As if proof were needed that a high "Intelligence Quotient" has nothing to do with wisdom, a Mensa UK spokesperson has provoked outrage from learning disability groups by stating that "if your IQ is somewhere around 60 then you are probably a carrot".
The BBC was forced to issue an apology after Peter Bainbridge made his remarks during a live interview. Bainbridge did also issue an apology. One outraged viewer who has a learning disability contacted the show to point out how those in her situation can achieve a lot in life; she is living independently and holding down a full time job.
To what extent is IQ a predictor of success in life? One nephew of mine has a very high IQ but got a mediocre Leaving Cert and now at 21 is drifting from one pointless college course to another. His supposedly less gifted peers are meanwhile nearing graduation from degree courses.
And what is Mensa? I've seen their literature in the past and how they desribe themselves "elite but not elitist". Is it really a club for the highly intelligent or just a bunch of people who are good at doing Mensa puzzles?
1.BBC has to apologise as guest from Mensa labels people with an IQ of 60 'carrots' on live Breakfast show | Mail Online
2.BBC say sorry for Mensa 'carrot' jibe - UK - News - London Evening Standard
3.British Mensa apologizes for Peter Baimbridge's IQ comment - UPI.com
4.IQ tests are 'unreliable' measure - Telegraph