TIL William James Sidis had an IQ that was believed to be between 250 and 300. At eighteen months old he could read The New York Times, at two he taught himself Latin, at three he learned Greek. By the time he was an adult he could speak more than forty languages and dialects. : todayilearned
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TIL William James Sidis had an IQ that was believed to be between 250 and 300. At eighteen months old he could read The New York Times, at two he taught himself Latin, at three he learned Greek. By the time he was an adult he could speak more than forty languages and dialects.

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TIL William James Sidis had an IQ that was believed to be between 250 and 300. At eighteen months old he could read The New York Times, at two he taught himself Latin, at three he learned Greek. By the time he was an adult he could speak more than forty languages and dialects.

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"It was later acknowledged, however, that some of the claims made were exaggerations, with a researcher stating "I have been researching the veracity of primary sources of various subjects for about twenty-eight years, and never before have I found a topic so satiated with lies, myths, half-truths, exaggerations, and other forms of misinformation as is in the history behind William Sidis".

I so wanted it to be all fact...

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You'll find that most alleged ultrapolyglots are, well, alleged ultrapolyglots.

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It was all too good to be true- it honestly reminded me of claims made about certain Korean leaders.

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It's was so obviously a lie though. Who the fuck thinks a two year old could learn latin?

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No human brain could develop that fast in 2 years.

A baby can always show off how it's clever but genius is concrete after 5-6.

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So you read the first paragraph. Clickbait title leads to otherwise interesting article.

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never before have I found a topic so satiated with lies, myths, half-truths, exaggerations

reddit in a nutshell

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The Wikipedia page is basically "Here are a bunch of things claimed, most are exaggerations or unverified or just lies"....not sure what I'm supposed to get out of this. That some guy at some point had a bunch of fairy tales told about his intellectual prowess?

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You're supposed to read more than the first paragraph - damn..

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It was later acknowledged, however, that some of the claims made were exaggerations, with a researcher stating "I have been researching the veracity of primary sources of various subjects for about twenty-eight years, and never before have I found a topic so satiated with lies, myths, half-truths, exaggerations, and other forms of misinformation as is in the history behind William Sidis.

Only noticed I left out some text, and that u/ANGZT86 had the info in before me.

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[citation needed] or Circle reference for the ability to read at that age.

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I was a single minute before you, but great to see us call it out!

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It's an absolute bullshit claim that somebodies IQ can be 250-300.

First, somebody with an IQ in the 200s is likely the smartest person in the world, somebody with an IQ in the 210s would likely be the smartest person ever, someone with an IQ of 300 doesn't exist. Second, IQ tests stop being accurate when it comes to the extreme end of the spectrum, and the IQ scale starts to become so inaccurate it's meaningless before you even hit 200. Third, if his IQ scores were swinging by 50 points people were making meaningless bullshit guesses, a swing of 50 IQ points is huge.

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It pretty much doesn't make sense. Just so people understand what a person of 300 IQ is which this analogy. It's like having the very fastest people running a 100 meter dash in just under 10 seconds but then somehow a guy who can run it in 8 seconds appears. It's a freak jump. An IQ of 210 is probably already once in 20 billion thing.

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Even the creator of the IQ test said that it was a horrible way to measure intelligence as it only covers certain aspects of human intelligence. Intelligence is a fine balance of a number of factors.

Smart man nonetheless.

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Fat tails

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