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This is sort of a horrible story.
When I was entering a new school in the 7th grade, we were given IQ tests and somehow, by accident, the results of those tests were left in a folder that was handed to my parents. Not just my results. The whole incoming class.
My mother was exactly the wrong person to receive this kind of information. I happened to have a very high IQ the day they administered the test, and, for the ensuing six years, any time another boy excelled over me, she would say, "He's not as smart as you are."
She never showed me the list. She just used it as a secret holy text of aptitude. Over the years, it became clear there were three or four -- or maybe five -- boys in my class who were better at pure academics than I. They started pulling away in the total GPA Derby.
"They're not as smart as you are," my mother would say.
That's how I know IQ is a lot of BS.