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IQ of physicists

  1. Apr 23, 2010 #1
    what is the average IQ of physicists?
    is it much higher than the average IQ of general population?
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  3. Apr 23, 2010 #2
    What'd you call a 'physicist', is the issue that comes to mind I guess.

    But yeah, obviously. Not in the least because of how IQ tests work.
  4. Apr 23, 2010 #3
    is this related to your 'I want to love' thread in any way?

    did you find a physicist?
  5. Apr 23, 2010 #4
    It's infinity+3.
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  8. Apr 23, 2010 #7
    What does the HP rating of an engine have to do with its power?
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  10. Apr 24, 2010 #9


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    Well I've read that the average IQ of a college graduate is 120, so it only follows that the AVG IQ of physicists is much higher than 100.
  11. Apr 24, 2010 #10
    It's not the same thing with an IQ. IQ measures mental deficiency not the other way around.
  12. Apr 24, 2010 #11
    I personally like to draw a firm line between 'IQ' as the theoretical normal distribution of intelligence and 'the result of an IQ test', as in, the assessment of such a test what one's IQ is. The former has very little theoretical basis, the latter is simply absurd to assume a test can measure a thing with such little basis to begin with.
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    My IQ was an A+
  14. Apr 24, 2010 #13
    Since IQ tests are made by academics it is only natural that academics will do better on it, so yes.
  15. Apr 24, 2010 #14
    Unless the academic people realize this, and try to account for it, which they do in most of these test.
  16. Apr 24, 2010 #15
    Sometimes I get a feeling that anyone who wants to participate in a discussion that mentions "IQ" should be required to read at least one good non-PC study of the subject. Such as "The G factor" by Jensen, a work of the same name by Brand, or "The Bell Curve" by Herrnstein/Murray.
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