Christopher Harding

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In existographies, Christopher Harding (1944- ACM) (CR:9) (LH:#) (TL:#) is an Australian IQ test maker and high IQ society founder, noted for []


In 1944, Harding, age 10 months, was speaking complete sentences.[1]

In 1970, Harding joined a high IQ society called “The International Heurist Association”, founded by D.H. Ratcliffe, which closed in 1973.[2]

In 1974, Harding, inspired by his time with the Heurist Association, founded the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry.

In 1974, Harding made Multi-Max Test, a mail-in ten-item multiple choice test, purported to yield an IQ of 200+ or a ceiling of 211.

In 1982 to 1988, Harding was listed in the Guinness Book under "Highest IQ"[3] and was given a certificate for this.[4] The following is his 1986 Guinness Book listing:

“The three members who have scored 197 on the Stanford Binet scale are Christopher Harding (born Keynsham, England, 1944) of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, Dr Ferris Eugene Alger (b. Des Moines, Iowa, 1913) of New Hope, and …”
— Norris McWhirter (1986), Guinness Book of Records (pg. 16)[5]

In 1991, Harding, residing at his parent's home, was working on making computer programs to predict the stock market and the weather.[1]


In 1962, Harding, after graduating from high school, worked as a clerk for a bit, but quit owing to difficulty with friendships; then worked a dozen years in a library returning books left on tables to their proper shelving position, then worked washing cars.[1]


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The following are quotes by Harding:

Genius is not intelligence. Genius is creative ability of the highest possible kind. True, most geniuses are highly intelligent, but this depends on the field their genius was recognized in. And here there is a plethora of problems. Recognized by whom; which people, what society, when and where. There is an old joke that goes something like: I will believe in psychologists devising tests for geniuses when monkeys devise tests for psychologists. I do have ideas of my own on this, but so far no one seems interested in this. I was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records seven editions 1982-88 under "Highest IQ" and was given a certificate for this. I was also listed in 500 Great Minds of the Early 21st Century in 2002. All such lists-comparisons are temporary. There appears less and less match between persons and outcomes these days. Humanity hangs by it’s intellectual neck on the tree of tragedy –there are no Leonardo’s in the 19th, 20th, and so far in the 21st Century. Yet he or she must still exist we should think? With mass education has come the noisy ones but no geniuses to show for it all. Bad money has driven out good money, bad people good people. The masses have come to judge the best and are part of this process to drive out the very people they need most, all in the name of incorrectly accessed political correctness. Today the system has driven down performance; today big institutional science has been a spoiler of great insights delaying progress everywhere. Today it is business as usual. The criminal come to the top. My greatest fear is that an end is coming to the centuries of progress that mankind has grown use to. The ‘age of genius’ may be at an end. I’m sorry to ramble on this in such a ‘scatter gun’ way.”
— Christopher Harding (2013), post to article “13 Most Intelligent People in the World”[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Philips, Michael. (1991). “This Man Has World’s Highest IQ” (Ѻ), World Weekly News (pg. 38), June 25.
  2. Miyaguchi, Darrly. (2000). “A Short and Bloody History of High IQ Societies” (WB),
  3. Note: the Hmolpedia 2020 article on Harding, lists him as having been in the Guinness Book in 1966, at age 22, ‘Smartest Man in the World’. This, according to u/xophist, who owns a copy of the 1966 and 1972 Guinness Book editions, is incorrect information. The “Highest IQ” category, is in these editions, but Harding is not listed.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harding, Christopher. (2013). “13 Most Intelligent People in the World” (Ѻ), comment post, FinancesOnline.
  5. McWhirter, Norris. (1986). Guinness Book of Records (pg. 16). Publisher.

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