Does Frank Russo have the highest IQ in history?
Contributed by an anonymous psychology PhD student - November 10, 2018.
Prologue - I feel that to do justice to the above posed question, we must first consider the provenance of Frank Russo's IQ and intelligence, and why he has turned out to be one of the most important and noteworthy personages in our planet's history! His father was Umberto Russo, one of about 5 sons of Andrea Russo, and his mother was Giovannina who grew-up in the different town of Cassano. Now Giovannina was from a somewhat cultured family - apparently there were lawyer(s), doctor(s), and even one who had left the Catholic priesthood to get married.
Frank was mostly unaware of his mother's history, because his mother had died in 1963 under mysterious circumstances - when he was only 9 - and his father had become somewhat disturbed by her memory, that he disposed of most of her possessions and pictures! Giovannina had come from Cassano to Tufara Valle, to marry the best looking out of the Russo brothers - he was called Paolo. However very early in the marriage, he developed pneumonia and died... this was common in those days because penicillin had not been discovered as yet.
Pressure was placed on Umberto to now marry Giovannina and thus end up with 2 portions of the property. Giovannina had a very bad time as she ended-up having about 5 miscarriages, and was also constantly victimised by Umberto's relatives. The latter were very jealous of Giovannina's much more refined up-bringing. Her father was Aniello who was a "geometro", and as mentioned in the body of this article, the precursor of the Benevento University used to send its engineering students to be supervised by him in practical matters! He was also reputed to have written some books, though it is doubtful that any such manuscripts were actually published. Interestingly, even Giovannina's mother was very special, as she was the sister of the famous Professore Principe, who was renowned as a professor of 6 or 7 languages in Caserta! (Now Frank had no idea as to who this professor was! The first he heard about him was in 1998, when he was about 45 years of age, and he rang his old school in Italy to ask for a copy of his results: the administrative officer of the school retrieved his results and came back to the phone and said " Oh yes! You're the nephew of Professore Principe!"
Now we don't want to believe every story that has been told, but it seems so obvious that Frank Russo was predestinated by the force! One of his brothers related how on a moon-lit night, a shadowy spiritual being wondered through the house (whilst he was petrified with fear!) At approximately the same time, Frank who was very young, felt a finger pierce his cot and mattress, and through his pyjamas touch him on his bare skin! (Perhaps the 'finger' of God!). Now another story doing the rounds, is that Frank was very close to being a clone of his mother, having about 75% of her DNA and thus all of her intelligence! It does appear to make some sort of sense: firstly his father was a gifted musician playing the very difficult "push-button accordion", and yet Frank inherited no musical ability from him. Also secondly, his father had a problematic ankle and it is well known that such an abnormality usually skips a generation - however this did not happen in Frank's case, but was true of his other 2 brothers who had perfect feet!!
Frank Russo has actual documented evidence, of having achieved an IQ of 170, with getting only one question wrong! However the important facet of this accomplishment, was the fact that it was obtained at 24 years of age and is therefore not an exaggerated guess involving gifted children!
Furthermore, he had a 'retarded' witness - (Cantiano Pacifici, AKA "Candy") - that acknowledged the fact that Frank may have actually scored full marks for a similar IQ test, at round about the same year: he approached Frank and asked him to do this IQ test to help him to get into the top class at this college! Frank initially refused... but then reconsidered and said that "if that administrator is so dumb to allow you to take the test away - I will do it for you!". Frank was at the time - (1978) - in the metals lab at the IMVS, and he actually timed himself as was required for the test, whilst leaving one question unanswered - this was so that the retarded friend could feel that he "owned" the eventual results, by participating through answering that one question!.
Well Candy reported that the result was only one wrong! Most predictably the question that he had himself answered! So Candy became "top dog" at that college (and in the top class)! He reported to Frank that whenever he may have said something "stupid", everybody at the college was trying to give it some intelligent spin!
In view of the foregoing, when attempting to estimate Frank's true IQ, one must remember that the Western World has given Einstein an estimated IQ of 225! Well Frank has 'buried' all of Einstein's work, and introduced a new relativity - "Frank Russo's relativity"! What's more, he has shown that all the great minds of the past 132 years, didn't have a clue as to what the Michelson-Morley experiment was about!
It should also be appreciated that most of the so-called high IQ people - that the world has raved about up till now - were so-called "gifted children"! And the IQ's parroted about were only speculated guesses! When in 1993 the Advertiser published a spread in its weekend magazine, about Terence Tao being a genius, a friend phoned-up Tao's mother to get the truth - as journalists make-up all sorts of "bullshit"! Now I don't remember all the details perfectly, but I think that his mother was a teacher and she had devoted her life into teaching her 3 children, starting with Terence ... she also admitted that he had never been tested for IQ - but what was quoted in the Advertiser was a guessed estimate by the journalist involved! Now what my friend asked next is very revealing indeed - he asked how good was he at chess? Well his mother was very honest and said that he was very poor at it, and that even his retarded, autistic, younger brother could beat him at chess!
I must now make a pertinent point very strongly! All the 'morons ' of this world who have commented on various famous people who were reputed to have a very high IQ, are fascinated by the latters' mathematical abilities!! This is indeed very imbecilic for if one has any intelligence at all, he would realize that mathematical ability is simply inherited very much like musical ability - is one to maintain that just because a child did not inherit "musical" ears, he's got to be an idiot? Of course not! Likewise mathematical ability has very little to do with intelligence!
Hence if you take these so-called geniuses' mathematical abilities away as irrelevant, and hypothetically remove the dedicated professional parents, who have acted as full-time tutors - what are you left with? In most cases no more than an inept and very impractical person, who may actually be below average in other areas! We must remember that maths is just a language, and people can make all sorts of invalid reasonings with it, that have no validity at all! But on the other hand, physicists do use maths also, but they can be thought of as mostly grammarians, as what they come up with has to make sense in the real world - likewise with engineers!
By comparison to the ones that this stupid world parades as high intellects, Frank Russo puts them all to shame! He hardly had any books as a child, nor did he have professional parents acting as full-time tutors! Not only that, his mother was very sick - (as the medical system of those days was almost non-existent!) - And his father was constantly looking after his agricultural land and domestic animals. And on top of that, his mother died when Frank was only 9 years of age... (nevertheless his mother gifted to him the most wonderful legacy she could have ever given him! And that was her wonderful intelligence genes - although women didn't study in the early part of the 20th century - she was reputed to have a very sharp intellect! And her mother being a woman was probably even smarter than her famous brother, who was known as Professor Principe and amongst other things he was known as an expert of 6 or 7 languages at Caserta! Whilst her father though not being an academic, often had supervision of the engineering students from what would have been the precursor of the Benevento University!).
Frank was always left to his own devices as a completely independent child, with nobody giving him any guidance or input of any kind - the rest of the family having migrated to Australia whilst he was very young! Frank would also sign any correspondence from the schools to his father and hand it back!
In conclusion, Frank's great accomplishments are all detailed on his website, www.frankrusso.net and from what I can gather from the info on that website, he had very little exposure and influence by the educational system, most of what he has accomplished has virtually been self-taught! And this was a blessing in disguise, because he avoided being indoctrinated by the very wrong system!
Now to complete this exposition about high IQ's and what it's all about, I'll relate some info about some of these characters!
The first excerpt is about Marilyn vos Savant who was claimed as the highest IQ in the world... well some people have laughed at the claim, as apparently it was scored on a children's test at 10 years of age, and then inflated to reflect a chronological adult age! Well the fact that she did not take-up her husband's name of "Jarvik", but chose to remain as "Savant", shows the ridiculousness of this claim!?? Perhaps she revelled with inflating her pride.
Savant was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under "Highest IQ" from 1986 to 1989 and entered the Guinness Book of World Records Hall of Fame in 1988.Guinness retired the "Highest IQ" category in 1990 after concluding IQ tests were too unreliable to designate a single record holder. The listing drew nationwide attention.
Guinness cited vos Savant's performance on two intelligence tests, the Stanford-Binet and the Mega Test. She took the 1937 Stanford-Binet, Second Revision test at age ten. She claims her first test was in September 1956 and measured her mental age at 22 years and 10 months, yielding a 228 score. This figure was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records; it is also listed in her books' biographical sections and was given by her in interviews.
Alan S. Kaufman, a psychology professor and author of IQ tests, writes in IQ Testing 101 that "Miss Savant was given an old version of the Stanford-Binet (Terman & Merrill 1937), which did, indeed, use the antiquated formula of MA/CA × 100. But in the test manual's norms, the Binet does not permit IQs to rise above 170 at any age, child or adult. And the authors of the old Binet stated: 'Beyond fifteen the mental ages are entirely artificial and are to be thought of as simply numerical scores.' (Terman & Merrill 1937). ...the psychologist who came up with an IQ of 228 committed an extrapolation of a misconception, thereby violating almost every rule imaginable concerning the meaning of IQs." Savant has commented on reports mentioning varying IQ scores she was said to have obtained.
The second test reported by Guinness was Hoeflin's Mega Test, taken in the mid-1980s. The Mega Test yields IQ standard scores obtained by multiplying the subject's normalized z-score, or the rarity of the raw test score, by a constant standard deviation, and adding the product to 100, with Savant's raw score reported by Hoeflin to be 46 out of a possible 48, with a 5.4 z-score, and a standard deviation of 16, arriving at a 186 IQ. The Mega Test has been criticized by professional psychologists as improperly designed and scored, "nothing short of number pulverization".
Savant sees IQ tests as measurements of a variety of mental abilities and thinks intelligence entails so many factors that "attempts to measure it are useless". She has held memberships with the high-IQ societies Mensa International and the Mega Society.
William James Sidis - From the Wikipedia.
It has been acknowledged that Helena and William's mother Sarah had developed a reputation of exaggerated claims about the Sidis family. Helena had also falsely claimed that the Civil Service exam William took in 1933 was an IQ test and that his ranking was an IQ score of 254. It is speculated that the number "254" was actually William's placement on the list after he passed the Civil Service exam, as he stated in a letter sent to his family. Helena also claimed that "Billy knew all the languages in the world, while my father only knew twenty-seven. I wonder if there were any Billy didn't know." This claim was not backed by any other source outside the Sidis family, and Sarah Sidis also made an improbable claim in her 1950 book The Sidis Story that William could learn a language in just one day. Boris Sidis had once dismissed tests of intelligence as "silly, pedantic, absurd, and grossly misleading". Regardless of the exaggerations, Sidis is judged by other high IQ peers such as MIT Physics professor Daniel Frost Comstock and notable American mathematician Norbert Wiener to have had real ability.
We've already considered Terence in the preceding discussion above.
Hirata, to note, should correctly, be listed in the "teenage tested-estimated" range, below, because, as it seems to be the case, his IQ =225 estimate was made when he was a teenager (possibly age 13 or 16); nevertheless he has been regrouped here, owing to his circa 2000 age 17, near-adulthood range, human chemical thermodynamics theory, independently arrived at by both Goethe (1796) and Thims (1995), who are also both, independently, assigned with an adulthood 225+ IQ—and in this sense, independent derivation of a human chemical thermodynamics theory seems to act a cogent ruler to possible adulthood range 225 IQ. http://www.eoht.info/page/IQ%3A+225%2B