The actual score is not especially significant, since different tests have different scales. The point is more the percentile which the score represents. So organisations like Mensa have entry conditions along the lines of "applicant must be in xth percentile, which is anything exceeding 143 on the wossname test, 121 on the thingy test, 162 on the other test etc".
That's why people complain that they keep getting different scores. And it's why it's meaningless to say, "my IQ is 119" unless you also say which test you took. It makes more sense to say, "I'm in the 5th percentile" or whatever.
I don't see the point of high-IQ societies. Having intelligence in common with someone doesn't mean you'll have anything else in common, or even that they'll be good company generally. Plenty of dumb people are lovely and fun to hang around with, whilst plenty of smart people are dicks. I choose my friends based on how well I enjoy their company, and not on how smart they are.
It's true that IQ tests have a limited usefulness in testing intelligence, as there are so many aspects of intelligence. But I do know they're used as a diagnostic tool for certain psychological conditions. I took a Wechsler test when I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, not because they were interested in my score, but because the graph of the scores for each section of the test (there were a dozen or so) has a fairly characteristic shape in autistic people.
*edit* Oops, sorry if this post is slightly redundant/off-topic. I thought I was posting it in the other mensa thread where it would have been slightly more relevant. I tried to delete it from here, but it seems I can't do that now that a subsequent post has been made.
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on Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:42 am UTC, edited 1 time in total.