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  • Mensa (the word means "tableā€ in Latin) is an inspiring round-table society, where race, colour, creed, national origin, age, politics, educational or social background are irrelevant.
  • Mensa has over 140,000 members in various national organizations in over 50 countries, and on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Mensa has three stated purposes: (1) to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; (2) to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence; (3) and to promote stimulating intellectual and social opportunities for its members.
  • Membership in Mensa is open to persons who have attained a score within the top two percent of the general population on an approved intelligence test that has been properly administered and supervised.

A few 'fun' facts from the past.  How far we have moved from these early ideas!

  • Originally Mensa was meant to be a secret and very elite club think-tank to give advice to governments and thereby influence world events.
  • It was envisaged as an aristocratic club of intellectuals with a fairly autocratic leadership (unlike today when the organization is highly democratic).
  • The original idea was to limit the number of members at 600.


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