As we all know, there are some pretty clever people in the world. There are people who have been able to redefine physics, chemistry, biology and our entire outlook on life itself with seemingly no instruments at all. There’s no doubt Einstein is one of these people, and his name has become synonymous with the word genius. Maybe it’s because he managed to figure out some of the world’s most elusive mathematical problems. Einstein is said to have had an IQ over 200, and he is regarded as one of the smartest people to ever walk this earth. Did you know that when looking at the top 10 smartest people alive today, there are several who surpass Einstein’s intelligence. It’s quite intriguing, isn’t it?
Even though IQ and intelligence are measurable metrics, I still have a hard time labeling people based on their intelligence. I think being labeled does something to us that isn’t good for overall creativity. Creative thinking has such a broad perspective that measuring intelligence in each area would not only be almost impossible, but also very time consuming. It would be time consuming enough to possibly deem the whole measurement a waste of time to begin with.
However, measuring IQ and folding it on paper as a top 10 smartest metric is the only way that everyone will understand and get an overview of it. Some people are smarter than others, it’s just what we are all used to, but there are of course different kinds of smart. You can be a mathematical genius but have no skills at all when you are out in public and trying to communicate. You can be someone who is able to accurately predict the future, but your short term predictions might fail catastrophically. Then what does it mean if you are on the top 10 smartest people list?
In a fresh infographic called Top 10 Smartest People Alive Today from Super Scholar, we are treated to some quite impressively smart people and some basic information about their backgrounds. There’s no doubt all of these people are at a level apart from us ordinary people. Let’s take Terrence Tao for example. He is 36 years old and is considered the smartest person on this infographic. It would be easy to call him the smartest person alive, but I am sure there are a few people out there who would have objections about that, so I have decided to keep away from it.
Mr. Tao is said to have an IQ of 230, which of course when compared to Einstein’s 200 is quite impressive. Tao was actually the youngest participant in the Mathematical Olympiad, and he won when he was just 13 years old. Again, it’s all about mathematics. What’s more interesting is that as of today, Tao has published over 230 research papers, which in itself is a feat. What they are all about I could only speculate.
Do you think you would fit in with this top 10 smartest people list? Have you ever taken a real IQ test? Maybe you are even a member of MENSA, who knows. It’s good to know that the intelligence of mankind is going up. Maybe one day we’ll see a stop to all the stupid things we are doing to each other and the world, or maybe we will become worse. Most of these people have chosen a more laid back approach to everything except their mathematical connection to the world, which in itself is one less problem to worry about.
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