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### Poll: Rate your own intelligence from 1 to 10. (62 member(s) have cast votes)

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### #21AltarofScience  Members   -  Reputation: 935

Posted 28 January 2012 - 02:20 PM

Or maybe he is really a secretly clever troll whose only goal in life is to annoy Promitt

### #22mikeman  Members   -  Reputation: 2507

Posted 28 January 2012 - 02:30 PM

I went for a "4". I would normally put "5" but I have the distinctive feeling I've somehow lost some IQ points the last couple of years

### #23swiftcoder  Senior Moderators   -  Reputation: 16790

Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:04 PM

Or maybe he is really a secretly clever troll whose only goal in life is to annoy Promitt

I truly wish that Promit was the only one...

Tristam MacDonald - Software Engineer @ Amazon - [swiftcoding] [GitHub]

### #24DenzelM  Members   -  Reputation: 295

Posted 28 January 2012 - 04:14 PM

I truly wish that Promit was the only one...

QFT
Denzel Morris (@drdizzy) :: Software Engineer :: SkyTech Enterprises, Inc.
"When men are most sure and arrogant they are commonly most mistaken, giving views to passion without that proper deliberation which alone can secure them from the grossest absurdities." - David Hume

### #25Nypyren  Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 8645

Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:03 PM

+2 points if you assumed 10 is the high end of the scale.

### #26Don Carnage  Members   -  Reputation: 648

Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:36 PM

+2 points if you assumed 10 is the low end of the scale, and rated yourself a 1.
It is I, the spectaculous Don Karnage! My bloodthirsty horde is on an intercept course with you. We will be shooting you and looting you in precisely... Ten minutes. Felicitations!

### #27 SteveDeFacto   Banned   -  Reputation: 109

Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:27 PM

You have a peculiar ability to repeatedly post idiotic threads.

I honestly think it's super interesting to see the results of the posts I've made so far. I find it hard to understand why my posts would annoy anyone since I am posting at the same frequency as many other users. I think the main problem is that I've been posting a lot of polls which get bumped every time someone votes. Seems like the GDNet admins should turn that off...

### #28B O N E S  Members   -  Reputation: 93

Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:04 PM

Meh, you can't really measure intelligence and everyone seems to have a different idea on what intelligence is but I guess that's what makes the question interesting.

### #29CRYP7IK  Members   -  Reputation: 1263

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:19 AM

You can tell this poll is getting messed up and that people don't know their own intelligence. There are no 5's, which would be average intelligence, how can there be no average D:.

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### #30Sirisian  Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2144

Posted 29 January 2012 - 03:44 AM

You can tell this poll is getting messed up and that people don't know their own intelligence. There are no 5's, which would be average intelligence, how can there be no average D:.

Speaking from an objective viewpoint I'd say it's because programmers are above average intelligence. The people rating themselves below average are probably writers or designers.</trololo> No, but seriously no one wants to believe they're average probably.

### #31 SteveDeFacto   Banned   -  Reputation: 109

Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:38 AM

You can tell this poll is getting messed up and that people don't know their own intelligence. There are no 5's, which would be average intelligence, how can there be no average D:.

That's why I didn't want to give away the trend I noticed when I started the thread because I knew it would change people's votes. Now that we are talking about what we see people are voting to go against the trends.

### #32Antheus  Members   -  Reputation: 2409

Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:54 AM

There are no 5's, which would be average intelligence, how can there be no average D:.

How many arms does an average person have?
What is the median of number of arms people have?

You can tell this poll is getting messed up and that people don't know their own intelligence.

IQ percentile equivalent:
0-80 = 1
81-87 = 2
88-92 = 3
93-96 = 4
97-100 = 5
101-104 = 6
105-108 = 7
109-113 = 8
114-119 = 9
120+ = 10
Considering bell-curve distribution of population, the area around middle is densely packed. 1 point deviations around average cover a majority of population, so +/-1, even if it were measured correctly, has no profound meaning.

### #33Eelco  Members   -  Reputation: 301

Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:34 AM

If we take the textbook definition of intelligence, there is no doubt Id have to rate myself a ten. The majority of people here would have to do so. As the above table shows, you dont have to be an insane super genius to be in the tenth percentile of intelligence. Everybody with a CS or other STEM degree almost certainly is. Again, that is, assuming your ten point scale linearly maps to the textbook definition of intelligence. But you seem to be asking for a more subjective impression.

But by any subjective standard, id also rate myself a ten. I have my shortcomings, as does everybody, but the number of people I know who really inspire me as being a better person than myself, in the sense that the thought of trading places with them wouldnt be utterly laughable; I can count them on my fingers (the number of people who have one or more traits that I envy is considerably larger, but im talking averages). No way that id trade places with one in ten people I know; which is a group of people already highly selected for perceived awesomeness. Perhaps that is indeed more a measure of arrogance than anything else, but there you have it. 10/10.

### #34 SteveDeFacto   Banned   -  Reputation: 109

Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:52 AM

There are no 5's, which would be average intelligence, how can there be no average D:.

How many arms does an average person have?
What is the median of number of arms people have?

You can tell this poll is getting messed up and that people don't know their own intelligence.

IQ percentile equivalent:
0-80 = 1
81-87 = 2
88-92 = 3
93-96 = 4
97-100 = 5
101-104 = 6
105-108 = 7
109-113 = 8
114-119 = 9
120+ = 10
Considering bell-curve distribution of population, the area around middle is densely packed. 1 point deviations around average cover a majority of population, so +/-1, even if it were measured correctly, has no profound meaning.

That's a pretty good scale. I suppose the majority of us on this site are at least 7-8 but still most of my co-workers are likely around the 3-5 range. Yet all of them generally said they were 6-7.

### #35Antheus  Members   -  Reputation: 2409

Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:58 AM

still most of my co-workers are likely around the 3-5 range.

Remember Dunning-Kruger effect?

### #36 SteveDeFacto   Banned   -  Reputation: 109

Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:10 AM

still most of my co-workers are likely around the 3-5 range.

Remember Dunning-Kruger effect?

Yes, that is probably the reason.

### #37cgpIce  Members   -  Reputation: 470

Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:55 AM

I'd rate myself and everyone else a 1 out of 10 possible (assuming 1 is the low end) no matter how much you know or know about something there is much to learn through experience and knowledge itself.

### #38swiftcoder  Senior Moderators   -  Reputation: 16790

Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:02 AM

I'd rate myself and everyone else a 1 out of 10 possible (assuming 1 is the low end) no matter how much you know or know about something there is much to learn through experience and knowledge itself.

I know that I know nothing
-- Socrates

But in the end it's all empty egotistical philosophical wankery.

Tristam MacDonald - Software Engineer @ Amazon - [swiftcoding] [GitHub]

### #39rip-off  Moderators   -  Reputation: 10396

Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:39 PM

How many arms does an average person have?

The average person has one testicle.

But in the end it's all empty egotistical philosophical wankery.

Still... I reckon I am about an 8 on the egotistical philosophical wankery scale.

### #40Dreddnafious Maelstrom  Members   -  Reputation: 583

Posted 30 January 2012 - 01:59 AM

If we take the textbook definition of intelligence, there is no doubt Id have to rate myself a ten. The majority of people here would have to do so. As the above table shows, you dont have to be an insane super genius to be in the tenth percentile of intelligence. Everybody with a CS or other STEM degree almost certainly is. Again, that is, assuming your ten point scale linearly maps to the textbook definition of intelligence. But you seem to be asking for a more subjective impression.

But by any subjective standard, id also rate myself a ten. I have my shortcomings, as does everybody, but the number of people I know who really inspire me as being a better person than myself, in the sense that the thought of trading places with them wouldnt be utterly laughable; I can count them on my fingers (the number of people who have one or more traits that I envy is considerably larger, but im talking averages). No way that id trade places with one in ten people I know; which is a group of people already highly selected for perceived awesomeness. Perhaps that is indeed more a measure of arrogance than anything else, but there you have it. 10/10.

I rated myself a 10 as i'd guess most responders should have. Whom here isn't in the top 10% of demonstrable intelligence? Simple self selection would dictate that an honest assessment would have a heavily weighted upper end given the context of the site.

Some faux-modest wankery is the likely culprit that is imitating Dunning-Kreuger.

"Let Us Now Try Liberty"-- Frederick Bastiat

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