What % Genius Are You?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

"Genius" is an appellation with a strange history. The term owes its origins to antiquity, but we now use it as a clinical term. Since the late 1800s, medical doctors, psychiatrists and other scientists have attempted to create scales for rating one's intelligence in an attempt to bottle and label something so amorphous we had to use a quasi-poetic term from antiquity to describe it.

Intelligence, measured arbitrarily according to the priorities of the person doing the measuring, is used to hire people for jobs, to rate students in ways that determine the trajectory of their lives, and as a social marker, either to claim membership in a social group or to claim separation from a social group. 

Genius is so subjective that the definition used a century ago would be deemed horrifically narrow-minded and medieval by people today. Intelligence, or lack thereof, was used as a justification for some of the most terrible acts in human history and is one of the strongest determinants in who one will marry. Studies show that people tend to wed other people of similar educational background and intelligence.

All this said, you may be wondering how intelligent you are. This is now easy to determine. Take this quiz, and we will tell you what percentage genius you are!

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