06:18:38 AM Sep 4th 2012
" For example, studies show that, in France, people who have been reported to have a higher IQ than average (above one standard deviation from the average, meaning approximately superior to 130). . ." There are various competing standards for measuring IQ but with the most commonly used 130 would be closer to two standard deviations above average. One standard deviation above average is intelligent but not outstandingly so (~2/3 of the population fall within 1 standard deviation).
07:24:27 AM Nov 3rd 2011
I think that people who do not have formal education (i.e. a diploma) but show exceptional knowledge nevertheless do not qualify. Being 'Book Dumb' means lack of academic skills, not the lack of a diploma. It is a common (and pretty strange) misconception that one may learn anything only through formal schooling, which is simply not true. In other words, a 'Book Dumb' person is a good tinkerer who doesn't know much about physics, not someone who never went to school but learned on his own from academic sources (especially when parents provided some structure to his learning) and displays vast knowledge. Well, it is not uncommon that a homeschooled people make their graduate peers look 'Book Dumb' in comparison.
01:20:25 PM Sep 7th 2011
Thought I'd add a note, as if it needs to be said: 35% of the country's billionaires having no college education is not a causality, it's a rare combination of ingenuity, opportunity, passion and luck. If you drop out of school because of statistics like this and end up working in fast food the rest of your life don't say you weren't warned...