What Is The Highest IQ In The World Ever Recorded?

Ainan Celeste Cawley

This man is the youngest of the lot. Born in 1999, Ainan Celeste Cawley is projected to have an IQ score of 263! At the age of 7, Ainan became the youngest person in the world to pass Chemistry-O level. By the age of 8, he was taking Chemistry lectures at Singapore Polytechnic (an institution of higher learning in Singapore). He composes music and can recite Pi to 518 decimal places.

A high IQ doesn’t necessarily indicate ‘smartness’

Having a high IQ does not necessarily mean that the person is intelligent or very ‘smart’. The problem with IQ tests is that although they’re pretty good at assessing our deliberative skills (which involve how we use our working memory and reason), but they are not able to assess our inclination to use them when the situation demands. This is a very important difference. According to as Daniel Kahneman, a professor at Princeton University, intelligence is about brain power whereas rational thinking is about control.

“Some people who are intellectually able do not bother to engage very much in analytical thinking and are inclined to rely on their intuitions,” says Jonathan Evans, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Plymouth, UK. “Other people will check out their gut feeling and reason it through and make sure they have a justification for what they’re doing.

A high IQ is like height in a basketball player. It is certainly a crucial trait, provided all other ‘things’ are equal. But if all other things aren’t equal, then the player needs a lot of more than just height in order to be a good basketball player. Similarly, there is a lot more to being a good thinker than having a high IQ

References

  1. Garry Kasparov
  2. Christopher Langan
  3. Terence Tao
  4. Kim Ung-yong
  5. Marilyn Vos Savant
  6. William James Sidis

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