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The High IQ Societies

mensa2_2Do you have a high IQ and don’t know what to do with the test results you probably paid hundreds of dollars to obtain? Why not join a high-IQ society? There are lots to choose from and joining has many positive benefits.

I used to think that joining these kinds of organizations was a waste of time and patience. As I grew older, I became disheartened at being unable to talk with others on the same mental-wavelength as me, so I started to look into the various organizations for which I qualified. Guess what? I started to like it!

This is a work that is still in progress where you can browse the various high IQ organizations as well as other related high-IQ information.

High IQ Society:

Unfortunately, not everyone can qualify for Mensa and other High IQ organizations. In fact, there’s a reported three percent of the population who reportedly can qualify for the High IQ Society, even if they can’t make the cut for Mensa! Having said that, though, a reported 95% of you won’t make it into this organization, either.

The High IQ Society is a fairly new organization founded in 2000 and representing people at the top 5% of the intelligence spectrum.

From the site: “The International High IQ Society represents a contemporary movement to recreate the intellectual salons of old and nurture today’s amateur scholars with stimulating discussions on a variety of intellectual topics. We provide our members with a platform to present their ideas, discuss them in a friendly environment, and enjoy learning again. We hope you will join us.”

Membership requirements:

Membership is available to those with an IQ in the top 95th percentile of the population and above. This means an IQ of 124 or better on a test with a standard deviation of 15%.

Membership Fees:
$16/year
$49/5 years
$129/lifetime membership

How to join:
You can either qualify by completing their own IQ screening, the /www.highiqsociety.org/iq-tests.php”>Gigi Pro Certified test, or by submitting your own test results from the usual list of pre-approved tests:
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children
Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales
Raven’s Progressive Matrices
Miller Analogies Test
Cattell Culture Fair
Mensa membership card
College admission: SAT, ACT, GMAT

Membership benefits:
According to a High IQ Society contact, the membership benefits constitute primarily of online discussion forums.

Website address
http://www.highiqsociety.org/

MENSA International:
Mensa High IQ Society.

MemberLogoMensa International is a world-wide society representing over 100 countries. Founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill and Dr Lance Ware, they wanted to create a society for bright people to express their interests and desires. Then, as today, they wanted to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions.

“Mensa has three stated purposes: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity, to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence, and to promote stimulating intellectual and social opportunities for its members.”

Membership requirements:

The only conditions for membership are that your IQ be in at least the 98th percentile (top 2%) and you pay the annual membership dues.

How to join:

Find your National Mensa Society Chapter /www.mensa.org/national-groups”>here and view your national site for information on where to apply for membership.

Membership benefits:
Intellectual stimulation
Social Interaction
Access to Mensa’s periodical publications *varies by country
Local get together
Annual get together

Website address:
http://www.mensa.org/

Intertel:

Intertel is a high IQ society for the top 1% of the population. The organization believes that highly intelligent individuals have high social, intellectual and emotional needs that can best be addressed through interaction with like-minded individuals.

Membership requisites:

Have an IQ in the top 1% (99th percentile) of the population. This means an IQ of 135 with a standard deviation of 15%.

How to join:

“The only criterion for membership is a score at or above the 99th percentile level on a qualifying and valid supervised test of intelligence. To apply, send your name, address, and evidence of a qualifying test score or other appropriate documentation, along with a $10.00 evaluation fee, to:

Intertel Acceptance Committee
Intertel
PO Box 5518
Douglasville, GA 30154”

Membership benefits:
Not mentioned

Website address
http://www.intertel-iq.org

Quick Stats On Comic Conventions

In the summer, geeks from every corner of the world powered down their game consoles and made the pilgrimage to San Diego for Comic-Con 2015. Bringing in more than 150,000 supporters, this conference is an alternative universe meant to honor films, manga, anime, online games, music and, obviously, the media that began it all – comic books.

Comic-Con is certainly not the type of place which you arrive in a stuffy, gray business suit. Costumes, although not needed for entry, appear almost de rigueur as fanboys and fangirls strut their stuff along the convention hallways. The more elaborate the costume the better – and you’ll see all of the attempted and accurate superhero characters also as their appointed arch enemies. From Spiderman and Lex Luther to Batman and the Joker, it can be a surreal experience to see these characters just hanging out at Comic-Con performing regular stuff – eating in the food court, shopping for souvenirs and sitting in the audience during panel discussions.

Wearing what many would consider Halloween costumes is just a entertaining opportunity for participants to show off a passion for all the fictional characters that have kept them entertained more than the years. Really, this type of activity is known as “cosplay” (eg: costume play) and is a past-time that started in Japan as a result of anime and manga media but has now spread around the globe. Cosplay can variety from characters from Japanese anime like Naruto and Sailor Moon but can also cross the galaxy to science fiction and fantasy characters including Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and more.

A few of the biggest draws of the weekend had been centered around upcoming blockbuster films based on stories in the Golden Age and Silver Age of comics. For instance, Green Lantern costume had been out in green-spandexed force to represent the upcoming 2011 large screen adaptation starring actor Ryan Reynolds. Taking an additional page from pulp fiction morphing into superhero flick, Thor costumes and Captain American costumes were other big sightings at the comic con venue. If you’re searching for costume ideas for your next superhero event, you will get plenty of inspiration from Comic-Con.