The Sad Tale of William James Sidis - The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived | Random Thursday

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Train Tsar Fun : He never got a chance to be a kid. So sad for his childhood.

The Guitologist : You forgot the part where Ted Kaczynski was experimented upon while at Harvard by the CIA's MK ULTRA program. Gee, I wonder why he went rogue...

S Bassett : Nothing went wrong. He lived the life he wanted, realizing correctly that he was under no obligation to do anything extraordinary.

Peter Rabitt : When you possess a high enough intelligence, you necessarily realize that nothing matters and life is pointless. Don't feel bad for being "normal." It's a curse otherwise.

THE GAMING SOLDIER : Not that hard to figure out why he lost it. Imagine if everyone around you was at least 100IQ points less intelligent than you. In other words, think of the dumbest people you know, and then imagine if the whole world, every single person you meet, is much dumber than that. I wouldn't last a month.

Robert Oschler : What was I doing at age 6? At age 5 I successfully created the first time machine. I traveled back to the days of the Vikings and had a wonderful time with Olaf the Conqueror attacking villages and drinking tons of ale (they even made me a little battle ax and tiny armor!). Unfortunately someone mistook me for a ammunition and launched me with a catapult. I landed badly on my head (but at least I wiped out several enemy sheep). Due to that brain injury I became profoundly stupid. Fortunately, the time machine was programmed to automatically return me to the present time but due to a misplaced semi-colon in the code, self-destructed taking the design plans with it so I have no proof. I lived out the rest of my life as an ordinary computer programmer until last year when I died during a bad flamingo racing accident. Even on my last day, I still had a fond passion for pillaging.

Allison : His intellect was his own, he didn’t owe humanity any performance or narrative satisfaction.

James Biggar : Smartest person who ever lived was likely a socialist and an atheist. Who'd have thought...

Santiago Carbon : Nikola Tesla was a real genius. Using his mind to truly change the world. Not some human calculator who's life leaves little impact on this planet.

rick9021090210 : maybe, super high IQ people simulate in their minds where are we going as a race... which is nowhere... and they lose all hope... cheers!

Golden Arts : When I was born I came out with a 200-page book filled with IQ problems, all of them solved. They put me in a room with other newborns and the day after when they walked in the television on the wall was gone. That they would soon forget tho because when they turned around they saw a quantum computer. A week later I spoke every single language that has ever existed on this planet. After a month I made music and directed movies, like Aliens, Terminator, Rocky and hundreds more. I had so much money I let other people take the credit for all the movies and music I made, that's how kind I am. After a year I could read minds, move things without touching them and see through walls. after 10 years I could Fly, change the personality of other human beings by connecting to them trough nano waves, and I could jerk of aswell. Today I can watch a youtube video without the need to believe everything that's being said in the video. I can also play PUBG.

minivan traveling : He did not go crazy. Humans are crazy and he told them so and was out cast by society that refuses to see the evil in us.

Imgonnagogetthepapers getthepapers : Nikola Tesla. Probably the most intelligent Non-Jesus person that ever lived.

Wernhard Bierbauer The Fourth : Sidis is such a cool last name. Sounds like a sith lord or some kind of deadly disease...

Budget Hitman : He may have simply gotten tired of explaining shit to people. : Social intelligence is a thing. Sidis did not have that one, but he had many other talents. The smart people actually improve the world long term, instead of over thinking current issues.


MrJamesLongstreet : William James Sidis is NOT - I repeat: NOT - the smartest human being that has ever lived. It´s a scam. Please, read up about his life story, and the story about the claim about his IQ-level (hint: his own sister made it up)... he was very, very smart - no doubt about it - but he was not, and is not, the smartest human being that has ever existed. Long sigh...

Jack Daniels Ultraselvagem : You'd be amazed to know that the smartest man was Nikola Tesla.

Michael J : Certain geniuses are able to see the construction of the world around them to a depth and in a spectrum unavailable to the rank and file. It will do things to your creation of priorities, including lessening the importance of your immediate life and disarranging an establishment of worthwhile goals. The unseen layers make the everyday ones seem trivial.

MrWorldcitizen1 : My favorite is Nikola Tesla. $

JRLM : A man smarter than everybody on earth blamed societies problems on religion and capitilism... hmmm I agree then.

Stephen Pruszenski : How about Thomas Aquinas? Off the chart I.Q.

William Cox : Interesting. Thanks for examining some of the questions. As a former child prodigy I can tell you what happens to some of us. We pursue something to distraction. If we are not supplied with a concomitant marketing bent, or fail to attract someone able to to exploit that talent, we often languish in obscurity. Genius is not necessarily social. In fact, I postulate that we never notice the social geniuses, because they've recognized that relative obscurity is a gift, not a curse, if one wishes to get on with one's life work without interruption. For me it's art. I write, perform, and record my own music, write and illustrate my own novels, and every one a net of insights seldom seen or quantified. Inferior? hardly. Superior? by whose measure? For relaxation between creative bouts (or jags) I practice karate and a bit of sword technique, dance a little, and take daily walks. My appearance is too singular for anonymity, but, in my community, at least, I enjoy a sort of automatic street cred as an artist in that quite a few folks remember seeing or hearing me playing at a bar or club or restaurant, or have seen my posters hanging in a local shop or gallery. It's not fame. It's not fortune. At this point, I am merely glad to be alive and capable of fresh creative endeavor. Social acceptance is the icing on the cake; make no mistake, but, should I lack an audience, I will continue to create art. I can hardly do otherwise. I am driven to it.

Solgatito Tigru Blogopogojoyotenango : the smartest person in the world nailed capitalism & religion perfectly

Lewis Harbo : notice really smart people don't seem to like other people?

MrBluemanworld : Never heard of him, very sad. It's something to think about

Matt C : Super Wile E. Coyote.

Slagon Drayer : America has always hated intelligence, it is antithetical to Capitalism.

ThoughtWave64 : Every human has different skills and talents...we all have value; furthermore, we all die.

Tasheem Hargrove : "What went wrong"? - Society. Society isn't structured with intelligence, and the use of it, as the highest priority. This is evident in how he was treated. Considered weird and crazy. Treated like a foreign object in the eyes of the media and pop culture.

R W : A Genius who is not political and helps science and such lives. A Genius who is a threat to the wealthy dies.

mont lee : Maybe he went to brainstorm with the bogdenoff bros

Business Outside The Lines - w/Chuck Peavey : One problem people overlook with regard to intelligence is the loneliness... The lack of people who can stimulate you in conversation or even understand what you're thinking or talking about at the same level of consciousness. This point was touched on briefly in "Good Will Hunting" when he got angry at his instructor for not understanding that the math the instructor was so challenged by was like breathing for Will! It would also explain why he was so willing to work construction and drink with his buddies. In that situation, he could turn it off, the benign chatter wouldn't challenge him but it wouldn't frustrate him either.

John Battey : I think it most likely that William Sidis found dealing with average people to be horribly tedious, and yet not worth the conflict of telling them so. Back around 1971, David Frost interviewed a man who was speculated to have the highest IQ of anyone then living. He asked if the fellow had faced difficulties as a child because he was so much smarter than those around him. The guest got a sort of peculiar expression and said, "I've never considered it from that point of view before! I always thought I had problems because everyone around me was so abjectly stupid!"

Alex : Our modern world is attributed to Tesla, our world would come to a grinding halt if his inventions were not in use !

AcidDome : He was smart enough to see what humanity was, where it was going, and gave up on it.

Patrick Lewis : Child prodigies are interesting. Most of them never accomplish anything because most of them are really good at things that normal folk will eventually also be good at (calculus, for instance) and that's where they stop. Occasionally one grows up to invest something or discover something or write something significant, but they'd have managed that being a standard high-intelligence person who wasn't thrust neck-deep in higher maths or what have you. I personally wonder what would happen if they weren't turned into media circuses, because it seems like there were very few notable prodigies before the rise of the newspaper. That's a hard premise to test, though, because there was also very little in the way of social mobility or education before widespread literacy and the printing press. My take-away has been that prodigies just hit adult levels of accomplishment sooner than normal, but rarely exceed highly intelligent people whose achievements were more in line with the majority. Also, we should probably stop using IQ as a metric of intelligence. It's more a measure of aptitude for learning than some inherent ability to figure things out. Being a prodigious learner is a high compliment in my mind and my parallel worry with child prodigies is that they're often thrust into STEM so hard that they never pick up the wide variety of other human skills that could keep them from retreating into obscurity. I can't think of any math prodigy who is an adept singer or skilled thespian, for instance; there's mostly just an occasional instrumentalist who rarely writes their own music, anyhow.

Elizabeth Shaw : I will not even die as a footnote to history or science. My IQ is well up there and I did miraculous things. It all ended when a syndrome that has never been seen before reared its ugly head and I became so disabled that I needed to stop 4 years ago. I continue to work along with my disability check to supplement that and I followed the rules. Now I cannot even do that but I do want to know everything! I pursue knowing everything but not as a know-it-all. Elizabeth MD PhD nutrition science

Matt Pannell : A great deal has changed in our understanding of intelligence over the last 5 years. The myopic view point that passing an IQ test was evidence of intelligence has now been understood as fake intelligence. These tests can be learnt and prove nothing in an intelligence that’s actually real. Now imagination plays a great part of intelligence which was downplayed just 10 years ago. Those who are great at IQ tests are mostly Autistic and though these types have a great capacity for structured thinking actually have no skill level for imaginative thinking, which is crucial for real intelligence. 🤔

Pat Fitzgerald : What a shame he never allowed himself to be exploited by other humans and add a thing to this “precious” economy, the military arsenal, or how to swindle people in the banking, politcal, medical, university or pharmaceutical establishments. That is what it’s all about afterall to the unethical and immoral, self-entitled money whores of this species. What a shame.

Green Man : The USA seems to have thousands of geniuses, that are content to live in their parents basement and brag on social media, how they have genius level IQs.

Amber Griego : You are wrong about our place in life not being a matter of our intellect. There is a huge amount of reach that emphatically states otherwise.

DoitDoug : Knowledge untempered by wisdom is madness.

psyekl : "Where we end up in life has very little to do with our intelligence..." I definitely agree: Some impressive intellects end up in obscurity, some less-than-impressive intellects end up in positions of wealth and influence.

Mike Fuller : I think John von Neumann ( 28 December, 1903 - 8 February, 1957 ) was perhaps the smartest person ever! At the age of just 6 years old, John von Neumann could divide two 8-digits numbers in his head and was fluent in Ancient Greek!

Zoe Spacecake : Society is also made by average people for average people.

The Ultimate Reductionist : Born 1898 April 1. Sidis was playing an April Fool's prank on you just to fool you into thinking he was a super-genius. But, I suppose, for a newborn baby to know how to do that, they'd have to be a super-genius.

Alan Taylor : I believe that higher intelligence results in higher levels of depression.! "Ignorance is bliss" after all. I happen to suffer from clinical depression.. Aha-ha-hahaa..

elena olivares : At age 6 I was probably trying to decide whether to continue going to public schools or live in the country like Edgar Casey and just as he had meetings with angels I was constantly looking for God and finding Him. During a near death experience they gave me the solution to maintaining a long life which I never forgot and have only used occasionally. I have told the American Cancer Society 2x but they are still looking for a way to remove cancer without first preventing it; it is like you believe in God but reject the Son of God who came to give us life; another example is you believe in god but have chosen a god that is merely a human who has since died and had no power over ignorance or death. How can a man say he loves God and goes to kill anyone who professes to even believe in a God . . this man is a liar and a murderer.