Around 6 years ago, I tried an online IQ Test (http://www.iqtest.dk/). Got 133 on the first try, and 135 on the second try (because I figured out the answer to one more question). There were a few questions that were genuinely beyond my knowledge / ability at the time (some of which I later figured out with the help of a family member).
Some recent online discussions I participated in caused me to revisit the concept of an IQ test, because the topic involved the views of a certain Karl Popper, whom I later found out to have declined an invitation to join Mensa (http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2008/may/11/art1) while giving a nasty reply that showed his own lack of respect for others’ perspectives. Karl Popper happened to have spent much of his time arguing about how everyone else was wrong and how he was the only one with the correct view. I also later found out that Karl Popper’s contemporaries were all highly respected philosophers, but somehow Popper’s own reputation seemed lacklustre in comparison. It doesn’t help that Popper’s biographers pretty much describe him as a bitter man who behaved like an absolute jerk.
Anyway, in the discussions, I pointed out many obvious problems with the views held by other participants, but because I was a sort of outsider to the discussion group, my perspective was treated with contempt. They pretty much ganged up on me and resorted to ad hominem arguments, among other logical fallacies. It was scary to observe how the people who frequent that discussion group pretty much worship Karl Popper like some kind of god, and treat his writings like sacred dogma that can never be questioned. It’s not particularly surprising though, because those people were all atheists who clearly needed some philosophy to live by. If their lives depend on it, then obviously they’re not going to react well to criticism. Cognitive dissonance makes it extremely difficult for them to see beyond their own narrow perspective. It’s much easier for them to just assume that their critics are wrong, than to honestly consider the fact that they are the real bad guys.
In the spirit of intellectual honesty, I decided to again subject myself to an IQ test, to see whether my pattern recognition skills are functioning properly. I googled “Mensa Denmark IQ Test”, because I remembered that the IQ test I previously found was made by some guy from Mensa Denmark. I found it on the first results page (http://mensa.dk/testiq.xml).
I couldn’t figure out the answers to questions 35 and 39, so I just left the answers blank, because I didn’t want random luck to mess with the test score. It gave me a score of 138, which means I probably answered all the other questions correctly. (The max score of the older test was 140, though I’m not sure what the max for this new one is.)
A score of 138 means that my test score is better than 99.435% of the population (http://www.iqcomparisonsite.com/IQtable.aspx). It’s difficult to say how this should affect the way I think, because being proud is pretty much what unintelligent people do. Pride gets in the way of learning, and any truly intelligent person would understand the fact that intellectual humility and honesty is what differentiates the wise from the foolish.
Practically speaking, at least I know that I’m probably not the one who is deluded here, and might as well move on to other more profitable topics of interest.
Edit (2015 May 07): Tried an official Mensa test. Was given a score of 96% which I think is legitimate. It was also thirty six questions, of which I could only answer thirty (I left 6 of them blank). Six of them just looked too complicated and devoid of meaningful pattern. The online Mensa Denmark test is probably slightly easier than the official one.