Patient with bad sinus trouble asked me to put my hand on her sphincter. Mmmmm. As this had helped her sinus to drain last time I did it.
Sphincter? I asked
Yes, here she answered, pointing to her head.
Sphenoid, I said.
I knew it began with a C, she said. And lay down.
That lady is very bright, a very bright human being indeed. But scatty and happy with it. She's delightful, mega intelligent who knows she can't find her own arse with a map but it does not concern her. She is shit hot at her very demanding, very worthwhile job.
So...... I did my talk to Mensa in the afternoon.
Did not know what to expect. I know three members of Mensa. wouldn't let any of them walk my dog.
My hyper intelligent friend (slightly useless but aware it PhD person) phoned to ask how I got on. Mensa is outdated he said, society needs functioning intelligence in the species, and that comes in many different forms. People are rightly dismissive of those who claim to be bright but can't walk and talk at the same time. Well I think that was what he said but I was dipping Doritos at the time and you have to have some sense of proportion.
Intelligence might not be a linear thing but might be spokes radiating out from a central point. The creative genius go north, the spreadsheet anoraks go south and all of mankind is in here or there.
I did ask a few patients about Mensa, answers varied but nobody had a good word to say. Not that anybody knew much. I had done some research about them but failed to see the point. Their PR is obviously done by MI6 . The conversation went along the lines of .'well why would you join it?' I have better things to do with my time. If I want to speak to like minded people I'll speak to the CWA, the FIMLS, SSR and the MJWG . (crimewriters, forensic people, scottish staffie rescue etc) Why would I want to speak to somebody I might have nothing in common with, apart from an ability to recognise a sequence of prime numbers? It's a strange tie to bind by. Maybe in todays world, that IQ label is a barrier, as everybody else is too busy getting on with it.
Are they stuck in a intellectual time warp? I am hugely intelligent when interested ( diagnosis) , thick as shit when not. .. tax returns. My accountant marvels at my brain, I marvel at his. Neither is superior, we are just different. Each to their own, you wouldn't run Mo Farrah in the 100 metres.
My pal left school with one O' grade, at the age of 34 he got his PhD. It wasn't IQ that held him back, it was being poor.
So I didn't know what to expect, but whatever it was, it wasn't what I got.
Kind of lovely but strange, like old geography teachers. Those very liberal left wing geography teachers where nothing ever gets done as everything is discussed ... but bugger all decided. I've always believed in benign dictatorship. Somebody has to have a steady hand on the helm. Even on board the Titanic.
They were talking about a lack of funds and a lack of membership. Now bearing in mind that I was an onlooker, listening and ingesting I might be being totally unfair and I might be being so in this entire blog but... then, if they want to draw in new membership, what did I see?
No idea, but in the little snippet I saw there was a lack of cohesion and direction, a sort of wooly circular thinking. I think most folk were elsewhere, doing something else.
They had two great speakers. One was on the website, great girl, good analysis of Lolita/edits/ rewrites.. did Nabokov basically write the same book more than once? Really interesting stuff. The other speaker was not mentioned.
I'm doing a non-crime event next month, sold out 200 seats. Scottish book of the month. Seven national newspaper interviews, three national radio interviews lined up. Not even a mention on the website. Was that because as a mere crime writer I was not worthy??
That does say something about their advertising and how they promote what they have.
But one by one, they were lovely. I thought I would get lively intellectual debate but only a mild ... oh no you don't, oh yes you do. type argument. I was right of course but didn't want to press the point. My Swedish background was tipping the balance in my favour. If they had been bright and conniving, instead of just bright, they would have researched their guest and known better with that one!
I did chortle in a high IQ score but even higher psychopath score kind of way...
Food for thought.
Doritos are the best food for thought.
Whatever happened to Bar 6's? Any body know? Was it the EEC?