In genius studies, non-real IQ (LH:#), as compared to a “real IQ”, refers to IQs, generally calculated to be in the “genius IQ” range, that do not match up with the person, in reality, being a “genius”, either in actuality, e.g. according to independent peer opinion, or in potential (see: potential IQ).
The following compares a “real IQ”, that of the young adult IQ of Newton, calculated, independently by four different psychologists based on his intellectual accomplishments at the given age, with a “non-real IQ”, namely an anon 9-year-old girl who could do age 11.5 level spelling and arithmetic and age 12.5-level languages, as calculated by Carleton Washburne:
- “Newton’s corrected IQ estimates, specifically AI IQ (age: childhood and early youth) and AII IQ (age: first period of young adulthood), according to the combined rankings of Cox, Merrill, Terman, and Goodenough, are: AI IQ of 150 and AII IQ of 190.”
- — Catherine Cox (1926), Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses (table 12A)
- “The history of J.M., a 10-year-old girl of IQ of 190 (S-B), was presented by Washburn (1924). This girl was a pupil in the public schools of Winnetka, Illinois, where the plan of individualized instruction is followed with individual subject promotions. In Jun 1911, aged 9, she was doing advanced sixth-grade [age 11.5] reading, through with sixth-grade spelling, and almost through with sixth grade arithmetic, and promoted to the seventh-grade [age 12.5] in language.”
- — Leta Hollingworth (1937), Children Above 180 IQ (pg. 51-54)
In other words, where we see the same IQ of "190" assigned to Newton, at the point he was about to bring about the Newtonian revolution, and to some nine-year-old Chicago girl who understood languages at the age 12.5 level of understanding? One of these IQ estimates is real, the other is non-real.
High IQ societies
Another place where non-real IQs ferment, are so-called "high IQ societies", which purport to be home to dozens, hundreds, and upwards of 100K+ geniuses, but who do not have any actual "real geniuses" as members? A recent popular example is Christopher Langan (claimed IQ: 190 to 210), who thinks he can prove the existence of god using binary logic, a member of the Mega Society, founded by blind philosopher Ronald Hoeflin (claimed IQ: 125 to 190). Here, we have a case of the blind leading the blind, figuratively and literally.
- (a) Cox, Catharine. (1926). Genetic Studies of Genius. Volume II. The Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses (GB) (Arc) (pdf) (ratings, pg. viii). Stanford University Press.
(b) Cox IQ (subdomain) – Hmolpedia 2020.
(c) Cox IQs – IQComparisonSite.com.
- Washburne, Carleton. (1924). “Case History of J.M.”, Part One, Twenty-third Year Book, National Society for the Study of Education. Public School Publishing.
- Hollingworth, Leta S. (1939). Children Above 180 IQ: Stanford-Binet Origin and Development (GB2) (GP) (IQ 140, pg. 248; IQ 170 and 180, §13). Arno Press, 1942.