Mensa International, founded in 1946 and the oldest IQ society in the world, accepts members with scores at or above the 98th percentile on approved tests. And, although the organization has rigid membership requirements, Mensa says that at the core of their platform is the “objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural organizations.”
And for those of you, like me, who barely fall above an IQ of 70 do not despair.
According to Dr. Roger Highfield, a scientist who conducted a study that challenged the assumption that IQ is an accurate reflection of intelligence, described the outcomes of his research to The Telegraph in a 2012 interview.
He said that personal intelligence is like a fruit basket; people come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. “We can all think of people that have poor reasoning and brilliant memories, or fantastic language skills but aren’t so hot at reasoning, and so on,” he told The Telegraph. “Now once and for all we can say there is not a single measure such as IQ which captures all of the intelligence you see in people.”
Similar to beauty, intelligence is in the eye of the beholder and and the beholder’s scope possesses more breadth than vision.