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IRRELEVANT?
by Lux (bloodyeye_mari)
at February 28th, 2005 (08:34 pm)
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current mood: bouncy

Look what I found when I was searching for "irrelevant information" - expecting to find, you know, interesting things - from http://my.webmd.com/content/article/74/89415.htm

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People who can't ignore irrelevant information might be suffering from mental illness. Or they might highly creative.

The ability to focus on a task means that a person must screen out the millions of task-irrelevant sensations that constantly stream through the brain. People suffering from psychosis fail to do this. So do highly creative individuals, a new study suggests.

The difference seems to be intelligence. Given a high IQ, a trait that makes one person mentally ill may take another person to the heights of creative achievement. The most creative students tended not only to have low latent inhibition, but high IQ as well.

"It appears likely that low levels of latent inhibition and exceptional flexibility in thought might predispose to mental illness under some conditions and to creative accomplishment under others."
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I don't have a high IQ & I'm inhibited, so I guess it's not appliable to all - I don't know whether that's good or not. And why should people who lose themselves in irrelevant details be classified as mentally ill? Psychiatrists & their crazy thoughts... o_O
Found somewhere:
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Descriptive Classifications of Intelligence Quotients

IQ Description % of Population

130+ Very superior 2.2%

120-129 Superior 6.7%

110-119 High average 16.1%

90-109 Average 50%

80-89 Low average 16.1%

70-79 Borderline 6.7%

Below 70 Extremely low 2.2%

CAREERS:

140 Top Civil Servants; Professors and Research Scientists.

130 Physicians and Surgeons; Lawyers; Engineers (Civil and Mechanical)

120 School Teachers; Pharmacists; Accountants; Nurses; Stenographers; Managers.

110 Foremen; Clerks; Telephone Operators; Salesmen; Policemen; Electricians.

100+ Machine Operators; Shopkeepers; Butchers; Welders; Sheet Metal Workers.

100- Warehousemen; Carpenters; Cooks and Bakers; Small Farmers; Truck and Van Drivers.

90 Laborers; Gardeners; Upholsterers; Farmhands; Miners; Factory Packers and Sorters.
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I'm in the right career!^^