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The Curse of the High IQ by Aaron Clarey

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In this video, I review Aaron Clarey’s book The Curse of the High IQ, an engaging but deeply flawed examination of how society discriminates against the intelligent.

My written review of Clarey’s book is up at Right On: you can read it here.

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  • Good to see you and Bern aren’t just giving him a pass cause he’s part of the club.

  • kinda mean

  • sielakos

    I have been thinking about buying it, but now I think I will postpone that to second edition if there ever will be one. Thanks for the review.

  • Ken

    Unfortunately, IQ has these days gone the way of phrenology, palm reading, astrological signs and the like. And it’s no thanks to books like this one. This book perpetuates the myth of the misunderstood genius. It’s a pompous, vain, arrogant and pretentiously loud bellow of a fellow that just can’t seem to get enough of himself. From the beginning we are forced fed this rant. A person, who’s friends, all eleven or so of them, possess IQ’s greater than ~97% of the population. And not only that, he’s totally unaware of it until one day, he turns to them and asks them all, “Hey ‘X’, what’s your IQ,” and magically they all fall ~2 standard deviations and above. This play, this BS session we’re taken on, really leaves the reader, if they have a modicum of intelligence, wanting. In other words, if you’re truly an intelligent and wise person, this book will come across as a condescending and haughty fill of absolute nonsense. And if your not, you’ll probably just think it condescending and haughty. Either way, the book’s intent, its message, gets lost in the author’s attempting to display to the public that he does indeed possess intelligence. Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t. It doesn’t really matter, as the book is still, and without pretense, bad! If you want to read a good book on IQ, read Eysenck or Flynn. This book belongs in the selective graveyard of nonsense and claptrap…Balderdash and blarney taken to new heights…

  • dc.sunsets

    Yes, smart people are pretty much abandoned to teach themselves in school. How could it be otherwise? Often they really are the smartest person in the room.
    Yes, smart people will be bored by average people (or lower.) Funny, though: average people find smart people as abrasive as belt sanders, the higher the IQ, usually the faster the belt is rotating.

    That said, finding love, getting married, having and raising kids, all the stuff of life is hardly “rocket science,” even for rocket scientists. While I’m not a rocket scientist, I am in the 143 range (between 1-in-200 and 1-in-1000 in IQ, depending on what test one chooses.) I’m happily and successfully married, and my kids are all in this same range (all are STEM grads, one graduated at 20, one attended college on a full scholarship, the third finished a BS in ME in 7 semesters with a 4.0, all three are extremely well-employed, married, with families.)

    A book about how hard it is to be very bright is simply one man’s admission that he isn’t playing the game of life at a level commensurate with his IQ. Given that IQ is but one aspect of life, this isn’t a major revelation.

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