What is Mensa?
Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.
"Mensa" means "Table" in Latin, with the idea that once someone joins the group, everyone is of equal status no matter who they are, or what they do for a living.
Even the traditional "President" position within most clubs has been modified to "LocSec" (or Local Secretary) to cut down on the status implications. All local officers and position holders are unpaid volunteers
For more information: American Mensa.
MentalFloss Magazine had an interesting article in their May/June 2012 edition, on page 62: "The Scale That Rates Our Smarts." It's an article about who, when, why and how the IQ test was developed.
Passing this test won't qualify you to get into Mensa, but you can try it and see how you might do on the actual test. Results are confidential.
Bears are everywhere in Alaska - there are many wild bears living right in Anchorage. Intelligent people avoid them...
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Mensa Alaska supported the Alaska Literacy Project again by sponsoring three tables of contestants at the annual Scrabble Scramble fund raiser in January. This was not your average night of Scrabble - there was one practice game and then three games of alternate Scrabble. None of our teams placed in the top three, but we did very, very well, had fun and raised money for a great cause!
In addition, Mensan Norma Gertson worked many weekends in a row helping run the Alaska Lego League Robotics tournaments. Winners of the State-wide competition go on to the National competition.
Are there other Mensans involved in the community? Let us know!