Why your IQ doesn't mean shit

From a very early age we are conditioned to measure our value in the world based on our Intelligence Quotient (IQ).

This all stems from a test that was originally developed as a way to evaluate whether a child was mentally retarded and needed a special education in kindergarten. It was never intended to be used for adults and wasn’t intended to be as generalized as it is today.

It all stemmed from the Binet-Simon test and was later modified to be used for everything it is today.

But they fail to acknowledge multiple differnt “types” of intelligence.


Fast forward a few decades and American developmental psychologist Howard Gardener classified 9 different types of intelligence in 1983.

Here is an overview of the multiple intelligences theory, summarized by ASCD.

1. Naturalist Intelligence - Naturalist intelligence designates the human ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) as well as sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef. It is also speculated that much of our consumer society exploits the naturalist intelligences, which can be mobilized in the discrimination among cars, sneakers, kinds of makeup, and the like.

2. Musical Intelligence - Musical intelligence is the capacity to discern pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone. This intelligence enables us to recognize, create, reproduce, and reflect on music, as demonstrated by composers, conductors, musicians, vocalist, and sensitive listeners. Interestingly, there is often an affective connection between music and the emotions; and mathematical and musical intelligences may share common thinking processes. Young adults with this kind of intelligence are usually singing or drumming to themselves. They are usually quite aware of sounds others may miss.

3. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence - Logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability to calculate, quantify, consider propositions and hypotheses, and carry out complete mathematical operations. It enables us to perceive relationships and connections and to use abstract, symbolic thought; sequential reasoning skills; and inductive and deductive thinking patterns. Logical intelligence is usually well developed in mathematicians, scientists, and detectives. Young adults with lots of logical intelligence are interested in patterns, categories, and relationships. They are drawn to arithmetic problems, strategy games and experiments.

4. Existential Intelligence - Sensitivity and capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as the meaning of life, why we die, and how did we get here.

5. Interpersonal Intelligence - Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively with others. It involves effective verbal and nonverbal communication, the ability to note distinctions among others, sensitivity to the moods and temperaments of others, and the ability to entertain multiple perspectives. Teachers, social workers, actors, and politicians all exhibit interpersonal intelligence. Young adults with this kind of intelligence are leaders among their peers, are good at communicating, and seem to understand others’ feelings and motives.

6. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence - Bodily kinesthetic intelligence is the capacity to manipulate objects and use a variety of physical skills. This intelligence also involves a sense of timing and the perfection of skills through mind–body union. Athletes, dancers, surgeons, and crafts people exhibit well-developed bodily kinesthetic intelligence.

7. Linguistic Intelligence - Linguistic intelligence is the ability to think in words and to use language to express and appreciate complex meanings. Linguistic intelligence allows us to understand the order and meaning of words and to apply meta-linguistic skills to reflect on our use of language. Linguistic intelligence is the most widely shared human competence and is evident in poets, novelists, journalists, and effective public speakers. Young adults with this kind of intelligence enjoy writing, reading, telling stories or doing crossword puzzles.

8. Intra-personal Intelligence - Intra-personal intelligence is the capacity to understand oneself and one’s thoughts and feelings, and to use such knowledge in planning and directioning one’s life. Intra-personal intelligence involves not only an appreciation of the self, but also of the human condition. It is evident in psychologist, spiritual leaders, and philosophers. These young adults may be shy. They are very aware of their own feelings and are self-motivated.

9. Spatial Intelligence - Spatial intelligence is the ability to think in three dimensions. Core capacities include mental imagery, spatial reasoning, image manipulation, graphic and artistic skills, and an active imagination. Sailors, pilots, sculptors, painters, and architects all exhibit spatial intelligence. Young adults with this kind of intelligence may be fascinated with mazes or jigsaw puzzles, or spend free time drawing or daydreaming.

So while one person may rank very high in one category, they could be completely bankrupt in another. The school systems we have today don’t generally focus on any of these except the Logical-Mathematical intelligence and this is a problem.

A typical classroom has many children, and utilizes a more generalized approach. A typical middle school student often has 5-8 different classes everyday. Once they get to high school it can be more, and they usually completely omit the creativity from their agenda.

You might think this is the most practical solution in order to properly educate many different types of children together, and teach them the most “practical” things like math and history. But you’d be dead wrong.

Their is one main purpose of the schools we have today.

Simply put, to create employees.

The real problem with this whole IQ business is that it creates an “us vs. them” scenario.

The powers that be must divide and conquer in order to stay in power. The goal is to create as much division as possible, that way it’s easier for us to willingly sign over our rights. This is happening at a staggering page, and is especially apparent in the whole Vaccines agenda.

I recently seen a reddit post about how Germany just implemented a mandatory vaccine policy for ALL children in public schools. I scrolled through the comments for a while just to see what other people were saying about this. I wasn’t surprised that there were countless comments from people saying good, if your dumb enough to not vaccinate your children, they need to be forced!

A logical person would see this and just say well hey, they can just not send their kids to public school!


Homeschooling has been illegal in Germany since 1919. But that is not what we’re talking about here.

This is just a good example of how the “Pro Vaxx” see themselves as more intelligent, and the “Anti Vaxx” are viewed as less intelligent. They have accomplished what they set out to do because the people have categorized themselves into groups and are making decisions based on emotions rather than logically.

This is what a typical person believes to be true when mandatory vaccines are mentioned.

Shame, criticism, and attacks are used in order to shape the public view of whichever particular side of “insert argument here” usually the side they are shaming is the correct choice.

It is my understanding that all of the IQ bullshit is simply another division tactic that is being employed to shift our view of reality. It is absolute nonsense to only pick out a single blade of grass and evaluate the entirety of a forest based on your critique of that blade of grass.

There are many more things that make up a person than even these 9 different things listed here.

We must stop judging our fellow man based on one tiny aspect of the forest that is them.


Thays pretty interesting. Definitly need to teach children in school to focus on there strengths and not on tuw traditional ways


wow! so insightful.I love the chart diagram and how it breaksdown the types of intelligence.I agree with you @ohellno theres much more beyond even the 9 ones

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Yeah there most definitely is, this is one of the benefits of homeschooling or a school system that focuses on smaller classrooms that are more hands on.

This is one of the reasons I’ll be homeschooling my daughter.

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