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Mensa International
St John's House, St John's Square
Wolverhampton WV2 4AH
United Kingdom
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+44 (0) 1902 772 771
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+ 44 (0) 1902 392 500
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http://www.mensa.org/



Mensa International

Mensa, the high IQ society, provides a forum for intellectual exchange among its members. There are members in more than 100 countries around the world.

Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr. Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. The society welcomes people from every walk of life whose IQ is in the top 2% of the population, with the objective of enjoying each other's company and participating in a wide range of social and cultural activities.

Activities include the exchange of ideas through lectures, discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national and international gatherings; the investigations of members' opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers, inside and outside Mensa, in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa.

Mensa has three stated purposes:

  • to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity
  • to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence, and
  • to promote stimulating intellectual and social opportunities for its members.

Today there are around 110,000 Mensans in 100 countries throughout the world. There are active Mensa organizations in more than 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

Mensa takes no stand on politics, religion or social issues. Mensa has members from so many different countries and cultures with differing points of view, that for Mensa to espouse a particular point of view would go against its role as a forum for all points of view. Of course, individual Mensa members often have strong opinions and several of them. It is said that in a room with 12 Mensans you will find at least 13 differing opinions on any given subject.

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