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mpicpp writes in with news about a new dating opportunity for Mensa members. It takes a special person to join Mensa. For one, the elite society only takes individuals with IQ scores in the 98th percentile, meaning just 1 in 50 Americans is eligible. This exclusivity — some might say snobbery — is part of Mensa's lore. Early Mensans in Britain walked around with yellow buttons, organizational publications once referred to non-Mensa members as "Densans," and last year, a top Mensa member and tester called anyone with an IQ of 60 a "carrot." In short, you don't always join Mensa because you think you're smart. You join to be set apart from most people, who are, as one member put it: "mundane." But a new partnership between American Mensa and online dating giant offers a new, enticing reason to join the society of geniuses: true love. Beginning this week, members of the brainiac group can connect through a separate, exclusive dating service called Mensa Match. In addition, members can add a special Mensa badge to their profiles, signaling a specific interest in connecting with a single person with a confirmed genius-level IQ score.
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  • IF.. (Score:0, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 26, 2014 @01:16AM (#47321899)

    Right, just ignore the fact that blacks and Hispanics consistently poll below whites and Asians in practically every IQ test in every control configuration ever devised. We are all equal!

  • Re:IF.. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Nephandus ( 2953269 ) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @01:20AM (#47321919)
    Reality is politically incorrect, thus observation is unethical.
  • by billstewart ( 78916 ) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @02:23AM (#47322163) Journal

    The primary distinguisher of the Ivy League schools isn't that they're rich or that they're exceptionally high quality (though generally they are.) They're a group of colleges that a century or so ago made an agreement with each other not to have athletic scholarships, so the students could play amateur sports against each other instead of having to compete with semi-professionals. Yes, occasionally a student at the Ivies is good enough to get into the NFL or NHL, but they've got to spend time being a student as well.

  • Re:IF.. (Score:4, Informative)

    by sFurbo ( 1361249 ) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @02:39AM (#47322217)
    Intelligence (as measured by Spearman's g factor) is one of the best predictors for pretty much any measure of success or talent. People who excel at art or sports are also people with high g. The IQ test has one of the highest correlations Spearman's g of any test, so IQ test measures a lot more than how good you are at doing IQ tests.
  • by SuricouRaven ( 1897204 ) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @04:47AM (#47322603)

    Not lying. An IQ test is required for membership. A proper one, not an online one.

    Though it's arguable how useful an IQ test is. It's a poor metric of intelligence, it's just commonly used because all the other suggestions are worse.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 26, 2014 @05:55AM (#47322777)

    Somewhat unsurprisingly, the study revealed NO CORRELATION.

    There is a high correlation of 0.90 to 0.95 between the prestige rankings of occupations, as rated by the general population, and the average general intelligence scores of people employed in each occupation. [1]

    The correlation between income and IQ scores is 0.40. The correlation is higher at higher levels of education and it increases with age, stabilizing when people reach their highest career potential in middle age. Even when education, occupation and socioeconomic background are held constant, the correlation does not vanish. [2]

    Your move.

    [1] Schmidt, F., & Hunter, J. (2004). General mental ability in the world of work: Occupational
    attainment and job performance.
    Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,

    [2] Jensen, A. R. (1998). The g factor.
    . Westport, CT: Praeger

  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) on Thursday June 26, 2014 @06:26AM (#47322855)

    the study revealed NO CORRELATION.

    Zippo. Nada. None. Zilch.

    Most studies have found an IQ to income correlation of 0.4 to 0.5. That is not particularly strong, but it isn't zero. The correlation is weaker for people with very high IQs. Someone with an IQ of 100 (normal) will earn much more than someone at 60 (mildly retarded). Someone with an IQ of 120 will do significantly better than someone at 100. But someone with an IQ of 160 (genius) will do little better than someone at 120, on average.

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