Thursday, September 18, 2008

Barack Obama's IQ is ~116

Reposted from Vox Popoli:

An IQ guy attempts to work it out:

[T]hese are the facts concerning Obama's LSAT score while attending Law School at Harvard University. We do not know his actual LSAT score; however, after much research, we found that the average LSAT score for all Harvard students is 171. The percentile rank for an LSAT score of 171 at Harvard is 98.8 %.

MENSA will accept LSAT scores as a means of qualifying for MENSA membership. (MENSA also accepts up to 200 various IQ tests and other tests of cognitive function as well.) The LSAT score required for MENSA membership is equal to a percentile of 95% or higher. Thus, basing Obama's estimated LSAT score of 171 ranks him in the top 98.8% (percent/percentile) range which is clearly above the lowest acceptable LSAT percentage rank of 95%, which clearly affirms that Obama has a qualifying intelligence quotient that would allow him acceptance into MENSA.

Since MENSA accepts various IQ Tests as well as other cognitive tests to qualify for MENSA membership it is safe to estimate that Obama's IQ Score could range anywhere from a low IQ score of 130 based on the Stanford Binet IQ Test, Revision 5, to a high IQ score of 148 based on the Cattell IQ Test.

What the IQ guy failed to account for is the fact that Harvard University practices affirmative action. PBS Frontline reports: "The gap in SAT scores persists even at the highest levels of achievement. A study of the 1989 applicants to five highly-selective universities found that white candidates' average combined SAT score was 186 points higher than the corresponding SAT average for African American applicants."

Furthermore, the New York Times reports that "At the best schools, by contrast, efforts to diversify the student body translate into a 400-point bonus for minority students on the SAT tests."

That 98.8 ranking based on the average Harvard LSAT translates to about a 135 IQ and a combined SAT score of 1290. That's pretty good, if not spectacular. However, due to affirmative action, one must reduce that score by at least 186 points. (Also, I suspect the NYT article is talking about the new SAT, which isn't valid for the purposes of this comparison.) Thus, giving Obama the benefit of the doubt drops his score to 1104, which is approximately equivalent to an IQ of 116. That's not bad, but it is significantly less intelligent than Hillary's 140 IQ, as well as being lower than George W. Bush's 125 IQ (1206 SAT).

Before one points to the fact that Obama ranked highly in his class, it's important to keep in mind that Bill Bradley was a Princeton Rhodes Scholar despite his 485 Verbal SAT and mediocre 103 IQ. Academic success, like every other kind of success, is just as much about hard work and determination as it is about intellectual firepower, but Barack Obama's supporters obviously shouldn't be attempting to make their case for him on the basis of what is, based on the available information, probably an IQ of 116, only one standard deviation above the norm. Of course, this estimate is based on averages which don't necessarily apply to a single individual; Obama could lay the matter to rest by simply permitting his scores to be released to the public.

If his intelligence is so incredibly important, as some of his more visibly insane supporters insist, then surely the senator should inform us precisely how intelligent he is. Because he demonstrates his ignorance and a less-than-impressive intelligence nearly every time he opens his mouth despite his handlers attempts to retroactively fix his statements: "The fact that we have reached a point where the Federal Reserve felt it had to take this unprecedented step with the American Insurance Group is the final verdict on the failed economic philosophy of the last eight years."

First, AIG didn't fail because of the economic philosophy of the last eight years. The Fed began goosing the markets under Clinton. Second, that "unprecedented step" was taken with the American International Group.

Posted by Vox Day.


Marvin Music said...

WTF?! Do you really think you've proved anything here? You are flat out GUESSING.

My IQ is about 135 and I'm absolutely positive Barack Obama is smarter than I am.

Iqiots galore said...

Neither of the contributors to this argument have any basis for calling themselves "IQ guys." A high school freshman wouldn't even get a D for effort for logic like theirs.

Anonymous said...

Another nut using race and trying to denigrate Pres.Obama and his superior intelligence. Your math gibberish proved nothing and makes you look like a typical "educated" racist and baiter.

Brent Railey said...

"Pres. Obama"? That is a bit presumptive, don't you think Mr. Anonymous?

I do not think he is stupid, but I don't think Obama is in the 145+ range as some would place him. If that were the case, he would absolutely obliterate McCain with his acumen.

Honestly, I don't think either candidate could answer a tricky syllogism, which is the substance of many IQ tests. Neither one really reason all that well, and both use fear and emotion to win arguments...but hey, maybe if your goal is merely to win, that is genius.

Anonymous said...

Not presumptive anymore. He is our Prsident and he didn't get anywhere through affirmative action.

Sweetwater said...

Obama didn't get through college through affirmative action, you dolt! He was an exceptional student, at the top of his class and president of the Harvard Review. He taught constitutional law for 12 years. I'm positive his IQ is way higher than my 132, and way way higher than yours, whatever it is.

blackexilenow said...

The average IQ of Kenya is 71 IQ points. Out of 38 million Kenyans, only 11 score higher than five standard deviations higher, or higher than 96 IQ points.

Obama’s not even a Kenyan. He’s a mixed breed and most mixed breeds of most species are of lower quality and intelligence than the pure breeds (otherwise why don’t mules race in horse races)?

raymondteurfs said...

Like the other fellow pointed out, you proved nothing at all. When you point out that one individual may differ from the average, it stilled passed you by that one individual often drastically defies the average with stuff like this. You knew that and you still took all that time to concoct this silly stuff?! It seems likely that you are the one displaying a lack of intelligence. Obama's obviously intelligent ...even people on the right are willing to concede this.