William James Sidis
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illiam James Sidis (April 1, 1898–July 17, 1944) was a talented mathematician and child prodigy in the United States of America in the early 20th century. He was famous at first for his precociousness, and later for his eccentricity and withdrawal from both the public eye and mathematics. He avoided mathematics entirely in later life, producing works on other subjects under pseudonyms, and today is largely unknown. Sidis’s parents believed in nurturing a precocious and fearless love of knowledge, as opposed to disciplinary punishment, an unusual idea in the early 20th century, for which they received much criticism. For the price Sidis had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb….
idis could read at 18 months (hyperlexia), taught himself Latin at 2, Greek at 3, had written a treatise on anatomy at 4, wrote four books and knew eight languages (English, Latin, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, French, German and Vendergood, his own invention) by age 8. At age 11, he entered Harvard University as part of a program to enroll gifted students early (the university had previously refused to let him apply at age eight), and gave a lecture on four dimensional bodies to an auditorium of mathematicians which was well-received. After this lecture, MIT professor Daniel Comstock was quoted as saying that Sidis would become the foremost mathematician of the 20th century. His IQ was estimated at between 250 and 300 by psychometrician Abraham Sterling. He was the youngest and most prominent of the remarkable group of prodigies who studied at Harvard in 1909, which included Norbert Wiener, the father of cybernetics, Richard Buckminster Fuller and composer Roger Sessions.
n intelligence quotient or IQ is a score derived from a set of standardized tests developed to measure a person’s cognitive abilities (“intelligence”) in relation to their age group. An IQ test does not measure intelligence the way a ruler measures height (absolutely), but rather the way a race measures speed (relatively). For people living in the prevailing conditions of the developed world, IQ is highly heritable, and by adulthood the influence of family environment on IQ is undetectable. IQ test scores are correlated with measures of brain structure and function, as well as performance on simple tasks that anyone can complete within a few seconds. IQ is correlated with academic success; it can also predict important life outcomes such as job performance, socioeconomic advancement, and “social pathologies”. Recent work has demonstrated links between IQ and health, longevity, and functional literacy.
normal intelligence quotient (IQ) ranges from 85 to 115 (According to the Stanford-Binet scale). Only approximately 1% of the people in the world have an IQ of 135 or over. In 1926, psychologist Dr. Catherine Morris Cox – who had been assisted by Dr. Lewis M. Terman, Dr. Florence L. Goodenaugh, and Dr. Kate Gordon – published a study “of the most eminent men and women” who had lived between 1450 and 1850 to estimate what their IQs might have been. The resultant IQs were based largely on the degree sof brightness and intelligence each subject showed before attaining the age of 17. Taken from a revised and completed version of this study, the table below shows the projected IQs of some of the best scorers.
From: V. Buj, Personal & Individual Differences., Vol. 2, p. 168 – 169.
Read his open letter …
The Alien Mind Of William James Sidis – His Final Letter
Book of the week, week 5 2006 Tibetan meditation
To Whom It May Concern:
At this point of evolution reached by humanity, we now have many super humans among us today.
Over time you have been called by many names such as Avatar, Brahman, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Lama, Messiah, Savior and many other names less well known. You are a special manifestation who has received supra mental power to carry the overall responsibility for the advancement and well-being of this planet. You have always been among us in times of chaos and great need, wanting to be used as an instrument of peace.
Filled with doxa, you can spread ideas of hope and teachings of true compassion into many at once, even into humanity at large. In this way you can cover the earth with transformation through the truth from your superior knowledge of the various fields of science, arts and humanities.
According to current and dire statistics, many of those in spiritual and civil positions of power today have truly lost their feeling for the human family. Companies continue to strip mine the earth of gifted humans and material resources with total disregard and disdain for the well-being of the earth and humanity in general.
End the struggle within your magnificent mind. It is time for you to come out from behind the veil and begin to exercise your influence as an advocate of humanity. You need to complete your work by teaching that it is not enough to just stay a selfish individual but rather to teach by instruction and demonstration.This is the lesson that will be carried forward by all who are inspired by your much needed contribution. Communicate with the world now and live as a trusting example for us. You will be greeted with love and great concern for your welfare.
William James Sidis
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