Here’s another post where I look at the semi-mad science show Eureka and bring up something that bothers me.
So, most of the characters are PhDs and among the top scientists in their fields. And I’ve noticed they say “IQ” a lot, which is actually a little jarring. Yeah, there are some people out there who take a lot of pride in their IQ, or so I assume. I mean, I’ve heard about people like that. Over the internet. After doing a Google search about them. But anyway, most people, including many intelligent people, have no idea what their IQ is.
And seriously, why aren’t they basing their intelligence on their achievements, like their papers/research or whatever? Instead they base it on a test they took once in their life, probably a long time ago–way earlier than their actual achievements, which are both more significant and more recent.
On the other hand, it makes sense to me when people reference their PhDs as proof of intelligence, as this takes a lot of time and effort to achieve, and is a much more common source of pride. According to common PhD lore, if you’re gotten your PhD, you have suffered and prevailed.
But IQ? I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone refer to their IQ in real life, ever. It’s the kind of thing that only comes up on TV. Or if you specifically search the internet for it.
And now I’m curious: how do people think of IQs, anyway? Do most people really think about it that much at all?
Silly things on TV this week:
Once Upon a Time makes it again, this time because of the stance it takes on science. This episode seems to make the “medicine good, science bad” distinction. And it does it through Dr. Frankenstein, of all people. Never mind that modern medicine is applied science. I’m in the field of biomedical research, after all. So there.