IQ: 225+

IQ scale (ceiling fitted)

Real genius
Left: the Cox-Buzan ceiling genius mark of IQ = 213, that of the mind of polyintellect Johann Goethe. Right: a logo of a "real genius" as a thinker with a true IQ approaching the 225+ range.
In genius studies, IQ: 225+ refers to someone with an intelligent quotient (IQ) cited, estimated, opinionated, or calculated to be at or above the 225 range on the IQ scale; a subset of individuals from the IQ: 200+ scale or the top 500 geniuses.

“One rater (M) has scored on the basis of the record of Goethe’s youth an IQ of 225. Goethe’s true IQ may in the history of mankind have been equaled in a few instances; one may well wonder whether it has ever been exceeded?”
Catherine Cox (1926), Early Mental Traits of 300 Geniuses

“The lecturer had said that Albert Einstein had an estimated IQ of 225, but that was a pure estimate, or ‘guesstimate,’ he said, because by all accepted tests the peak rating was 145. Anything beyond that would be in the realm of genius and there simply was no way to test that high.”
— Joseph Harrington (1966), Blind Spot [17]

The following individuals, listed below, throughout history, have had tested, estimated, approximated, biographically-gauged, comparatively approximated, cited, and or opinion/voted determined intellectual quotients at or above the 225 range on the IQ scale. These individuals, shown below, are the taken from: (a) the 2011-launched Genius IQs table, a work in progress "true IQ" ranking of the world's greatest 425+ geniuses, (b) the top portion of the 2008-2010 constructed 200+ IQ table, which is ranked purely by descending "claimed-to-be" IQ, albeit re-ranked based on a more realistic intellectual stature, capped by Goethe, the leader of the agreed-upon Cox-Buzan IQ ceiling geniuses (above right), and (c) recent citations.

Adult-age estimates
The following are adulthood age individuals with IQ estimates, guesstimates, or citations in the 225+ range (IQcite), values that can be compared to real or true IQs (IQtrue), as are found on the Genius IQs table—all of which by no coincidence have independently interjected on the implications of thermodynamics and human existence, date of theory interjection shown in last column:

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“Throughout his life Einstein was a man of the book, to a much higher degree than other scientists. The remarkably diverse collection of volumes in his library grew constantly. If we look only at the German-language books published before 1910 that survived Einstein’s Princeton household, the list includes much of the cannon of the time: Boltzmann, Buchner, Friedrich Hebbel, the works of Heine in two editions, Helmholtz, von Humboldt, the many books of Kant, Lessing, Mach, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer. But what looms largest are the collected works of Goethe in a thirty-six volume edition and another of twelve volumes, plus two volumes on his Optics, the exchange of letters between Goethe and Schiller, and a separate volume of Faust.”
— Gerald Holton (2008), German-born American physicist; Harvard PhD under Percy Bridgman, 1948
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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.

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The personal libraries of Tesla and Einstein were dominated by the works of Goethe, whose philosophy each tended to read to the exclusion of all others; all four which have been independently cited with an IQ of 225 or above; Goethe, in turn, built on the shoulders of Newton (IQ=215)—particularly his Query 31—who in turn in 1676 stated that he had seen further by “standing on the shoulders” of Descartes (IQ=195) and Hooke (IQ=195), and also Aristotle (IQ=195), originally, whose motto: "Plato (IQ=180) is my friend, but truth my greater friend" he scribbled in his notebook at age 19.
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One salient commonality among IQ=225+ cited geniuses is the vicarious penchant to be drawn to and read Goethe extensively—Goethe himself, at the time of his reaction end, having a 5,000+ book personal library, encompassing the total extent of human knowledge allowed to him, such as the optical and affinity chemistry work of Newton, who in turn had built on the shoulders of other giants, as shown below:

“Should I not be proud, when for twenty years I have had to admit to myself that the great Newton and all the mathematicians and noble calculators along with him were involved in a decisive error with respect to the doctrine of color, and that I among millions was the only one who knew what was right in this great subject of nature?”
— Goethe (1823), Letter to Eckermann (Dec 30)

While Goethe was amiss in his color theory, his extension of the principles embedded in Newton's famous "Query 31" would go on, through the hands of Thims (2007), to launch the science of human chemistry.

Einstein not only kept a bust of Goethe in his study, but Goethe’s collected works, as summarized by German-born American physicist Gerald Holton (2008), above right quote, dominated the largest portion of his 1910 Princeton home library—and when doling out advice on what to read would recommend Goethe:

“Read no newspapers, try to find a few good friends who think as you do, read the wonderful writers of earlier times, Kant, Goethe, Lessing, and the classics of other lands, and enjoy the natural beauties of [the] surroundings.”
— Einstein (1933), advice to troubled despondent jobless Munich musician (Apr 5)

Tesla, likewise, owned a thorough collection of Goethe’s scientific texts and read these to the exclusion of all other philosophies, Voltaire (IQ=195) aside, the latter of which he commented in retrospect:

“I had a veritable mania for finishing whatever I began, which often got me into difficulties. On one occasion I started to read the works of Voltaire when I learned, to my dismay, that there were close on one hundred large volumes in small print which that monster had written while drinking seventy-two cups of black coffee per diem. It had to be done, but when I laid aside the last book I was very glad, and said, ‘Never more!’”

Tesla’s idea for a self-starting AC electric motor, in fact, came to him one evening as he was reciting a poem of Goethe, specifically a passage from Faust, a book which he had memorized in entirety (among other books), and watching a sunset, at which point he imagined a magnetic field rapidly rotating inside a circle of electo-magnets. [20]

Thims, similarly, in his 1,300-book personal library, as of 2013, has a number of works on or by Einstein, many articles by Tesla, and some 27 books by or about Goethe and his philosophy, particularly his chemical philosophy—and in particular upon discovering Goethe and his Elective Affinities in 2006, via footnote 2.5 of Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine’s 1984 Order Out of Chaos, nearly hypnotically entered into the Csikszentmihalyi flow state and over the course of 18-months and 14-days wrote the world’s first textbook on human chemistry (Human Chemistry, 2007), which as of 2010s has begun to be classified as a new scientific field, an example of which being the following photos and paper presentation excerpts from Russian-born Israeli chemical engineer Alec Groysman's 2011 generative art conference presentation “Use of Art Media in Engineering and Scientific Education”, wherein he discusses Goethe's 1809 physical chemistry based Elective Affinities up through modern free energy and human free energy theory, cites the work of Thims, classifies Goethean-based "human chemistry" as a new scientific field, and advocates its use in engineering and scientific education (see: two cultures department): [21]

Dobereiner helped in refining Russian platinum, discovered catalysis, and reported his work to Goethe. We can only suspect that Dobereiner read the tragedy Faust and the novella Elective Affinities.

The latter work of art gave impulse to a new scientific field named 'human chemistry'.

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In the exact sciences there are quantitative measures of estimation of each value: mass, length, force, energy. In the humanistic disciplines (history, philosophy, psychology) as well as art there are no quantitative criteria. This is similar to the question of how to measure beauty, love, friendship, democracy? The function named Gibbs energy defines ‘love’ between substances [and][possibly] people ... and is similar to Hamlet’s ‘to be or not to be?’ of William Shakespeare.”

American prodigy William Sidis did not directly seem to directly build on the shoulders of Goethe, but seems to have been aware of his genius. The following passage from his father Boris Sidis’ 1914 The Foundations of Normal and Abnormal Psychology, which the young Sidis would likely have proofed and or read, on the subject of what Boris described as the “moment threshold”, gives evidence to this: [22]

“Once a particular moment is stimulated in its appropriate way, it may go on developing, and usually does so by stimulating and setting into activity aggregates of moments associated with it, or may form new combinations of aggregates. The solution of a problem may present great difficulties, but once started on the appropriate line, the whole series of combination goes on unfolding, stimulating other moments and aggregates and forming more and more complex combinations. Thus, Archimedes, as the story runs, while in the bath, made the discovery of the law of specific gravity. According to the popular account Newton was led to his discovery of universal gravitation by the accidental fall of an apple. Hughes was started by the idea of symmetry in his discovery of the laws of crystallography. Goethe was led to his conception of metamorphosis and evolution by a skull [see: human intermaxillary bone] on the plains of Italy. Darwin by reading Malthus' economical treatise on population was inspired to work out the great principles of the struggle for existence and natural selection. Myers was led by the greater redness of blood in the blood-vessels of tropical patients to his grand conceptions of transformation, equivalence, and conservation of energy. All these examples illustrate the fact that once a moment has been started it goes on developing by stimulating other cognate moments and aggregates to functioning activity.”

It has not been ascertained yet whether or not Christopher Hirata has read or is even aware of Goethe?

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Goethe, Tesla, and Thims, each independently cited in the IQ=225+ range, have worked on the "defunct theory of life" solution to the theory of life
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See main: Defunct theory of life; Great problem of natural philosophy
Of curiosity, among the 225+ IQ group, the "what is life?" problem, when descended downward on the evolution timeline to the atom-chemistry-molecule and or animate molecule point of demarcation, wherein supposedly, at about 3.85 billion years ago, an undefinable something (property, principle, or description) called "life" is, supposedly, to have come into inception or "emerged", with the strike of a bolt of lightening or following a meteor impact, in the years to follow the the ignition of the sun, 4.8 billion years ago, according to the Nebular hypothesis and Urey-Miller model, was worked on by Goethe (1809), who teetered on the solution, and solved, independently, by Tesla (1925), tersely, who concluded:

“There is no thing endowed with life

and by Thims (2009), more aggressively, who arrived at the conclusion:

“I am under the view that the term ‘life’ is a defunct scientific theory.”

Thims likewise, arrived at the view that human is an animated molecule, or geometric chemical, with a measured molecular formula, and atoms and molecules, by definition are not alive, nor can atoms and molecule be made to come alive, nor has is there such a thing as a “living molecule” or an “alive chemical”, as was a theory common in the 19th century; views that in modern speak amount to panpsychism or panexperientialism at the atom/sub-atomic particle level and are thus incorrigible and untenable views and hence incorrect—a forced mythology/religious-based chemical anthropomorphism, so to speak, maintained in the public mind though prolonged centuries of culturally-ingrained religious teachings: particularly those of Anunian theology and the breath of life/clay creation origin of life theory, rewritten in the form of the Biblical/Quranic story of Adam and Eve, which nearly half the modern world currently believes is a true story (see: existence of God; life force).

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Elective affinities problem
Goethe, Einstein, Thims, and Hirata, each independently cited in the IQ=225+ range, have worked on the "elective affinities problem", namely how to explain passions and the turmoils of existence and experience in modern physical chemistry terms—Bergman's 1775 chemical affinities theories (Goethe's day) or Gibbs' 1876 free energies theories (modern day) (see: human free energy).
Elective affinities problem
See main: Elective affinities problem
The hardest intellectual genius puzzle of them all is the "elective affinities problem", namely to explain human passions, turmoils, experience via the chemical affinities or free energies, such as depicted adjacent. German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (IQ=185), Goethe’s protégé, described the problem of trying to explain the physics of love—or metaphysics of love as he called it—like this: [13]

“We should be surprised that a matter that generally plays such an important part in the life of man has hitherto been almost entirely disregarded by philosophers, and lies before us as a raw and untreated material.”

The elective affinities problem is the only puzzle common to the rare ceiling adulthood geniuses, Tesla (?) aside, cited in the IQ=225+ range, namely:

Goethe (1796) (IQCit=225; IQ=230), who called his solution to this problem his "greatest work" or "best book" (1809), of all his 142+ collected works publications, in which he embedded a secret principle which he said was “true” and which was “only production of greater extent” in which he was “conscious of having labored to set forth a pervading idea”;
Einstein (IQCit=225; IQ=220), who commented on the problem (see: Einstein on love), in a somewhat irritated perplexment scribble note: “gravitation cannot be responsible for people falling in love” (1933) and previously in query to geneticist Thomas Morgan: “how on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love?” (1920s);
Thims (1995) (IQCit=225+; IQ=190), who was led into the problem, similar to Goethe, via a mixture of the "love thought experiment" and the "reverse engineering puzzle";
Hirata (2000) (IQCit=225; IQ=190), who called his solution a "fun compilation of worthless applications of physics and mathematics to relationships";

Even the great child prodigy William Sidis (IQCit=250-300; IQ=195) attempted solution, in a round-about-way, via his 1920 theories on animate matter and entropy; entropy, itself being one of the components of chemical affinity, as quantified via the Goethe-Helmholtz equation.

Some may, to note, be quick to label the "elective affinities" problem as bunk or childish or trivial among other pejoratives. In 1810, for example, German poet and writer Christoph Wieland described Goethe's solution to the elective affinities problem:

“To all rational readers, [Goethe's] use of the chemical theory is nonsense and childish fooling around.”

Yet, conversely, Goethe, himself, described his solution as his "best book" of 142 total published works. Wieland's objection, however, was religious one.

Hirata, puzzlingly, listed his solution attempt to the problem a "fun compilation of worthless applications". These naysayers, however, will find it hard to explain the fact that two of the five smartest women of all time, namely George Elliot (IQ=190) and Germaine Stael (IQ=185) also, independently, worked on the very same elective affinities problem:

Elliot (1854) (IQ=190): did an analysis of Goethe’s solution, with her lover George Lewes; and expanded on Goethe’s model to account for, in the 2007 words of Carl Crockel, the “wider social relationships through affinity” in her most-famous 1872 Middlemarch, said to be the best English novel ever.
Stael (1803) (IQ=185): in 1803, moved to German and entered into Goethe’s circle, eventually commenting favorably on his solution.

through their association with Goethe.
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Why the Sky is Blue (2007)

Every single genius in the IQ=205+, and two, Goethe and Einstein, in the 225+ range, worked on the range worked on the blue sky problem.

Blue sky color problem
Among the 225+ group, the blue sky problem was worked on by both Goethe (1826) and Einstein (1908).

“Although ideas about the origins of the sky’s blue color can be traced back to Greek antiquity, the first concerted effort to reach a plausible explanation is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The Italian master was followed by Newton, and later by Bouguer and de Saussure. Tyndall wrestled with the problem around 1869—‘I think Strutt on the sky-blue is very good. It settles Clausius’ earlier vesicular theory to explain the blue sky’ [Maxwell, 1871]—but the definitive explanation would be proposed only in 1899, by Lord Rayleigh [John Strutt].”
— Pedro Lilenfeld (2004), “A Blue Sky History” [14]

Also, interestingly, from the Genius IQs table, among 205+ geniuses group, to to note, every single genius worked on the blue sky problem: namely Da Vinci (c.1508), Newton (1704), Goethe (1826), Maxwell (1871), and Einstein (1908), in some way or another, prior to and even after (in the case of Einstein) its partial solution by Rudolf Clausius (IQ=205), in 1847, and final solution by John Strutt (IQ=190), in 1899.

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All IQ=225+ cited thinkers, Hirata aside, have digressed into aspects of the so-called religion problem.
Religion problem
The previous quote by Peter Medawar on Galton's 200 IQ—“ God alone knows”—gives an excellent lead into the opinions of what the IQ=225+ geniuses say about the existence of or rather more-correctly nonexistence of God. To give a bit of comparison preliminary, among geniuses in the IQ=210+ category:

James Maxwell (IQ=210) expressed his views in a semi-riddled manner in his last dying poem “A Paradoxical Ode”, in which he seemed to be ambivalent on the matter to some extent.

Isaac Newton (IQ=215) vacillated about in his views on God: he denied the divinity of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit; but did seem to have some type of belief, at times, in a deity, which informed his creed of absolute space and absolute time. At one point he wrote: [3]

“God who gave animals self motion beyond our understanding is without a doubt able to implant other principles of motion in bodies which we may understand as little. Some would readily grant this may be a spiritual one; yet a mechanical one might be shown …”
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A circa 2012 infographic listing Christopher Hirata and Terrence Tao as both having IQs at or over 225 (link); the difference between the two, however, to point out, being that Tao’s ratio IQ estimate was made at age 9, Hirata’s at age 16, the younger aged estimate being easier to skew upwards.

Here we see Newton grasping at the mechanical model replacement for God, that would not arrive, in part, until the time of Goethe and his 1809 “moral symbols” of physical chemistry replacement for God. Here, we note that Newton errs in his attribution of "self-motion" to humans, in what amounts to perpetual motion of the living kind. In one of his other draft notes that did not see the light of day, Newton wrote of his possible atheism views: [3]

“Can God be nowhere when the moment of time is everywhere?”

Albert Einstein (IQ=220-225) was a bit of bush-beater when it came to his religious beliefs. It is commonly known that he claimed to have believed in the “God of Spinoza”, most-likely meaning that he believed that “nature” was God, or something along these lines. At age 75, as described in his famous Bible-bashing letter that sold for $400,000 dollars in 2008, he gave his opinion that “the word of God is nothing more than an expression of human weakness"; described the Bible as “pretty childish”; and stated that “all religions are incarnations of the most childish superstitions.” [4]

William Sidis (IQ=190, 225+) was a confirmed atheist at the age of 6 and at age 21, when asked in court if he believed in god, he replied “No” and clarified that evolution was his god; when pressed further about this he stated that he did not believe in the “big boss of the Christians”, but that he did believe in something “that is in a way apart from a human being”. [5]

Johann Goethe (IQ=230) had questioned the traditional concept of God at an early age; in Dichtung und Wahrheit he describes, in poetic language, how at age 9 he built his own alter to nature out of his father’s natural history collection, surmounting it with a candle, which he lit when making his devotions. It has been argued that his readings of the works of Benedict Spinoza later confirmed these feelings. [6] At age 21, at the University of Strasbourg, completing a dissertation (rejected on the grounds that it was unorthodox) on “The Legislature, On the Power of the Magistrate to Determine Religion and Culture”, in which he contended, among other things, that “Jesus Christ is not the author of Christianity, but rather a subject composed by a number of wise men and that Christian religion is merely a rational, political institution.” [7] In July 1782, he described himself as"not anti-Christian, nor un-Christian, but most decidedly non-Christian." In his Venetian Epigram 66, Goethe listed four things that he loathed: "tobacco smoke, bugs, garlic, and †." [8] In his collected works of poems, Goethe famously stated the following famous synopsis:

“He who possesses science and art,
Possesses religion as well;
He who possesses neither of these,
Had better have religion.”

It does seem to be the case that Goethe had some type of belief in the existence of God—some have summarized to be similar to the embodiment of nature type of god held in the mind of Benedict Spinoza (similar to Einstein) one of Goethe’s intellectual mentors. In a 21 November 1827 letter to his friend, German composer Carl Zelter, the same letter that he famously comments how people have treated his Elective Affinities like the “garment of Nessus”, to exemplify, Goethe comments in ending: [9]

“With the kindest greetings, let me exhort and cheer you on to persevere in that activity, to cultivate which—in the midst of peace—we are encouraged and compelled by the hostile pressure of the world. If we help ourselves, God will help us.”

In 1831, a year before his end, Goethe commented the following: [10]

“I have found no confession of faith to which I could ally myself without reservation.”

Interesting, indeed. In retrospect, however, we not that Goethe's 1809 conception of physical chemistry based "moral symbols" is what will eventually lead to the downfall of the Bible and eventual replacement of the world-dominating Anunian theologies (Ra theologies): Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.

Nikola Tesla (IQ=140-310) held adamantly to a Goethean philosophy: he owned a thorough collection of Goethe’s scientific texts and read these to the exclusion of all other philosophies. A noted Tesla quote on religion is as follows (link):

“Religion is simply an ideal. It is an ideal force that tends to free the human being from material bonds. I do not believe that matter and energy are interchangeable, any more than are the body and soul. There is just so much matter in the universe and it cannot be destroyed. As I see life on this planet, there is no individuality. It may sound ridiculous to say so, but I believe each person is but a wave passing through space, ever-changing from minute to minute as it travels along, finally, some day, just becoming dissolved.”

Libb Thims (IQ=170-225+), typical of many American children, was synthesized into a non-scientifically educated family, and was taught the Lutheran version of Christianity. From an early age, however, he was ingrained with a strong inquisitiveness, similar to Scottish physicist James Maxwell's famous age three repeated query "What's the go 'o that?", and deep sensitivity to boredom, similar to German polymath Johann Goethe's famous age eighty to "die of ennui" phrase, and insight into the value of the truth above all else, similar to Aristotle's famous motto "Plato is my friend, but truth my greater friend."

Thims' earliest recollected question, asked sometime around the age of 3 to 5, while being led through a local park, was "where does God live?"; a followup, supposedly, to an earlier query: "what happens when you die?", although Thims does not recall asking this specific question—to which Thims was told "he lives in that gardener's shack", a small white toolshed near the edge of the park. The satirical response to this question—a query that embodies the notion that both "God exists" and that "life exists", a viewpoint ingrained into the minds of most young children of the world from inception (see: belief system (child)):

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sat in the back of Thims' mind for some time, that is until he would latter enter into scientific studies, then and comparative mythology and religion studies in adulthood, after which, some 85+ books later in religio-mythology, after spending an exorbitant amount of time tracking down the etymological structure of the Abraham/Brahma character, from which all humans are said to descend from, he would come to discern the hidden but dominate Egyptian mythology underlying over 72 percent of the world's belief system—which is, naturally enough, is the basis behind the answers to questions he was given as a child. The following shows the sub-branches of the modern "Father Ra Born of Nun" (Abrahamic/Brahmaic) faith based religions, otherwise known in ancient days as Anunian theology or Ra theology (aka Egyptian mythology), that currently dominates the mindsets of nearly ¾-ths of the modern world: [19]

World Religions Distribution

Ab-Ra-ham-ic faiths:
CrossChristianity (33%)Islam 75px Islam
Star of DavidJudaism (0.2%)BahaiBaha’ism (0.1%)MandaeanMandaeism (0.001%)

B-Ra-hma-ic faiths:
SikhsSikhism (0.4%)JainJainism (0.07%)

AtheistAtheist (2.5%)

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which resulted to position him into the Dawkins number 10 category of belief system. The idiocy of this situation is summarized well by the following 1883 synopsis, by English Egyptologist Gerald Massey, of the learn-unlearn process the majority of intellectuals (readers) are forced to go through: [18]

“It takes the latter half of all of one’s lifetime to unlearn the falsehood that was instilled into us during the earlier half. Generation after generation we learn, unlearn, and re-learn the same lying legendary lore. Henceforth, our studies must begin from the evolutionist standpoint in order that they mat not have to be gone over again.”
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Left: A 2011 draft manuscript entitled Purpose? (In a Godless universe) by American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims (IQ=140-225+), aimed at dispelling (a) the purposeless universe hypothesis, (b) belief in the existence of God, and (c) explaining morality, or the "moral symbols", as Goethe put it (24 Jul 1809), in terms of what is natural (dG < 0), and what is unnatural (dG > 0), and the connection of the two via coupling theory. Right: A 2011 clip of American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims explaining, at about 19:10, following Bertrand Russell's explanation of "rational morality", how he is a Goetheanist, an adherent to Goethe's 1796 chemical philosophy of human existence and experience.

In 2011, following much "unlearning", as Massey puts it, Thims had written one manuscript entitled Purpose: in a Godless Universe, shown adjacent, and after learning of the Dawkins scale (2009), in the shown adjacent "What's Your Dawkin's number?" video, declared himself publicly an adherent, similar to Tesla, Schopenhauer, and Einstein, of Goethean philosophy, in the chemical philosophy sense of the term, such as he discusses in the adjacent 2011 video, wherein he explains that, on the Dawkins scale, he is a 10 and that in verbal terms:

“Myself, I am a Dawkins number 10. Like Russell, I was forced to tread through a path of self-education, starting from an age 5 question about where does God live?—upward through chemical engineering studies—and further prolonged research in the field of comparative religion and mythology, in a quest for knowledge, which, to note, is embodied presently in a personal library totaling 1,247 books, of which 330 are in thermodynamics, the subject upon which the modern physical chemistry morality system is based.

In plain speak, for me, there is no God—it is not even a thought in the back of my mind—there are no supernatural forces, all that exists is matter and energy governed by the laws of hard physical science; the theory of life, death, afterlife—in particular ‘life’ [theory of life] and the ‘origin of life’—is a defunct theory, passed on to us through religious-mythological teachings. Morality, however, does exist: and is explained within the framework of thermodynamics, the laws that govern the known universe in particular, by way of being explained by differentials of Gibbs free energy, the same energy that governs and describes the nature of the reactions that occur between the atoms of the periodic table—a morality system as outlined in 1809 [1796] by German polymath Johann von Goethe—hence I am what might be called, one step above atheism, as a ‘Goetheanist’ or a believer in Goetheanism—or humanism mixed with physicalism mixed with materialism.”

In short, to elaborate, although about 95 percent of modern scientists (see: existence of God) are atheists, by declaration and definition, this only explains what one does not believe in—Goetheanism, or a belief in (a) the periodic table (what one is comprised of), (b) the laws of thermodynamics, and (c) the main tenets Goethe's chemical philosophy of existence, is a step above this, a way of explaining what one does believe in—a cogent distancing from nihilism or belief in nothing.

Teenage estimates
The following individuals have IQ=225+ citations made while in the childhood age range, Tao (age 9), and Laibow-Koser (circa age 8). Ratio IQs, to note, tend to be overestimates and not accurate representations of resultant finalized adulthood IQ, being that they are based on age of the tester rather than the difficulty of the test. In other words, to give an example, to quote from John Morgon’s 1941 Psychology: [16]

“The individual with the MA of nine years and the CA of four years would have an IQ of 225. The actual ratio would be 2.25. In order to eliminate decimals, the ratio is multiplied by 100 and the IQ expressed as a whole number.”

In other words, IQ estimates made below age of about 13 give or take, tend to be overinflated, being that it is relatively easy to train a four year old to pass a test designed for nine year olds.

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Tao, to note, did win the Fields medal and the following is a Tao favorite quote from his online genius section: [15]

“When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”
— Jonathan Swift (IQ=155), Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting (1706)

Tao, in respect to the "religion problem", on the same page, has an online selection of favorite quotes on God, much of which is represented by Voltaire’s views.

Parental-estimated ratios
The following are 225+ range IQs made by the over-zealous parent or parents of each child, Cawley (age 7), Kearney (age 4), and De Mello (before age 11), the given test scored ratioed up to an estimated adulthood equivalent:

8Ainan CawleyAinan Cawley

9Michael Kearney 75Michael Kearney (1982-) 200-325

10Adragon De MelloAdragon De Mello (1976-)400

Parentally estimated 225+ IQs, however, firstly biased, and secondly, and most importantly, are "near mathematical abstractions", as Georgi Gladyshev likes to define such contrivances, generally based on some trivial test or feat that the child did during the sub age 6 level of development, that any above average adult could do, such as passing junior high or high school level chemistry test, math quiz, or reading test, etc., and as such are what are called over-estimates. To exemplify, in 1917, American psychologist Lewis Terman, in his “The Intelligence Quotient of Francis Galton in Childhood”, used his newly-developed IQ age ratio formula to calculate the the world’s first ever 200 IQ, namely that of English anthropologist Francis Galton, based on the following age four letter Galton wrote: “I am four years old and I can read any English book. I can say all the Latin substantives and adjectives and active verbs besides fifty-two lines of Latin poetry. I can cast up any sum in addition and can multibly by 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11. I can also say the pence table. I read French a little and know the clock.” [1]
In other words, supposedly, as we are led to believe, Galton has an IQ of 200 because he knows the pence table and can read a little French? In 1977, English biologist Peter Medawar, in his “Unnatural Science” article, famous commented on this calculation: “God alone knows how [Terman] estimated Galton’s IQ as 200.” [2]

Other | Fictionalized/falsified/overestimated 225+ IQs
Below are a few outliers here who claim that their own IQ is above 225, have misrepresented sources to substantiate such a value, among other contrivances, the prime example being Marilyn Savant, a newspaper columnist who sent in faked age when test was taken records in to the Guinness Book to claim world's highest IQ, falsely estimated at 228/230. The vacuousness of this faking an IQ issue is exemplified as follows:

“Marilyn vos Savant, with an IQ of 230 [falsified], has contributed little to science, literature, or art. Nobel prize–winning physicist Richard Feynman, whom many regarded as a genius, had an IQ of 122.”
— Michael Michalko (1998), Cracking Creativity: the Secrets of Creative Genius [18]

Correctly, in retrospect, we know Feynman, in the meta-analysis of the ranking framework of the genius IQs table, had a true or real IQ of 190, where Savant, in the meta-analysis of the ranking framework of smartest woman ever comparisons, maybe had an IQ of 120 to 150 at best. In any event, this general group includes:

Savant 75Marilyn Savant
127-228Sent in incorrect test dates (which don't match actual school records) to the Guinness Book to claim a 228 IQ (or 157 according to actual records) and when questioned about this stated that documents supporting her claims were provided by a teacher whose name she can’t remember;
Evangelos Katsioulis 75Evangelos Katsioulis
180-258Is the founder of the so-called “World Intelligence Network”, whose online magazine (2006) explains that “spirit is the vital principle which gives the physical organism life, in contrast to its material components”; citing Pierre Teilhard as justification (link); lists himself as IQ=180-205 [11]; a YouTube page lists him as IQ=258 [12]; quote (2011): “I created my high IQ societies and the World Intelligence Network, in order to host spiritual and human interactions in a safeguarded, morally respectful environment.” (link)
Rick RosnerRick Rosner
140-250Stated that “at age 26 I forged about 40 documents and went from being a 26-year-old undergrad to being 17-year-old high school student Gilligan Rosner. I got good grades in most of my courses: due to my advanced age relative to my classmates, I had a functional IQ of about 250”;
Avi Ben-AbrahamAvi Ben-Abraham
250Seems to have faked college records and or medical school records to boast that he graduated from medical school at age 18, with articles on him stating his “IQ is estimated around 250”;
K. Vishalini 75K. Vishalini
210-225 In 2011, began to be touted in Indian as IT whiz kid with “IQ around 225” (Ѻ) (video); she even touts in 2015 video (Ѻ), that she has the world’s highest IQ of 225, based on test she took when she was age 3.5; here name crops up, ignorantly, in Quora “highest IQ” (Ѻ) discussions; her intellectual feats include: Cicso, Microsoft, and Oracle certification test scores (90% pass) before age 13.
icon 75 (test)Iqbal Abba
(c.1950-) (?)
235Possibly a fictitious person, who, as some claim, sent in proof of 235 IQ to Guinness Book in circa 1989, but who seems to be non-existent, outside of a few postings on him, claiming that he exists anonymously somewhere in New York at present.
icon 75 (test)William Quannigton
(fictional person)
300-350A completely fictitious person, modeled after William Sidis (IQ=250-300), posted to the internet in 2006 by someone under the pseudonym of Quigley Anderson, who claimed that he was writing book on the 50 highest IQs ever recorded. The name and listing did the rounds about the Internet for some years.

To note, the same Quigley Anderson person, in the same 2006 internet joke listing, cited Da Vinci as being at 225 IQ, but this seems to be the only citation of Da Vinci this high.
IQ 200+ listing (circa 2008)
American electrochemical engineer Libb Thims' original circa 2007 personal folder collection of fifteen IQ=200+ range geniuses (asterisk = Cox IQs).

List curator
See main: Libb Thims (genius ranking)
The following table the shows IQ measurements, citations, and estimates of American electrochemical engineer, thermodynamicist, hmolscientist, encyclopedist, Goethean philosopher, and paradigm change initiator Libb Thims, the originator, curator, and current meta-analysis re-ranker of the above IQ 225+ listing—a listing that owes it origin to field of human chemical thermodynamics (Thims’ central field of study), by virtue of the curious finding that IQ=225+ range thinkers are common or rather attracted to the subject: the first two discovered, in 2007, being William Sidis and Johann Goethe, and later Christopher Hirata (in 2010), Thims himself, by community vote (in 2012), then of course Einstein (in 2006) and his paradoxical views on the physics and chemistry of love. Historically, the above table originated in Thims' circa 2007 15-person personal folder collection of newly discovered 200+ range geniuses, with citations, as shown adjacent. This was made into a first-draft 2008 online listing: IQ: 200+ table. In 2009, the online list was made into a quickly-made 10-minute YouTube video entitled “IQ 200 | Smartest person ever”, containing about 18-individuals, getting about 30,000 views. In 2010, the video was remade and reranked into the format of better-quality 52-minute four-part video series, containing 37-individuals, was uploaded to YouTube, having since attracted over 600,000+ views (Jun 2012). Commentary, feedback, suggestion, and debate from this growing collection of videos and online listings resulted in this webpage (launched on 24 Oct 2011).

IQPersonIQ estimates

 \updownarrow \,Libb Thims 75Libb Thims
IQ YouTube icon=225+
 IQ_O \,=210
IQ Esquire=140-150
Thims YouTube 25 May 2012 34v f[Nobel Prize icon:1] Library=1,250+ books; main initiator of modern human chemical thermodynamics—the subject defined, in 1910, by Henry Adams, after continuously working on the subject for 37-years, as one requiring the “aid of another Newton (IQ=215)”—the only science common to the queries of adulthood IQ=225+ geniuses—a very rarified group, inclusive of: Johann Goethe (IQ=230), William Sidis (IQ=195, 300), and Christopher Hirata (IQ=190, 225); adheres to a Goethean philosophy, to the exclusion of all other philosophies (similar to Tesla (IQ=195)); noted for discerning the “defunct theory of life” solution to existence (2009); a theory also independently arrived at, in 1925, by Tesla (IQ=195); a scientific revolutionsGoethean revolution—genius (IQAVG = 189); a considered-to-be polymath (IQAVG = 189)urged to apply for membership to Giga Society (IQ=196+) by Mensa Society (IQ=132+) friend (c.2003); quote: “Thims’ edits are far and wide. Unless Physchem is an incredible polymath, I doubt he would be able to pick up on all the BS a Thims-type editor introduces. That’s not knocking Physchem, I don’t think there is anyone who could deal with the range” (Keith HensonExternal link icon (c), 2007); quote: “I stumbled onto your website by accident but I have to confess this might be one of the most stunning undiscovered intellectual achievements of the 21st century. I have browsed through your wiki and I cannot express how tragic it must be to a man in your position—to be a pioneering thinker yet to be rejected by an uptight academic community with neither the depth nor will to understand your unique work, defending their own turf like dogs. I can only compare you to the many other pioneering heroes of science, Newton (IQ=215), Einstein (IQ=220), Tesla (IQ=195), men (IQAVG = 210) who like you blazed their own paths but were too victims of their own genius, only to be validated years after their death. Perhaps one day historians will look back and have a chuckle—that the pioneer of enthropology published by a vanity press in a book resembling a third rate romance” (Steven Pierce, 2009); quote: “Thims: the great oracle and developer of human thermodynamics—the philosophical revolution of the 21st century. A genius of outstanding stature and originator of many concepts in human chemistry” (Mark Janes, 2011); quote: "I think the guy narrating this video has the highest IQ [ever]" (shown above), 34 thumbs up votes in three weeks (YouTube: "IQ: 200+ | Smartest person ever"External link icon (c), 2012; vote rate: one thumbs up every 175 views (1.6 days)).

The following is a key to some of the icons and IQ subscripts used above:

IQSymbolThe following are the links to various  IQ_T \,(Terman IQ),  IQ_C \,(Cox IQ),  IQ_B \,(Buzan IQ),  IQ_{CB} \,(Cox-Buzan IQ),  IQ_R \,(Ratio IQ), deviation IQ symbol(Deviation IQ),  IQ_M \,(Mega Test IQ),  IQ_G \,(Guinness Book IQ),  IQ_P \,(Psychologist IQ),  IQ_O \,(Other IQ: cited at IQ references, or per numbered reference),  IQ_? \,(Estimated IQ: estimated fit per extrapolation of established previously made Cox-Buzan IQ estimates), IQSB(Stanford-Binet), AI IQ(or AI IQ) (development to age 17), AII IQ(or AII IQ) (development from 17 to 26), IQ YouTube icon(YouTube community "IQ: 200+ | Smartest person ever"External link icon (c), video thumbs up rankings/votes), IQ Esquire (Esquire “Gεπ1us Tεst” IQ), CI icon(Baez crackpot index score),IQ CP(comparison-to-person with existing IQ estimate) [31] .

1. Terman, Lewis. (1917). “The Intelligence Quotient of Francis Galton in Childhood,” American Journal of Psychology, 28: 209-15.
2. Medawar, Peter. (1977). "Unnatural Science", The New York Review of Books 24 (1,3), Feb.; reviewing The Science and Politics of IQ, by Leon J. Kamin, and The IQ Controversy, edited by N.J. Block, edited by Gerald Dworkin.
3. (a) Gleick, James. (2003). Isaac Newton (pgs. 105-06,148). Vintage Books.
(b) Isaac Newton’s religious views – Wikipedia.
4. (a) Overbye, Dennis. (2008). “Einstein Letter on God Sells for $404,000”, NY Times, May 17.
(b) Einstein: Letter to Eric Gutkind (partial) (translation) –
(a) Fackenheim, Emil L. (1952). “Review: Choose Life: the Biblical Call to Revolt by Eric Gutkind” (abstract), Commentary Magazine, Aug.
5. Wallace, Amy. (1986). The Prodigy: a Biography of William James Sidis, America's Greatist Child Prodigy (confirmed atheist, pg. 30; queried on god in court, pg. 144; court sentence, pg. 146). Dutton Adult.
6. (a) Friedenthal, Richard, Riedenthal-Haas, Marth. (2010). Goethe: His Life & Times (pg. 280). Transaction Publishers.
(b) Cox, Catharine, M. (1926). Early Mental Traits of Three Hundred Geniuses (Genetic Studies of Genius Series) (pg. 694). Stanford University Press.
7. Fink, Karl J. (2009). Goethe’s History of Science (pg. 9). Cambridge University Press.
8. Goethe genealogy (see bottom) – The Esoteric Redux,
9. Goethe, Johann and Zelter, Carl F. (1892). Goethe’s Letters to Zelter: with Extracts from those of Zelter to Goethe (Nessus, pg. 307; God, pg. 308). G. Bell and Sons.
10. Goethe, Johann. (1831). “Letter to Sulpiz Boisseree”, 22 March 1831; quoted in Peter Boerner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 1832/1982: A Biographical Essay. Bonn: Inter Nationes, 1981 p. 82.
11. (a) Evangelos Katsioulis (about) –
(b) Gutierrez, Hever. (2011). “Interview: detras de los genios Evangelos Katsioulis”, Mensa Mexico.
12. Evangelos Katsioulis (Highest adult IQ, 258 sd 24) on MEGA channel, 2003 (2011) – SauceEyeT, YouTube.
13. Schopenhauer, Arthur. (1844). The World as Will and Representation, Volume II (§44: The Metaphysics of Sexual Love, pg. 532), trans. E.F.J. Payne. Dover, 1969.
14. Lilienfeld, Pedro. (2004). "A Blue Sky History." Optics and Photonics News, 15(6): 32-39.
15. Terrence Tao (favorite quotes) –
16. Morgan, John. (1941). Psychology (pg. 80). Farrar & Rinehart.
17. Harrington, Joseph. (1966). Blind Spot (pg. 65). Lippincott.
18. Michalko, Michael. (1998). Cracking Creativity: the Secrets of Creative Genius. Ten Speed Press; in: Driving Fear Out of the Workplace, How to Overcome the Invisible Barriers to Quality, Productivity, and Innovation, 10, 1991.
19. Thims, Libb. (2011). Purpose? (in a Godless universe). (94-pg manuscript) (unfinished); Online as 105-page unfinished manuscript (14 Apr 2013). IoHT publications.
20. (a) Gruber, Gary R. (2005). Gruber’s Complete Preparation for the New SAT (pg. 790). HarberCollins.
(b) Tesla, Nikola. (2007). The Essential Tesla (Goethe’s Faust and AC Motor, pg. 132). Wilder Publications.
21. Groysman, Alec. (2011). “Use of Art Media in Engineering and Scientific Education” (§3.4: Human Chemistry), Generative Art Conference, XIV (papers) (photos), Dec 5-7, Roma, Italy, at CRUI Frescos Hall, Angelica Library Gallery. and Cervantes Institute Gallery.
22. Sidis, Boris. (1914). The Foundations of Normal and Abnormal Psychology (§19: The Moment Threshold; quote, pgs. 306-07). Badger.

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