One of the greatest subjects of debate amongst academic circles, but not exclusively within them, has been the question and mystery of human intelligence, since ever.
The question, because we keep wondering about what parameters it consists of and how would it be the best possible to define it; a mystery, since we still have no clear idea about what intelligence really is, where does it come from and were us, humans, the only ‘intelligent’ beings in universe.
There have been various attempts on defining intelligence as well as on proposing different system of evaluating and deciding what intelligence is in its nature.
Some claim we are wrong to believe to be the only intelligent creatures in cosmos. Some futurists claim that there must be other intelligences; in fact, that there are much higher intelligences than our own was.
Such intelligences make for that extraterrestrial life we are so interested in and, at the same time, willing to discard as a possibility, since we have not seen any. None of our satellites or space recordings have proven there were some other beings intelligent as ourselves.
Well, these daring futuristic thinkers investigate the possibility other forms of life existing in the universe, such that are still abstract to our thought.
According to this interesting ideas, our own intelligence has not got even near to the level those ‘others’ exist on. Precisely so, they exist on another level of intelligence and conscience, so we cannot fathom it.
Perhaps one day in the future, we will evolve to such high level. Let us leave now these futuristic ideas for now, since we still have to do with what we were given and what we know (something) about.
Our terrestrial intelligence it is. What is its purpose? How it functions and could we even define and measure it? IQ test measure intelligence, that is true. However, they rely on several parameters and strict definitions.
There has been an ongoing debate on what should be considered elements of human intelligence.
In a very, very simplified view, our intelligence is our metal ability to gather knowledge and apply it.
What is Human Intelligence?
There is no simple answer to that. Human intelligence could be seen as something that is a common denominator for, guess, human beings; something we could simplify as general intelligence, usually identified with intellect. IQ test take intelligence in a simplified view.
They are based upon parameters such as perceptual reasoning, verbal comprehension, logical thinking, task processing speed etc. there are no talents, additional skills or else.
IQ test do not examine inborn intelligence as a whole, nor they discuss whether intelligence was inherited or not. Outer factors are not taken into account, but the tests simply evaluate what an individual presents with at the moment, in terms of parameters mentioned.
What does intelligence serve for? What we have of it? Human intelligence makes for a great part of our survival equipment.
Unlike animals, we use our intelligence as our primary survival kit. We adapt to the environment by using our intelligence, more than using our instincts, although, of course, we are not deprived of instinctive action.
Our intelligence helps us adapt to changes, as one of the greatest scientists of our time has said.
It is so very true, but it also does something more. It creates changes. It adjusts the environment to our needs. The environment affects our intelligence, by driving it to work.
In return, our intelligence affects the environment. It is but a magnificent things, although many would characterize our ‘intelligent’ activities as against natural laws or else. It is a dubious question that deserves a profound study.
Intelligence, in its core, is our mental ability to gather certain knowledge and to use it. Could this mental ability be evaluated, measured in each individual?
Measuring Human Intelligence
Human intelligence is definitely not something you could easily define and measure. IQ test, as we have mentioned, do not take into account all potentials and capabilities of an individual.
It is questionable whether all of those should be considered parts of intelligence, aspects of it, or not.
Was there general intelligence and all else was not intelligence? The theory of multiple intelligences challenges this idea, offering a different view.
This theory claims there is something we could take as general intelligence, but also there are many types of intelligences. Each could be taken separately and evaluated; general intelligence is their common denominator.
This approach enlists skills and talents that are not seen in common conventional IQ test. Therefore, the approach is commonly criticized as too wide and loose.
On the other hand, those who stand behind such a view claim common tests and definitions are too narrow and limiting. The truth is probably in between or, even better, a combination of both.
Let us briefly see into this multiple approach, since it would, in fact, help us better understand the scores in reality. According to this approach, there were eight types of intelligences.
These intelligences include everything from one’s logical and mathematical ‘gift’ to interpersonal and intrapersonal aspect. Visual, musical, physical aspects are also included.
Two additional types to consider are spiritual or existential and moral intelligence. Although definitely different from conventional views, which go with IQ tests, it is a useful insight.
Understanding High IQ Scores
This multiple approach could help us understand how IQ scores function in real life. When someone scores exceptionally high, people would say he was very ‘smart’, even a ‘genius’ or something like that.
These references are usually identified with being well educated, being capable of good progress in terms of academic improvement. It is all good, of course.
However, there are other elements to be considered. Someone’s emotional intelligence, as it has been called, social awareness, someone’s attitude towards life and people, even one’s additional talents and skills would all affect the manifestation of that person’s IQ score in reality.
In other words, it cannot be observed isolated. A high IQ score means a person has excellent reasoning and logic, that he or she was efficient in resolving logical problems etc.
Verbal comprehension of such an individual must be excellent, as well. Additional aspects, such as, for example, a talent for painting or for music, would probably be ‘enhanced’ by the previous.
For example, a high scorer is more likely also to become a composer, not only a performer.
At the same time, a person with angelic voice does not have to be genius on an IQ score still to be considered someone ‘above average’.
High score, if not employed, does not mean much. People commonly say high scorers are prone to depression, because they over-think everything, worry too much, occupy their thoughts with big questions, better understand the downsides of life et cetera.
Well, if you actually think about it, you will soon realize that it is a matter of attitude and personality. In short, high score alone is a good thing.
IQ 141 Score Meaning
Let us talk about this exceptional score. IQ 141 is very high. According to Lewis Terman’s scale, it is a genius or near genius score. This is an entry ticket for Mensa according to all scales except from Cattell’s, which requires 148.
This score is within the range 140 to 149 on one of the modern scales. This range is characterized by exceptional rational thinking. Individuals within the range are perfectly capable of extensive scientific work.
Let us remind you that those of the range prior to this are candidates for PhD degree; no doubts score 141 makes you capable of that and even more than that.
People who score between 140 and 149 are definitely candidates for specific, high-range testing. These individuals have potential for coming up to important discoveries in scientific circles.
If you wonder whether your 141 was ‘good’ or not, there is no straightforward answer if we speak in academic terms, yes, it is good, by all means. It is a Mensa score and it definitely opens up many doors within the world of academicals and science.
However, it greatly depends on what kind of person you are and what are your ambitions. There are high score people that are simply not ambitious.
Although their IQ will definitely not fall lower, if unemployed, we cannot speak about success in academic terms obviously.
However, if a person was ambitious to pursue a scientific career, he or she could contribute to overall scientific progress, coming up to some brilliant ideas and solutions.
Two people of the same score are not the same person, so you cannot expect of them all to act in the same way.
It greatly depends on their overall complex of intelligences, if you take the multiple approach.
In addition, people always argue about whether their high score has brought them something good or not; they usually speak about success in the most general terms, material success.
They talk from personal experience and the diversity of answers only confirms the observation that each life is different.
IQ score alone is not reliable predictor of one’s life path. In any case, whatever you have read about IQ 141 scorers are mostly personal opinions and experiences, which could be useful, but not something you should live by.
From an experts’ point of view, this score simply means what we have said about excellent reasoning, about potential for certain academic degrees and success.
Everything else would mostly depend on your attitude towards it all.