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You take an ordinary person

The story of Lauren Marbe leaves you torn between being impressed by how a girl with an IQ of 161 could be so down to earth and normal, and wanting to get all totalitarian and insist that her insane processing power be locked in room and harnessed for the good of the planet (or some definition thereof, at least).

But then IQ is an odd thing. Physicist Richard Feynman was arguably one of the greatest minds of the 20th century, and he apparently had an IQ of 125. I'm lucky to be able to work with some ridiculously bright people, and every now and then I go back and take some inspiration (consolation!) from this clip:

An interesting aside: in the clip Feynman talks about how he and mathematician John Tukey had entirely different 'multitasking' abilities while counting to a minute. John Tukey in turn is credited as the person who invented the computing term 'bit'.

{2013.10.20 - 23:27}


1 Ronnie (2013.10.21 - 12:30) #

A debutante's ball? What is this? The 18th century?


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