” Actually the world is already run by people with high enough IQs or standardized test scores to qualify for Mensa, for the most part. No one had to step out of their way, they just rose to the top of society on their own.
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Let’s look at the power bases of the United States, starting with the top tiers of the U.S. government, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street. Someone else can do a rundown for Europe and the rest of the world, but Isaac Isamov once claimed there is a “cult of ignorance in the United States,” so it’s interesting that even the U.S. seems to be mostly run by people with Mensa-level talents in this modern age.
Silicon Valley: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, Gordon Moore, Scott McNealy, Larry Ellison, Tim Cook. If you can name a great founder or CEO or key developer of a Silicon Valley firm, it’s very likely they had an SAT score good enough to qualify for Mensa (the needed SAT was only 1300 back when it counted) and most of these guys took the test at a time when it did indeed qualify them.(CLICK FOR BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY) Those who went to graduate business schools went to places ranging from Stanford to Duke, similarly requiring GMAT scores in the low to mid 700s (and similarly qualifying for Mensa).
U.S. Government: It’s likely that George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and this year’s prime competitors (Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders, andeven Donald Trump) can all clearly document that their SAT/GMAT/LSAT scores are high enough to join Mensa if they want to. Sanders went to the U. of Chicago, Trump went to Wharton, the Clintons went to Yale Law, Obama went to Harvard Law… so on and so forth. (The only POTUS exceptions in recent history are Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, who did not have Mensa-level standardized test scores but made it all the way to the Presidency anyway. They are the exceptions that prove the rule.)
Wall Street: All these firms tend to recruit Analysts at only the best undergrad schools in the country, and they especially only recruit Associates at the best business schools in the country. There are a few exceptions who went somewhere like Baruch, but they are usually relative geniuses anyway who had a good reason to go there. Everyone else went to the usual suspects: Chicago, Wharton, Harvard, MIT, etc. All of which require GMAT scores well into the Mensa range.
So. While I’d love to write a post opining that just anyone can run the world somehow, the vast majority of real “movers and shakers” in our society already have Mensa-level standardized test scores and credentials, whether they want to use them to join or not. But I suspect many of them are probably far too busy running our world to actually join Mensa.”