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Match.com, Mensa Create Dating Site For Geniuses

samzenpus posted about 3 months ago | from the smart-in-love dept.

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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 Match.com 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, Match.com 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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why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321703)

I'm smart, maybe not mensa smart (don't really care either way) but fuck hanging out with other aholes like me!

Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321725)

lying about their IQs and talking down to everybody... erm FUN!

Re: why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (-1, Flamebait)

broward (416376) | about 3 months ago | (#47321847)

I joined Mensa in 1988 to meet chicks
but they were too weird for me!!!

Re: why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (1)

pitchpipe (708843) | about 3 months ago | (#47321969)

I joined Mensa in 1988 to meet chicks

WTF!?! AHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAA

Re: why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322083)

Me too! But in 2000.

I went to a few gatherings and it was mostly fat libertarian dudes.

Then I realized only a fuckhead would join mensa for intellectual validation.

Then I realized I was one of those fuckheads and promptly re-examined my life.

I joined the triple nine society and am much happier. /s

Re: why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322185)

Me too! But in 2000.

I went to a few gatherings and it was mostly fat libertarian dudes.

I'd rather be a fat liberatian dude than a bigoted prick like you.

Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322003)

Mod parent up Insightful +1.

I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.

Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (5, Interesting)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about 3 months ago | (#47322227)

I'm smart, maybe not mensa smart (don't really care either way) but fuck hanging out with other aholes like me!

OP is a bit snobbish itself.

People (by and large... certainly there are exceptions) join MENSA so that they can converse with other people with similar mental character and interests. Just exactly how some people join motorcycle clubs because they like motorcycles and want to discuss them and appreciate them with people of similar interest, someone might join MENSA because they like talking about physics -- or even crossword puzzles -- with people who are like themselves.

There is no need to try to suggest that is "snobbery" of any kind. Would you call a motorcycle gang "snobs"? Or stamp collectors? MENSA is a social club, nothing more.

And by the way, a bit of history: MENSA members did sometimes wear small yellow pins, like tie tacks but about 1/8" diameter, like those little pins you stick in maps -- not badges -- simply so that they could find each other in a crowd. It wasn't snobbery, it was subtle (very subtle) identification. The reason was because more obvious identification made them targets of violence for bigots and other idiots.

Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (4, Funny)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 3 months ago | (#47322237)

Would you call a motorcycle gang "snobs"?

Well, probably not if you want to survive the day...

Re:why would I want to hang with a buncha cunts (1)

fractoid (1076465) | about 3 months ago | (#47322265)

Well, to be fair, people who ride motorcycles are unarguably better.

IF.. (3, Interesting)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 3 months ago | (#47321709)

If they were that smart they would know that the IQ test is neither a valid no reliable test for comparisons between groups, only within groups.

Re:IF.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321761)

Also don't forget that the tests themselves are quite poor, and that people attribute too much to a high IQ. The fact that I ace those tests makes me doubt their validity even more...

Re:IF.. (4, Interesting)

rolfwind (528248) | about 3 months ago | (#47321797)

Really? I don't find the legitimate ones bad at all. Much better than the SAT for testing raw, innate intelligence.

IQ is like a brightness of a flashlight. It's potential. Brighter is better, but it doesn't guarantee you point it at a useful direction, or even use it for anything useful at all other than to study playboy under the bedsheets.

I would think if they took recent Nobel Prize winners in the hard sciences, they would be trending above average and by a margin.

Re:IF.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321913)

dumb people admire high IQs

Re:IF.. (0)

Nephandus (2953269) | about 3 months ago | (#47322013)

Since when? The majority of people geekshame basic math skills.

Re:IF.. (1)

Nephandus (2953269) | about 3 months ago | (#47321953)

Don't be silly. The Secret is mindless belief so say the average and below believers, and they're in control, so they must be right. Don't make them prove it by popularity or violence. That's not smart...

Re:IF.. (2)

sFurbo (1361249) | about 3 months ago | (#47322157)

I would think if they took recent Nobel Prize winners in the hard sciences, they would be trending above average and by a margin.

IIRC, if you want to win a Nobel prize, having an IQ over 120 is paramount, but anything above that does not give you any further advantage.

Re:IF.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322177)

My wife went to one or two Mensa meetings in high school back in the 70s. She decided it was a bunch of socially inept people who couldn't get dates, and the conversations weren't interesting enough to make up for being hit on by sleazy older guys.

I do have some friends who are in their ~50s who've been involved with Mensa and like it, but no accounting for taste, though maybe it's better these days.

Re:IF.. (1)

jeIlomizer (3670951) | about 3 months ago | (#47322205)

Much better than the SAT for testing raw, innate intelligence.

That it's much better than the garbage known as the SAT isn't saying much, because better is not the same as good. I still have trouble believing that so many people think IQ equates to intelligence, when we don't even understand intelligence all that well. Yet, we can measure someone's intelligence with a simple test and the result is a simple number. It seems people's desire for simplicity gets in the way of truth.

Re:IF.. (3, Insightful)

Brett Buck (811747) | about 3 months ago | (#47321789)

It's not particularly good among "groups", either.

The idea that you would join a society dedicated to separating you from "regular people" based on your supposed superior intelligence is a pretty strange notion. Most of the people who I know are Mensa members are the type that couldn't get accepted to any other club.

Re:IF.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321833)

The idea that you would join a society dedicated to separating you from "regular people" based on your supposed superior intelligence is a pretty strange notion.

Like going to college? Or having a career in science, math, technology, or engineering? Right, who would want to do that?

Re:IF.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321835)

Why? Some people join places based on superior strength, they're called gyms.

Re:IF.. (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | about 3 months ago | (#47321851)

You ever actually been to a gym? Like 24-hour Fitness? You will not find exceptional physical specimens there.

 

Re:IF.. (3, Funny)

AK Marc (707885) | about 3 months ago | (#47322065)

Certainly not while you are there.

Re:IF.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321863)

The idea that you would join a society dedicated to separating you from "regular people" based on your supposed superior intelligence is a pretty strange notion.

Strange? No, separating oneself from the "other" on some nebulous basis is as common as muck. Substituting "politics", "religion", or "race" in place of "intelligence" should make that plain enough.

Re:IF.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321949)

not to mention that most US public schools have tested for IQ since the 50's and sequestered the 'winners' into a group with special classes and teachers

that, and the occasional beating at the hands of the masses for being weird and I could see the appeal

it still seems weak, kinda like AA for brainiacs

Re:IF.. (1)

AK Marc (707885) | about 3 months ago | (#47322061)

The idea that you would join a society dedicated to separating you from "regular people" based on your supposed superior intelligence is a pretty strange notion. Most of the people who I know are Mensa members are the type that couldn't get accepted to any other club.

The Mensa groups I attended (in more than one area) were more like bridge clubs. They sat around and played games, while gossiping. They didn't interest me.

Re:IF.. (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 3 months ago | (#47322161)

>It's not particularly good among "groups", either.

It's a ranking test designed for the classroom. You fire a bunch of questions, the same ones at the subjects and rank them in order of their results. There should be many questions. That is the IQ test. That's why it's a 'Q' for quotient, not any other sort of metric. It ranks within a group in the same testing context.
As a test it has no power to test an absolute level of intelligence. Just a relative ranking measure, and a sloppy one at that, within a group.

The later attempts to use the test across groups and worse, across vastly different contexts, while claiming it measures intelligence, while ignoring the Q in IQ are at best dishonest but actually criminal.

Re:IF.. (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321827)

They don't have enough real-world experience at the young age most of them get their certificates to actually comprehend that - just an analytical ability that at their age is ahead of the curve; mostly due to having parents that actually read to them, etc. Most don't re-test as adults for a good reason. "IQ scales for life.. you don't need to re-test," they'll drone, spouting nonsense that can be disproven with any reasonably sized statistical sample set. Went to a couple of Mensa open days when I was a kid. Decided I didn't want to be in a narcissist club. Have not once missed out getting laid due to my lack of offical genius status. :)

Re:IF.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321845)

If they were that smart they would know that the IQ test is neither a valid no reliable test for comparisons between groups, only within groups.

Then perhaps that's why the group of geniuses want to get together and compare each other within a dating site?

What do I know, I'm just a layman.

Parent Is jealous that his number is.... tiny. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321881)

Maybe he just got out of the pool when they tested him and it shrank.

I see jealous people in this thread, they are all around me. They don't even know they are jealous, but they scored low on an IQ test and need to shit on it ever since....

IF.. (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#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.. (5, Informative)

Nephandus (2953269) | about 3 months ago | (#47321919)

Reality is politically incorrect, thus observation is unethical.

Re:IF.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322167)

"Political correctness is a war on noticing"

Re:IF.. (3, Interesting)

Beck_Neard (3612467) | about 3 months ago | (#47321909)

As the article says, that's irrelevant because it's a tribe affiliation. When it comes to these things, logic and intelligence are completely overwhelmed and suppressed. That's how our brains work. Ever notice how all so-called "freethought" and "rationalist" groups soon turn into hilariously ironic examples of conformity and groupthink?

Re:IF.. (1)

Ghaoth (1196241) | about 3 months ago | (#47321927)

Getting a high IQ in a test demonstrates that you are good at doing IQ tests. I should know, I have an IQ of 42 and I'm still looking for the question.

Re:IF.. (2)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 3 months ago | (#47322005)

If they were that smart they would know that the IQ test is neither a valid no reliable test for comparisons between groups, only within groups.

This.

Someone once said that IQ tests only measure how good you are at doing IQ tests. I would put it another way: they only measure a certain kind of intelligence -- the kind that is good at solving logical puzzles. Not necessarily the kind that excels at sports, arts, empathy, ethics, etc. As the OP says, they might be a proxy for ranking within groups, but not between them.

Re:IF.. (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 3 months ago | (#47322179)

>they might be a proxy for ranking within groups
That's what the test was designed for.

Re:IF.. (3, Informative)

sFurbo (1361249) | about 3 months ago | (#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.

Re:IF.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322127)

I think /. or NPR, BBC, had stories about IQ tests that use MRI type imaging to see which areas of the brain "light up" to now determine the true IQ of a person. I don't have citations for that, but I'm sure an internet search should be able to give you plenty of article on it. I know the person being tested is asked various questions and given problem solving tasks to complete, I believe but I'm probably wrong, the questions/tasks aren't something you'll find on a standard IQ test.

Re:IF.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322199)

They'd also know that it was intended to measure how well one fits into the formal education environment. It has little to do with intelligence, and the idea that you can measure someone's intelligence and spit out a simple number is absolutely absurd.

Re: IF.. (1)

madprof (4723) | about 3 months ago | (#47322259)

Yes, but vanity seems to overcome this. The whole simplistic notion of a single score to describe a mental ability that is as broad as "intelligence" is lacking in scientific rigour. But apparently clever people are too clever to need rigour.

Let's be fair (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321719)

Anyone with an IQ of 60 IS about as bright as a carrot. It is well below the level of mental retardation

Re:Let's be fair (5, Funny)

Great Big Bird (1751616) | about 3 months ago | (#47321723)

You insulted my carrot sir!

Re:Let's be fair (1)

brian.stinar (1104135) | about 3 months ago | (#47321891)

... you insensitive clod!

Re:Let's be fair (5, Funny)

devnulljapan (316200) | about 3 months ago | (#47321911)

"I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees. There is, you'll agree, a certain 'je ne sais quoi' oh so very special about a firm, young carrot."

Re:Let's be fair (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321871)

Anyone with an IQ of 60 IS about as bright as a carrot. It is well below the level of mental retardation

Yes, I wasn't quite understanding that "insult" either. It's far more fact than fiction when IQ is discovered at that level, as other factors would come into play that would offer validity to the carrot argument.

Re:Let's be fair (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322255)

.. and the winner is . . . Equatorial Guinea with an average IQ of 59.

ref: http://www.longcountdown.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/iq.gif

I hope it has LGBT support... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321721)

Mostly the G, because at that edge of the bell curve men are way more represented.

I hope it has LGBT support... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321741)

There's a 'Mensa loves the G' joke in here somewhere...

Why bother? (1)

ChrisKnight (16039) | about 3 months ago | (#47321729)

I thought this is why we have so many Regional Gatherings? I'll wager a higher success rate for three days at HalloweeM vs a year long match.com account any day.

Re:Why bother? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322125)

The difference is probably the type of people that you'll meet. The last regional gathering I went to was on the first Tuesday of Nov 2008. I think over 90% of them were Republicans. They were very upset with Obama's election. Given that so many of them are Republicans, I never went to another meeting. I do not want to associate with so many Republicans.

Give those people a badge. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321735)

"Loser."

98th percentile worldwide ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321737)

... That means NO Americans are eligible :-)

Re:98th percentile worldwide ... (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47321931)

Untrue. It's actually likely that you'll have on average as many qualifying people in the US as anywhere else.

The main difference is that in the US idiots tend to be loudmouths. Everywhere else they usually get what they deserve. Depending on area that's anything between a bullet, a fist or a gesture towards the door. I've spent some time in the US and it's amazing just how much some places cater to loudmouths. What would usually get you booted out the door around here often allows you to have your way in the US.

That's why you get to perceive these idiots as numerous. They're not more numerous than anywhere else. They just get the wrong message. Instead of learning that being a loud dumb fuck gets your life ended prematurely and hence, depending on just HOW stupid they are, they either learn that it's better to not be a loud dumb fuck or, if they're even too dumb for that, they are being silenced, they learn that being a loud dumb fuck gets them what they want.

And as long as you send them the wrong message, they'll continue being a nuisance.

Mensa is like the Olympics (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321743)

The best in the world are allegedly in attendance, but in reality they suffer from the worst kind of self-selection bias imaginable.

Me, me, me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321745)

Ohh me, me, me,... me, me,....me, me, now I'm all hot for myself.

So they are selecting for Autism? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321763)

You throw enough Aspie types together you might get more Aspies or you might get more Autism?

You'll probably get some more geniuses but less than you think (nature vs. nurture).

You'll definitely get more arseholes.

Match doesn't understand "smart" (5, Interesting)

CycleMan (638982) | about 3 months ago | (#47321793)

Match.com's press release includes a hilarious "heat map listing where the smartest singles live," by mapping where Ivy League grads live. Apparently graduates of Stanford, U Chicago, CalTech, UC Berkeley, Northwestern, etc. aren't as smart. More likely, they're just not as rich and historically connected to Daddy's alma mater. http://blog.match.com/wp-conte... [match.com]

Re:Match doesn't understand "smart" (4, Informative)

billstewart (78916) | about 3 months ago | (#47322163)

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.

Need a high IQ match service with NO mensa members (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321807)

That'd be far better, smart people without elitist attitudes.

Re:Need a high IQ match service with NO mensa memb (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47321889)

Sorry. I'm so elitist that I don't feel I should grace Mensa with my presence.

Eugenics? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321811)

Really? You mean no one learned from history? Still trying to create the "perfect race". For fug's sake already. You know what, really, let's see how long these relationships last. Let's turn this into a reality show and watch how perfect the children come out.

Re:Eugenics? (1)

Nephandus (2953269) | about 3 months ago | (#47321995)

Historical eugenics was based on idiot politicians making pseudo-scientific claims. IQ has demonstrated a majority genetic basis. Hand-waving the evidence based on PC majoritarian dogma is precisely the hypocritically pretentious stupidity behind historical eugenics. Genes work. Breeding works. It's rarely done properly due to politics, whether state or petty/social. We got enough idiots shitting litters they can't pay for nor think should have to. What's your problem with private individuals having dating preference involving intelligence instead of standardized cultural bullshit that's too shallow to even qualify as proper sophistry?

Re:Eugenics? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322073)

IQ has demonstrated a majority genetic basis.

Just remember that IQ test results reveal that today's black's that you so much despise are smarter than whites of your great-grandfather's generation.

Re:Eugenics? (1)

Nephandus (2953269) | about 3 months ago | (#47322107)

Ah, pretentiously dogmatic sense of open-mindedness. You sure got me with your PC echo. Just ignore the Asians and Caucasians consistently retained relatively higher scores, or the Flynn effect specifically reversing in Caucasians countries with immigrants of certain ethnic groups. Genetics isn't open to your values. It's ultimately physics and doesn't fucking care how you feel about it. Some larger, some are stronger, some are smarter, and nature defines all potential. Nurture just softly plays within nature's hard limits.

Re:Eugenics? (1)

fyngyrz (762201) | about 3 months ago | (#47322273)

You want to watch out slinging facts around. Those PC types are dangerous.

Won't anybody think of the children? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321823)

Poor sods.

Don't have to make an ass of yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321831)

Really smart people know enough about interpersonal relations to see that being an ass to people just because you're smarter than they are is not very smart. Really smart people help everyone to maximize their potential. On the other hand, I suppose high IQ is no defense against high narcissism. It's a shame that the narcissists are the most likely to go out there and claim to speak for all of us.

And really, the 98th percentile? We're talking about people who probably got a question wrong on the SAT and have fewer than 6 degrees. Hardly genius material. The real geniuses are closer to one in a million (literally).

Re:Don't have to make an ass of yourself (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321883)

Exactly this. Although I would be interested in the future divorce rates among people that screen mates over test taking abilities.

Re:Don't have to make an ass of yourself (1)

Nephandus (2953269) | about 3 months ago | (#47322033)

As opposed to "shit tests" and "game"?

Zombie bait (1)

WaffleMonster (969671) | about 3 months ago | (#47321839)

At some point anyone with a half functioning brain quickly realizes they are total idiots who know nothing.

Those with fully functional brains should avoid bathrooms, strip clubs and always check the back seats before driving off.

Inflation of the word 'genius' (4, Insightful)

itzly (3699663) | about 3 months ago | (#47321849)

The word 'genius' should be reserved for a rare occasion where a person shows extraordinary insight and brilliance, not the smartest person of a random group of 50.

What's the big deal? (5, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | about 3 months ago | (#47321869)

Before someone asks, yes, I am "Mensa material". I do IQ tests as a pastime. It's fun to watch shrinks stare in awe. So I could join them. As could, I'm certain, most people around here. Being in the 2% bracket isn't THAT difficult when you look at it. There are actually clubs out there with far tighter joining criteria. Also not really something I'd consider joining.

I mean, let's be honest, why should I? Yes, it's fun to have a discussion with people who can think beyond next breakfast but it's no fun having them with people who consider themselves so "smart" and aloof to join a club that selects its members by intelligence. I mean, imagine you're good looking, would you want to join a club that only lets beautiful people join? Ponder what kind of self absorbed, shallow cunts such criteria attract. And then ponder whether you want to be part of that.

And even more, ponder whether you want to spend at least part of your life with someone like that. And now let's imagine the worst case, just think that kids would be the results of such a union. What kind of person do you think such a child would become? Either you'll have a completely broken person who snapped under the pressure of being the expected "pinnacle of intelligence", or you get the ultimate self-absorbed asshole, or a combination of both.

Sour Grapes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321905)

Your rejection letter.

Did you burn it in some pagan ritual or just shove it through the closest shredder in the office.

Re:What's the big deal? (1)

retech (1228598) | about 3 months ago | (#47321965)

Since there's a high probability they'll have a dullard as well that would be the funniest case scenario. Then those two could go at each other blaming and shaming since that average child could never be theirs.

Re:What's the big deal? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321993)

Would you like to go out?

Re:What's the big deal? (3, Funny)

Krishnoid (984597) | about 3 months ago | (#47322021)

I mean, imagine you're good looking, would you want to join a club that only lets beautiful people join?

That's the kind of question only a nerd would ask. Seriously, did you even attend high school?

Re:What's the big deal? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 3 months ago | (#47322245)

Yes, it's fun to have a discussion with people who can think beyond next breakfast but it's no fun having them with people who consider themselves so "smart" and aloof to join a club that selects its members by intelligence.

So, I joined up when I started a business because it was the most economical professional organization that had travel discount deals with big rental companies. And I knew where my SAT scores were so it was easy.

I've only been to a couple meetups, but the people weren't as you suppose and the conversation was good. No better or worse than a LUG meeting or showing up at a lecture at the local college, except fewer STEM nerds than you'd expect. I associate with all sorts of people who all have valuable contributions to make, but once in a while I enjoy intellectual engagement of the sort that high-IQ people tend to offer. Some members favor the board game nights because other members tend not to be easy to beat. etc. - there are benefits to any mutual support group of like individuals.

Point being, don't cast aspersions based on assumptions and hypotheticals when you could simply find out the truth of the matter easily enough by attending a meetup (I've never seen an ID check at a brunch or whatever). That would be the 'smart' thing to do.

Oh, and the TFS is vomitous - surely nobody without significant mental illness could be attracted to such a thing.

The public face of mensa vs (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321873)

I used to be in Mensa back in the 80s. When people found out I was in Mensa, they'd frequently express some surprise because they thought Mensans were a bunch of jerks because they'd met somebody who said he was in Mensa and who was very obnoxious, making himself out to be superior. I was surprised because most of the people I met in Mensa weren't like that. I remember throwing a party and invited people from my job and friends from Mensa, and the people from work commented later about how the Mensans at the party were down to earth regular folks and not at all like what they'd expected. I suspect that the jerks giving Mensa a bad rep don't actually go to Mensa events because what they want to do is brag and try to impress people but they can't do that if everybody else is a Mensan. But these same jerks are the ones making the most noise everywhere else and getting noticed. I will admit there are probably more nerdy, asperger's syndrome types in Mensa than the general population, but it's not that bad.

You know what was an exaggerated but based somewhat on truth depiction of Mensa? The one done in a Simpson's episode with Stephen Hawking as guest voice at the end.

98th Percentile / Top 2% (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321877)

Mensa: an organisation which has the muppet known as Gary Bushell (google him) as a visible/named member on their website, yet still thinks it's members are the 'cream' of humanity...

there isn't a good enough word in the english language to describe that level of crass idiocy (though no doubt, a mensameister will be along in a few minutes to prove me wrong by supplying it...and then rail mightily that how, like a good little carrot, I should just shut up and not criticise my betters..).

 

yuo fa1l it!? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321885)

fear the reap3r

What do they call their members? (1)

FuzzNugget (2840687) | about 3 months ago | (#47321923)

Mensies?

Re:What do they call their members? (3, Funny)

retech (1228598) | about 3 months ago | (#47321955)

Aspergers.

Nothing like an exciting date.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47321999)

...with those party-animal Mensa hotties!

Do not want (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322007)

I would not want to date anyone who thinks it's important to join Mensa.

She better be qualified for it though! :-D

And not an EQ above 50 among them (1)

brianerst (549609) | about 3 months ago | (#47322019)

When I was eight, I thought that Mensa must be the coolest thing in the world - a Club for Geniuses! When I got a bit older, I ended up going to a few meetings (I had had a school administered IQ test done when I was skipping a grade and that was good enough for the local chapter). Between the painfully shy, the weirdos and the snobs, even my 12 year old self figured out this wasn't the club for me.

I had hopes that maybe it was just the local chapter that was nuts but every time I hear anything about Mensa, it generally confirms my original impression...

Re:And not an EQ above 50 among them (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322067)

Your experience parallels mine. My biggest problem with them was that nearly all of them were Republicans. They had theirs, but they didn't want to help anyone else. Their lack of compassion for people not as smart as themselves was stunning.

Re:And not an EQ above 50 among them (3, Interesting)

brianerst (549609) | about 3 months ago | (#47322151)

If I had to guess, I'd say nearly all the Mensans I've ever bumped into have been liberal Democrats. The idea that "the sheeple" need to be lead by smart people who will make the best decisions for them is sort of endemic to that side of the aisle. Not that Republicans are anything to write home about, but the idea of "rule by smart people" is not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the GOP...

The Democrats tend to draw the wonkiest of the wonks and the elite professional class into their orbit. Identify a problem (or "problem") in society and bring together a small group of experts who will make the best decision for each of the 330 million people living in the US is the operating assumption for them. The Mensans I've run into fit into that mindset pretty well.

It's only when you accept your own limitations and appreciate the different gifts that everybody has that you realize that no group of people, no matter how intelligent and well meaning, can possibly understand, let alone fulfill, the competing needs and desires of our diverse human family. Lay down some broadly accepted rules and provide a focused and best-in-class set of services, but otherwise, get out of the way.

Two Geniuses... (2, Interesting)

QuadEddie (459328) | about 3 months ago | (#47322071)

When two geniuses mate, the result is often an autistic child: http://archive.wired.com/wired... [wired.com]

Click through.. (0)

Rick in China (2934527) | about 3 months ago | (#47322139)

Check out the mensa website photos advertising taking the test to use on the match site - there's a woman in the middle. She looks like she is dateable! If you're after fugly butch lesbians.

Too many Republicans (1)

greenwow (3635575) | about 3 months ago | (#47322143)

No thank you! I went to a Mensa of Western Washington meeting, and even here I think nearly 90% of them were Republicans. They even had a no alcohol rule at the picnic. That's hard-core conservative. I refuse to associate with such people.

Re:Too many Republicans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322239)

I guess the two mods that voted you down are Republicans.

I found this page:

http://www.mensaww.org/

That mentions their no alcohol rule. I guess Republicans aren't smart enough to understand that prohibition didn't work. Those stupid Republicans are still living in the 1800s.

Re:Too many Republicans (2)

aviators99 (895782) | about 3 months ago | (#47322285)

That mentions their no alcohol rule. I guess Republicans aren't smart enough to understand that prohibition didn't work. Those stupid Republicans are still living in the 1800s.

There was no prohibition in the 1800s.

Society for misfits (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322169)

I have never met a Mensa member who has not been an utter twat. Quite why you would want to join a society whose purpose appeared to be chiefly to allow yourself to announce to other people that you are smarter than them I have no idea.

Isn't that illegal? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322197)

Isn't man-boy love illegal?
Why does match.com want to get involved in this?

I turned down a chance to join MENSA (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322235)

Because I am smart enough to know I don't need to be part of a group to be smart.

great way to increase rate of autism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47322267)

Maybe you don't want to have the genes of two smart, anti-social people to mate. You'll just increase the rate of traits that make you intelligent in moderation and handicapped when taken to the extreme.

My wife has good memory; I have good logical reasoning. My son is quite smart, but that is because of his early interest in starfall.com. His iq would be lower if he hadn't had that headstart, but his intelligence would be the same.

Re:great way to increase rate of autism (1)

hcs_$reboot (1536101) | about 3 months ago | (#47322301)

you don't want to have the genes of two smart, anti-social people to mate

So smart == anti-social?

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