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  1. ouiareborg at |

    Missing so many. But on this list, Sidis is definitely #1. When he was 11, he lectured at Harvard on 4th Dimensional bodies, and almost nobody knew what the hell he was talking about.

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  2. marc at |

    memorizing and reciting state capitals? Not really impressive, even for a 4 year old. Guys like Pascal and Mozart? THOSE guys are geniuses. Nothing against the chess player mind you. But children performing feats of memorization shouldn’t earn them a place on the list.

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    1. FMH at |

      In my experience, doing feats like memorizing state capitals is exactly the kind of “genius” quality Mensa Club is going for. It’s a club for people who are proud to have a high IQ but not so many ideas what they should do with it apart from their work.

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      1. marc at |

        I get what you’re saying, but in my experience;
        I had a science teacher in high school who claimed to have an eidetic memory. He said that, as a child, he could look at any written page in any language for a few seconds and then rewrite the page completely from memory. He admitted to having no idea what the page said if it was in a language he didn’t know. He also claimed the worst part of having such a memory was that he had a hard time understanding things because his brain just memorized and never really absorbed or processed information. He claimed to have eventually trained himself to not memorize anything and began learning. So, this whole child memorizing thing and MENSA membership still isn’t very impressive.

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  3. Musselman at |

    You know who else was a Child Genius? MY MOM!!

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  4. Bane at |

    the list writer (though well intentioned) misses a lot of very important points. First off, 4 year olds who have an IQ of 130+ are not all that uncommon, because of a flaw in the way IQ is calculated in the first place. Your chronological age compared to your intellectual age? All that means is the child is far more advanced for his or her age than normal. It doesn’t always translate to genius later on however. Iq itself is widely discredited as a wildly inaccurate indicator of intelligence in the first place as it has so many cultural and societal biases that it’s often more of a test on how familiar you are with such tests. And lastly, the list is heavily based on proficiency in maths. While that’s impressive, there are many other disciplines where true genius can manifest itself – art, literature, so many others. A good list overall but misguided.

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    1. ouiareborg at |

      Well said. Most IQ tests are crap. Also, I met a Physicist, who was like a human computer with numbers…but that was it. His IQ was rated at 190, but, if numbers weren’t in the discussion, he was just another “Joe.”

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  5. Paul. A at |

    Was I # 11 ??

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  6. Freethinker9761 at |

    A very interesting list!

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  7. Joel at |

    #1 picture is of Greg Smith the guy who famously quit Goldman Sachs and not the Gregory Smith the humanitarian kid.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Egads! Editor asleep at the wheel on this one. Correct picture found, plus I added a link to Greg’s UVA web page.

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  8. tim at |

    There is this interresting show called Dark Matters on the science channel where it talks about a psychological experiment that Timothy Mcveigh was a test subject in when he went to harvard. I can’t remember all the details but it was found by the researchers that Mcveigh had an unusually normal sense of morality and right and wrong. Like, weirdly middle of the road kind of stuff. The last part of the experiment involved participants writing an essay about what they thought about the state of the world now, and where it would be in the future would be like. They had a researcher purposefully challenege all of the beliefs that Mcveigh (and other participants involved) had written down in an agressive style. Now, the files to this experiment have been permanently sealed (so we’ll never know for sure about what happened exactly during this last part) but apparently this had a HUGE impact on the psyche of Mcveigh. If you have any interest on the subject I suggest you try to find this on the web and watch it. VERY VERY INTERESTING.

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    1. Lynette at |

      I saw that episode of Dark Matters too but can’t seem to find it to watch it again. Do you happen to remember which episode it was?

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  9. Roland at |

    what’s wrong with these people?

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  10. Grambo at |

    If you’re putting Judith Polgar, where is Magnus Carlsen? He tied with Gary Kasparov, the then world no.1, when he was 12, and a few years later he was the world no.1

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  11. Asad Awan at |

    Arfa Karim From Pakistan, She Completed the MCP ( Microsoft Certified Professional) In the age of 9.
    What about her, just wondering how much IQ she had ?

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  12. Vegeta at |

    What about SIr ISaac Newton. Arguably the greatest mathematician ever. Laws of physics, integration, come on.

    least we also forget Leonardo Da vinci. Solving maths is different from creating it

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  13. daphne at |

    stop mixing gender he&she but u stil give great information but who is the best of all of them

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  14. FMH at |

    Well, I agree. That’s pretty similar to my experiences. MENSA doesn’t want geniuses, it wants mind acrobats that can do neat tricks.

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