I had my IQ tested three times, once in elementary school, once in high school, and once in my 30s. All three times it came out between 138-143.
I don't know how accurate that is. There are many things that I'm very good at, including strategy and problem solving, but many areas where I'm talking to people, like on this forum, and I feel like I'm talking to people who have extremely strong intellects and reasoning. So either everyone here is a genius or I'm not as bright as my IQ tests indicated. =-)
I used to be a Catholic/Christian... I was taught as a kid to believe, but kept looking for better answers at different churches when I kept running into things that didn't make sense. I've attended Catholic, Evangelical, Non-Denominational, Presb, Baptist and Lutheran Churches, but it took me forever to get the courage to challenge the core belief that there was a god at all.
Some things happened that were pretty strong coincidences that I mis-read as proof of god.
Clearly I wasn't smart enough to challenge the core belief as a child or young adult.
I think I'm more like Matt Dillahunty, where it took him a long time in losing arguments against atheism to admit that there's just no basis for believing in the Bible as being a true or good thing.
I don't think IQ has much to do with your beliefs, but, it's possible that being a good critical thinker will help to free you from delusional beliefs at some point?
Ok, I am hardly ever
on here anymore (so, nice to meet y'all that I haven't met before), but I decided to come check things out and wasn't originally planning on posting...BUT I came across this post and just had to reply to it because I was just
talking about this sort of thing earlier today. The "thing" I am referring to is your belief that perhaps you are not as smart as you think, especially compared to everyone else, and it is actually an offshoot of something called the Dunning Kruger effect. This theory suggests that those who are unskilled/incompetent/ignorant are so much so that they have no idea just how ignorant they truly are, and thus have an inflated sense of ability or knowledge. Likewise, those who actually DO have a decent skill set/knowledge/competence tend to underestimate their abilities, especially in comparison to others, as a result of recognizing how much is out there to still know and learn about. So, your response is actually not terribly unusual for a smarter than average person.
You should also note that forums like these have a bit of a self-selection process going on here; I would imagine that debate of such topics attracts a higher than average number of smarties. So that would make it seem overrun with intelligence (although there are also the astoundingly ignorant posters here and there, also - yay, variety and averages!).
As for the thread topic...I think if you are profoundly gifted, you are probably more likely to fall into the (admittedly generically named) group of people who simply view the world differently. I think there may come a point where you are so smart that you just aren't functioning at the same level as everyone else, and this may naturally give you an extremely divergent worldview. I've encountered a few people like this, and it was tough, as it seemed there were a lot of social adjustment issues for them. One in particular seems both disgusted by everyone else - total misanthrope - but also incredibly lonely and insecure. He seems to struggle with relationships of all sorts, and his IQ didn't seem to really be doing him any favors in most other aspects of his life, either. He seemed a bit Aspie, to be quite honest, but I'm not qualified to make such distinctions.
I also think that if you have creative tendencies along with your higher IQ, you may fall into this camp. I could relate to the "mundane tasks seem painful" comment myself; I find it difficult to care about the same sorts of day to day things that most other people seem to care about (and my IQ tends to run 2-3 standard deviations above the mean, depending on which scale you're using). My husband often wants my feedback on certain things, like what kind of car I want or how a certain housekeeping task should be done, and I just don't really care that much. I also have a hard time caring about feedback from others, good or bad; my sense of ego seems fairly low and it takes a lot to "activate" it, although I will participate in standard polite social norms as that makes my life smoother and I know other people probably appreciate it. I just care much more about what I
think and what I
need to do; other peoples' expectations for me are virtually irrelevant, although I also typically don't care much what other people want to do with themselves, so long as it's not harming me or others. I do get very irritated with forced expectations, though; it is not unusual to hear me rant about particular ubiquitous Western cultural values that I do not want to get on board with, like consumerism and beauty and American nationalism and etc. I've had to learn to avoid many forms of media and certain types of people so that I don't have to listen to all that nonsense.
BUT...based on all this, you might say I'm just like many other weirdo hippie artists. So maybe I am not all that different after all. Which is super meta.