Colloquy is, to the best of our knowledge, the first high-IQ society based entirely on the Internet. It is created as a forum for the collegial sharing of thoughts, experiences, and creative expression among people of superior intelligence. Defining our terms, what could be considered as superior intelligence? Statistically, perhaps arbitrarily, the highest half-percent of the general populace are placed into this category, at 2.58 standard deviations above the mean. Assuming a 15.5 s.d., this level is 140 IQ... not that undue emphasis should be placed upon such tests. Intelligence is a curious quality, easily recognized while somewhat elusive when precise definitions are sought. Consider the contemporary theories of Gardner and Sternberg, which recognize multiple aspects of intelligence.
Unfortunately, proliferating high-IQ groups have all too often failed to satisfy criteria for true intellectual society, where thoughtful consideration of ideas would banish ad hominem rantings of bigots while nurturing free and civil discussion. In widespread correspondence, we voiced the idea that a worthy intellectual society might thrive on the Internet. Respecting the maturity of potential members, why not dispense with both dues and paper trail, leaving newsletters as an option for enterprising members? Though beginning with the e-list group as a seedbed of discussion, the central concept is the nurturance of a permanent, living "journal" linking member pages in an unfolding treasury of mind. This creative effort is not only for the members of Colloquy but as well for Friends, co-adventurers, scholars, and dilettantes... in particular for talented folk who visualize the potential offered by the Internet for the building of delightful bridges of mind and heart.
How do I become a Member?
Which test scores qualify for admission to Colloquy?
In the last twenty-five years, more than a dozen high-level intelligence tests have been assembled by persons of varying credentials in the field of psychological measurements. Many of these represent serious effort, with some attention by the designers given to documentation of the normative statistics. Unfortunately, development constraints have left these intriguing high-level tests basically unsupervised, self-administered under non-standard conditions, and relying upon the "honor system" without any effective controls on test materials. As with tests available directly on the Internet, some are better than others, but even the best in design have scant recognition among psychologists and academicians accredited in the field. Caveat emptor! Those matters aside, if you have achieved test scores indicative of very superior intelligence and are committed to the principle of congenial discussion, you may find Colloquy a worthwhile experience.
Should you not have at hand any acceptable score documentation, you may take the Miller Analogies Test at any of six hundred locations worldwide. Present fee is about US$55 (as of April, 2000), so this is one of the most affordable of the group tests. Raven Advanced Progressive Matrices provides a contrasting measure, focused more on non-verbal items than the Miller. Please refer to our link page on educational testing for additional information. Many universities also offer the Graduate Record Exam on a regular basis and counseling centers may be able to offer some IQ tests on an individual basis. The Cattell Culture-Fair tests are available to qualified psychologists from the Institute for Personality and Ability Testing. Many psychologists also admister the new Wechsler Advanced Intelligence Scale (WAIS III) or Raven Advanced Progressive Matrices, though obviously the fees will be much higher than those for the proctored group tests sponsored by Mensa or educational centers.
Consensus of Guiding Principles for Colloquy
I. Orientation and Welcome for New Participants
II. Forty Personal Sketches of Charter Members
IIa. Thirty Additional Member Profiles
III. Intelligence: Meaning and Measures
IV. Politics, Power, and Hormonal Drives
V. On Books, Films, Music, and the Arts
VI. On Civility and Gentle Discourse
VII. Depression, Genetics, and Brain Physiology
VIII. Survival Issues in the Twenty-first Century
IX. God, the Universe, and Theories of Everything
X. On Nagarjuna and the Heart Sutra
XI. On Education, Employment, and Innumeracy
XII. Altered States and Psi Phenomena: Part I
XIII. Altered States and Psi Phenomena: Part II
XV. Whimsy, Humor, and Fun Stuff
XVI. Animal Prodigies and the Human Animal
XVII. On Sociopathy and Economic Destinies
XVIII. On Society and Socialization
XIX. Ameliorating Human Disability
XX. Sigma Society, for friends of Colloquy
XXI. Why Does Anyone Assert Belief?
XXII. IQ Societies: Some Observations on the Maelstrom
XXIII. Theory of Levels of Emotional Development
XXIV. Religion and Science: When Worlds Collide
XXV. The Right to Die and the Right to Live
XXVI. Gender-laden Language and Renaissance Women: Part I
XXVII. Gender-laden Language and Renaissance Women: Part II
XXVIII. Anecdotes on Intelligence Tests and Elite Groups: Part I
XXIX. Anecdotes on Intelligence Tests and Elite Groups: Part II
XXX. The Stock Market, Probability, and Economic Behavior
XXXI. Artificial Intelligence and Human Ethics: Part I
XXXII. Artificial Intelligence and Human Ethics: Part II
XXXIII. Physics, Consciousness, and the Turing Test
XXXIV. Dumb Questions and the Arrow of Time
XXXV. Richard Feynman: Genius in Search of Normality
Which test scores qualify for admission to Colloquy?
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Resource Links on Mind, Intelligence, and Intellectual SocietiesCurrent Theories on Ability Measurement
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Links to Webpages of Colloquy Members
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