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Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2)

2022-02-15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interviewer: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 29.A, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (24)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: February 15, 2022

Issue Publication Date: May 1, 2022

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 1,958

ISSN 2369-6885

Abstract

Iakovos Koukas is the President and Founder of THIS High IQ Society, 4G High IQ Society, BRAIN High IQ Society, ELITE High IQ Society, 6N High IQ Society, NOUS High IQ Society, 6G High IQ Society, NOUS200 High IQ Society, GIFTED High IQ Network, GENIUS High IQ Network, GENIUS Initiative, GENIUS Journal, IQ GENIUS platform, and Test My IQ platform. He is the author of the GIFT High Range IQ Test series, the GENE High Range IQ Test series, the VAST IQ Test series, and the VICE IQ Test series. He was won the WGD Genius of the Year 2015 Award for Europe, the VEDIQ Guild Intellectual Leader of the Year 2019 Award, and the Global Genius Directory Award of the Year 2021, for his contributions to the global high IQ community. He discusses: the new online IQ testing platform; the one major lesson in love; Orthodox Christian roots; a sense of purpose in life; practical lessons of professional learning; the smartest person; the wisest person; the most creative person; the legacy of accomplishments; the attributes of God; the purpose of human beings; passages of the Bible; scientific discovery; the range of IQ scores; Jesus Christ; theological arguments; “His” existence; passages in the Bible and theology; the creation of GENIUS High IQ Network; WGD Genius Of The Year Award Winner — Europe and VEDIQ Guild Intellectual Leader Of The Year 2019; alternative tests; fiction novels, philosophical essays, poetry collections, and scientific papers written; the GIFT High Range IQ Test and GENE High Range IQ Test; and final thoughts or feelings.

Keywords: genius, GENIUS High IQ Network, Greek, Iakovos Koukas, intelligence, IQ.

Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2)

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the new online IQ testing platform you’re developing?

Iakovos Koukas[1],[2]*: My new online IQ testing platform will be named Test My IQ. It will host only timed IQ tests and articles on IQ testing and its importance. IQ tests will be of high quality and various types: verbal, numerical, logical, spatial, and mixed. The authors of the tests (except myself) are Theodosis Prousalis, Anthony Lawson, and Christian Backlund. Currently, I am collaborating with Hans Sjoberg’s IQexams website for the standardization of the tests. The platform will be online by the end of February.

Jacobsen: What is the one major lesson in love, not in an abstract sense, learned from your parents and grandparents?

Koukas: The major lesson is that true love is unconditional. The kind of love that you don’t base it on what someone does for you in return. You simply love them, do whatever is necessary for their well-being, and want nothing more than their happiness. Unconditional love is selfless love.

Jacobsen: How do rich Orthodox Christian roots provide a firm foundation in faith for the family?

Koukas: Orthodox Christian roots mean more than being religious. It is related to very specific teachings, traditions, lifestyles, and values. It is a value system that provides a very firm foundation of faith. Orthodox Christian roots mean a combination of values and traditions from the Byzantine culture and the Hellenistic culture.

Jacobsen: From your parents’ and grandparents’ love stories, and the experience of social isolation and school bullying, you developed a sense of purpose in life. What is this purpose of life to you?

Koukas: There are two significant lessons learned from these experiences: unconditional love is the most important thing in life, and nobody can stop you from fulfilling your dreams even when you are entirely different from others. The purpose of life is to find and spread unconditional love and to fulfill your dreams without being discouraged by the obstacles that others put in your way.

Jacobsen: Out of the work and studying in banking services, shipping industry, investment banking, merchant acquiring, writing, and psychology-psychometrics, what were the practical lessons of professional learning for you?

Koukas: Building strong relationships with other people is the most important thing in any professional field. In every aspect of life, you need to provide some form of service to other people, and since every person is different, the kind of service you provide should be different as well.

Jacobsen: Who is the smartest person you’ve ever met or known about at-a-distance?

Koukas: One of the smartest people I have ever met was Michael Fightmaster, but he is no longer with us. The smartest people I know now are the board members of GENIUS High IQ Network: Dalibor Marincic, Daniel Pohl, Domagoj Kutle, Victor Hingsberg, YoungHoon Kim, and Marios Prodromou.

Jacobsen: Who is the wisest person you’ve ever met or known about at-a-distance?

Koukas: The wisest people I have ever met were my parents. I remember one of my mother’s wise quotations: “Even if you do a good deed for a selfish purpose, it is still a good deed because you ease someone’s pain and suffering.”

Jacobsen: Who is the most creative person you’ve ever met or known about at-a-distance?

Koukas: One of the most creative people I have ever met was my best friend, George. He was constantly writing novels, essays, and poetry collections, trying to solve unsolved problems in mathematics, developing innovative theories in quantum physics, and discovering new winning chess strategies.

Jacobsen: At the end of life, what do you hope to be the legacy of accomplishments for you – the memory of you?

Koukas: I want to be remembered as a person who helped his fellow human beings with his endeavors and creations and took initiatives that promoted humanity’s overall well-being.

Jacobsen: What are the attributes of God?

Koukas: God is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omnibenevolent (supremely good). God knows everything, has the power to do anything and is perfectly good.

Jacobsen: As a “Christian Orthodox,” what is the purpose of human beings within the “Universe” “He created”?

Koukas: The purpose of human beings within the Universe is to glorify God, live a life of love, use their gifts in the service of other people, and work hard at making this world a better place to live.

Jacobsen: What passages of the Bible mean the most to you?

Koukas: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.”

— 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Jacobsen: What scientific discovery seems the most significant in the history of humanity to you?

Koukas: Electricity. It constantly penetrates human activity, this world, and every aspect of life; therefore, its discovery can be considered the most influential and important of all time.

Jacobsen: With the range of IQ scores among top scorers on these tests, what score seems the most accurate to the fixed IQ for you?

Koukas: I cannot tell for sure for two reasons. The first reason is the margin of error in IQ measurement, especially in the high range. The higher the IQ score, the larger the margin of error. The second reason is neuroplasticity. IQ is not something fixed. The brain can modify, change, and adapt both structure and function throughout one’s life. Psychological stress and certain neurological diseases can lower IQ while reading books and learning new skills can increase IQ. Therefore, I do not really know which score can be considered as my true IQ score.

Jacobsen: Who is Jesus Christ to you, and to the broader Christian Orthodox world?

Koukas: Jesus Christ is the Son of God or God the Son. God exists in three coequal, coeternal, consubstantial divine persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit, and all three distinct persons share one essence.

Jacobsen: With “God as the first cause and last end of the universe… the Alpha and Omega… [and] the purpose of everything,” what theological arguments make the most sense, and argue for, the existence of God?

Koukas: One of them is the fine-tuning argument: there are several universal constants and measured values in the universe that, if they were changed by minimal amounts, would preclude the existence of life. As theoretical physicist Paul Davies said, “The appearance of design is overwhelming.” Another one is the argument from consciousness: correlations between brain states and conscious states of persons require explanation but cannot be given an adequate scientific explanation. The best explanation of these correlations (and human consciousness) is that they are the result of the work of a purposeful supernatural being, which is God.

Jacobsen: What, in the phrase “His living and non-living creations” indicate “His” existence to you?

Koukas: God exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. One can think that a triune God would create beings in His image. The Christian doctrine states that human beings are created in the image of God. Indeed, humans have a triune form: mind, body, and soul. We can see other trinities in nature as well. For example, all atoms are made of three basic particles: protons, neutrons, and electrons. Space itself has three dimensions: length, width, and height. There are many more triadic patterns, which I describe in my treatise, The Rule of Three.

Jacobsen: What passages in the Bible and theology provide the most accurate depiction of the “Second Coming of Christ”?

Koukas: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

–Matthew 24:29-30

Jacobsen: What was the inspiration for the creation of GENIUS High IQ Network, and THIS High IQ Society, 4G High IQ Society, BRAIN High IQ Society, ELITE High IQ Society, 6N High IQ Society, NOUS High IQ Society, 6G High IQ Society, NOUS200 High IQ Society, GIFTED High IQ Network?

Koukas: I became a member of several online high IQ societies a year before I joined Mensa, and I realized that most of these online high IQ societies and networks have no real-life purpose, and they don’t have to offer something useful to humanity. I was inspired by their non-purpose to create high IQ networks and societies that will have two specific purposes: bring together highly intelligent individuals so that they can meet their peers and have meaningful interactions and select the most gifted and creative among them who would be willing to contribute towards the advancement of humanity. GENIUS is the acronym for Global Evolving Network for an Intellectually Upgraded Society. GENIUS serves the high IQ community by maintaining a hospitable and civilized environment for constructive interaction, meaningful engagement, critical analysis, and respectful sharing of ideas between its members, and serves the global society by promoting humanitarian actions through the GENIUS Initiative.

Jacobsen: What do awards such as WGD Genius Of The Year Award Winner — Europe and VEDIQ Guild Intellectual Leader Of The Year 2019 mean to you?

Koukas: Such awards mean that my friends in the high IQ community recognized my efforts towards the advancement of the community. I am truly humbled and honored that I have met such bright minds who are also good people.

Jacobsen: What alternative tests developed, by you, seem the most difficult for testees?

Koukas: My verbal IQ tests, either timed or untimed, seem difficult for many testees, sometimes for the vocabulary used in some items and sometimes for the scientific terminology used in some other items. Provided that they are not too dependent on crystallized knowledge, and they are solely focused on pattern recognition, I think that verbal tests designed for the high range should make use of a more advanced vocabulary and more complex scientific terminology because people in the high range have a higher ability to handle advanced concepts in general.

Jacobsen: Of those fiction novels, philosophical essays, poetry collections, and scientific papers written by you, what took the most effort, meant the most to you?

Koukas: My latest two treatises, The Rule of Three and Between Cosmos and Consciousness, probably took the most effort and meant the most to me.

Jacobsen: With the GIFT High Range IQ Test and GENE High Range IQ Test, what abilities does each test tap?

Koukas: GIFT and GENE are both series of verbal and numerical tests. They mostly measure one’s verbal or numerical abilities, but they are also designed to estimate FSIQ or IQ or g with great accuracy.

Jacobsen: Any final thoughts or feelings based on the interview?

Koukas: I want to thank you for this interview, dear Scott. Your questions were quite diverse and detailed, and you covered the most important issues. There are things here that I am sharing for the first time in public. I hope that the readers were able to know more aspects of my personality and my worldview.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Iakovos.

Koukas: You are most welcome, dear Scott. Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] President & Founder, THIS High IQ Society, 4G High IQ Society, BRAIN High IQ Society, ELITE High IQ Society, 6N High IQ Society, NOUS High IQ Society, 6G High IQ Society, NOUS200 High IQ Society, GIFTED High IQ Network, GENIUS High IQ Network, GENIUS Initiative, GENIUS Journal, IQ GENIUS platform, and Test My IQ platform.

[2] Individual Publication Date: February 1, 2022: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2; Full Issue Publication Date: May 1, 2022: https://in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Jacobsen S. Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2)[Online]. February 2022; 29(A). Available from: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Jacobsen, S.D. (2022, February 15). Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2). Retrieved from http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): JACOBSEN, S. Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 29.A, February. 2022. <http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott. 2022. “Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 29.A. http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Jacobsen, Scott “Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 29.A (February 2022). http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2.

Harvard: Jacobsen, S. 2022, ‘Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2)’In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 29.A. Available from: <http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2>.

Harvard, Australian: Jacobsen, S. 2022, ‘Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2)’In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 29.A., http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Scott D. Jacobsen. “Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 29.A (2022): February. 2022. Web. <http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Jacobsen S. Conversation with Iakovos Koukas on Love, God, and Online IQ Testing Platform: President & Founder, GENIUS High IQ Network (2)[Internet]. (2022, February 29(A). Available from: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/koukas-2.

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