How Useful are IQ Tests?

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How Useful are IQ Tests?

Post by Red » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:07 pm

Personally, I believe that IQ does exist, and is important to intelligence, but there are other things that play into it, such as knowledge, memory, and critical thinking. IQ by itself isn't worth much.

But to what degree is it useful? And if you just had high IQ but nothing else, can you still be intelligent?
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Post by Jamie in Chile » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:10 pm

I think there is a strong correlation between IQ and intelligence. I don't think knowledge is a part of intelligence. I think that's something separate.

Perhaps intelligence + knowledge = wisdom.

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Post by brimstoneSalad » Sat Mar 02, 2019 12:33 am

Knowledge is often called crystallized intelligence. Fluid intelligence tests are better, but even those IQ tests also do a poor job of capturing creative thinking. They're mostly certain complex/quantifiable pattern recognition or assessment in the way of logical reasoning.

IQs of certain thresholds (and even what can be captured with a test) may be necessary for some important tasks (like understanding certain advanced concepts), but often are not sufficient in themselves.

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Post by teo123 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:53 am

My IQ is 125, and I don't think that tells much about me. People with much lower IQ didn't end up believing the Earth was flat or that airplanes didn't exist, and I somehow did.

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Post by NoOrdninaryWords » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:45 pm

Actually, I give a sh... on IQ tests. I mean: what does an IQ tell about the person? The IQ might be extremely high, but the person might be emotionally bad or something. Also to be honest, when I once tried such a test I thought: what is this worth for? I mean I don't care about cubes, squares and stuff in my daily life, I am more the creative type of person. Also why should we measure and value other people or ourselves like this? Is a person less meaningful when they work for the garbage collection or as a cleaning worker? Also smart people can do this as long as they want to. While smart ideas are good, but usually there is not only one true answer to things. That's my 2 cents ;-)

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