# Should I mention my Mensa membership in my CV?

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lajm

Will it impress people?

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klle

Not subtle enough to be peak troll, but not bad.

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cyyh

It might impress the IQ-obsessed MJR crowd. I'll leave it as an exercise to you to figure out how much that might intersect the people whose opinions count.

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ryqw

Would save a lot of time. Mathjobs should have a standard tick box: Mensa member yes/no.

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klle

It might impress the IQ-obsessed MJR crowd. I'll leave it as an exercise to you to figure out how much that might intersect the people whose opinions count.

I highly doubt the people who post here about psychometrics care about Mensa.

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lajm

Check this out bros.

https:// sites. google. com/ view/ sonali-jain-iitd/background?authuser=0

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oiqh

Will it impress people?

Not without a solid publication record in top 5 LessWrongoid blogs.

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mizn

I believe that anyone who can understand standard graduate-level math courses can pass the Mensa test with ease.

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btrr

Check this out bros.

https:// sites. google. com/ view/ sonali-jain-iitd/background?authuser=0

Do you know anyone in math who does this?

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gcba

might as well tell us you memorized the dictionary.

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ytvv

If your aim is to look like a dickhead then go for it!

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fepn

Only if you are applying for a position as EJMR mod.

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goxz

The point of Mensa is for smart kids in the sticks to form some kind of peer group of other smart kids. If you are in any half decent math department, you don't need Mensa.

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vnpn

It's an excellent way to signal that you will be a toxic colleague.

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zhss

It is quite normal to meet

The point of Mensa is for smart kids in the sticks to form some kind of peer group of other smart kids. If you are in any half decent math department, you don't need Mensa.

Even in a half decent department one still likes to have lunch now and again.

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nmcm

might as well tell us you memorized the dictionary.

I haven't tried memorizing anything in my life, but I suspect memorizing a large dictionary (100K+ words) would be a difficult and impressive feat.

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nmcm

The point of Mensa is for smart kids in the sticks to form some kind of peer group of other smart kids. If you are in any half decent math department, you don't need Mensa.

Sure, and it also seems obsolete when modern social media allow the same networking.

But there is a strain of countersignaling on IQ in general and Mensa in particular by many people in academia that is some linear combination of arrogant and disgusting. If you made it through selections much more stringent then a mere Mensa test, be happy, but shitting on people for whom it could rationally serve a useful social purpose is ugly.

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smud

But there is a strain of countersignaling on IQ in general and Mensa in particular by many people in academia that is some linear combination of arrogant and disgusting. If you made it through selections much more stringent then a mere Mensa test, be happy, but shitting on people for whom it could rationally serve a useful social purpose is ugly.

Why would it be disgusting? IQ might be useful for sociological research, but I don't see what purpose it serves in educating individual children.

The 'IQ correlates with everything' meme, to the extent that it captures some truth, implies the corollary that you don't really need a special test to figure out how smart someone is or what their needs might be. Just observe how they do on various cognitive tasks that they have to do in an educational setting anyway.

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nmcm

Why would it be disgusting?

The hypocrisy, for one thing. People whose entire life has been an exercise in being rewarded for high intelligence, going to great lengths and all sorts of implausible mental gymnastics to dismiss any suggestion that it can be usefully measured.

IQ might be useful for sociological research, but I don't see what purpose it serves in educating individual children.

The purposes it could and (in a sane society) would serve are outlawed in the US, with the result that people have to run costly and exhausting rat races to achieve much the same educational and job sorting.

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rqwk

lol, listen to this retard thinking people should be discriminated w.r.t. IQ.

If anyone in the private sector cared about IQ, they could ask you or they could make you do IQ tests as part of job interviews. there is no law against giving those kind of tests during hiring. the fact that very few do it is because nobody is so stupid to care.

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