April 17, 2008

Nixon's IQ

James Fulford has the full story on Nixon's IQ score on the VDARE.com blog.


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10 comments:

Martin said...

I bet his bowling score was higher too.

Incidentally, the title of this Post "Nixon's IQ" for some inexplicible reason put me in mind of what would be a great movie title:

"They Saved Nixon's Brain"

Xenophon Hendrix said...

A Question of Intelligence, which is referred to in the linked post, is an excellent book. It will tell the average person everything he needs to know about IQ, and it is great preparatory reading for The Bell Curve, another excellent book.

Funny thing, the last time I checked, both were out of print. How can that be in such an open society?

dearieme said...

I've got through life to retirement and, as far as I can remember, have done IQ tests only twice. (i) The usual pair of tests that we used to sit in Britain at about 11 to see what sort of Secondary Schooling we were fit for, and (ii) a test I did for a firm to which I'd applied for a job, at age 21. I imagine that the results for (ii) are long lost, and the results for (i) are presumably either binned or secret.

MensaRefugee said...

I've got through life to retirement and, as far as I can remember, have done IQ tests only twice.
Posted by dearieme
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Just take a few on the net. They are quite accurate. Personally, they are within +-5 points of my 'real score' that I got on the long 'professional' WAIS-R

SFG said...

Funny thing, the last time I checked, both were out of print. How can that be in such an open society?
Corporate capitalism. If not enough people want it, you can't get it. I had this exact problem looking for seventies scifi. Of course with the internet (arguably a freer market), the secondary market makes obscure books easier to get.

josh said...

I dont know how well this is known,but I undestand Nixon was quite the poker player and won a lot of dough in games with his serviceman pals overseas during the Good War.

dearieme said...

"Just take a few on the net." Good grief: why?

SFG said...

I dont know how well this is known,but I undestand Nixon was quite the poker player and won a lot of dough in games with his serviceman pals overseas during the Good War.
I think that has more to do with interpersonal perceptiveness and coolness under fire than IQ. Which are arguably more important in a president, no?

Nixon actually reminds me of Clinton: smart guy and actually a competent president but ethically weak. It's funny how nobody ever makes the comparison because they're on opposite sides of the aisle.

MensaRefugee said...

Good grief: why?
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Because you love pain?

Martin said...

"josh said...

I dont know how well this is known,but I undestand Nixon was quite the poker player and won a lot of dough in games with his serviceman pals overseas during the Good War."

The story goes that he asked a pal if you could actually make money playing poker. His friend told him that you probably could if you didn't actually gamble - i.e. only played really good hands and folded on all the mediocre hands - but it wouldn't be any fun and who would want to play that way?

Nixon did just that, and cleaned up a tidy sum.