Is Intelligence Quotient (IQ) a reliable factor to identify genius?Today I have seen a news-item. It states: "This 11-Year-Old Indian Origin Boy Has An IQ Score Of 162, Higher Than Albert Einstein And Stephen Hawking". Not only today, I have regularly noticed such news-headings.
So, I have been thinking. I have found that IQ is a measure of a person's reasoning ability. It is supposed to gauge how well someone can use information and logic to answer questions or make predictions. IQ tests begin to assess this by measuring short- and long-term memory. It also measures how well and how quickly people can solve puzzles and recall information they've heard/read.
The average IQ is 100. Once upon a time, I used to take IQ tests regularly and I could score well above 120 without any stress. Not only me, all my colleagues in my office (who were all young and joined the service after clearing gruelling all-India examination), used to score well above 120.
I feel that the standard IQ tests check our alertness and these are basically speed tests. I don't feel such tests can identify the genius. So, I don''t give much importance on the news-items mentioned above.
I would like to know the considered view of other Members on this issue.