See this kid?
He is 15 years old and his name is Jack Andraka. He built a particle accelerator in his basement, and it sits next to his brother’s homemade furnace, which can reach temperatures hot enough to melt steel.
Oh, he also invented a simple test to detect pancreatic cancer at the earliest stages, winning the $75 000 Grand Prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. His test will save thousands upon thousands of lives, and just might make death from pancreatic cancer a relic of the past.
He’s 15 years old.
See this kid?
Her name is Lauren Marbe. She has an IQ higher than Einstein, Hawking, and Bill Gates. She is 16 years old. She is also using her brain to solve perplexing problems that confront humanity and hopes to one day achieve the sort of success Jack has managed to accomplish despite being one year younger. She wants to cure cancer, create new sources of renewable energy and articulate a unified quantum theory that explains how matter came to exist.
She “ loves fake tanning, having blonde highlights, manicures and getting glammed up for TOWIE parties with her friends”. Her ambition in life is to be a show girl in the theatre.
HER AMBITION IN LIFE IS TO BE A SHOWGIRL!
Of course, Jezebel has to chime in on something as amazing as a young
person woman with a high IQ, and charmingly focuses only on what she looks like. Way to dismantle those stereotypes, Jez! Look how pretty she is! How can she be so smart? What’s up with that? Down with the patriarchy!
Rather interesting that Jezebel doesn’t touch what Miss SmartyPants intends to DO with her genius, no?
Well, duh. Of course not. That might imply that Lauren (and every other smart person) has some obligation to use their intelligence to benefit others. That smacks of responsibility, and whatever else we are, we are not ever, ever responsible for anything ever.
It’s an interesting question, no? Do people with above average intelligence have an obligation to use that intelligence to benefit others? Certainly not one we can impose, obviously. I think an even more interesting question is DO people with above average intelligence use that intelligence to benefit others?
The Daily Mail put together a little chart showing how our girl Lauren (IQ 161) compares to other people of varying intelligence, and I think it’s rather interesting:
Charles Dickens – 180
Dr. David Livingstone – 170
Charles Darwin -165
Stephen Hawking – 160
Quentin Tarantino – 160
Bill Gates – 160
Sharon Stone – 154
Bill Clinton – 145
Shakira – 140
JFK – 119
A great writer, a great explorer, the man who first articulated the theory of evolution, a quantum theorist, the man who gave us Microsoft (mixed blessing!), a great film director, two world leaders and…
A pop star and an actress whose main claim to fame is flashing her ladybits on film.
There is a very ugly little reality that very few people like to confront, and certainly not those people who consider themselves feminists. Intelligence is distributed across the population in a curve, with most people clustering around the average. That’s WHY it’s the average. It doesn’t matter objectively WHAT value is assigned to the average; it is just a measure to express where most people fall. In the case of IQ, the average is assigned the value of 100.
According to several different researchers, using different tests and methodologies, women have a 101.41 mean IQ with a 13.55 standard deviation and men have a 103.08 mean IQ with a 14.54 standard deviation.
More or less equal.
See that little red arrow? That’s the cutoff for MENSA. People who have IQ’s higher than 130 are in the top 2% of the population, and the ratio of men to women is 2:1.
For every one woman who has an IQ higher than 130, there are two men.
It’s just a fact. When it comes to being super-smart, there are twice as many men in the game. What I find so very interesting is NOT that there are twice as many male geniuses than women, but rather what intelligent women chose to do with their brainpower.
Think I’m going to rail against that and demand that women start using their intelligence in more socially productive ways?
Nope. I’m not. Women of enormous intelligence can do one thing that benefits everybody: pass it on. Have children. Preferably male children.
Hey, Beyonce? I have some news for you: girls don’t run the world. Boys do. Know why? Because they’re smarter than girls. And for whatever reason, they use their intelligence to develop simple tests to detect pancreatic cancer.
Lauren, the smartest thing you could ever do is track down Jack and marry him! You never know. He might like a showgirl with an IQ higher than Einstein.
You can dance while he saves the world.
Lots of love,