Non-real IQ

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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).


Childhood IQs

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)[1]
“The history of J.M., a 10-year-old girl of IQ of 190 (S-B), was presented by Washburn (1924)[2]. 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)[3]

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.


  1. (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 –
  2. Washburne, Carleton. (1924). “Case History of J.M.”, Part One, Twenty-third Year Book, National Society for the Study of Education. Public School Publishing.
  3. 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.
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