at least not in the sadistic manner of educational testing.

Yes, I believe there is a difference in aptitudes – a great variety.

My issue is that of the notion of intelligence as a ‘thing’.

IQ tests like you said, _do_ measure something and it’s interesting to note the number. But what does it mean? Well, several things:

a) test taking ability which includes all of the skills required to take tests in general
b) a certain type of visual reasoning skills.
c) a certain type of skill in transforming visual metaphors into the kind of semantic logic required to form the expected answers.

In short, reading the minds of the intentions of the test-givers based on scribbles on paper tongue emoticon

“How are they trying to trick me here?” was a constant question I had in my head throughout school, including IQ testings.

I think they overuse “tricks” in testing. One of the nice things that happened when I became an adult is that every test I ever took for any reason after the age of 18, wasn’t trying to fool me… at least not in the sadistic manner of educational testing.

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