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What can a person with an IQ of 160 do that a person with an IQ of 100 cannot? Are certain things fundamentally unlearnable/undoable like…

Answer by Peter Flom:

There are no absolute rules with regard to human abilities and outcomes. But there are some tendencies.

People with very high IQs (e.g. 160) will generally have an easier time with academics; they will understand more in less time than others. They will make connections that others miss. 

Let's take Isaac Asimov, for example.  When he was 5 or so, he was waiting for his big sister at school.  He had one of those composition books that had the multiplication table in the back.  So…… he taught himself to multiply. That is, he figured out what the table was for, without being told.

Or there was a Harvard philosopher.  His parents said they knew he was not a typical kid when at age 4, he came into the kitchen and said

"Mommy, is God really everywhere?"
"Yes sweetie"
"Well, do I squeeze some of him out of the kitchen when I come in and take up his space?"

Or one kid who, in preschool, had already learned to read. So, he taught himself to read upside down so he could help the teacher by reading to the other kids with the book facing them.

I've known a few people with IQs of 160 or so.  They are interesting.

What can a person with an IQ of 160 do that a person with an IQ of 100 cannot? Are certain things fundamentally unlearnable/undoable like…

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