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Were the geniuses at?

  1. Mar 8, 2012 #1
    Are there any rain man status geniuses currently working on any fields in physics?

    I mean how often does someone get categorized a genius? Is there a super genius rank?

    Seems like they would be quite valuable. If any were discovered in certain countries they might even be kidnapped and extorted. The can imagine the US paying geniuses nicely to come work for them and in that case if they were working on anything important then it their employment and even existence might be kept secret. To anyone's knowledge do governments recruit geniuses pretty heavily?
     
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  3. Mar 8, 2012 #2

    Char. Limit

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    The official definition of "genius" is someone with an IQ over 130. That's two standard devations above the mean, or about 3% of the world's population. Ergo, there are over 200 million geniuses in the world, assuming the above is true. Given that, it's highly likely that at least some of them are working in a physics field.
     
  4. Mar 8, 2012 #3
    Yes. But to achieve super genius rank, go through many challenges you must. After sea of doom and the river of terrors you faced, a council of geniuses will decide.

    Good luck, my padawan.
     
  5. Mar 8, 2012 #4

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    Were the geniuses at what? At the party? At the ballgame?
     
  6. Mar 8, 2012 #5
    They're in my house.
     
  7. Mar 8, 2012 #6

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    Are you having a party or a ballgame?
     
  8. Mar 8, 2012 #7
    Can't talk now. I'm being kidnapped and extorted.
     
  9. Mar 8, 2012 #8

    turbo

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    How many toothpicks did the waitress drop on the floor, Jimmy?
     
  10. Mar 8, 2012 #9
    246 on the floor. Yeah. And 4 left in the box. Yeah.
     
  11. Mar 8, 2012 #10

    turbo

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    I'm not wearing my underwear.
     
  12. Mar 8, 2012 #11
    OK, not really something I wanted to know... :uhh:
     
  13. Mar 8, 2012 #12

    AlephZero

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    Some good strategies are
    * Have big hair and a wild facial expression.
    * Do at least one thing in your lifetime that is generally agreed to be useful.
    * File lots of patents that nobody can understand (filing patents is easier than getting papers published, because patents doesn't have to make any sense).
    * Make sure your name can be linked to some conspiracy theories.

    Unfortunately, the full genius effect doesn't usually kick in till a few years after you are dead :smile:
     
  14. Mar 8, 2012 #13

    turbo

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    I get my boxer shorts at K-Mart in Cincinnati.
     
  15. Mar 8, 2012 #14
    So: fake your death and watch everybody call you genius!!
     
  16. Mar 8, 2012 #15

    berkeman

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    That's brilliant! Maybe even super brilliant! :biggrin:



    (Uh-oh, run for it!) :bugeye:
     
  17. Mar 8, 2012 #16

    jtbell

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    I didn't know you vas efer in Zinzinnati.
     
  18. Mar 8, 2012 #17
    Call this the Tesla Effect.
     
  19. Mar 9, 2012 #18
    Wearing a scarf at all times makes you a genius points +10.
     
  20. Mar 9, 2012 #19

    Matterwave

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    But it's something that you need to know. Need.
     
  21. Mar 9, 2012 #20
    I paid Chinese farmers to grind my Genius XP to level 50, qualifying me a super genius elite.
    They stole my +3 Calculator, was worth it though.
     
  22. Mar 9, 2012 #21
    Good point. And given that a person has such a potential, then I think that what will eventually, maybe, make them a recognized genius in a certain field is simply the passionate pursuance of something or other. It might be science or math or art or music, etc. Whatever. Like Forrest Gump's mom might have said ... genius is as genius does. Maybe even without an IQ over 130.
     
  23. Mar 9, 2012 #22
    Kinda lowering the standards, eh? Last I heard genius was a person with an IQ of 162 and a person of 130-40 is intelligent.
     
  24. Mar 9, 2012 #23
    There are lots of people with high IQs that have achieved nothing. The label of genius is bestowed upon people who have achieved significant results in a particular field, and I think that this can probably be shown to be not necessarily a function of an inordinately high IQ.
     
  25. Mar 9, 2012 #24

    Char. Limit

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    Even if you pick an IQ of 162, which is about four standard deviations above the mean, you're probably going to have multiple millions of people, just because of how vast the sample is.
     
  26. Mar 9, 2012 #25
    I don't even qualify as intelligent :frown: (:smile:)


    Unintelligent
    Adjective: Having or showing a low level of intelligence: "a good-natured but unintelligent boy".
     
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