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Ever heard of him?

He lived in America (1898 - 1944), and is arguably the most intelligent human ever to live.

http://www.quantonics.com/The_Prodigy_Review.html

Given IQ is a purely anthropocentric means of assessing intelligence, Sidis' IQ is crudely estimated at 250-300.
Infant Billy listened to Greek myths read to him by Sarah as bedtime stories.
Started feeding himself with a spoon at eight months (after two months of trial and error).
Cajoled by Boris, Billy learned to pronounce alphabetic syllables from blocks hanging in his crib.
At six months, Billy said, "Door." A couple months later he told Mom he liked things, doors and people, that move.
At seven months he pointed to Earth's moon and called it, "moon." He wanted a 'moon' of his own.
Mastered higher mathematics and planetary revolutions by age 11.
Learned to spell efficiently by one year old.
Started reading The New York Times at 18 months.
Started typing at three. Used his high chair to reach a typewriter. First composed letter was an order for toys from Macy's.
Read Caesar's Gallic Wars, in Latin (self-taught), as a birthday present to his Father in Billy's fourth year.
Learned Greek alphabet and read Homer in Greek in his fourth year.
Learned Aristotelian logic in his sixth year.
At six, Billy learned Russian, French, German, and Hebrew, and soon after, Turkish and Armenian.
Calculated mentally a day any date in history would fall at age six. Absolutely fascinated by calendars.
Learned Gray's Anatomy at six. Could pass a student medical examination.
Billy started grammar school at six, in 3 days 3rd grade, graduated grammar school in 7 months.
At age 8, Billy surpassed his father (a genius) in mathematics.
Corrected E. V. Huntington's mathematics text galleys at age of eight.
Total recall of everything he read.
Wrote four books between ages of four and eight. Two on anatomy and astronomy, lost.
Passed Harvard Medical School anatomy exam at age seven.
Passed MIT entrance exam at age eight.
Intellect surpassed best secondary school teachers.
At age 10, in one evening, corrected Harvard logic professor Josiah Royce's book manuscript: citing, "wrong paragraphs."
Attempted to enroll in Harvard at nine.
In 1909, became youngest student to ever enroll at Harvard at age 11.
In 1910, at age 11, lectured Harvard Mathematical Club on 'Four-Dimensional Bodies.'
Billy graduated from Harvard, *** laude, on June 24, 1914, at age 16.
Billy entered Harvard Law School in 1916.
Billy could learn a whole language in one day!
Billy knew all the languages (approximately 200) of the world, and could translate among them instantly!
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Billy also had no friends.
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Billy also had no friends.
And was celibate.
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And was celibate.
And he died at 45. So for all his brilliance, what did he achieve?
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And he died at 45. So for all his brilliance, what did he achieve?
Not much. But he puts our A*s to shame.
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Billy could learn a whole language in one day!
Billy knew all the languages (approximately 200) of the world, and could translate among them instantly!
errr... how? how could he learn vocab etc. all in one day? and surely there are more than 200 languages in the world....

and as LH says.... Billy no mates

lou xxx
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Ever heard of him?

He lived in America (1899 - 1944), and is arguably the most intelligent human ever to live.

http://www.quantonics.com/The_Prodigy_Review.html

Intellect surpassed best secondary school teachers.
Seriously, how much of an achievement is this?
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errr... how? how could he learn vocab etc. all in one day? and surely there are more than 200 languages in the world....

and as LH says.... Billy no mates

lou xxx
oooh, good one!
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Not much. But he puts our A*s to shame.
I'd like to see him getting higher than an A*.
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IQ of 250 - 300? There have been Idiot Savants with IQs of 280, no-one has ever acheived over 300, though.
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What difference does his life make, realistically, if he didn't discover anything new? Especially with such intellect, it seems like a pointless life.
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What difference does his life make, realistically, if he didn't discover anything new? Especially with such intellect, it seems like a pointless life.
Isn't that tragic?
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What difference does his life make, realistically, if he didn't discover anything new? Especially with such intellect, it seems like a pointless life.
My point exactly, people with IQs of little over 100 have changed the world, what did he do?
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Isn't that tragic?
Isn't it ironic?
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My point exactly, people with IQs of little over 100 have changed the world, what did he do?
I might write a speech on it, and conclude that it doesn't matter how intelligent you are, it's what you do that counts.
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My point exactly, people with IQs of little over 100 have changed the world
And some with IQs drastically under 100, in the case of most US presidents.
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I might write a speech on it, and conclude that it doesn't matter how intelligent you are, it's what you do that counts.
Maybe he was too intelligent, or did he have no emmotional intelligence (like Mr White! )
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Maybe he was too intelligent, or did he have no emmotional intelligence (like Mr White! )
Emotional Intelligence? That's such an oxymoron.
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How on earth could he learn a whole language in a single day?! There are 290,000 words in the largest language dictionaries. This would mean he would have to learn approximatly 3.5 words a second! In addition, he would need to learn all the rules of grammar and sentence structure, etc, and would have to be able to speak the language fluently.
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(Original post by Ralfskini)
How on earth could he learn a whole language in a single day?! There are 290,000 words in the largest language dictionaries. This would mean he would have to learn approximatly 3.5 words a second! In addition, he would need to learn all the rules of grammar and sentence structure, etc, and would have to be able to speak the language fluently.
When you put it like that, does seem slightly difficult...
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