I updated my blog recently. I don’t know that you noticed, so I am taking the logical way out and announcing it. So you know. Which you won’t if you don’t read my blog. But you are, because you’re here.
You are here, right? I’m not just talking to myself? I do that a lot, I’m told, talk to myself, I mean. I have the best conversations with myself. It’s so nice to talk to oneself and know with perfect precision exactly what you mean when you say things to yourself. No one understands me better than I do myself.
Except, of course, I don’t understand myself very well. Is it really possible to know one self – completely, deeply? Do we hide our deepest secrets from ourselves? Facing up to what you actually are, how you really feel, why you react the way you do is hard. Most people don’t even attempt it or know that they should. Some don’t believe it is necessary or productive at all.
Yet, there are plenty of tests that try to map your personality and predict your reaction to situations. They describe it under normal situations and under stress. I went through some of those issues in a previous post and you can read it if you wish to get a sense of how I scored on many of those tests. They fascinate me. I’ve been fascinated with them from the time that HJ Eyesenck IQ book came into my life as a teenager. I have done those IQ tests multiple times and have consistently scored in the 120-130 range. Which means one of two things: Either I do those tests well or I’m quite bright in the brains department. Clearly these tests are bogus. I’m (empirically proven) terrible at tests and not particularly bright. I can string a sentence together okay and I can stand and give presentations, but does that mean I’m bright?
I’m not sure it does.
Here is a very interesting tidbit I found on the internet. Yes, on the internet, so it’s completely trustworthy. (http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/intelligence.html)
|IQ group||less than 75||75 to 90||90 to 110||110 to 125||125 and higher|
|% of total population||5%||20%||50%||20%||5%|
|% of group out of labor force more than one month out of the year||22%||19%||15%||14%||10%|
|% of group unemployed more than one month out of the year (men)||12%||10%||7%||7%||2%|
|% of group divorced within five years||21%||22%||23%||15%||9%|
|% of group that had illegitimate children (women)||32%||17%||8%||4%||2%|
|% of group that lives in poverty||30%||16%||6%||3%||2%|
|% of group ever incarcerated (men)||7%||7%||3%||1%||0%|
|% of group that are chronic welfare recipients (mothers)||31%||17%||8%||2%||0%|
|% of group that drop out of high school||55%||35%||6%||0.4%||0%|
I see there is a 6% chance that I have some illegitimate children somewhere out there. It’s been more than 5 years since I’ve been married, so I guess I’m not in the 24% who get divorced within 5 years of marriage.
Here is a shout out to any possible illegitimate children – call me! Use the Contact me page here and send me an email. I’d love to see what I (possibly) created or helped to create.
By now, you’re wondering: why does he talk to himself? I don’t really have an answer to that. What? You expected an well-reasoned response to that question? Google says, universally, that people who talk to themselves are geniuses. Which is really, really funny, because I’ve been called many things in my life, but never a genius! But, like I said, it’s on the internet, so it’s gotta be true!
The other question you had, probably, was: “Update? What update?”
That’s easy to answer. I added a new menu item that links to an Awards page. (EDIT: 2022 – There isn’t one. And that’s the joke…. sigh)
Now you have had ALL your questions answered. Or all the questions I thought you had. Which is almost the same thing, except that it’s not. It could be. But most probably not. You could still be wondering why the chicken crossed the road. Well, the answer is very simple.
To get there first, before the egg.