Is IQ The best measure of intelligence?

Many of the smartest people who have graced us with their presence on this earth are considered to have the most outstanding IQs – in fact, people with the highest IQs are always branded as smart. Talk about

  • Terrence Tao (Prime numbers guy, look him up sometime), IQ of 230
  • Walter O’Brien (Founder of Scorpion Computers), IQ of 197 (reportedly)
  • Albert Einstein (Don’t need to say much), IQ of 160
  • Isaac Newton (Same here), IQ of 165 .just to name a few.

Now, my question is, most of these people are successful in certain specific areas of intelligence and believe me intelligence is quite vast. These people have chosen to specialise in these areas because they are most intriguing to them. If you look at it in another way, people who excel in various aspects of life might also be considered as smart in that area. Talk about Muhammad Ali who succeeded in boxing with only an IQ of 78.

Now it has been said that IQ is not a measure of knowledge, but the ability to reason and solve complex problems. With this taken into fact, people who try so much to overcome certain obstacles and eventually succeed are smart. again it brings to mind ants. Yes, ants. when they carry their food to wherever their shelter it, they always find a way to get there even if the odds are against them. Now that’s intelligence.

Various people in many ways have shown their intelligence in many fields. Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs and so many people are remembered for their immense contributions to where we are today.

I wouldn’t be too worried if I had a low IQ. The fact that you are good at something and extremely good at it shows that you are intelligent in that field. That’s it!



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