Re: Mensa

David Lubkin (
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 10:04:49 -0400

>I have been a member of both Mensa and Intertel (International
>Legion of Intelligence, upper 1%), but let my memberships lapse
>long ago because I found it more interesting to associate with
>people with whom I shared interests than with people with whom I
>shared test scores.

I found that, as I got older, I was mentally calcifying. Eating the same foods, listening to the same music, engaging in the same activities, etc. I now make a conscious effort to try new things. In that light, Mensa can serve a useful role as one activity among many in exposing me to people and interests that I might not have known of or considered.

I think of it as my solution to the hill-climbing problem in AI. (i.e., if you are trying to get to the top of the highest hill by always moving higher when you have a choice you may wind up at a local maxima and miss the big peak. A common solution used is to remember the one you found and then repeatedly start again somewhere chosen at random, to see if you end up higher.) || Unreasonable Software, Inc. || a trademark of USI:

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