Saturday, June 8, 2013

Muddling Through House Cleaning / Organization Project

6/5/13  12:30PM

I'm muddling through house cleaning and organizing.  As I've mentioned I remind myself that it doesn't all have to be done immediately.  However, I seem to be giving myself a lot of permission to take breaks!  I read almost half a novel yesterday and didn't get much done in the way of organization or cleaning!  Now I've just returned from my fourth Post Office run in the last two days - trying to collect my mail that's been held - only for a couple of weeks - finally today I have it.  When I got back into the house I spent about 20 minutes simply separating what snail mail I need from the fliers and ads!  What a bunch of trees lost!

Okay, so now I'm taking a little break from the 'house project.'  I have no idea how some ideas get into my head - but I just had to find out if anybody knew .......

What was Albert Einstein's I.Q?

So I went to the trusty Internet....

Here's one interesting answer....

Einstein never took an IQ Test (they are a fairly recent development) so no one knows what his IQ is. But the fact that he was brilliant in some fields doesn't necessarily mean he would 
have had a high IQ. 
There are people, called 'idiot savants,' who are incredibly brilliant in one field, but hopeless at other things. For some reason, mathematics is often the field of special intensity - they can calculate numbers in their heads that you or I would have trouble entering into a computer, and solve them faster than the computer. They can tell you what day of the week any date in history was, or project it forward into the future. But they may not be able to figure out how to get across town on a bus. 
So IQ, no matter how high it is, doesn't always indicate brilliance. And one's personal IQ can and does vary over one's lifetime, so it isn't a set number. It is used as a guide, however. IQs of under 80 are generally deemed to need assisted living conditions, those with IQs over 135 are MENSA level. These are people who sit around and do math problems for fun and find sudoko and crosswords much too easy. 

Some people with high IQs are not especially socially adept, because they can't comprehend how other people (with lower IQs) have such trouble understanding things that come naturally to them. Then there are others with high IQs  who are wonderful, kind and caring people - in spite of their intelligence! 

There aren't really any generalizations you can make about people with high or low IQs.


  1. Our son just passed his second actuary test, so I guess he probably has a fairly high IQ. Luckily he is one of the ones that is very social and kind. There are times though where has said to us that he is very book smart but not always very street smart, over the last couple of years I think he is improving in that area too.

    Hope you manage to get all your organizing done, I finally worked on a bit of ours today.


  2. Thanks for the information about your son; yes, he does sound super intelligent. About street smarts I guess I think it's experiential - hope he doesn't need it in the dark of night! I've always wondered how ingenious I might be if abandoned on a desert island!

  3. How about those of us who start with a full measure, only to see it drain away over the years? There are days when it feels like I can see the bottom of the barrell.

  4. Hi Gilguy:
    Thank you for your comment. I know from my career in nursing and in just living that reaching that "category" of Golden Years is, in some ways, a misnomer. When my grandkids have to repeat information about activities I usually tell them they're only such and such age; my brain has so much information in it their 'new' info has to wait in line!

  5. The information and the aspect were just wonderful. I think that your viewpoint is deep, it’s just well thought out and truly incredible to see someone who knows how to put these thoughts so well. Good job!