Noesis

 

 

 

The Journal of the Mega Society

 

 

May 2004           Issue 169

 


 

 

 

Officers

 

Editor and Publisher:                           Ron Yannone

189 Ash Street #2

Nashua, NH 03060

 

Administrator:                                     Jeff Ward

13155 Wimberly Square

San Diego, CA 92128

 

Internet Officer:                                    Kevin Langdon

P.O. Box 795

Berkeley, CA 94701

 

Founder:                                             Ronald K. Hoeflin

P.O. Box 539

New York, NY 10101

 

 

no·e·sisGreek Þ understanding – to perceive.  Psychology Þ the cognitive process

 

The Mega Society was founded in 1982 and has been documented in the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS during the 1980s as the most exclusive society.  Mega means million and denotes the one-in-a-million status of its members.   Presently, the only viable adult-level admissions test is the Titan Test, developed by its founder, Ron Hoeflin – where 43/48 correct answers corresponds to the minimum accepted IQ level of 176.  See www.megasociety.net  Since its GUINNESS “distinction” in the 1980’s, the Mega Society with its 99.9999 percentile member status, remains “the most elite ultra-high IQ Society.”

Editorial Introduction to NOESIS Issue #169 – May 2004

 

 

In Noesis issue #169, we cover a variety of topics.

 

First, we have two new non-member subscribers – Fanny K. “Faye” Yannone and Vincent Yannone – both from New Jersey.  Welcome aboard Faye and Vinnie – we look forward to your interesting articles for Noesis!

 

We start by teaming with Layman E. Allen – a graduate of Princeton with an A.B., Harvard with an M.P.A., and Yale with an LL.B.  Dr. Allen’s research interests are mathematical logic, computers and law, instructional gaming, and artificial intelligence.  He went to Michigan Law School from Yale in 1966.  We open with his original, famous game of modern logic – WFF ‘N PROOF.

 

Next we include the Mega Society member biography checklist.  Members who have not submitted their biography to the editor, please consider leveraging this outline.

 

We next present an article on The Lost Art of Letter Writing.  In an era of cell phones and electronic mail (email), this article rekindles the power of the Pony Express.

 

A chunky part of this issue is provided by an unusual person in the NetherlandsPaul Cooijmans.  Paul devoted about 4 years in developing his Test for Genius – an excellent prospective test for the Mega Society to consider for use as an admissions test.  The Test for Genius is comprised of three parts.  The IQ ceiling is adequate for the Mega Society.  I’d like to propose members review this test and send their comments to the editor as soon as possible.  After comments have been received and issued in a forthcoming issue of Noesis, a vote to use this for admission into the Mega Society will be called.  A nice part of Paul’s test is that the verbal sections are available in French, German, Dutch, and English.  In this issue we include the German language version – for my special friends – Lisa and Otto Rittenbach.  Paul has been extremely generous via his email interchange and has a built-in mechanism to score his Test for Genius fee-of-charge to those who complete his online questionnaire!  I consider Paul one of the “pioneers” in the area of Hi-ceiling IQ testing.

 

We next team with Russell Ash, author of the famous-selling book for 2004 titled “The TOP TEN of Everything 2004,” by world-class publisher DK (Dorling Kindersley) Limited in Great Britain.  In this section, we extract a variety of Russell’s lists – and transform them into a set of enticing exercises for our readers.  Completed tables, with added insight and information, are provided elsewhere in this issue of Noesis.  We add 3 bonus miscellaneous records questions as well.

 

By popular demand by our readers, we’ll continue to include articles on FAMOUS QUOTES.  These quotes are presented with blank entries first – to help spark the imagination of our readers – and to increase their appreciation upon learning who the authors are.  The names are presented elsewhere in this issue of Noesis.

 

Next, we make a few comments on Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin’s new book, “To Unscrew the Inscrutable: A Theory of the Structure of Philosophy.”  For our new non-member subscribers and readers we include the biography provided in Dr. Hoeflin’s 700-page book.  Dr. Hoeflin mailed in a short biography where he requests articles on psychometrics.  The editor solicits help!  I will try to contribute something in the future – as I learn more about psychometrics.

 

Next, Administrator Jeff Ward provides the results of the BALLOT for (a) considering Brian Schwartz for membership and (b) the use of the Sigma Society’s SIGMA VI Test for admission into the Mega Society.  On the same page, Mega Society member Chris Cole reports on the number of “visitors” to our Mega Society website.  Please put on your thinking caps when you read the statistics – and get back to the editor with your ideas.

 

Next, we review how things were 75 years ago from the editor’s perspective – and then Happy Birthday by an anonymous contributor – to a special Mega Society member!

 

Next, we share a handful of famous short poems – to lighten your reading intensity.  Poetry relaxes the mind.  I invite our readers to submit original poems.

 

Next, we return to Dr. Layman E. Allen – with his favorite game called Equations – where our readers (young and old) will be challenged – on trying Elementary Problem E1.  NASA rocket scientists were unable to get the complete solution!  The game Equations, regularly played by elementary school students, successfully mitigates absenteeism and markedly improves student’s performance on standard math and IQ tests.  The game Equations develops your mind to reverse-engineer as in the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) – Las Vegas television series – where the CSI team works backward to analyze and understand the crime.

 

Next, we take a short detour in commenting on the caliber of the IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad) students.  On the same page, we then test your knowledge on U.S. paper currency in Name That Portrait.”

 

We next extend hearty congratulations to a Mega Society member for his noteworthy recent technical achievements.

 

We next share the extraordinary biography of Mega Society member Christopher P. Harding from Australia.  Anyone reading this outstanding biography will be encouraged to push themselves harder in life.  Chris Harding’s volunteer spirit and undying involvement in a plethora of activities will motivate readers of any age!

 

Mega Society member from Nebraska, Eric Erlandson, requested in the biography he mailed in that readers contribute articles on recreational mathematics.  To initiate satisfying Eric’s request, the editor contacted Joseph Madachy – the author of an excellent book and former editor (and now Editor Emeritus) of the Journal of Recreational Mathematics.  We briefly introduce this journal, its subscription rate, etc.  We hope to include problems in the area of recreational mathematics in the June issue of Noesis.  Readers – please submit your favorite problems!  Because Joe’s first book dates back almost 40 years ago, I assumed Joe was deceased.  I was pleasantly surprised to hear his youthful voice on the phone!

 

In Noesis issue #168 (April), we presented Albert Frank’s Fourth International Contest of Logical Problems.  Albert (from Belgium) sent a correction – presented in the Prometheus Society journal Gift of Fire, issue 148, May 2004 for the figure used in problem 20.

 

Next, we team with Mac Anderson – founder of Successories.  In Mac’s new book The Nature of Success, in the chapter titled “Persevere!” we read of a fascinating story given to Mac by his assistant, Marj Webber, titled “Shake It Off And Stand Up.”  Noesis readers, young and old, can learn several valuable lessons from this thrilling story.

 

Next, for our spiritually-minded readers, the editor shares some simple encouragement for our lives, via Psalm 23.

 

We end this issue with two copyrighted articles by non-member subscriber Paul Maxim - Transformation of a Text (a literary puzzle) and Mallarmé’s Cigar-Puzzle of 1895.  Paul Maxim exudes enthusiasm for the success of the Mega Society.  His many letters and timely, encouraging voicemail messages are unexpected treats.

 


NOESIS Journal – May 2004 – Issue #169

 

 

CONTENTS

#

TITLE

AUTHOR

PAGE

1

Yale Law School “Training in Logic” Part 1 – “WFF ‘N PROOF”

Dr. Layman E. Allen

5

2

Biography on Layman E. Allen

Dr. Layman E. Allen

8

3

Member Biography Checklist

Officers

9

4

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

Editor

10

5

Biography of Paul Cooijmans - Netherlands

Paul Cooijmans

11

6

Test for Genius – by Paul Cooijmans

Paul Cooijmans

13

7

Test for Genius – Parts I and II in German

Paul Cooijmans

23

8

The TOP TEN Exercises

Russell Ash / Editor

24

9

3 Bonus “Miscellaneous Records” Questions

Russell Ash / Editor

26

10

Encouraging Quotes

Editor

27

11

The TOP TEN Exercises - Answers

Russell Ash / Editor

29

12

Answers to 3 BONUS “Miscellaneous Records” Questions

Russell Ash / Editor

34

13

Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin’s New Book

Editor

35

14

Dr. Hoeflin’s Biography – as it appears in his new book

Editor

36

15

Ballot Results

Jeff Ward

37

16

Mega Society Website Visitation Statistics

Chris Cole

37

17

Encouraging Quotes - Answers

Editor

38

18

How Were Things 75 Years Ago?

Editor

40

19

Happy Birthday Memories

Anonymous

41

20

Some Poetry Favorites

Editor

43

21

Yale Law School “Training in Logic” Part 2 – “EQUATIONS”

Dr. Layman E. Allen

44

22

Some Odds and Ends – IMO Students

Editor

46

23

Name that Portrait

Editor

46

24

Hearty Congratulations to a Mega Society Member

Editor

47

25

Extraordinary Biography of a Mega Society Member

Chris P. Harding

49

26

Name that Portrait - answers

Editor

61

27

The TARDY BUS Problem - answers

Editor

61

28

Mathematical Recreations

Joe Madachy

62

29

Correction to Problem 20 “Graphic” – 4th Int. Contest of Logical Problems

Albert Frank

63

30

Shake It Off And Step Up

Mac Anderson

64

31

Psalm 23 – for Encouragement

Editor

65

32

Transformation of a Text (a literary puzzle)

Paul Maxim

66

33

Mallarmé’s Cigar-Puzzle of 1895

Paul Maxim

68

 


Yale Law School “Training in Logic”

Part 1 – “WFF ‘N PROOF”

by Ron Yannone and Dr. Layman E. Allen

(http://www.wff-n-proof.com)

1-800-289-2377

 

 

When I was in college, my friend Klaus Rittenbach introduced me to a game his father got him called WFF ‘N PROOF – The Game of Modern Logic by Layman E. Allen.  The original release copyright was 1962.  In the 1969 edition of WFF ‘N PROOF, there are two preface sections – the original and an augmented section. WFF (pronounced ‘woof’) stands for well-formed formula.

 

WFF ’N PROOF is grounded in the belief that learning ought to be fun – a conviction that allowing youngsters to find joy in learning bears fruit throughout the rest of their lives.  The primary aim of WFF ’N PROOF is to encourage a favorable attitude towards symbol-handling activities in general and, incidentally, to teach something about mathematical logic and provide practice in abstract thinking.

 

Much of the research in developing WFF ’N PROOF was done on the ALL Project (Accelerated Learning of Logic) at Yale Law School.  The ALL Project was established in 1960 under a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to develop materials for teaching mathematical logic to elementary-school students. [1]

 

The first two ideas used in playing the WFF ’N PROOF games are the definition of a WFF and the definition of a Proof.  Hence, the choice of WFF ’N PROOF as the name of the games.

 

The approach to learning of Professors Alan R. Anderson and Omar K. Moore of Yale has served as a guide in designing the WFF ’N PROOF games; learning by doing and a maximum of self-discovery by the learner are emphasized.

 

Motivation is sustained throughout by seeing to it that the child is not robbed of the opportunity of making a series of interrelated discoveries which lead to the acquisition of some basic intellectual skills. [2]

 

Although the WFF ’N PROOF games were designed primarily to be fun – to be an autotelic activity that learners would voluntarily spend time doing for its own sake – they were also meant to provide practice in abstract thinking and to teach some mathematical logic.  To the extent that WFF ’N PROOF is autotelic, it will be played merely because it is fun to play – regardless of the fact that something useful is being learned in the process.

 

If propositional calculus is thought of as a language, then a WFF can be thought of as an expression in this artificial language that is roughly equivalent to a sentence in English prose – the main difference being that in propositional calculus the criteria for what constitutes a well-formed formula are explicit.

 

Description on the back cover of the box the game comes in – WFF ’N PROOF is a 21-game kit that teaches propositional logic and develops habits of careful reasoning.  The beginning games, which can be played by six-year-olds, teach WFFs (Well-Formed Formulas – expressions that are in mathematical logic similar to what sentences are in English).  The remaining games deal with rules of inference, logical proofs, and the nature of formal systems.  WFF ’N PROOF is entertaining and provides practice in abstract thinking.

 

The knowledge of logic derived from playing the WFF ’N PROOF games will improve the ability to analyze problems like The TARDY BUS Problem presented below.  Beginners may wish to gain some measure of their own present ability to reason effectively by working through The TARDY BUS Problem.  (WARNING:  Before they have learned to play WFF ’N PROOF, even adults answer most of the questions posed in this problem incorrectly.  The questions are trickier than they at first seem to be.  For good WFF ’N PROOF players, however, such problems are easy.)

 

Some of the following statements may seem both awkward and reminiscent of a familiar style (especially to lawyer-readers).  If they do, it is for good reason: in syntactic structure they are patterned after statements in the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.  If The TARDY BUS Problem seems complex, its syntax is at least in part responsible.  That is deliberate, of course.  Complicating the syntax is one of the ploys used to construct a problem worthy of your efforts.  The problem would be a great deal simpler, if its syntax were simplified.  (And the same is true of the Internal Revenue Code.)

 


The TARDY BUS Problem

 

 

Given the following three statements as premisses:

 

1.       If Bill takes the bus, then Bill misses his appointment, if the bus is late.

2.       Bill shouldn’t go home, if (a) Bill misses his appointment, and (b) Bill feels downcast.

3.       If Bill doesn’t get the job, then (a) Bill feels downcast, and (b) Bill should go home.

 

 

is it valid to conclude:

 

Q1 – that if Bill takes the bus, then Bill does get the job, if the bus is late? ___YES___NO

Q2 – that Bill does get the job, if (a) Bill misses his appointment, and (b) Bill should go home? ___YES___NO

Q3 – that if the bus is late, then (a) Bill doesn’t take the bus, or Bill doesn’t miss his appointment, if (b) Bill doesn’t get the job? ___YES___NO

Q4 – that Bill doesn’t take the bus, if (a) the bus is late, and (b) Bill doesn’t get the job? ___YES___NO

Q5 – that if Bill doesn’t miss his appointment, then (a) Bill shouldn’t go home, and (b) Bill doesn’t get the job? ___YES___NO

Q6 – that Bill feels downcast, if (a) the bus is late, or (b) Bill misses his appointment? ___YES___NO

Q7 – that if Bill does get the job, then (a) Bill doesn’t feel downcast, or (b) Bill shouldn’t go home? ___YES___NO

Q8 – that if (a) Bill should go home, and Bill takes the bus, then (b) Bill doesn’t feel downcast, if the bus is late? ___YES___NO

 

 

If you answer some of the questions incorrectly, you need practice in logical thinking.

See answers elsewhere in this issue of Noesis.

 

 

 

In Section C of the WFF ’N PROOF user’s manual, pages 160-164, four additional problems are presented.  These should be worked after the player has mastered the WFF ’N PROOF games.  The titles of the four problems, to whet your appetite to purchase WFF ’N PROOF for yourself or someone you really care about, are:

 

1.      The Logic Problem – with two premises, seven questions

2.      The Relative Ages Problem – with three premises, seven questions

3.      The Cracker Jack Problem – with four premises, fourteen questions

4.      The Politics Problem – with four premises, fourteen questions

 

[1] L. E. Allen, R. B. S. Brooks, J.W. Dickoff, and P. A. James, The ALL Project (Accelerated Learning of Logic) 69 AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL MONTHLY 497 (1961).

 

[2] Address by O. K. Moore entitled “The Motivation and Training of Students for Intellectual Pursuits: A New Approach” at the Tenth Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Institute, New York University, November 19, 1959.


Layman E. Allen

 

Text Box: Professor of Law
835 Legal Research
734.764.9339
Fax 734.763.9375
E-mail laymanal@umich.edu
 

 

 

 

 


Layman E. Allen has been a pioneer in the use of mathematical logic as a tool of analysis in law as well as in the use of computers in the field of legal research. He has developed a formal system of the logic of legal relations, which includes underlying systems of propositional, predicate, class, deontic, action, time, and capacitive logic. The primary application of the logic of legal relations and its accompanying legal relations language is in the drafting and interpretation of legal documents ranging from constitutions and statutes to contracts and by-laws. In the field of artificial intelligence and law the legal relations language has led to generative expert systems that facilitate analysis of legal provisions having multiple interpretations stemming from ambiguous expression of logical structure. His interest in teaching mathematical logic to lawyers has led to the development of a series of games about logic, mathematics, and law, the most notable being WFF ‘N PROOF, EQUATIONS, and The Legal Argument Game of Legal Relations. Professor Allen is a graduate of Princeton with an A.B., Harvard with an M.P.A., and Yale with an LL.B. His research interests are mathematical logic, computers and law, instructional gaming, and artificial intelligence. He came to Michigan Law School from Yale in 1966.

 

Publications 2000 -

"The Legal Argument Game of Legal Relations." C. S. Saxon, co-author. J.L. & Info. Science. Forthcoming. (Originally published under the same title in E-Law - Murdoch U. Electronic J.L. 5, no. 3 (1998) at, www.murdoch.edu.au/elaw/issues/v5n3/allen53.html)

"Festschrift: Lee Loevinger." Jurimetrics 40, no. 4 (2000): 394.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Member Biography Checklist

by Mega Society Officers

 

Editor’s Note:  There weren’t any specific comments on this data sheet.  Those who have responded, sent me their rendition of their biography.  The members who have not submitted their biography to me, please use this as a guide.

           

 

        Member’s full name

        Date of information

        Date of birth

        Email address

        Nationality

        Date joined Mega Society

        Sex (male/female)

        Marital status

        Any children (yes/no)

        Name/age/sex of children

        College degree(s)

        Employment history

        Offices held in Mega Society

        Personal goals in life

        Intellectual achievements

        Records achieved in any area

        Sports prowess

        Clubs, associations outside Mega Society and offices held

        Topics in Noesis you would like to see articles on

        Topics in Noesis you would like to contribute

        Offices in Mega Society you would consider

        Musical instrument(s)

        Handedness (left/right)

        Awards won

        Ethnicity

        Position on the left/right political spectrum

        Religion or spiritual practice (if applicable)

        Personal website URL

        Publications

        Business/professional achievements

        Position in family you grew up in (e.g., 3rd of 5 children)

        Products created/released

        Exhibits

        Lectures given

        Political offices sought/held

        Hobbies

        Favorite books, movies, music

 


The Lost Art of Letter Writing

by Ron Yannone

 

 

            When I left home after college in 1976 to work for General Electric Company – Aerospace and Electronic Systems Department (AESD) in Utica, New York, I became very homesick.  I thought I would be the last (of 5 sons) to leave my home in Neptune, New Jersey – and, to date, I have been the only one to leave NJ.  In 1976, I could not afford a telephone, so I resorted to hand-written letter writing.  The price of stamps seemed exorbitant, but my intense desire to be able to share the blow-by-blow events in my life frequently with my parents and brothers, won out.

 

            Initially, I wrote about once a week.  The letters evolved into the use of Hallmark cards for every conceivable holiday, to homemade stationery, and to the point where I would prowl elegant gift shops within a 50-mile radius for novel cards of the upstate NY region.  The frequency of writing letters increased to several letters weekly.  On occasion, I would go to a nearby pay phone to “audibly connect” with the family – 300 miles away.

 

            Letter writing remained my hobby.  Practically any event I heard about at work was turned into an opportunity for me to write the person(s) involved in a situation – be it a wedding, a death, a birthday, a promotion, etc.  To say letter writing turned into a missionary activity for me is highly accurate.  Today I remain very fervent in letter writing.  The writing instruments (pens, markers, etc.), the stationery, the stamps used, all play together.  At times I will see a lovely picture in a magazine, cut it out, and tape it to a blank piece of paper, and center my writing around the photo, dovetailing the topic at hand with the photo’s theme.

 

            Last year, alone, more than 700 letters were written!  The topics for my letters cover all aspects of life – and the “audience” includes people whom I have never met.  But the power-of-the-pen is incredible!  Requests for information, helping people heal from tumultuous events in their lives, simply sending a holiday greeting, thanking someone for help received – all form the bouquet created in the art of letter writing.

 

            Today, where everyone has a cell phone and email, the manual preparation of a handwritten letter has become nearly obsolete.  To receive a letter in the mail, delivered by Pony Express, is a real thrill for me.  Based on the feedback I receive from people from around the world, handwritten letters and cards are a tremendous, unexpected treat.  Why not take a few moments and write someone special (or not so special) in your life a handwritten letter today!  The therapy you’ll receive in writing handwritten letters is very rewarding.


Biography of Paul Cooijmans

by Ron Yannone

 

 

Text Box: Paul Cooijmans – developer of the
Test for Genius in 4 languages – Dutch, English, French, and German

I asked Paul for an up-to-date photo, and he sent this “hot-off-the-press” – after having done a 5-km run on April 27, 2004.

http://www.gliaweb.net/
 

 

 

 


Name: Paulus Arnoldus Johannes Wilhelmina Cooijmans

 

Birth: 6 April 1965, Lieshout, Netherlands

 

Marital status: Single                     Height: 1.78 m                    Weight: 72 kg

 

Hobbies: Running, recumbent riding

 

Education: Conservatory, composition and guitar; programming courses; web design

courses

 

Achievement: Minor composition and literature prizes, founding IQ societies, sheet music and book with short stories published, many performances of my compositions took place in the past, several newspaper interviews, two TV performances as guitarist playing own compositions, creating the world's hardest IQ tests attracting over 1000 testees, introducing to The Netherlands and Europe the concepts high-ceiling IQ tests and higher-IQ society, innovative work in music theory

 

Experience: Founding rock band, composing songs for and playing guitar in it (1982-1987), playing guitar and bass in jazz ensembles (1986-1989), playing classical guitar (preference for Dowland lute music and Bach), playing contemporary serious music in ensembles (1991-1993), playing own guitar compositions, playing Dowland lute songs with singer (1992-1993), guitar teaching (1990-2000), web design, web programming and site maintenance ( the latter three 2001-present)

 

Positions held (currently): Administrator of Glia Society (includes editing and publishing journal and web site maintenance; 1997-present) and Giga Society (1996-present)

 

Positions held (past): Guitar teacher for Basis Muziek Onderwijs, Lieshout (1992-1996)

 

Publications (mostly self-published): dozens of compositions for various casts up to symphony orchestra (sheet music), prose (short stories), several IQ tests and statistical reports thereon, articles in IQ journals, report on early memories research, treatise on music theory, articles on web sites

 

Interests (other than already mentioned): objective morality; IQ and race, sex, genetics etcetera; measurement of Elementary Cognitive Tasks; Asperger’s Disorder (which I have)

 

Main current project: researching measurability and correlates of high intelligence and its relation with genius, creativity, personality and psychiatric disorders. Creating a measurement method using both IQ and personality testing to predict genius in an individual.

 

 

PAUL COOIJMANS

PB 44

5737 ZG LIESHOUT

NETHERLANDS

 

 


Test for Genius – by Paul Cooijmans

http://www.gliaweb.net/

 

 

Paul Cooijmans will always score the Long Test For Genius when people take it (all 3 parts discussed below).  There is no fee, unless the test-taker desires a paper report (rather than just an e-mail report), which is $4.  Instead of a fee Paul asks people to submit a questionnaire form for research purposes before taking his tests. The URL for this questionnaire can be found at http://httpd.chello.nl/~p.cooijmans/essay/rfhrt.html

 

For people who do not have access to the Internet, and who cannot submit the form, they can receive it by postal mail for $5 (USD).

 

Paul uses an IQ-scale with a standard deviation of 15, so the Mega Society admissions cutoff level of 99.9999 (1–in-a-million level) is then at 171, which requires a raw score of 108 over the three subtests (that is actually 174).  The nonverbal subtest (part) is weighted by 3.

 

See the online Registration Form on the next page.  Before you can take Paul’s IQ test, you need to complete his online questionnaire.  There are over 250 items. The Test for Genius was designed in 1995, and the latest revision of the verbal subtests were made in 1999 – so we’re looking at an overall development time of four years.  Hi-IQ societies that accept the Test for Genius results are Glia, Giga, Grail, Sigma Society, Pi Society, Dr. Ron Hoeflin’s Top One Percent Society (TOPS) and his One-in-A-Thousand-Society (OATH), and several others.  The ceiling for the full test registers well over the Mega Society IQ admissions level of 176 – which is good. The test consists of 3 subtests: Association (39 items), Analogies (39) and Space, Time and Hyperspace (28).  Spatial items are weighted by 3 in Total score (G). The scores so far out of 162: # testees: 60; Mean: 64.4; SD: 20.72; Male mean: 65.6; Female mean: 53.5 (6 persons).

 

The norming report for the Test for Genius can be found on:

http://members.brabant.chello.nl/~p.cooijmans/gliaweb/stats/ltfg_e_s.html

 

G/IQ

G/IQ

G/IQ

G/IQ

G/IQ

8 108
9-10 109
11-12 110

13 111
14-26 114
27 120
28 121
29-33 122
34 123
35-36 126
37 127
38-42 128
43 129
44 130
45-46 131

47-48 133
49 134

50-53 135
54-56 137
57-58 138
59-61 139
62 141
63-70 142
71 144
72 145
73 146
74-75 147
76-78 148
79-86 153
87 155
88-89 163
90-94 164
95-98 165
99-101 166

102-107 168
108 174
109-110 175
111 176
112-113 177
114 178
115-116 179
117 180
118-119 181
120 182
121-122 183
123 184
124-125 185
126 186
127-128 187
129 188
130-131 189

132 190
133-134 191
135 192
136-137 193
138 194
139-140 195
141 196
142-143 197
144 198
145-146 199
147 200
148-149 201
150 202
151-152 203
153 204
154-155 205
156 206

157-158 207
159 208
160-161 209
162 210

 


 


 


(1) Subtests: Association (39 items), Analogies (39) and Space, Time and Hyperspace (28).

(2) No time limit.

(3) Use of reference books is allowed. Discussions with others are not, either before, during or after test-taking. Publication of answers results in prosecution.

(4) Write, type, print or draw your answers on paper, with name, address, age and sex. If you have any, mention scores on prior IQ and aptitude tests, including names of the tests. Mail to this address.

(5) Score report follows.

(6) Enclose the fee mentioned here with your solutions.

(7) Some item numbers are missing as those items have been removed in the latest revision while the numbering is retained.

(8) Nonverbal items are weighted by 3, so maximum raw score is 162.

(9) For a French, German or Dutch version of this test go to Tests.

 

PART I – Association

The words in each problem have something to do with each other.  There is a common association. The solution isn't necessarily one word but may also be an explanation.  When in doubt, it is allowed to give two answers.  Examples:

ROOF WINDOW DOOR (house) STROKE PURR (cat)

1 TICK STRIKE TIME
2 ATTRACT IRON
3 PARROT ECHO
4 FIRE BASKET FLIGHT
5 BORROW READ
6 FOOD LIQUID SPOON
7 SWIM PRECIOUS METAL BOWL
8 ON IN UNDER OF
9 PUMP DEAR
10 LEGS TOP
11 KITE KEY
12 SPOTS FUSION
13 TUNE TENT
14 CONFETTI ULCER STAMP
15 SNAKE THIGH ORDER
16 ECHOLOCATION BLOOD
17 HANNIBAL KEYBOARD
18 FIELD ANIMAL POLE
19 PERMUTATION LETTERS
20 BEE LIGHT
21 ORACLE BONE STEEL ARGUMENT
22 V J LL BL CK D TH T X M LK W F Z P Q Z
23 NOBEL BLOW SILICIC
24 CHIRALITY SURFACE DOUBLE LOOK
25 COLORBLIND OUTLAW
27 GRAFITTI PARRALAX
28 TEST BEAR LENS
29 AM READ THINK
30 ENIGMA XXL
31 HEEL DAGGER
32 DARK HEAVY
33 POISON BUMP ACRANIA
34 AGAIN APPARENT
35 A MATH IS A GRAN SIN
36 RABBIT SHEEP CAT GOAT Turkey
37 MOULD FIRST
38 MIDWIFE DOCKER
39 CATCH OMISSION
40 COLON SPOOM SALAMI MASCULIN SLIP SANA LOCO IMPALA MOJO

PART II – Analogies

 

HIGH is to LOW as ALWAYS is to NEVER
STALAGMITE : STAND :: STALACTITE : HANG
CONFIRM : DENY :: JA : ?

1 YEAR : QUARTER :: 12 : ?
2 TOMCAT : TOMBOY :: MALE : ?
3 HIP : TWO :: HURRAH : ?
4 VERTICAL : DIAGONAL :: ELEVATOR : ?
5 THIMBLE : TOE :: WRISTWATCH : ?
6 CAT'S BOX : TOILET :: TOMCAT : ?
7 FUEL INJECTOR : ENEMA SYRINGE :: CYLINDER : ?
9 RADIO : HEAR :: TELEVISION : ?
10 CROSS-REFERENCE : X :: ZELFREFERENTIE : ?
11 KRUISREFERENTIE : SELF-REFERENCE :: DIX : ?
12 GUARD : SING :: EUNUCH : ?
13 LIVING MAN : DEAD ANIMAL :: DERMATOLOGIST : ?
14 VELOCITY : DISTANCE :: POWER : ?
15 CHILD : GLUE :: BEAT : ?
16 OCIP : OTTA :: ONAN : ?
17 ROYAL FLUSH : BLACKJACK :: POKER : ?
18 RUST : BURN :: BURN : ?
19 PRISONERS : JAIL :: SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMS : ?
20 BIKILA : EINSTEIN :: SHOES : ?
21 BEATLES : STONES :: ANIMAL : ?
22 ALL : MANY :: HOMOLOGY : ?
23 LIMERICK : HAIKU :: 1444.478261 : ?
24 ICE : SUGAR :: WATER : ?
25 ALCHEMY : ARCHEOLOGY :: PHILOSOPHER'S : ?
26 PARTLY PEELED EGG : CAVIAR :: DUMDUM : ?
27 3 : 1 :: DENTURE : ?
29 ZIMBABWE : RHODESIANITY :: CEYLON : ?
30 RECTANGLE : ELLIPSOID :: CUBE : ?
31 DEAR : GENIUS :: GENIALITY : ?
32 THE HEAD : THE HEAVENS :: ATLAS : ?
33 MOZART : MAÇON :: SATIE : ?
34 BURGLE : HOMELESS :: TREPAN : ?
35 COLT BIN NILL : SHOE RUB EGG :: SHOE RUB EGG : ?
37 TRANSSEXUAL : SUICIDAL :: HETEROSEXUAL : ?
38 RUE : NAOMY :: PUNICA : ?
40 SANITY : SUPERIOR :: NORMAL : ?
41 VERSA : ARCANUM :: UR GERM : ?
42 ALARM : VORSEN :: C YON AURUM : ?
43 ARISE PURER : O :: MARTYR : ?


 

Space, Time and Hyperspace

© Paul Cooijmans 1995 - Revision 2004

 

 

 


This test contains 28 problems and has no time limit. Use of reference aids is allowed. Consulting others is not allowed – before, during or after taking the test. Publication of answers will result in prosecution. Draw your solutions on paper or in an electronic document with name, address, age and sex. Mention scores on prior taken IQ and aptitude tests, including the names of the tests.

 

Answers with the fee mentioned here to Paul Cooijmans

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PART 1 – Association [GERMAN]


The words in a problem have something to do with each other. There is a common association. The answer need not be one word but may also be an explanation. It is allowed to give two answers.

1 schwimmen Edelmetall Glas
2 Wespentaille Walfisch
3 Biene Licht
4 rund abnehmen zunehmen
5 Drachen Schlüssel
6 Hannibal Klavier
7 Absatz Dolch
8 Grafitti Parralaxe
9 Kaninchen Schaf Katze Ziege die Türkei
10 farbenblind vogelfrei
11 Colon Spoom Salami masculin Slip sana loco Impala Mojo


PART II – Analogies [GERMAN]

12 Fingerhut :(verhält sich zu) Zehe ::(wie) Armbanduhr : ?
13 Auto : laufen :: Boot : ?
14 vertikal : diagonal :: Fahrstuhl : ?
15 gucken : Fenster :: laufen : ?
16 Beatles : Stones :: tierisch : ?
17 3 : 1 :: künstliches Gebiß : ?
18 Bikila : Einstein :: Schuhe : ?
19 Eis : Zucker :: Wasser : ?
20 Spiritus : Leim :: trinken : ?
21 4 : 2 :: wie : ?
22 Wesen : Contradictio :: Schein : ?
23 Limerick : Haiku :: 1444.478261 : ?
24 sanity : superior :: normal : ?
25 versa : arcanum :: ur germ : ?
26 alarm : vorsen :: c yon aurum : ?
27 arise purer : o :: martyr : ?


 


The TOP TEN Exercises

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

 

In this section we team with Russell Ash, author of the famous-selling book for 2004 titled “The TOP TEN of Everything 2004,” by world-class publisher DK (Dorling Kindersley) Limited in Great Britain, 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL.  Russell supported me wholeheartedly to develop a set of matching question exercises from several of the lists in his book.  We hope you’ll sharpen your pencils and write down the answers quickly to the exercises that follow.  The references with dates are given for certain sets, so the reader will have a basis for how/when specific lists were constructed.  Russell Ash welcomes readers to contact him if they disagree on any data presented at ash@pavilion.co.uk  because Russell is presently working on next year’s edition – “The TOP TEN of Everything 2005,”so any feedback, now, is welcomed.

 

 

TOP TEN Countries with the Most Neighbors (adjacent countries) [1]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

[1] It should be noted that some countries have more than one discontinuous border with the same country; this has been counted only once.

 

TOP TEN Female First Names in the United States [2]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

 [2] Source: US Census Bureau.  The Top 10 female names according to an analysis of the 1990 US Census account for 10.703 percent of all names.  It should be noted that this list represents names of people of all age groups enumerated, and not the current popularity of first names.  When name data from the Census 2000 are made available, it will reveal the extent to which these traditional names have become diluted by the more fashionable and volatile names of the modern era.

 

TOP TEN Countries that Spend the most on Health Care [3]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

[3] Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators 2002.  An annual average of $12 per capita is estimated to provide minimal health services, but many poor countries fall short of this figure.  Ethiopia, for example, spends only $4 per capita on health care.


 

The TOP TEN Exercises – continued

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

TOP TEN Healthiest Countries [4]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

 [4] Source: World Health Organization, World Health Report 2002

 

TOP TEN Countries Spending the most on Education [5]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

[5] Source: UNESCO

 

TOP TEN Most Common Causes of Unnatural Death in the USA [6]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

[6] Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

 

TOP TEN Countries with the Fastest-Growing Economies [7]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

[7] Source: United Nations, Human Development Report 2002

 

TOP TEN First Presidential Libraries in the USA [8]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

 


The TOP TEN Exercises – continued

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

 

TOP TEN Fastest Rail Journeys in the World – each country [9], [9.1]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

[9] Fastest journey for each country; all those in the top 10 have other similarly or equally fast services.

[9.1] Source: Railway Gazette International

 

 

TOP TEN USA States with the Most Billionaires [10]

1

 

6

 

2

 

7

 

3

 

8

 

4

 

9

 

5

 

10

 

[10] Source: Forbes magazine, 400 Richest Americans by State, August, 16, 2002

 

 

 

 

 

“Miscellaneous Records” – BONUS Questions

 

B1 – What, in your estimation, is the most grueling physical endurance contest?

 

B2 – What is the tallest hotel in the world?

 

B3 – What is the most expensive painting, by whom, and how much?

 


Encouraging Quotes

by Ron Yannone

 

 

By popular demand from our avid Noesis issue #168 (April) readers, we created this new section of interesting quotes from famous people.  People appreciate the opportunity to jiggle their minds a little first, so we leave the author’s name out.  Answers are found elsewhere in this issue.

 

“The long journey toward the end of the chapter begins with a short step into that first paragraph. ¨ It is in identifying yourself with the hopes, dreams, fears and longings of others that you may understand them and help them.”  ______________

 

“Experience is the name that everyone gives to his mistakes.” ______________

 

“Listening is the shortest distance between two people.” ______________

 

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.” ______________

 

“The right angle to solve a difficult problem is the “try-angle.” ______________

 

“An error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” ______________

 

“Thinking is the hardest work there is.” ______________

 

“A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.” ______________

 

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” ______________

 

“Intelligence defies fate.  So long as a man can think, he is free.” ______________

 

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it from him.  An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” ______________

 

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” ______________

 

“A child miseducated is a child lost.” ______________

 

“Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.” ______________

 

“It was my teacher’s genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful.” ______________

 

“Education is the best provision for old age.” ______________

 

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” ______________

 

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” ______________

 

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” ______

 

“Tact is, after all, a kind of mind-reading.” ______________

 

“Those having torches will pass them on to others.” ______________

 

“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” ______________

 

“There are tones of voice that mean more than words.” ______________

 

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never fires, and a touch that never hurts.” ______________

 

“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.” ______________

 

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in.” ______________

 

“The word impossible is not in my dictionary.” ______________

 

 

 


The TOP TEN Exercises - Answers

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

TOP TEN Countries with the Most Neighbors (adjacent countries) [1]

1

China (15) – Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Vietnam

2

Russia (14) – Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Mongolia, North Korea, Norway, Poland, Ukraine

3

Brazil (10) – Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

4

Dem. Rep. of Congo (9) – Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

5

Germany (9) – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland

6

Sudan (9) – Central African Republic, Chad, Dem. Rep. of Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Uganda

7

Austria (8)Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland

8

France (8) – Andorra, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland

9

Turkey (8)Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Syria

10

Mali (7)Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal

[1] It should be noted that some countries have more than one discontinuous border with the same country; this has been counted only once.

 

 

TOP TEN Female First Names in the United States [2]

 

NAME

Percent of all First Names

1

Mary

2.629

2

Patricia

1.073

3

Linda

1.035

4

Barbara

0.980

5

Elizabeth

0.937

6

Jennifer

0.932

7

Maria

0.828

8

Susan

0.794

9

Margaret

0.768

10

Dorothy

0.727

[2] Source: US Census Bureau.  The Top 10 female names according to an analysis of the 1990 US Census account for 10.703 percent of all names.  It should be noted that this list represents names of people of all age groups enumerated, and not the current popularity of first names.  When name data from the Census 2000 are made available, it will reveal the extent to which these traditional names have become diluted by the more fashionable and volatile names of the modern era.

 


The TOP TEN Exercises – Answers - continued

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

 

TOP TEN Countries that Spend the most on Health Care [3]

 

Country

Health Spending Per Capita (1995-1999) US$

1

US

4,271

2

Switzerland

3,857

3

Norway

3,182

4

Denmark

2,785

5

Germany

2,697

6

France

2,288

7

Japan

2,243

8

Netherlands

2,173

9

Sweden

2,145

10

Belgium

2,137

[3] Source: World Bank, World Development Indicators 2002.  An annual average of $12 per capita is estimated to provide minimal health services, but many poor countries fall short of this figure.  Ethiopia, for example, spends only $4 per capita on health care.

 

 

TOP TEN Healthiest Countries [4]

 

Country

Healthy Life Expectancy at Birth [4.1]

1

Japan

73.6

2

Switzerland

72.8

3

San Marino

72.2

4

Sweden

71.8

5

Australia

71.6

6

France

71.3

7

Monaco

71.3

8

Iceland

71.2

9

Austria

71.0

10

Italy

71.0

 

USA

67.6

[4] Source: World Health Organization, World Health Report 2002

[4.1] Average number of years expected to be spent in good health

 


The TOP TEN Exercises – Answers - continued

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

 

TOP TEN Countries Spending the most on Education [5]

 

Country

Public Expenditure as Percentage of GNP [5.1] (1999/2000)

1

Zimbabwe

11.05

2

Papua New Guinea

10.00

3

Botswana

9.32

4

Saudi Arabia

9.27

5

Denmark

8.04

6

St. Lucia

8.01

7

Lesotho

7.93

8

Namibia

7.89 [5.2]

9

Seychelles

7.89

10

Sweden

7.86

 

USA

5.04

[5] Source: UNESCO

[5.1] Gross National Product; in those countries for which data are available

[5.2] 1998/1999 data

 

 

TOP TEN Most Common Causes of Unnatural Death in the USA [6]

 

Type of Accident

Total

Deaths (2000)

Rate per 100,000

1

Traffic accident

46,259

16.76

2

Suicide – firearm

16,586

6.01

3

Falling

13,322

4.83

4

Unintentional poisoning

12,757

4.62

5

Homicide – firearm

10,801

3.91

6

Fire – burns and flames

6,864

2.48

7

Suicide – suffocation

5,688

2.06

8

Unintentional suffocation

5,648

2.05

9

Suicide – poisoning

4,859

1.76

10

Drowning

3,482

1.26

Total deaths from injury and adverse effects

146,781

53.84

[6] Source: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

 


The TOP TEN Exercises – Answers - continued

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

 

TOP TEN Countries with the Fastest-Growing Economies [7]

 

Country

GDP [7.1] Per Capita

(2000) (US $)

Growth Rate

(1990-2000) (%)

1

Equatorial Guinea

15,073

18.9

2

China

3,976

9.2

3

Ireland

29,866

6.5

4

Vietnam

1,996

6.0

5

Sudan

1,797

5.6

6

Maldives

4,485

5.4

7

Chile

9,147

5.2

8

Guyana

3,963

5.0

9

Myanmar

1,500

4.8

10

St. Kitts and Nevis

12,510

4.7

World

7,446

1.2

USA

34,142

2.2

[7] Source: United Nations, Human Development Report

[7.1] Gross Domestic Product

 

 

TOP TEN First Presidential Libraries in the USA [8]

 

Library [8.1]

Founded

1

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

July 4, 1940

2

Harry S. Truman Library

July 6, 1957

3

Herbert Hoover Library

August 10, 1962

4

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

May 22, 1971

5

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

May 1, 1972

6

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library

October 20, 1979

7

Gerald R. Ford Library

April 27, 1981

8

Jimmy Carter Library

October 1, 1986

9

Ronald Reagan Library

November 4, 1991

10

George Bush Library

November 6, 1997

 

[8] The founding of the George Bush Library in 1997 brought the total number of presidential libraries to 10.

 

[8.1] Source: Time Almanac 2004 – with Information Please; page 113 – These are not traditional libraries, but rather repositories for preserving and making available the papers, records, and other historical materials of the presidents since Herbert Hoover.  The presidential library system formally began in 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt donated his personal and presidential papers to the federal government.

 


The TOP TEN Exercises – Answers - continued

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

 

 

TOP TEN Fastest Rail Journeys in the World – each country [9], [9.1]

 

 

 

Distance

Speed

 

Journey/Country

Train

Miles

KM

MPH

KM/H

1

Hiroshima - Kokura, Japan

15 Nozomi

119

192

163

262

2

Valence TGV - Avignon TGV, France

TGV 5102

81

130

161

259

3

Brussels Midi - Valence TGV, International

ThalysSoleil

517

831

150

242

4

Madrid - Seville, Spain

5 AVE

292

471

130

209

5

Stendal -  Wolfsburg, Germany

2 ICE

47

76

118

190

6

York - Stevenage, UK

Tees Tyne Pullman

160

258

114

183

7

Skovde - Sodertalje, Sweden

X2000 436

172

277

108

173

8

Rome - Florence, Italy

ES 9548

162

261

104

167

9

Baltimore - Wilmington, USA

9 Acela Express

68

110

103

165

10

Salo - Karjaa, Finland

Pandollno S126

33

53

94

152

[9] Fastest journey for each country; all those in the Top 10 have other similarly or equally fast services.

[9.1] Source: Railway Gazette International – [I rounded the numbers in table to nearest integer

 

 

 

 

TOP TEN USA States with the Most Billionaires [10]

 

State

NET Worth of Billionaires (US $)

Number of Billionaires

1

California

139,255,000,000

90

2

New York

89,100,000,000

48

3

Texas

75,130,000,000

37

4

Florida

24,855,000,000

22

5

Illinois

38,540,000,000

16

6

Pennsylvania

17,195,000,000

15

7

Washington

87,350,000,000

13

8

Colorado

35,195,000,000

12

9

Michigan

12,255,000,000

12

10

Massachusetts

32,800,000,000

11

[10] Source: Forbes magazine, 400 Richest Americans by State, August, 16, 2002


The TOP TEN Exercises – Answers - continued

by Ron Yannone and Russell Ash

 

 

Answers to BONUS Questions

 

B1 (Answer) The Hawaii Ironman – is perhaps one of the most grueling of all physical contests, in which competitors engage in a 2.4-mile (3.86-km) swim, followed by a 112-mile (180-km) cycle race, and end with a full marathon (26 miles 385 yards/42.195 km).  Mark Allen (US) won this event in 1989 (8:09:16), 1990 (8:28:17), 1991 (8:18:32), 1992 (8:09:08), 1993 (8:07:45), and 1995 (8:20:34).  If we refer to The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004, page 970, we see an interesting trend in the men’s winner times (as well as the 6th time Mark Allen won the event).  The men’s record time is by Luc Van Lierde of Belgium in 1996. Notice an approximate 30 percent reduction in the winning time in 1996 over that of the winning time in 1978!  The best women’s time is about 1 hour longer than the men’s time.  The female winner eight (8) times between 1978-2002 is Paula Newby-Fraser of Zimbabwe – and the holder of the women’s record time of 8:55:28 in 1992.

 

Ironman Triathlon World Championships [B1.1]

Year

Winner

Time

Year

Winner

Time

1978

Gordon Haller, US

11:46:58

1991

Mark Allen, US

8:18:32

1979

Tom Warren, US

11:15:56

1992

Mark Allen, US

8:09:08

1980

Dave Scott, US

9:24:33

1993

Mark Allen, US

8:07:45

1981

John Howard, US

9:38:29

1994

Greg Welch, Australia

8:20:27

1982

Dave Scott, US

9:08:23

1995

Mark Allen, US

8:20:34

1983

Dave Scott, US

9:05:57

1996

Luc Van Lierde, Belgium

8:04:08

1984

Dave Scott, US

8:54:20

1997

Thomas Hellriegel, Germany

8:33:01

1985

Scott Tinley, US

8:50:54

1998

Peter Reid, Canada

8:24:20

1986

Dave Scott, US

8:28:37

1999

Luc Van Lierde, Belgium

8:17:17

1987

Dave Scott, US

8:34:13

2000

Peter Reid, Canada

8:21:01

1988

Scott Molina, US

8:31:00

2001

Timothy Deboom, US

8:31:18

1989

Mark Allen, US

8:09:15

2002

Timothy Deboom, US

8:29:56

1990

Mark Allen, US

8:28:17

 

 

 

[B1.1] Source: The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004, page 970

 

B2 (Answer) Tallest Hotel – Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai, China, 1998 – with 88 stories, 1,214 feet in height (370 meters).  Grand Hyatt Hotel occupies floors 53-87.

 

B3 (Answer)Portrait du Dr. Gachet, by Vincent van Gogh (Dutch; 1853-1890), Christie’s, New York, May 15, 1990.  Both this painting and Au Moulin de la Galette were bought by Ryoei Saito, chairman of the Japanese company Daishowa Paper Manufacturing for $75,000,000.

 


Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin’s New Book

by Ron Yannone

 

 

I want to alert members and our non-member subscribers that Dr. Hoeflin’s new book is out – “To Unscrew the Inscrutable: A Theory of the Structure of Philosophy.”

 

General information about the book – “To Unscrew the Inscrutable: A Theory of the Structure of Philosophy” follows:

 

       700 pages in dark, bold font

       published by Dr. Hoeflin, himself

       there are 15 chapters, a biography on Dr. Hoeflin, a chapter about Stephen C. Pepper, a bibliography, and an index

       book is being copyrighted in the year 2004 by Dr. Hoeflin

       price per copy of the autographed yellow color, hardback book is $69.00 plus $6.00 for shipping and handling to anywhere in the world – a total of $75.00 (USD)

       make check or money order payable to “Ronald K. Hoeflin” at P.O. Box 539, New York, NY 10101

       supplementary volumes may be offered from time to time, each with about the same number of examples as in the present volume.  A notice will be sent to purchasers of the first volume whenever the first supplement, probably priced the same as the first volume, becomes available

       each self-published copy of the book will be numbered consecutively, dated, and signed by Dr. Hoeflin

       a three-dimensional Mobius strip on the front hard cover was granted by Louis E. Mathe

       several of Dr. Hoeflin’s relatives supported toward the development of the first volume

       Former and current Mega Society members supported Dr. Hoeflin – Marilyn vos Savant – who generously paid for the services of her two secretaries; and S. Woolsey for proofreading the entire book


Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin’s Biography

by Ron Yannone

 

Not everyone knows about Dr. Hoeflin.  Especially our new non-member subscribers like Fanny K. “Faye” Yannone and Vincent Yannone in New Jersey.  Faye was impressed by the new face-lift of the Noesis journal and plans to share the availability of Noesis with her friends and contacts.  So, we include excerpt material from page 657 in Dr. Hoeflin’s book for completeness, and respect.

 

 

Dr. Ronald K. Hoeflin

 

Dr. Hoeflin received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research (later renamed the New School University) in 1987.  His dissertation was on the philosophy of Stephen C. Pepper.

 

In 1998 Dr. Hoeflin was awarded the Rockefeller Prize by the American Philosophical Association for a paper titled: “Theories of Truth: A Comprehensive Synthesis.”

 

Unable to find a teaching job in philosophy, the author turned from his former career as a librarian (1969-1985) to self-employment as founder, operator, and admissions test designer for several high-IQ societies (1985-present).

 

Two of his tests appeared in Omni magazine: the Mega Test in April 1985 and the Titan Test in April 1990 – each in turn billed on the front cover as “the World’s Hardest IQ Test.”  John Sununu, Governor of New Hampshire and later White House Chief of Staff in the senior Bush’s administration with a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in mechanical engineering, described the Mega Test (as quoted in the “Games” section of the January 1986 Omni) as “one of the most enjoyable exercises I have gone through in some time . . . a superbly stimulating diversion.”

 

Dr. Hoeflin founded the following four high-IQ societies, all of them listed in The Encyclopedia of Associations:

 

            High-IQ Society                         Minimum Requirement            Year Founded

 

       Top One Percent Society                      1 person-in-100                          1989

     One-in-a-Thousand Society                   1 person-in-1,000                         1992

           Prometheus Society                       1 person-in-30,000                        1982

                Mega Society                          1 person-in-1,000,000                      1982

 

For founding the Mega Society and designing its chief admissions test, the Mega Test, Dr. Hoeflin was mentioned in the “Highest IQ” entry of the Guinness Book of World Records for four consecutive issues, namely, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989.

 

Dr. Hoeflin was subsequently listed in Who’s Who in the East (1993-present), Who’s Who in America (1994-present), and Who’s Who in the World (1995-present).

 

Esquire magazine did a full-page article about Dr. Hoeflin in its November 1999 issue, billed on the front cover as the “Genius Issue.”

 

 


The Present Status on Brian Schwartz Admission Ballot

by Jeff Ward – Mega Society Administrator

 

Results (4-18-04) from the present round of votes by members of the Mega Society regarding admitting Brian Schwartz into the Mega Society based on Brian’s very high SAT scores at age 14 follow. Fourteen ballots were received.  The SAT issue has been lurking for years – and we suspect that as more information is made available that the use of the “old” SAT test, at a level achieved by Brian Schwartz, will possibly be considered.  At the moment, it remains as shown.  Members and non-member subscribers should continue to present viable information corroborating the SAT ceiling being at the required 1-in-a-million level.  Brian, we are encouraged – the future may still be “bright.”

 

YES

NO

UNDECIDED

4

6

4

 

 

The Present Status on using the SIGMA VI Test for Admissions Ballot

by Jeff Ward – Mega Society Administrator

 

Results (4-18-04) from the votes by members of the Mega Society regarding incorporating the SIGMA VI test for admissions into the Mega Society follows. Fourteen ballots were received.

 

YES

NO

UNDECIDED

1

8

5

 

 

Mega Society Website Visitations

 

According to Mega Society member Chris Cole, the Mega Society website receives between 200-400 “hits” daily!  The question that one may ask is “Why weren’t there any new members last year – with such a high hit count?”  Members – put on yourThinking Caps” – and submit some ideas to entice our Mega Society website visitors to take the Titan Test, and submit their score sheets to Dr. Hoeflin for scoring– because according to Administrator Jeff Ward in San Diego, he hasn’t been receiving any real “bites” – only half a dozen inquiries-of-interest were received in 2003!  Maybe the $25 scoring fee is scaring people away?


Encouraging Quotes - Answers

by Ron Yannone

 

“The long journey toward the end of the chapter begins with a short step into that first paragraph. ¨ It is in identifying yourself with the hopes, dreams, fears and longings of others that you may understand them and help them.”  Wilferd A. Peterson

 

“Experience is the name that everyone gives to his mistakes.” Oscar Wilde

 

“Listening is the shortest distance between two people.” Mark Twain

 

“What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul.”  Joseph Addison

 

“The right angle to solve a difficult problem is the “try-angle.” Ellis I. Levitt

 

“An error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”  Thomas Jefferson

 

“Thinking is the hardest work there is.” Henry Ford

 

“A wise man’s heart guides his mouth, and his lips promote instruction.” Proverbs 16:23

 

“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo

 

“Intelligence defies fate.  So long as a man can think, he is free.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it from him.  An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin

 

“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.” William Shakespeare

 

“A child miseducated is a child lost.” John F. Kennedy

 

“Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.” Francis Bacon

 

“It was my teacher’s genius, her quick sympathy, her loving tact which made the first years of my education so beautiful.” Helen Keller

 

“Education is the best provision for old age.” Aristotle

 

“Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Thomas Alva Edison

 

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Albert Einstein

 

“Tact is, after all, a kind of mind-reading.” Sarah Orne Jewett

 

“Those having torches will pass them on to others.” Plato

 

“Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” John Dewey

 

“There are tones of voice that mean more than words.” Robert Frost

 

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never fires, and a touch that never hurts.” Charles Dickens

 

“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.” Leonardo da Vinci

 

“Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in.” Abraham Lincoln

 

“The word impossible is not in my dictionary.” Napoleon Bonaparte

 


How Were Things 75 Years Ago?

by Ron Yannone

 

 

I am a nostalgic person for the bygone eras of the first part of the century – especially the WWII time period.  When I was still in my mother’s womb, through special vegetables she ate, my brain received a transplant of information during different time periods.  An example of what I remember of for 1929 period that were downloaded into my tender memory as my mom munched on those special veggies include:

 

       Rear Admiral Richard Byrd made the first flight over the South Pole

       World’s Fair opened in Barcelona, Spain

       Babe Ruth hit his 500th Major League home run

       Color television was shown by Bell Labs

       Herbert Hoover was sworn in as president

       Construction started on the Empire State Building in New York City

       The U.S. stock market crashed – October 1929

       The Red Lion Cabinet Company of Pennsylvania advertised large radio furniture

       Famous songs included Singin’ in the Rain, Star Dust, and Happy Days are Here Again

       Miles Hamilton ran the Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 33 minutes, and 8 seconds

       The average income was around $2,000 and a new home cost $7,000

       A new car cost around $450 and a gallon of milk 60 cents

       The Dow Jones Average was 311

       Inventions included penicillin and the coaxial cable system

       Life expectancy was around 54 years

       Arnold Palmer, Buck Owens, Andre Previn, and Audrey Hepburn were born in 1929

       Listerine announced a shaving cream for men

       General Electric Company advertised their Wiring System for homes

       Hartmann Trunks of Wisconsin advertised their off-to-school trunks for $50

       My favorite shoe in grade school, Buster Brown, was advertised by the Brown Shoe Company Manufacturers of St. Louis – with their slogan “Only shoes that fit are fit for your child”


Happy Birthday Memories

Anonymous

 

The Mega Society editor, Ron Yannone, was born May 22, 1954 in Neptune, New Jersey.  Ron has now reached the half-century mark in his life.  He is the middle son of 5 boys.  His dad was a mechanical design draftsman for the U.S. Government – Army installation (Camp Evans in Belmar, NJ and later the Hexagon – part of Fort Monmouth in Eatontown, NJ).  His mom was a professional homemaker, and worked part-time jobs as telephone switchboard operator, bank teller, bakery sales clerk, factory assembly worker, private day-care school bus driver, and finally 22 years full-time as an office worker at CECOM, Eatontown, NJ.

 

Ron enjoyed a simple childhood in a safe neighborhood with friends his age.  He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel School from kindergarten to eighth grade – where he was one of 66 children in a single classroom efficiently conducted by the nuns.  Through motivational TV programs like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Star Trek, Bonanza, Walt Disney, Lost In Space, and the like, Ron quickly gravitated toward math and science.  He attended Neptune Senior High School where he took advanced math/science classes, attended the Stevens Institute of Technology Summer Science Training Program (SSTP) after his junior year, and later attended Stevens to receive his B.S.E.E.  Starting an engineering position at General Electric Company, Aerospace and Electronic Systems Department (AESD) in Utica, New York, Ron received an M.S.E.E. from Syracuse University via GE’s 3-year Advanced Course in Engineering Program – referred to as the ”ABC Course.”

 

Ron has relocated 12 times since the summer of 1976.  He worked at several GE locations and did missionary work in TN, Mississippi, Russia and in his home town (Neptune, NJ).  While Ron lived at home with his mother (1992-1995), he worked part-time as a math tutor at Brookdale Community College-extension in Asbury Park and as a volunteer math teacher for seven 6th-grade classes in the Asbury Park Middle School – twice a week.  Ron conducted a special after-school class for the “top 2” students in each of these seven 6th-grade classes and named it The Thoroughbreds.  Had funding been provided for Ron to conduct a Summer Math Camp for The Thoroughbreds group, he would not have accepted the 2-week contract engineer assignment at Sanders Associates in Nashua, NH in August 1995!  One “closed” door literally opened dozens of new doors as a result of Ron accepting the initial 2-week assignment.  This assignment lasted 7 months (living in a hotel), and a job offer in April 1996.  The company has changed names (owners) a couple of times – to Lockheed Martin and now BAE SYSTEMS (a British-based company).

 

The year before/after Ron was born, Stalin (USSR) and Albert Einstein died, respectively.  One of the “top stories” in 1954 was “Supreme Court bans public school segregation.”  In 1953/1955, the top stories were “UK crowned Elizabeth II” and “Warsaw Pact formed.”  In 1954, TV dinners were introduced and the Nautilus became the first U.S. nuclear submarine.  In 1953, the Double helix structure of DNA was discovered and the advent of open-heart surgery took place.  In 1955, the first Disneyland opened – with the Mickey Mouse Club.

 

In 1953, the Yankees won their fifth straight World Series and in 1955 the Dodgers won their first World Series.

 

In 1954, the 1-mile run was made in under 4 minutes!  In Mac Anderson’s (founder of Successories) recent book titled The Nature of Success, ISBN 1-4041-01004, 2003, by joint publishers Hallmark and Countryman, page 13, Mac shares this enlightening story:

 

“Discover the Power of Belief – For more than one hundred years, runners tried to break the four-minute mile.  It was considered the Holy Grail of track and field.  Many said it couldn’t be done.  In fact, doctors wrote articles in medical journals explaining why it was physically impossible for the human body to run a mile in less than four minutes.

 

However, in May 1954, a British medical student named Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3:59:4.  His amazing accomplishment made headlines around the world.  Yet what happened afterward is even more amazing.  The four-minute mile was broken again the next month . . . and then again . . . and again.  It has since been broken more than 700 times, sometimes by several people in the same race.  What happened?  They weren’t training any differently, but for the first time they believed they could do it.  The barriers to the mind had come down.

 

Never underestimate the power of belief when it comes to fulfilling your dreams.  I can say with no hesitation that every person I’ve ever met who has achieved any degree of success has had one thing in common: they believed with all their heart they could do it.”

 

 

Ron is an individual in many aspects of his life.  He isn’t afraid to pioneer new avenues – regardless of what the majority thought.  His mother purchased his first 70-gram WHAM-O Frisbee when he was in fifth grade where nobody else had one, nor knew what to do with it.  Ron tossed the plastic disc back and forth across the street.  With time, his friend next-door, Dave Orgler, began tossing it back and forth with Ron.  Ron became a genuine lover of Frisbee.  On the cover of the Frisbee package was an ad to write to the IFA (International Frisbee Association) for the more advanced Professional model (weighed 108 grams).  The Professional model came in the mail and Ron was in “high-heaven” – it felt and sailed s-m-o-o-t-h-l-y.  Ron eventually became a member of the IFA and attained an expert rating.  With exception of the side-arm throw, Ron qualified for the Master rating – the highest rating.  On a family trip to Lake George, NY, Ron saw the Master Frisbee model.  Its distinguished coloring and extra-large size immediately caught his attention.  It weighed 150 grams!  It was like tossing a garbage can lid – really.  It seemed so far-fetched.  But, true to his nature, Ron persisted at using it; and to this day – 30 years later – it remains Ron’s favorite Frisbee model of all.  Ron’s record distance in tossing a Master model Frisbee is 95 yards on a windless day.  If you’re interested in Frisbee, visit the WHAM-O home site on http://www.wham-o.com/index.html

 

Ron’s mom would recite mathematical nursery rhymes while rocking him in the large black chair in the family parlor.  Two favorites follow.

 

 

Humpty Dumpty

 

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall, starting from rest to have his great fall;

the distance he fell the King’s men will swear, measured exactly ½ g t2.

 

Cube Extraction

 

A mathematician named Ray, says extraction of cubes is child’s play;

You don’t need equations, or long calculations;

Just warm water to run on the tray.


Some Poetry Favorites

Selected by Ron Yannone

 

 

Tell All the Truth But Tell It Slant

Emily Dickinson

 

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant –

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise.

 

As Lightning to the Children eased

 With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind –

 

 

The Inner Light

John Milton

 

He that has light within his own clear breast

May sit i’ the center, and enjoy bright day;

But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts

Benighted walks under the midday sun;

Himself his own dungeon.

 

 

Four Things

Henry van Dyke

 

Four things a man must learn to do

If he would make his record true:

To think without confusion clearly;

To love his fellowmen sincerely;

To act from honest motives purely;

 To trust in God and Heaven securely.

 

 

Hope

Oliver Goldsmith

 

Hope, like a gleaming taper’s light,

Adorns and cheers our way;

And still, as darker grows the night,

Emits a brighter ray.

 


Yale Law School “Training in Logic”

Part 2 – “EQUATIONS”

by Ron Yannone and Dr. Layman E. Allen

(http://www.wff-n-proof.com)

http://www.wff-n-proof.com/www-wff-n-proof-com/EQUATNS.chk?AOLHelp=407c0675.109.9e8.1&ServerName=www.wff-n-proof.com

 

1-800-289-2377

 

 

In addition to Dr. Layman E. Allen’s game WFF N’ PROOF, there are several other helpful games to teach logical thinking.  One development Dr. Allen is highly proud of is Equations – the Game of Creative Mathematics.  The game Equations continues to this day to tangibly change the lives of youngsters around the country.

 

“This 5-game kit has more than doubled math achievement and cut absenteeism by 2/3 in school classrooms. The basic game uses the arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, and roots. Advanced rules cover further operations, various number bases and higher mathematics. The game can be as simple or complex as the players make it, depending on their mathematical knowledge.   For 2 or more players; ages 7-adult.”

 

According to a video Dr. Allen and his team prepared, youngsters that learned to play Equations, after 6 weeks use, doubled their scores on standardized tests and increased their IQ score by 20 points.  An intriguing web page Dr. Allen and his team set up is

 

http://cgi.wff-n-proof.com/msq-ind/msq-ind.htm

 

“The Math-Science Quest for Solutions Puzzles about beginning mathematics are intriguing challenges for youngsters and adults alike. Most persons find even the Elementary puzzles difficult; and almost everybody, finds the Advanced ones so. Then they learn how to resolve the difficulty through scientific investigation by experiment. The complexity of the puzzles is determined by the operation signs that are used in the Solutions. The first puzzle offered at this website is the Elementary Puzzle 1E, and we recommend that you start with it. Then, try the Intermediate and Advanced puzzles to see just which level that is most appropriate for you to continue with.”

 

There are three levels of play – Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced.  Elementary uses the four basic operations (+, -, x, /).  Intermediate uses the 4 basic operations plus exponentiation and nth-root operations.  Advanced uses the Intermediate operations plus logarithms.

 

The definitions and other aspects of solution follows:

 

“Solutions are expressions equal to the specified Goal constructed from parentheses and the Resources available in the puzzle. Example: In the equation, (4*3)+2 = 66, the Goal is 66 (the right side of the equation), and the Solution is (4*3)+2 (the left side of the equation). Only single-digit numerals are allowed to be used in Solutions; no multiple-digit numerals. All operations signs represent binary operations; they operate on two numbers. This means that all Solution expressions (a) will be of the form: digit-operation-digit-operation- ... digit, (b) will use an odd number of Resources, and (c) will use one more digit than operation sign. It also means (d) that negative four is not represented by -4; rather it must be represented by 0-4, 1-5, 2-6, etc., and (e) that square root of 9 is not represented by @9, but rather by 2@9. Parentheses are freely available like the air to be inserted by Solution-builders anywhere that they find them useful.”

 

Part 2 – “EQUATIONS” - continued

 

The readers of Noesis, ages seven and older, will find the simplest Elementary problem, E1, slippery, deceptive and fun!  On the web you can enter your proposed solutions in a GUI (graphical user interface) – and the system evaluates your entries as valid or not on-the-fly!  The new user will often enter redundant solutions – i.e., inadvertently apply the commutative rule as highlighted in the box below!  Dr. Allen mentioned in a telephone conversation that NASA rocket scientists were unable to get all twelve solutions to Elementary problem E1.  Test yourself!  The youngsters who have mastered Equations, however, plow through problems like these quickly and decisively.  The problem with our normal mathematics education, Dr. Allen explained, is we are taught to “calculate” going forward but not to reason abstractly.  The Equations game teaches the user to “think” and to be able to reason in reverse – given a conclusion, how are we able to get to this conclusion – or GOAL in the Math-Quest exercises?  See how many solutions you can produce in, say, 15 minutes.  It’s r-e-a-l-l-y easy.  Right?  In Elementary problem E1 we are only using two “-“ signs, one “x” sign, two “/” operators, and the numbers 1 through 4 (one each).  If you get all 12 correct, the online GUI-based system will let you know with a blinking “CONGRATULATIONS” indicator.  For those readers that send me their 12 correct, “unique” solutions, the editor will send them an additional wallet-size Mega Society card with their next issue of Noesis.

 

 

 

Puzzle 1E

http://cgi.wff-n-proof.com/msq-ind/I-1E.htm

 

Goal: 6

Resources: - - x / / 1 2 3 4

Number of Solutions: 12

 

 

From the Resources and parentheses, construct 12 different expressions that are equal to the Goal.  Different expressions use different Resources.  For example, 2x3 is a Solution expression, but 3x2 is not a different Solution.

 

 

Your 12 Solutions

1

 

7

 

2

 

8

 

3

 

9

 

4

 

10

 

5

 

11

 

6

 

12

 

 


Some Odds and Ends

by Ron Yannone

 

 

International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) Level

 

According to the TIME Almanac 2004 – with Information Please, page 174, for the year 2001 there were 13,722,000 children in public school grades 9-12, and an additional 1,276,000 in private schools – a total of 14,998,000 children in grades 9-12.  In the calculation below, we’ll use the rounded value of 15 million.

 

When we consider that there are six IMO students actually competing in a given year, these stellar-ranked contestants represent, 6-out-of-15 million, or about 1-in-2.5 million per IMO contestant!  If their verbal reasoning skills are as sharp – they’ll have a sound chance to solve 43 or more questions on the Titan Test – and become active members of the Mega Society.

 

This is encouraging.  Some students have reached the IMO level in their Freshman year in high school, and this is truly exceptional performance.

 

It is our sincerest hope and desire that former USAMO/IMO winners will take the Titan Test, submit their answers to Dr. Hoeflin, and very possibly join our ranks!

 

 

 

Name that Portrait

 

The TIME Almanac 2004 – with Information Please, page 452, lists the portraits that appear on the U.S. paper currency.  Why not test your monetary knowledge by filling in the table below!  According to the World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004, page 116, the total currency is approximately $660 trillion.

 

Bill [1]

President

Bill

President

$1

 

$100

 

$2

 

$500

 

$5

 

$1,000

 

$10

 

$5,000

 

$20

 

$10,000

 

$50

 

$100,000 [2]

 

 

[1] Denominations of $500 and higher were discontinued in 1969.

[2] For use only in transactions between Federal Reserve System and Treasury Department.

 


Congratulations to Ron Yannone on being Inducted as a

BAE SYSTEMS IEWS Fellow

by the Editor

 

 

 

Silver AnniversaryIEWS Celebrates 25 Years of Technical Excellence – Sanders Associates founders Mort Goulder and Dan Blitz were recognized as was past Sanders President John Kreick and noted Sanders engineer and prolific inventor Ralph Baer – the “father of video games.”

 

 

Dignitaries at the gala event included New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson, Nashua Mayor Bernard Streeter, Manchester Mayor Robert Baines, and Dean Kamen, founder of the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program.

 
Ron Yannone

 

“A quartet of employees joined the elite ranks of Information and Electronic Warfare Systems (IEWS) Fellows at the 25th Annual Engineering Awards Banquet, May 12” – as it appeared on the BAE SYSTEMS – IEWS home page.

The Fellows program – established in 1979 when the Company was named Sanders Associates — comprises technical experts who are looked upon to provide advice and mentoring on engineering principles, theories, concepts, and designs.  Mega Society member, Ron Yannone, was inducted as an IEWS Engineering Fellow at the 25th Annual Engineering Awards Banquet May 12, where over 600 employees and guests attended.  Most of the employees in attendance comprise the technical expertise of the company.  Ron’s area of expertise is Multisensor Algorithms for Electronic Warfare.  The history of the prestigious IEWS Fellows program follows via remarks by company leaders and presidents.

 

The following article, describing the formation of the IEWS Fellows program, was printed in the Sanders News – Volume 17, Number Two, Sept-Oct, 1979:

"In announcing the creation of these new positions, Edward A. Miller, Vice President-Federal Systems Group Engineering, said, “Throughout its history, Sanders Associates has maintained its position as a leader in the field of advanced electronics because of its remarkable engineering and technical staff. The management of Sanders feels that these key people should be recognized for their extraordinary achievements.

“An Engineering or Scientific Fellow serves as a leading expert, a consultant and an advisor on technical matters for division and group personnel in addition to Sanders customers,” Mr. Miller said. “They also assist in the formulation of long-range technical plans, IR&D programs, technology trends assessments and applications programs. In many instances, they’ll be acting as company-wide technical trouble-shooters. Each fellow has the expertise to handle sophisticated problems which demand a high degree of creativity, ingenuity and experience in his or her field.”

“Most of these employees have been pioneers in their respective fields and are recognized within the Sanders technical community, as well as the electronics industry, as eminent engineers and scientists,” Mr. Miller added. “With the establishment of a Fellow position within the company, Sanders has joined a progressive group of corporations that have acknowledged the importance of such individuals.”

 

 

Very informative comments regarding the Fellows program appeared in the (then Sanders Associates) Sanders News, Volume XXXVIII, No.16 September 25, 2000.  See exciting description on the next page.


 

 

“The Best and the Brightest:” Sanders Fellows Innovate, Educate

 

“The Fellows, Sanders (then) President Walt Havenstein said, are part of ‘the fertile seedbed of technological excellence which paces our efforts . . . and shapes the future.’

 

The stated purpose of the Fellows, according to their charter, is: ‘To perform professional technical assignments characterized by the application or development of highly diversified engineering principles, theories, concepts and precedents; and to act in a consulting and advisory capacity on technical matters for . . . management and customer personnel.’

 

‘The Sanders Fellows represent the best and brightest contributors to the success of our core businesses and our technical innovation,’ said Aaron Penkacik, Sanders’ Chief Technical Officer (CTO).  ‘They are an invaluable resource to the enterprise, providing the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to keep Sanders at the forefront of our customers’ needs.’

 

Mike Heffron, (then) Vice President of Engineering, who shares oversight of the Fellows program with Penkacik, said, ‘Those chosen to be Fellows have exhibited a consistent, extraordinary record of achievement and creativity for at least five years while employed with (then) Lockheed Martin.  They are renowned experts not only within the company, but even more importantly, on a national level.’

 

‘The recognition typically comes from original work or inventions that have advanced the state of the art, election to a fellowship in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) or other comparable professional organizations, . . . ‘ Heffron explained.

 

The Fellows’ role in mentoring engineers and other technical experts in the company is also being expanded.  ‘This is one of the most important aspects of being a Fellow – the ability to mentor others in their field and to serve as role models to which other engineers can aspire,’ said Heffron.  Plans are underway to have Fellows teach intracompany courses and be available for problem solving assistance.  In their mentoring role, the Fellows will also conduct technology interchange luncheons in areas of technology interest to the Sanders technical community.

 

The prestige of being named a Sanders Fellow comes in part from the small percentage of company scientists and engineers who can be selected (typically around 1 percent).  Although numbers varied slightly through the years, Sanders typically has had between a dozen and 20 active Fellows.

 

‘ . . . Our intent is to have a robust and diversified cadre of the most elite scientists and engineers representing our ‘’’technology plates.’’’ said Aaron Penkacik – Sanders CTO.

 

The foremost criteria for selection as a Sanders Fellow is an individual’s ‘consistent, extraordinary record of technological and engineering achievement and creativity’ and recognition as a renowned expert in a Sanders technological specialty, added Mike Heffron, (then) Sanders’ Vice President for Engineering.

 

Nominations for future Fellows may be submitted by Sanders Vice Presidents, other Sanders Fellows, directors and senior technical staff members.

 

Sanders (then) President Walt Havenstein has charged Penkacik and Heffron with routine oversight of the Fellows program and to organize the nomination review committee.  For an individual to be selected as a Fellow, the committee must unanimously agree to the recommendation and the Sanders President must approve it.”

 

 


Extraordinary Biography of Mega Society Member

Christopher P. Harding

by Chris Harding – Australia

 

 

 

I inquired with Chris to send me a photo – as his 60th birthday is August 4th, 2004.  I am unsure if a Noesis issue will go out in August – and I wanted Mega Society members to have ample opportunity to wish Chris continued health and success in all his activities.  In the photo above, Chris mentioned there are 60 CERTIFICATES of accomplishment hanging in his room shown above!  Absolutely staggering!  Each of us is busy, but as you read through Chris’ biographical excursion that follows, you’ll readily agree, this man does not stand still!

 

You are an inspiration to each member of the Mega Society, and to our avid readers as well!

 

Chris – while it’s fresh on our minds The Mega Society members want to wish you

 

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! – 60 YEARS OLD on August 4, 2004

 

 


PERSON:       CHEVALIER. BARON Dr. Christopher Philip HARDING.

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LISTINGS:     Letter under which he was listed in biographical reference works [ H ].

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STATUS:       Retired/Single/Never Married.

   ............................................................................

 

BIRTH:        1210 hours on 4th August 1944 in Clovelly Private Nursing Home at Keynsham, Somerset, England, U.K.

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FAMILY:       Eldest son of Phillip Henry Bodman-Harding [ 28.7.1916- (Cancer) 26.7.1987 ] and Beatrice Joyce Noel born 7.6.1919 [Joyce Harding Park in North Rockhampton having been named after her on the 14th February 2000 for services to the community]. Both parents where               from upper class families many of whose members had achieved either national or international fame during their own lifetimes. Both were descendants of Aristocratic lines [Baron Harding and               Count Noel]. Only sibling Adrian Paul Harding [ 24.3.1947- (Cancer) 26.12.1990 ] (a noted chess player) whose eldest son Stephen Harding broke the Bressingham method in October 1995 (a               mathematical limitation that had stood for 50 years). Numerous gifted first & second cousins.

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RELATIONS:    His Uncle William Hanks (Deceased 1993) was a direct descendant of William the Conqueror. Nancy Hanks an ancestor of William Hanks married Thomas Lincoln and was the Mother of Abraham Lincoln who become the 16th President of the United States.

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RESIDENCY:    Arrived in Australia on the 7th October 1952. Resident - Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia since the morning of Saturday 11th October 1952.

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PHONE:        [ NOT FOR PUBLICATION ].

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ADDRESS:      [ NOT FOR PUBLICATION ].

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DEGREES INCLUDING HON. LETTERS:

 SFPE 1977; DPhE May 1978; F.I.B.A. 1985; A.A.A.B.I. 1986; MCC 1988; PhD 1988 (from: World University Roundtable); Kt.MSS. 1989; SRFP 1990; Honorary Doctor of Commercial Science (from : London Institute of Applied Research) 30th June 1990; M.P. (from The International Parliament for Safety and Peace) 1991; Diplome de membre d'honneur from International Fine    Arts Council pour La qualite' de en reconnaissance des services rendus au but de LAssociation (an intellectual association which honors painting, sculpture, and architecture founded in Paris in 1940 and incorperated under the State Laws of Education in New York, U.S.A., in 1950 ) 1991; Doctorate of International University, Institute of Management, Bombay, India 1991.

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CURRENT HOBBIES:

   Astronomy [with a 21.5 inch F/3.54 newtonian telescope of his own construction]; Computer Programing; Optics; & Painting (Abstract art).

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EMPLOYMENT INCLUDING HONORARY SERVICE:

   CIAE (1969 till 1983 when he was retired from full time service on health grounds);

   GOOD NEWS (1983-1986);

   ELTRAN (1985-1987);

   Computer Consultants (1987-1988);

   POINT ONE Advisory Group, Inc. [ formerly Trinity Resources Inc.] (1988-1990).

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PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS HELD (Associations, Clubs and Societies):-

   The Eugenics Society (1963-1964);

   The British Astronomical Association (1964-1969);

   The International Heuristic Association (1970-1974);

   The Triple Nine Society (1979-1990 & 1992-1995);

   The 606 Society (1981-1982);

   The Omega Society (1983-1991);

   The Prometheus Society (1984-1990);

   The International Biographical Association (1985-1990);

   Geniuses of Distinction Society (1986-1988);

   The American Biographical Institute Research Association (1986-1990);

   The Cincinnatus Society (1987-1990);

   The 4 Sigma Group of Societies [ incorporating all groups having 4 Sigma plus cut off points] (1988-1990);

   The Minerva Society [ Formerly the Phoenix Society] (1988-1990);

   The Confederation of Chivalry (1988-1990);

   The Planetary Society (1989-1990);

   Maison Internationale des Intellectuels [ M.I.D.I.] (1989-1990);

   TOPS HIQ Society (1989-1990);

   The Cleo Society (1990-1991);

   The Camelopard Society (1991-1992);

   The Hoeflin One-in-a-Thousand Society (1992-1993);

   Deputy Member [ Senator ] of the Assembly of The International Parliament

                   for Safety and Peace [ a politically and religiously neutral

                   grouping of important people who wished only for peace and

                   safety throughout the world which was registered under the

                   Secretary General of the UNITED NATIONS, New York, U.S.A. ]

                   (1991-1993);

   The International Academy of Philosophy (charter member of IAP and LIAP

                   sections; Wis-Ch.; Iinstitute; & Web (1996-1997).

   The BWW Society (for those listed in reference works with Bibliotheque:

                    World Wide (formerly Barons Who's Who)) the Society

                    claiming a membership based on ``the finest minds in the

                    World'' (july 2001-may 2002 (whilst it was in the original

                    e-membership format));

   The Pi Society (also like the Mega Society for persons with 1 in one million

                   I.Q. level (5th April 2001 - 2002).

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PREVIOUS NATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS HELD (Associations, Clubs and Societies):-

   The Hundred (1972-1977);

   The New Zealand National Mensa (1980-1982);

   The Single Gourmet (1989-1991);

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PREVIOUS STATE MEMBERSHIPS HELD (Associations, Clubs and

   Societies):-

   The Astronomical Society of Queensland (1959-1965);

   The Astronomical Society of New South Wales (1962-1964);

   The Astronomical Society of Tasmania (1963-1964);

   The Astronomical Society of Victoria (1963-1965);

   The Morton Bay Astronomical Society (1965-1966);

   The Commodore Computer users group (1983-1984);

   M.E.Syndrome Society of Queensland Inc. (1992-1993 & 1994-1995)

   Bundy Skywatchers (1998-1999).

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PREVIOUS LOCAL MEMBERSHIPS HELD (Associations, Clubs and Societies):-

   The Rockhampton Astronomy Club (1957-1962);

   The Lions Rockhampton Chess Club (1962-1964);

   The Rockhampton Ballroom Dance Club (1975-1980);

   The Rockhampton Writers Club (1980-1984);

   Club 9 (1983-1984);

   Capricorn Friendship Club (1986-1989);

   New Friends Club (1991-1992);

   Allie Catz Social Club (1991-1992);

   Solo Parents Support Group (1991-1992);

   C.Q.M.E. Support Group (1991-1994);

   Central Queensland Computer Users Society (Australian Computer Society in

                                              CQ) (1994-1995);

   Singles Social Group (1995);

   Rockhampton Computer Club Inc. (1994-june 1996);

   Capricorn Writers and Poets Group (1995-june 1996);

   Capricornia Astronomy Group (1994-june 1996);

   Central Queensland Astronomy Club (2000-2001).

   Rockhampton Leagues Club (1985-june 2001);

   Frenchville Sports Club Limited (1993-2001);

   Brothers Leagues Club Capricornia (1994-2002);

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PREVIOUS MEMBERSHIPS OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES:-

   Australian Library Association (1972-1974);

   The Psychometric Society (1980-1982);

   Classification Society of North America (1981-1987);

   World University Roundtable (1988-1990);

   International Test Commission (1986-1996) [ whose role and function was the

                                  maintenance of test standards world wide ].

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HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIPS:

   [ Registered with ] London Institute of Applied Research in 1990;

                 [ & ] International Fine Arts Council in 1991.

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CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS HELD (Associations, Clubs and Societies):-

   International and Australian MENSA (since December 1966 [ having become a

                            life member of Australian Mensa in 1968 ]);

   INTERTEL [ The International Legion of Intelligence ] (since June 1971);

   The International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (since 1974);

   The Mega Society [ international ] for persons with 1 in one million I.Q.

                            level (since 1982);

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POSITIONS HELD:-

 

 Member of the HOLLINGWORTH COMMITTEE (1985-1992) funding research into the

    education of Gifted Children  [ whose Award by 1989 was considered THE

    AWARD of the industry ].

 

 Patron AXON UNIVERSITY with title of INTELLECT SUPERIOR (1987-2000).

 

 POINT ONE ADVISORY GROUP, INC.  [ formerly Trinity Resources Inc ]:-  Advisory

    Board Member No.0015 with title of Research Associate (1988-1990).

 

 An Honorary Founder and Sponsor of the OLYMPOETRY MOVEMENT FUND and a

    committee member of the Fund (1992-1994); which from 1992 consisted of

    some 31 persons and included Mother Teressa and Pope John Paul II.

 

 INTERNATIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL CENTRE:-

    Honorary Member IBC Advisory Council (1990-1991).

 

 AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION:-

    Honorary member of RESEARCH BOARD of ADVISORS (1988-1990);    Member of

    Membership Committee (1989-1990);    Member of Awards Committee

    (1989-1990);    Member of Nominating Committee (1989-1990).

 

 INTERTEL:-

    The Director International Region of Intertel (1973-1975).

 

 INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY for PHILOSOPHICAL ENQUIRY:-

    Editor of Telicom (Dec. 1974- Jan. 1975);   Chairman of Awards Committee

    (1980-1982);    Chairman of Selection Committee (1980-1982);

    Member board of Trustees (Nov. 1980- Jan. 1990);   Member Charter Revision

    Committee (1986-1988);   Member Psychometric Review Committee (1986-1988);

    Member Publications Committee (1987-1989);    Member Whiting Memorial Fund

    Committee (1989-1990); Member of the Steering Committee for the formation

    of the ISPE Research Institute project (1994-1996).

 

 MEGA SOCIETY:-

    International Secretary (1982-1990);    Ombudsman (1984-1985);

    Member Admissions Committee (1985-1990).

 

 OMEGA SOCIETY:-

    International Secretary (1984-1991).

 

 CINCINNATUS SOCIETY:-

    Chair of the Charter Committee (1988-1989).

 

 THE TRIPLE NINE SOCIETY:-

    Member of the Psychometrics Committee (1988-1990).

 

 AUSTRALIAN MENSA INCORPORATED:-

    Proctor for Central Queensland Area `B' tests (1990-1991);

    Returning Officer (1990-1991).

 

 C.Q.M.E. Support Group.

    President (1992-1993);      Member of the Management Committee

    (1992-1993);    Member of the Constitution Committee (1992-1993).

 

 SINGLES SOCIAL GROUP.

    Editor of Newsletter (1995).

 

 THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF PHILOSOPHY.

    Member of the Steering Committee (1996-1997).

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AWARDS:-

 1974 -Awarded life membership in INTERTEL for Services to that Society.

 1978 -The Title of PHILOSOPHER was confered by the International Society for

       Philosophical Enquiry.

 1986 -Received the KEY AWARD from the American Biographical Institute Research

       Association for work in Psychometrics.

 1987 -Received Biography of the Year Award from Historical Preservations

       of America.

 1987 -Received the International Cultural Diploma of Honor (number 64) from

       the American Biographical Association.

 1987 -Received Certificate of Merit from the International Biographical

       Centre in the U.K.

 1988 -Received The (1988-1989) Member of the Year Award from the Omega

       Society.

 1989 -Received Certificate of Poetic Achievement from American Poetry

       Association and again in 1990.

 1990 -Awarded International Biographical Centre medal (U.K.).

 1991 -Received Commemorative Medal of Honor of the American Biographical

       Institute.

 1991 -Awarded Medal by the Foundation Ethiopia Economia as the largest fund

       contributor for first quarter of 1991 to that foundation.

 1992 -Received the Twenty Five Year Achievement Award of the American

       Biographical Institute.

 1993 -Received the Decree of Merit from the International Biographical

       Centre in the U.K.

 1993 -Received a `20th Century Achievement Award' from the American

       Biographical Institute receiving a second such award in 1995.

 1995 -Received the A.B.I. Distinguished Leadership Award (for Outstanding

       Professional Performance) and again in 1996 (for Outstanding

       Contributions to Contemporary Society).

 1997 -Certificate of Recognition `for General Achievements' from International

       Who Who's of Contemporary Achievement.

 1998 -Certificate for special projects participation -from ISPE Special

       projects co-ordinor.

 1998 -Outstanding Achievement Diploma in honour of an Outstanding Contribution

       to I.S.P.E.

 1998 -Individual Achievemen