Who Are the Smartest People in the United States?
The first name that usually comes to mind is Albert Einstein who had an IQ of 160, an IQ that is shared by Bill Gates, Ben Franklin, and Quinton Tarantino. High IQ’s seem to be necessary to play chess at an international level as evidenced by Bobby Fischer 187, Garry Kasparov, 190 and Judith Polgar 170.
You would expect to find some of our smartest people as our government leaders. Higher intelligence is a measure of a person’s ability to process information and come to sound conclusions from which to make decisions. This is certainly a skill that you would hope would be possessed by the President of the United States. Yet in the U.S. we don’t make intelligence criteria for choosing our leaders as evidenced by our recent Presidents. George W. Bush has an IQ of 125, Bill Clinton 137, George H. Bush 98, and Ronald Regan 105. We know Patton Manning is the best quarterback in the United States and Tiger Woods is the best golfer. We regularly search for the Biggest Looser, the American Idol, and the Most Eligible Bachelor, why aren’t we searching for the smartest people in the United States and considering them as the leaders of our country and our corporations. Maybe if we had made it a requirement of assuming a position of leadership we wouldn’t be in the position that we find ourselves.
There’s a website that is offering a free IQ test and then assigning each participant a SUS score. They then rank each score so that participants can see where they rank among all other participants. The goal of the site is to get everyone in the United States a SUS score. If each of the Presidential candidates in this past election had been required to share their SUS score would we have made the decision that we did? If the CEO’s of our largest banks and securities companies had been required to share their SUS score would their stock holders have allowed them to remain stewards of our money?
Our country has fallen on hard economic times as a result of the