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Old July 23 2013, 02:17 PM   #76
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Re: IQ Scores.

The last I.Q. test I took a number of years back gave me a final score of 150, but I don't put a tremendous amount of stock in either I.Q. or SAT scores for all sorts of reasons.

I'm sure being a member of the Trek BBS and posting in TNZ for all these years have in all likelihood cumulatively shaven at least twenty points off that score along with about ten to fifteen years of my life expectancy, but who's counting....
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Old July 23 2013, 02:58 PM   #77
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Re: IQ Scores.

I have an IQ of a 100.

Which means there is a high chance I can answer a hundred Intelligent Questions correctly, one after the other...
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Old July 23 2013, 07:07 PM   #78
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I never did an IQ test. Actually I'd say my whole country doesn't bother with them.
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Old July 23 2013, 07:36 PM   #79
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would be difficult anyway if you have only sheep and potatoes as competitors

I'm sorry, Dart. No offense meant. I just couldn't resist turning your lovely pass into a goal. I, too, was born in an area where only potatoes grow and where we love a good lamb stew (though ours is with caraway, not with peppermint). The only real difference is that we turn our barley into beer while you make whiskey
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Old July 23 2013, 10:33 PM   #80
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Re: IQ Scores.

My family comes from Ireland and I find it very easy to believe that they don't bother with IQ tests.
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Old July 23 2013, 10:40 PM   #81
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Hey we're a drunk joke away from a TNG episode here.
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Old July 23 2013, 10:52 PM   #82
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In-person tests, while imperfect, can at least be performed in a consistent way so you'll get reliable data (to the extent of what an IQ test measures.)

Online tests are dubious as hell and not worth anything.
Yeah, I've done an online test a few times just for giggles. The result is usually something around 165 or so...then they try to sell me something. I always assume they give you a high number just to stroke your ego so you'll be more likely to buy the crap they're selling. I once found one or two sites with very different tests that seemed somehow more legitimate to me and that weren't selling anything. Those ones scored me in the 130-140 range, which, based on my experience in school and interactions with others, seems more reasonable to me. Probably still a bit high, but I'm more inclined to believe those numbers than the 160+ of the others.
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Old July 24 2013, 02:16 PM   #83
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Myers-Briggs descriptions sound sorta like astrology style "readings".
Although entertaining, I have come to learn that the Myers-Briggs stuff is a moneymaking scam without any real empirical basis.
At times I wonder whether the same can be said of some semi "legitimate" fields, such as economics.


"The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable." Ezra Solomon, as quoted in Psychology Today (March 1984); also attributed to John Kenneth Galbraith in U.S. News & World Report (7 March 1988), p. 64.
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Old July 24 2013, 02:50 PM   #84
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^ I'm sure you meant that as a joke, but just to clarify, the field of economics bears very little resemblance to the "economic forecasting" that you see the pundits on TV do!
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Old July 24 2013, 04:44 PM   #85
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has economic forecasting the same rate of accuracy as the weather forecast?
In that case it might count as a branch of occultism
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Old July 24 2013, 05:08 PM   #86
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has economic forecasting the same rate of accuracy as the weather forecast?
In that case it might count as a branch of occultism
Very much so:

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Old July 25 2013, 06:12 AM   #87
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Hey we're a drunk joke away from a TNG episode here.
Did someone say... Guinness?
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Old July 25 2013, 09:50 AM   #88
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Stout!
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Old July 25 2013, 11:29 AM   #89
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Guinness is a very dull stout IMO. Watery.
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Old July 25 2013, 11:51 AM   #90
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^ I'm sure you meant that as a joke, but just to clarify, the field of economics bears very little resemblance to the "economic forecasting" that you see the pundits on TV do!
I always thought the finance/economics pundits on television weren't much different than political pundits.

In terms of more "serious" economics, at times I wonder why the random walk hypothesis is taken as a premise in various mathematical finance models. (Such as the Black-Scholes equation for financial derivatives). That is, besides mathematical convenience and solvability.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_walk_hypothesis
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