom three values in reverse order of smallest to greatest number to 3rd smallest to third greatest. Coolahoops, eh? Or am I just spinning in mad circles that scream DORK=( rotating whale penis going in mad circles in protest to dick in the box that is limited to linear movements within a box )… yeah, I might be a tish kooky.
        Divisible numbers of 360 and binary code patterns…David read my mind and beat me to posting something about converting the values to binary code for a circle… Very snazzy though; gotta love fellow geek ideas. 🙂 Anyway, I converted the values to binary and noticed a pattern that divided the 24 numbers into 6 different sets of 4 values that correlate to the binary code values and multiplying each value by 10 or dividing by 10 for the next number up and down for the binary code sequence…For instance, 2^-1 or (.1) X10= 1 or 2^0 going up one value in binary code sequence. 2^0 or (1) X 10 = 10 which is 2^1 or 2 for another additional value in binary code sequence going up…so after making my list of circle binary codes for numbers divisible by 360, I noticed that four values out of the 24 values could be divided by 10 for each number added for the four numbers….So going from smallest value to the largest value, I’d have the first value as (N), the second value as (NX10), the third value as (N X 100), and the fourth value as (N X 1000). Then, going from largest to smallest value, I went in reverse with (1000N) as the first value, (100N) as the second value, (10N) as the third value, and N as the fourth value. This could be done in three different ways either going smallest to largest to correlate with the three additive light values for physics light primary colors, and going in reverse from largest to smallest are the 3 reverse ways for the subtractive physics light primary colors. Here are the binary code values for the 24 numbers with markings to note different sets of 4 numbers for 6 sets to correlate with the 6 colors used for physics light.

        1. (1)
        2. (10)
        3. 11 *
        4. (100)
        5. “101”
        6. 110 *
        8. (1000)
        “9.” 1001
        10. “1010”
        12. 1100 *
        *15. 1111
        “18.” 10010
        20. “10100”
        24. 11000 *
        *30.11110
        “36.” 100100
        40. “101000”
        (45) 101101
        *60. 111100
        “72.” 1001000
        (90.) 1011010
        *120. 1111000
        (180). 10110100
        (360.) 101101000

        The first and last set are: (1,2,4,8) and (360,180,90,45). Notice how they start with the first and last two values for divisible numbers of 360, skip one value and with the third value being 4th number up and down the sequence of 24 numbers, skip 2 values with the last of the four values being the 8th number going up and down the sequence of divisible numbers of 360.

        The second and second from last set are: *3,6,12,24* and *120,60,30,15*. The pattern for this set would be the first value being either third smallest or third largest number, skip 2 values with the second value being 6th from the top or bottom value,skip three values with the third value being the 10th from top or bottom, skip three values with the final value being 14th from the top or bottom of the sequence.

        The 3rd set and 3rd last set would be “5,10,20,40” and “72,36,18,9”. All four values are evenly spaced with three values inbetween each of the four numbers with the first value being 5th from the top of bottom of the sequence of 24 values divisible by 360. twee.
        There’s more patterns but that’s enough babblings of circle binary code twisted patterns of thought.

        That’s just a start…I’ve also connected numerical values for physics light colors for the three additive and subtractive primary colors to music note lengths to binary code values for points on a 3d cube for dimensions in space… How snazzy, eh?

        Thinking outside the cube

      2. Several issues concerning your sources… American Psychology, good journal, but in the 1920’s not so much. First if you learn something about the science of that period you will find yourself in the blossom of eugenics lapse of science. Science fails when you depart from prejudice or feeble pretensions of truth.
        Eugenics was becoming mainstream, but Hitler made extreme applications that made those biased studies unacceptable by the scientific communities after 1945.
        The study itself, likely biased, extremely small sample sizes. Based on the sample size the mean was not statistically significant. Assuming 99% of confidence we would require, if the proportion was 2.37 blue eyed to 1 brown eyed as the study implies they would have neet to test 234 brown eyed boys an 468 blue eyed boys (the same amount of girls). They made 116 and 275. Not good. That is fi the test had for both populations the 15 points standard deviation of the modern tests. Again this is 1928, not really modern and trustworthy.
        Furthermore, please read until the last page of the same paper, it has three. 1 is page 106 and 3 page 108. There is the opposite conclusion but with 10 IQ points of brown eyed vs blue eyed. Do you prefer that last study?
        I won’t save you from reading, please read the final conclusion. Sorry white supremacists you won’t be happy…
        Blue eyed more intelligent by 5 points in varying ages of the populations (see table II) overe dark eyed or dark eyed more intelligent by 10 IQ points over blue eyed in age homogeneous sample?
        Apologies blogger you need to read, and understand sources, perhaps you are blue eyed, but you don’t read…

      3. Upon my 1st and only quick read, of the above, I had so many arguments against their conclusions (not realizing or reading when these conclusions were made) it sprang more leaks than an poorly constructed condom, to the Nth degree! JUST a couple of my observations, not based so much on my gifted IQ but rather, my idea of truth and 56 years of observing life. I’ll only touch on a couple. #2 regarding intelligent people having less children…One hole is that they are too self-absorbed in their own superior intelligence, thus spend too much time learning rather than having babies; could just come down to arrogance. Secondly, what comes to mind when you think of the most valuable physical possession one could own? I’m sure a huge, rare colored, flawless diamond comes quickly to many minds. Soooo, you go digging around in a mine and [easily] find one “blue” colored and one “pink” colored. Do you say to yourself, “One of each is sufficient” and go home? Hell no! You become obsessed with finding more. I ask all, regardless of IQ, which is more valuable, a blue diamond or a son; a pink diamond or a daughter? It goes without needing a survey that 99.99999999999…% of the population would choose having multiple blue and pink [diamonds] vs one of each under their roof (Get where I’m heading with this?)
        The “Koh-I-Noor” diamond is considered the most valuable of all, to the point of being labeled as “priceless” and is owned by Queen Elisabeth. Does any parent consider their child or children anything less than priceless? (Please don’t bother replying to me about the desperately poor who sell their children to provide for others; they are trapped in an unfair, cruel life and only do so out of desperation; and in a rare case because of the evil greed in their heart). How quickly would Queen Elisabeth take a [diamond] sledge hammer to that shiny rock if it meant preserving the life of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren? She’d, as would I and the majority reading this, have it pulverized before she had a chance to blink. (I’m assuming she’s a feisty 90-year-old)
        Tell me then, HOW truly INTELLIGENT are those who think that fewer children are better than many? How many degrees and how much financial gain trumps the value of your child/children? My husband and I, until our mid 20s, were set on having none; we were the last of our peers to start a family. None of my 10 pregnancies were planned (all were WOOPZIES; ya know…REALLY busy lives, lost track of the calendar and my clockwork precision 28 day cycle). We’ve been blessed with 6 DIAMONDS, thousands upon thousands, almost flawless ;), carats in weight. Each one WILL ALWAYS be the our most intelligent, valuable, and incredibly renewing investment we could possibly make.
        I already know I’ve won my argument because anyone who replies and says their own child has a finite value is a lost soul…probably the one thing more tragic than the loss of a infinitely, priceless child (intentional redundancy).
        So don’t even let me start on atheists being more intelligent…that’s only the arrogance of comparing one’s own resourcefulness against less quick minds. BIG DEAL! The “poor” countries with more children and supposedly lower IQ’s who more easily believe in God, have WISELY understood we humans don’t have all the answers, it’s just a variable in the equation called life; of how many answers and opportunities one has over another.
        If all the most intelligent people were gathered together, the best they can do is to figure out how to manipulate earth’s resources to make rockets, cure SOME diseases, etc. THEY CANNOT CREATE THE ELEMENTS WITH WHICH THEY TAMPER. They do not know WHEN, WHERE, HOW, WHY, NOR BY WHOM these elements came to be. …So is it foolish (ie. dumb) or wise (ie. intelligent) to declare there is no God when it is impossible to prove He does not exist. Historical facts, in as much as any other historical fact we hold as truth, declares that hundreds of people not only witnessed the existence of Jesus from birth to death (and no real argument against that) but there are also hundreds of souls who saw/interacted with His resurrected body and enough witnesses who observed His ascension into Heaven to hold up as fact in any courtroom today. Just saying. And conspiracy theories are not a plausible argument before a judge, right? Again, how many witnesses, to the same event, does it take to hold up in court??? Case closed, Jesus did defeat the bonds of death.
        Though I did not see my conversation heading to this topic when I began typing; while I find myself here, at this point, why not truly contemplate and accept His free gift of salvation which IS the only thing more precious than our children (in the realm of eternity). AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO BLOW ANYONE UP EITHER! (damn those terrorists!)
        Finally, did you hear that the Arabic term for virgins (ya know, that heavenly bonus those radicals who twist the Islamic Faith are counting on?) was erroneously translated, according to experts? Those who think they’re suppose to get 70 virgins in Heaven are “really” getting 70 RAISINS!!! And as my 12-year-old daughter flatly stated,

        “They’re probably going to be really disappointed.”

        Out of the mouths of babes!
        MY SUPERBLY INTELLIGENT CONCLUSION IS:
        Just one moment, in the presence of my youngest, ABSOLUTELY PRICELESS!

      4. Oh yeah, I almost forgot…nothing against brown-eyed people regarding trustworthiness, but who ever heard of a diabolical character with narrow, “beady” blue eyes??? 😉

        And if right hand people are smart but left handed people are smarter, doesn’t that mean we ambidextrous are brilliant by default! (triple wink) 😉 😉 🙂

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