Monday, August 27, 2012

The 10 Smartest People Alive Today (Where Are The Black Geniuses)

Judging how smart a person is can be a very subjective matter. Does their IQ score make them the smartest? Or is it more about accomplishments? The debate over this likely will never cease. Below, though, took a look at 10 people (in no particular order) nobody would deny are worthy of being called some of the smartest people alive today.


Fifty percent of people have IQ scores between 90 and 110, 2.5 percent of people are mentally deficient/impaired (under 70 IQ), 0.5 percent of people are near genius or genius (over 140,) 2.5 percent of people are very superior in intelligence (over 130).

Here is their list of 10 of the smartest people alive today:

Now as a black man I found this. It had me wondering if there were some Black Geniuses out there. Remember some of the Black mans best achievements were not measured but were enjoyed by all:  


The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) represents the highest scoring students in the nation, or at least it should, since it’s the test taken by college graduates seeking admission to graduate school. Over the last four decades, 3,961,122 students have taken this test, including 354,228 black students. Blacks are the only students who take this test where females have occasionally scored higher than males. In all that time, NO black student has ever scored 800 on ANY portion of this test, while 2.3% of White students scored higher than 800 in GRE Analytical, 10% of Asian men scored higher than 800 in GRE Quantitative, and 0.1% of White women scored higher than 800 in GRE Verbal.

The following analysis of the GRE makes the optimistic presumption that test scores for blacks follow a regular Gaussian Distribution, whereas reality is that very few blacks score much higher or much lower than the median Verbal score of 388 for black women. It accepts carte blanche, without question, the relatively large standard deviation for blacks reported by the College Board. It ignores that some state laws require a person to be counted as black if 1/64th of their genealogy is black. It doesn’t compensate for the number of blacks admitted through the now illegal affirmative action programs which permitted Whites to be admitted because they posed as blacks, which is bound to happen under such a fraudulent program, and which this author knows to have happened on at least two occasions. It doesn’t consider the academic theory that the reason American blacks have higher IQs than African blacks is their higher proportion of Caucasian genes, perhaps as much as 25%. If this theory is correct, then the 25 who scored higher than 654 in GRE Verbal, the 23 who scored higher than 716 in GRE Quantitative, and the 27 who scored higher than 746 on GRE Analytical, would not be black at all according to other blacks themselves because they would be mostly Caucasian.

Well I found Stephen Wiltshere The Human Camera:

Stephen Wiltshire MBE, Hon.FSAI., is a British architectural artist who has been diagnosed with autism. He is known for his ability to draw from memory a landscape after seeing it just once. His work has gained worldwide popularity.

Then I found Ben Underwood:

Who has taught himself to use echo location to navigate around the world. Ben Underwood is blind, but has managed to do some truly extraordinary feats. I also found out that Ben has passed away due to the cancer that caused his loss of sight, I ask that you pay respect to him by visiting the site His Family made for him. Thank You!

One of my Hero's Dr. Vivien Thomas,  and another great genius Ben Carson (Even if Dr. Carson has been saying some strange things as of late, he experience racism it's in his books and the movie "Gifted Hands." With America's "First Fired, Last Hired" mentality, and knowing those terms apply to black men only. It's hard listening to other black men say, "if you work hard and mind your business you can make it" If this were truly the case there would not be this many black men out of work. The "Mind your Business" part of that statement usually means let people do whatever they want to you. Well again, if you could truly make it by following this model there would be more black men working! You can't take away from what Dr. Carson has done, but I won't let him try to push the "I did it with blinders on B.S" either)  :


Vivien T. Thomas was a key player in pioneering the anastomosis of the subclavian artery to the pulmonary artery. The surgical work he performed with Alfred Blalock paved the way for the successful outcome of the Blalock-Taussig shunt.

In January 1930, Vivien Thomas, a young African-American who was forced for lack of funds to leave his first year of college, came to work for Blalock in his laboratory. At that point Blalock's increasing obligations were cutting into the time he could spend in the laboratory and he needed a surgical assistant. A more fortunate choice could not have been made. Vivien Thomas learned to perform the surgical operations and chemical determinations needed for their experiments, to calculate the results, and to keep precise records; he remained an invaluable associate throughout Blalock's career.

Well I will stop here to prove the point that you don't have to score high on Brain Test to be considered
Genius, just be it. No disrespect to the others of White and Asian descent on the list, but we are out there and we don't nor have we ever needed a test to tell us!

Black Men, instead of having dreams of the music industry try to take or push someone who has the gift towards the Sciences. Put aside the dream of the NBA or The NFL and focus on the reality of Math and Physics.

Also, if someone tells you there are no Black Geniuses, you should reply with, "Just because it's not written down, does not mean it does not exist."


UPDATE 12/20/2012:

Black Teen Cameron Clarke of Pennsylvania Scores Perfect Score On SAT's!

Every year teens struggle to study and get through the nation’s most-widely-used college admission exam, the SATs, and only a small handful ever achieve a perfect score. Cameron Clarke (pictured), a senior at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa., just happens to fall in to the category of “perfect scorer,” according to the Huffington Post.

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Clarke scored 2400, a perfect score, this past spring, and according to SAT officials, out of the 1.6 million of its test-takers this year, a mere 360 were able to achieve the grade.

So what’s his secret on achieving such a perfect score?

“I put in a lot of work. I took a prep class with some of my friends, and I did a lot of practice tests from a book, said the Mounty Airy resident.
The high school senior actually took the SAT once before and scored a still-mind-boggling 2190, which is a chart-topping 98.5 percent of all of the SAT’s test-takers.

Even though Clarke’s first score was a passkey that could get him in to any Ivy League college or university in the country, he was not satisfied and wanted to go for that gold ring.

In the wake of all of the negativity that surrounds so many Black youths these days, it is refreshing to see overachievers like Clarke. The 18-year-old, who has attended Germantown, a private school, since he was in preschool, was always considered to be gifted.

He took an IQ test when he was 4 years old and wound up with a score of 151, a number that is essentially 3 standard deviations above the average and is well in to the genius range. Some consider genius to begin near an IQ of 140, so it is highly uncommon to have an IQ in this range. According to statistics, less than 1 percent of the population would be able to achieve this score, with roughly 1 in 450 people achieving this IQ.

Not only is Clarke academically gifted, but he is musically inclined as well. A principal cellist for the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, he performed this past summer at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival in Colorado. The youth tutors fellow classmates, writes for his school paper, is active in his school’s math club, and is a senator in his school’s student government.

Now that Clarke has received a perfect score on his SATs, he is looking to continue his education at Princeton University, his dream school.

Clarke, who will be graduating next June, already seems to have quite a following, with Alfonzo Porter, a former high school principal and the author of “More Like Barack, Less Like Tupac: Eradicating the Academic Achievement Gap by Countering Three Decades of the Hip Hop Hoax,” telling the Huffington Post, “I have seen far too much talent wasted. Our young genius Black children, particularly boys, too often wind up in the cemetery and jail,” said Porter. “Hearing about perfect SAT scores is unfortunately the exception.”


Lonnie Johnson: Black Engineer Who Created the Super Soaker Water-gun and the lithium-air battery:
I can't believe even after all these years this still only has about 3,984 hits on YouTube! It's true what Mr. Johnson said a lot of places are also doing research on this technology. It's something how he was not able to get more funding to do a large scale model of this. I think Toyota has a good model out also or either is also still in testing too. 

William Kamkwamba: Genius Who Built His Own Wind Towers Large Enough To Power His Home Just By Reading a Book! We must remember before there were schools of learning there was independent thought and natural comprehension. Something most blacks are born with but in most case have a cap put on it by Poverty, Racism, and Chance.

Also there is Dr. Mark Dean Ph.D (Added 08/03/2013, Don't know why I did not put Dr. Dean in here sooner.  He is the reason I wanted to be in the IT field. Though I have not landed or even had my schooling or experience taken seriously enough to get a good job. People like this let me know that the tinkering I still do at home is what really matters. Besides with the way things are today even if you show an employer your school papers they still look at them as if you said you just did tinkering at home! Some people would get the job saying they just tinker at home......but not a black man. This is what Dr. Dean is important. Listen to how that even with all his schooling he wish he had the tinkering knowledge of his father in the first video. It makes you wondering what is experience in American today?:

You may not have heard of Dr. Mark Dean. And you aren't alone. But almost everything in your life has been affected by his work. See, Dr. Mark Dean is a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is in the National Hall of Inventors. He has more than 30 patents pending. He is a vice president with IBM. Oh, yeah. And he is also the architect of the modern-day personal computer. Dr. Dean holds three of the original nine patents on the computer that all PCs are based upon. And, Dr. Mark Dean is an African American.

So how is it that we can celebrate the 20th anniversary of the IBM personal computer without reading or hearing a single word about him? Given all of the pressure mass media are under about negative portrayals of African Americans on television and in print, you would think it would be a slam dunk to highlight someone like Dr. Dean. Somehow, though, we have managed to miss the shot. History is cruel when it comes to telling the stories of African Americans. Dr. Dean isn't the first Black inventor to be overlooked. Consider John Stanard, inventor of the refrigerator, George Sampson, creator of the clothes dryer, Alexander Miles and his elevator, Lewis Latimer and the electric lamp.

All of these inventors share two things:

One, they changed the landscape of our society; and, two, society relegated them to the footnotes of history. Hopefully, Dr. Mark Dean won't go away as quietly as they did. He certainly shouldn't. Dr. Dean helped start a Digital Revolution that created people like Microsoft's Bill Gates and Dell Computer's Michael Dell. Millions of jobs in information technology can be traced back directly to Dr. Dean. More important, stories like Dr. Mark Dean's should serve as inspiration for African-American children. Already victims of the "Digital Divide" and failing school systems, young, Black kids might embrace technology with more enthusiasm if they knew someone like Dr. Dean already was leading the way.

Although technically Dr. Dean can't be credited with creating the computer -- that is left to Alan Turing, a pioneering 20th-century English mathematician, widely considered to be the father of modern computer science -- Dr.. Dean rightly deserves to take a bow for the machine we use today. The computer really wasn't practical for home or small business use until he came along, leading a team that developed the interior architecture (ISA systems bus) that enables multiple devices, such as modems and printers, to be connected to personal computers.

In other words, because of Dr. Dean, the PC became a part of our daily lives. For most of us, changing the face of society would have been enough. But not for Dr. Dean. Still in his early forties, he has a lot of inventing left in him. He recently made history again by leading the design team responsible for creating the first 1-gigahertz processor chip. It's just another huge step in making computers faster and smaller. As the world congratulates itself for the new Digital Age brought on by the personal computer, we need to guarantee that the African-American story is part of the hoopla surrounding the most stunning technological advance the world has ever seen.

We cannot afford to let Dr. Mark Dean become a footnote in history. He is well worth his own history book.  

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