Thursday, February 05, 2009

Me in MENSA

What connects Isaac Asimov (Author), Asia Carrera (Pornographic actress), Scott Adams (Cartoonist), Buckminster Fuller (Architect, inventor, futurist... Polymath!), Geena Davis (Oscar-winning actress), Martin Cooper (Inventor of the cell phone), Julie Peterson (Playboy Playmate), Alfred Hinds (Criminal/Prison escape artist) and Bobby Czyz (Boxer).

If you're already confused, add to the list Derek Barbosa (Rapper), Cyril Burt (Psychologist), Rolf Gindolf (Sexologist), Jeremy Hanley (Politician), Maurice Kanbar (Inventor of SKYY Vodka), Richard Lederer (Punster), Andrzej Majewski (Writer, photographer and director), Steve Martin (Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian, writer, playwright, producer, musician and composer), Adam Osborne (Created first commercially available portable computer, the Osborne 1), Gareth Penn (Private Investigator), Sir Jimmy Savile (DJ, actor and television/radio personality) and so on...


Well, the connection here is that all the personalities described above (kindly prefix "celebrated" or "famous" to their descriptions in the parentheses) are, or have been, members of Mensa .

And yes, do add to the list, me.

Actually not yet, the membership formalities are yet to be fulfilled. But I have qualified the test, falling within the 99th percentile of the standardized IQ test, the Cattell Culture Fair Intelligence Test if I remember(the actual score is yet to be confirmed) and its just a couple of weeks before I get my Mensa Card. But let me tell you about Mensa first.

Mensa is the largest, oldest, and best known high-IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised intelligence test.

Mensa's constitution lists three purposes: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence; and to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.

Mensans come from all walks of life and almost every job and profession, representing almost every age group. There are many famous and prominent members (As you might've seen above...), which deserve further detailing.

Isaac Asimov, perhaps the most prolific author of all time, wrote/co-authored more than 500 books, and has been published in nine of the ten categories of the Dewey Decimal System. This Novelist/ Short-story Writer/ Essayist/ Historian/ Biochemist/ Textbook Writer/ Humorist was a long time member and Vice-President of Mensa International.

Asia Carrera is an AVN-award winning actress, who frequently describes herself as "the nerd of porn".

Scott Adams is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip (Please don't tell me you haven't heard of it...) and the author of several business commentaries, social satires and experimental philosophy books.

Buckminster Fuller, an American architect, author, designer, futurist, inventor, and visionary, who lends his name to a family of complex carbon structures called Buckminsterfullerenes or "Bucky Balls.", was the second president of Mensa.

Geena Davis is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress, film producer, writer and fashion model, known better as the Thelma of Thelma and Louise.

Inventor/Entrepreneur Martin Cooper is considered the father of the mobile phone.

Julie Peterson, or should I say Doctor Julie Peterson, is an American model and actress who was chosen as Playboy's Playmate of the Month in February, 1987. Dr. Peterson graduated from Life University as a chiropractor.

Alfred Hinds was a British criminal and escape artist who, while serving a 12 year prison sentence for robbery, successfully broke out of three high security prisons. Despite the dismissal of thirteen of his appeals to higher courts, he was eventually able to gain a pardon using his knowledge of the British legal system.

Bobby Czyz, a retired American Boxer, who is both a former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, once even wore a shirt with "MENSA" on it while walking to the ring for a match.

And the list goes on and on with other prominent authors, cartoonists, film/television/other media personalities, scientists, inventors, entrepreneurs, politicians, sportspersons, lawyers...

And me...

Peace...

9 comments:

Adrien said...

Congratulations, 20 would be considered QUITE young for Mensa here, though technically you must have given the exam at 19. Do tell me when they give the numerical value/score. Even amongst Mensa members, few qualify in the 99th percentile as per the standards set by them. I think that should place you among the top scoring members in your region.

I remember you being very very Happy and saying it was such a pleasant surprise. But then, who's surprised?

Palkush Rai Chawla said...

Dude you topped the delhi region!! don't be humble by not writing that in your blog.! Congo's again man! 'WE' LOVE YOU!

Aditya Mani Jha said...

Congratulations, man!

Any sort of connection with Asia Carrera will do.

This is one of the better ones....

Anonymous said...

good keep it up. I hope U make it Even Bigger..

NV Girish said...

one word:- DEADLY

Samar R P said...

kya baat hai .....MACHAXXXX

Creator said...

Congrats man!! I had heard about the organization before but I didn't know it had such high profile members!

Barbara Ruth Saunders said...

Was the Steve Martin thing real or a joke? I read that he wrote a comic article about Mensa for the New Yorker and has been rumored ever since to be a member. Anyway, welcome to Mensa! I've been a member for about 5 years and have met some interesting folks.

Mayank Sharma said...

Congrats !!
Really a Great Job.