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Poll: What percentage of the population are you more intelligent than?

less than 50% 0 (0%)
50-75 8 (12%)
75-90 10 (15%)
90-95 6 (9%)
95-98 6 (9%)
more than 98% 5 (7%)
Intelligence doesn't work like that. 17 (25%)
I have no idea 16 (24%)
   Discussion: What percentage of the population are you more intelligent than?
Samantha · 16 years, 2 months ago
I got higher than 92% of the population in English when I took my ACT's.. huzzuh! Yeah.. I'm definitely better as an English major^^
Bender Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
but the ACT isn't a measure of intelligence.
Samantha Back · 16 years, 2 months ago

I've gotta have SOME merit here, since most of these people are supposed to be English First Language.

You know you have a problem if by the 11th grade, you can't speak your native tongue properly.

and give me my moment of glory here. I felt smart for once. : \

danced with Lazlo · 16 years, 2 months ago
Which population?

The population of the New York City Public School System from 1985-2000 I could tell you... I mean... if you believe in those tests, of course.
Gordondon son of Ethelred · 16 years, 2 months ago
We must live in Lake Woebegon, all of us are above average :-)

I voted for "intelligence doesn't work like that." I always found the idea of intellgence being a scaler somewhat absurd. There isn't anyone I know well that isn't better than me in some aspects of what is called intelligence and worse in others. Making it one number puts a value on each quality which is arbitrary.

The more math I learned the more changed my idea of intelligence. It went from being a scaler to being a finite dimensional vector, to being an infinite dimensional vector, to being a tensor. Now it is like pornography, I can't define it but I know it when I see it.
dirty life & times Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
but the biggest answer (now) is "not measured that way." so maybe we aren't as invested in being the most intelligent as you assume.

i wish that there had been an "i don't care" option in this poll. i don't ever vote to be just contrarian. that is the response i feel most truly & passionately.
lawrence Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
We must live in Lake Woebegon, all of us are above average :-)

no we're not. nor do we think we are. we all polled above the median, though.

not to be an obnoxious pedant or anything. :)
K-Lyn · 16 years, 2 months ago
The world? not sure...but for the US I raised the number since the election...
Bender · 16 years, 2 months ago
You just wanted me to rant about multiple intelligences.

But I won't. ;P
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
No what you have is multiple personalities, Leah, Gay Penguin... It is easy to get them confused :-)
Mamalissa! · 16 years, 2 months ago
I am the smartest person in the world!!!!!!
Bender Back · 16 years, 2 months ago

Smarter than Norm MacDonald?

nate... Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
Smarter than George W Bush?

jen Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
smarter than the average bear?
Mamalissa! Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
Look... if I'm sitting in the living room with my calculator, and an average bear attacked, I'd be able to get away. But if we built Norm MacDonald in a doorframe... there'd be George W Bush, running his piggy little legs off.


Bender Back · 16 years, 2 months ago

I am firmly of the opinion that Norm MacDonald should be built in a doorframe.

Who's with me?

lawrence Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
why do I suddenly want to make a livejournal icon that's a picture of Bush running with the text "I'm free again, you fucker!"? :)
sheryls Back · 16 years, 2 months ago

AHAHAH that's hilarious :P

make sure there are locusts.

lawrence Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
oooh, good call.

(I'm now wondering if maybe I should just leave it as the original, which had the single cicada...)
goovie is married! · 16 years, 2 months ago
1. which population do you mean?

2. how are we measuring intelligence for the purposes of this poll?

since i didn't know how to answer, i went with "intelligence doesn't work like that." because it doesn't. erm. yes.
stealthlori Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
ME TOO!!!!1!!!!Fourty-Eleven!!!!!

ahem.

Are we counting IQ scores? SAT/ACT/GMAT/LSAT? Things like emotional intelligence, or functionality and ability to adapt to the world we have to live in?

I know my numbers in the first two are quite high. My emotional intelligence also has scored high on psych tests.

But I suck at the last, so despite the numbers I'm not going to say I'm "more intelligent" than someone with lower test scores who actually manages to be productive/effective/happy most days.
Gordondon son of Ethelred Back · 16 years, 2 months ago
I deliberately left it vague though I was thinking most people would answer in terms of IQ tests. As I said before I don't believe they are very meaningful
Doktor Pepski, kommie · 16 years, 2 months ago
only because the vast majority of the populace does not know how to apply common sense on just aboot everything.

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