Re: A study comparing 150 IQ+ persons to 180 IQ+ persons

From: Charles D Hixson (
Date: Tue Aug 22 2006 - 18:44:33 MDT

Michael Anissimov wrote:
> Abstract:
> "Although there are numerous studies of gifted students, ....
> Using the Terman files, 26 subjects with scores above 180 IQ were
> compared with 26 randomly selected subjects from Terman's sample.
> ...
> What to make of this? I'm not entirely certain, except to say that
> ...
Consider the sample size. Given that I wouldn't make *anything* of the
For one thing, the sample size practically eliminates all possibility of
controlling for other effects, but even if we presume that the samples
are standardized identically and bias free, you won't get a result that
means anything for analysis. Random chance would tend to dominate.

That said, I've also observed a large number of very "high IQ" people
who never amount to anything ... at least in my eyes. Some of them are
very important in their own eyes.

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