Battle of the Brains

Battle of the Brains

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Battle of the BrainsCan you think of 100 different uses for a sock? How would you cope with glasses that turn everything upside down? What's your emotional intelligence? Can you create a work of art in 10 minutes? Horizon takes seven people who are some of the highest flayers in their field: a musical prodigy, a quantum physicist, an artist, a dramatist, an RAF fighter pilot, a chess grandmaster and a Wall Street trader, and puts them through a battery of tests to measure their intelligence. Who is the most intelligent?

The principle way that we measure intelligence, the IQ test, is based on research done before even Einstein was in his prime. Because these tests label us with a single number they are still a popular and convenient way to divide people into clever clogs and dunces. But most psychologists agree that they only tell half the story, at most. Where they disagree is how we measure intelligence, for the very good reason that they still don't know exactly what it is.

Horizon looks for evidence of intelligence in the brain, in our genes and in our upbringing and tests some of the latest theories using them to see which of the seven has the highest intelligence. Wall Street Trader, Nathan Hasselbauer has an IQ of 167, but is he creative? Artist Stella Vine left school at 13 how would she know the distance from London to Hong Kong? Dramatist and critic Bonnie Greer has got a great vocabulary, but what's she like at inductive logic?

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jacqi
jacqi
6 months ago

who are the top three contestants

itzel
itzel
3 years ago

really interesting and was shocked at the end

joseph stelzer
joseph stelzer
3 years ago

learned alot about iq that i didnt know

Hannah H
Hannah H
3 years ago

i hope i am intelligent

Krishna
Krishna
3 years ago

Very fascinating video

Bilal Mallick
Bilal Mallick
3 years ago

I thought this video was very fascinating and it helped me learn a lot about IQ differences among people.

Joseph Kim
Joseph Kim
3 years ago

Good way to measure the difference of IQ with different people with different jobs, interesting way too

Dalia Shaheen
Dalia Shaheen
3 years ago

Very fascinating video, I wonder how well I would do on those tests

Niko H
Niko H
3 years ago

I found it very interesting and informative.

Elana Span
Elana Span
3 years ago

I agree with Gardner on the circumstantial and cultural significance of intelligence. Overall, I thought it was a very insightful video that provided a new perspective of things that I might not have considered before

Kameron
Kameron
3 years ago

Interesting topic that I've never thought about before.

Gabby
Gabby
3 years ago

I thought the different series of tests were interesting

Amruta Kuthe
Amruta Kuthe
3 years ago

This was really interesting to watch!!

Megan Lorenzo
Megan Lorenzo
3 years ago

this documentary was very interesting because if the different tests that they ran

Lauren Lynch
Lauren Lynch
3 years ago

Very interesting

Kate Breitschuh
Kate Breitschuh
3 years ago

I would have never thought that getting a cork out of a bottle would be a test given to someone, so cool!!

Riley Barber
Riley Barber
3 years ago

I was so interested in how intelligence can be measured.

Caleb L
Caleb L
3 years ago

Pretty cool and very interesting

Leah Stone
Leah Stone
3 years ago

super interesting to learn more about this topic

Grace V
Grace V
3 years ago

I aspire to be like Seth

Ben Trevarrow
Ben Trevarrow
3 years ago

very interesting to see how each person did in the different sections

Marissa Santia
Marissa Santia
3 years ago

Very interesting, I liked Gardner's comment on football player and how IQ is more dependent on our society.

Aiden
Aiden
3 years ago

I thought the tests were very unique and interesting.

Hufsah Siddiqui
Hufsah Siddiqui
3 years ago

I thought that it was really interesting to compare people of different professional backgrounds and see what influence that had on their intelligence.

Sam Mickley
Sam Mickley
3 years ago

I thought it was very interesting to learn about

Balaaj Forcon Alhuk
Balaaj Forcon Alhuk
3 years ago

Wow! Great stuff! Glad I watched this!

Kennedy
Kennedy
3 years ago

I thought it was interesting.

Abby
Abby
3 years ago

I found the video very interesting.

Carly Chalmers
Carly Chalmers
3 years ago

I thought the cork in the bottle test was very interesting.

Fatima
Fatima
3 years ago

astounding information

krish gulati
krish gulati
3 years ago

pretty cool, thought that it'd be nice to see how i'd do in those tests

Jessica Yang
Jessica Yang
3 years ago

I thought this was an interesting video and brought up a topic that I had never thought that deeply about before

Emily
Emily
3 years ago

I found it really interesting how they used both IQ and E IQ and how they explained multiple intelligences.

Alexis Spiteri
Alexis Spiteri
3 years ago

I thought it was very interesting.

Shreya Pillai
Shreya Pillai
3 years ago

The theory of multiple intelligences is really fascinating and shows how drastic the results of different tests can be.

Gabby
Gabby
3 years ago

A nice documentary I love watching all the iq tests and seeing the art!

Lauren Stern
Lauren Stern
3 years ago

It was really interesting to see how varied the results were in each test and the final results of the tests

Maram Alkhareef
Maram Alkhareef
3 years ago

A very interesting documentary I loved how they all performed so many IQ tests .

Silvanna
Silvanna
3 years ago

How is she an artist but placed third on the art competition

Hailey
Hailey
7 years ago

Responding to mr savages comment on the musical prodigy, did you not see the scene where he is shown playing piano? And he is singing opera, not just your average pop singer.

g isaac
g isaac
12 years ago

I believe the scores on their tests were fixed so that they could ultimately prove their point in the end (Intelligence cannot be measured by a traditional IQ test). How did they calculate 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and what were the actual scores?

I agree with the underlying message here. However, we shouldn't fight fire with fire. Why use the same tactics that originators of the IQ test used to prove a contrary point? All-in-all, intelligence (nor success) can be measured by a test. We are each a unique product of BOTH our genetics AND our environment or experiences. Some geniuses are born and some are made. That's life!

Instead of trying so hard to predict who will be a genius we ought to make every effort to nurture genius and creativity whenever and wherever possible.

Bambi L'Amour
Bambi L'Amour
13 years ago

Fantastic documentarym, alslo the new site design is really good, well done mate, if there were some kind of website awards this would definately win in it's given catagory.

DDRD
DDRD
13 years ago

@ Mr Savage, that kid wasn't just a singer, he was a composer who knew many different forms of musical media

AGKrisko33
AGKrisko33
13 years ago

@8:39, I want that painting so bad!!!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

ddd
ddd
13 years ago

The artist is cute.

Gardner's theories by the way have absolutely never been confirmed via peer-reviewed publication. It's a just-so story that has become very popular but it backed by no good proof.

coyote03
coyote03
13 years ago

Really good documentary, the people involved and the makers of the documentary knew this series of tests wasn't the end all be all, they mention that many times and even finish the documentary stating that. WATCH THE WHOLE THING! It was definitely an interesting watch :)

Kurrrt
Kurrrt
13 years ago

Out of challenge born of desire and nessity comes the conception of that which is different.

Kurrrt
Kurrrt
13 years ago

Thought released to act upon itself will return in manifestation glorified and in a form more magnificent then the limited focused mind can imagine.

Kurrrt
Kurrrt
13 years ago

An introduction to answers provide mankind a method of learning and knowing until new evolved answers apply, do tests?

Superpescado
Superpescado
14 years ago

Should have been titled 'How to breed intellectual bullies and divide society'.