This 12-Year-Old Girl Outsmarted Stephen Hawking

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Imagine being 12 years old and smarter than Stephen Hawking. Or alternatively, imagine being us. We spent about 5 minutes figuring out how to spell Stephen. Or is it Steven? Or Steve N? God. We’re so stupid. Unlike Lydia Sebastian, a wunderkind/child genius from…Essex. Yeah, we were pretty shocked she was from Essex too, to be honest. The schoolgirl performed extraordinarily well in a test for Mensa that showed off her smarts. In actual fact, she was ascertained to have a higher IQ then Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. In fact, she got the maximum score possible (162 points). In fact, we sort of just want to stay in bed and eat crumpets. God.

Girl Outsmarted Stephen Hawking
This girl outsmarted Stephen Hawking

How Do IQ Tests Work?

In a variety of ways, depending on which of the common methods of testing intelligence you use. The two most commonly used ones are the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales or the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV), which consists of hundreds of questions covering subtopics. These consist of things like verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, processing speed and working memory, among many other things. Each test takes between 60-90 minutes to complete, and the results give you a score that’s based on your performance against the population of test-takers.

Are IQ Tests Reliable?

Depends who you ask! They have a high statistical reliability, as seen by studies like this one. But you’re really asking about its correlation to other facets of life – for example, does having a high IQ correlate to increased success? Many tests have been done on school performance, income, success and crime, and most agree that IQ plays a part. But it, along other factors, should be considered in assessing the impact of so called ‘intelligence’.

What Does the Future Hold?

A 12 year old girl outsmarted Stephen Hawking

Well, the likelihood is that Lydia won’t necessarily have a job that requires her to solve anagrams all day. But the world is in her hands. With the right combination of factors, including emotional intelligence, social sensitivity and luck, Lydia could achieve many great things. That being said, Stephen Hawking once put down the importance of IQ tests; he told the New York Times: “I have no idea. People who boast about their IQ are losers.”

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