In the Spirit of Collegial Inquiry...

updated: 27 Feb MM

Sigma Society

incorporating Friends of Colloquy

As of March, 2000, an affiliate of the Sigma Society and subscriber e-list has been started on eGroups, with the intention of replacing the nascent Colloquy Friends list at the same site. Participants there are encouraged to subcribe to the new list when next logged onto eGroups. Our hope is that the Sigma Society affiliate will achieve a vigorous level of activity within the next several months. Many persons of superior intelligence happen not to have ready access to score reports from prior supervised IQ tests. Costs or travel time involved in taking such tests are serious obstacles for others. For this reason, Sigma Society is an attractive option, because it does accept some unsupervised tests, estimated IQs based on chess ratings, and a few other ways to qualify. Allowing time for sufficient numbers to meet and interact, this group promises to become a stimulting forum in its own right. Members of Colloquy are invited to participate, of course, and should find much of benefit at eGroups. Here below are a few comments from friends who encouraged the idea of a more open interaction. The main site of Sigma Society is primarily conducted in Portuguese and Spanish


David Slater:   I am comfortable with what I know of my own IQ/IEQ - believing myself to be somewhere in the 99th percentile... I promised my wife I would take no more IQ tests! With nothing more to prove (primarily to myself) the cost, energy and time required would not be justified.

I would, however, be interested in a link with Colloquy (as an 'associate' or 'subscriber', for example) in much the same way as I maintain an active link with the Prometheus Society (another of my articles is being published in their May journal). Please bear me in mind if you decide to permit this.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my enquiry.

Susan Parker:   ...Your "high-IQ" society Colloquy sounds interesting. I fear that I would be ineligible as my IQ is varied but spanned {a range of some fifty points} when I was last tested. Since then however it has been ravaged by life and more specifically the anti-depressants I was prescribed in '93. Perhaps you could have a "Friends of Colloquy" society as well !!!

And partly from being dyslexic too, although the esteemed (*snort*) Dr. - denied that I was dyslexic. How he could tell, on one short, and from my perspective ( note the anti libel clause I have slipped in !!! ), antagonistic interview, I don't know. But as a patient it is not my position to criticize the good Dr - not!... So either I am dyslexic or just thick - but then I wouldn't have a technology based 2.1 Honours Degree, would I ?

Lev Shneider:   I took a bunch of IQ tests since I came to the United States from Lithuania in 1976. Predictably, I scored worst on tests designed for native English speakers. Anyway, my scores spread {a range of sixty-three points}. Other tests indicate that I have no left/right brain domination. So what does it all mean?

I am not planning to join Colloquy. Too busy. However, I am planning to visit your site a lot. Pleasure to see nice minds at work....

Do list me among the friends of Colloquy and thanks for letting me know that I'm not the only one confused about my "measured" intelligence. By the way, I used to design my own tests before I came here; at that time I was looking for a reality quantum so my tests dealt with various ways of determining what we consider "real" and why it should matter. I was in my twenties then and very stupid. Today my business card reads: Sage/wisdom based on sound judgement/by appointment only. I dispense wisdom at $50/hour.

Please let me know when you'll be having a discussion on complexity or theories of everything. Thank you.

Dr Amanda Maravelia:   I am citing one of my favourite poems of Sappho, and hope you'll enjoy it (note: no aspiration marks, dasea pneumata, and eta = alpha, because it's written in Aeolic dialect):

anthe' amergoisan paid' agan apalan:
poly paktidos adymelestera,
galaktos leukotera, ydatos apalootera,
peektidoon emmelestera, ippou gaurotera,
rodoon abrotera, imatiou eanou malakootera,
chryssou timiootera.

I also love Catullus, and your citation reminds me of a known ancient Egyptian song from pHarris 500, recto, known as "The song of the Harper", and especially of some of its verses... I am sending you my sincerest greetings and warmest hugs.

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