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An Interview with Guillermo Alejandro Escárcega Pliego on Vision, Mission, and Values, and Issues in the HRT World, and the Best Tests (Part Two)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/04/15


Guillermo Alejandro Escárcega Pliego is the Founder of the Hall of Sophia. He discusses: original idea for the Hall of Sophia; its mission; its values; its unification of vision, mission, and values; the facets of intellectual inquiry; developments of the organization; norming I.Q. tests; different societies and rarities; issues at the highest ranges of I.Q. testing; cases of cheating, fraud, and abuse on alternative tests; protecting against the aforementioned issues of cheating and such; highest quality tests with the opinion of the highest quality test as the Titan Test; members of the Giga Society; and the ultimate goal of the Hall of Sophia.

Keywords: creativity, friendship, Guillermo Alejandro Escárcega Pliego, Hall of Sophia, intelligence, linguistic normalization, mathematics, norming, Titan Test.

An Interview with Guillermo Alejandro Escárcega Pliego on Vision, Mission, and Values, and Issues in the HRT World, and the Best Tests: Founder, Hall of Sophia (Part Two)[1],[2]*

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

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: As you described the original idea’s formulation of the Hall of Sophia before, what is the overall vision of it?

Guillermo Alejandro Escarcega Pliego: I want the Hall of Sophia to become a place where friendship and creativity meet.

2. Jacobsen: What is the mission of it?

Pliego: The Hall of Sophia has ten goals which are, the study of extreme intelligence**, the recognition of extreme intelligence as a driver of humanity, the recognition of individuals with extreme cognitive abilities, the creation of generic cognitive models by mathematics*, the creation of paradigms by linguistic formalizations (in the sense of Kuhn)*, the production of intellectual works on the field of mathematics, the production of intellectual works on the field of sciences, the production of intellectual works on the field of theology, the production of intellectual works on the field of philosophy, the production of intellectual works on the field of art, which were mainly inspired by the M-Classification wrote by Nikos Lygeros.

3. Jacobsen: What are the values of it?

Pliego: As a society that believes that genius it’s the driver of humanity the Hall of Sophia cheers and believes that intellectual honesty, integrity, and commitment are the foundations on which positive changes happen.

4. Jacobsen: How do the vision, mission, and values converge into a unified framework for the Hall of Sophia?

Pliego: They converge in the sense that intellectual productions always require a grade of honesty and integrity when they are released into the world.

5. Jacobsen: What are some of the facets of the intellectual inquiry center now?

Pliego: Right now we are just a group of friends that are diving in the realm of human interaction.

6. Jacobsen: Following from the previous question, what have been some of the developments of the organization to get to this point?

Pliego: His foundation and the gathering of his members.

7. Jacobsen: You list the ways to norm high I.Q. tests. Can you expand on this here, please?

Pliego: I have thought of several ways to norm high range I.Q. tests, one of them is something I call the Percentage Theory which states that a person with an I.Q. of 120 sd15 could solve 10% percent of all items in a high range I.Q. test, a person with an I.Q. of 135 sd15 could solve 20% percent of all items in a high range I.Q. test, a person with an I.Q. of 146 sd15 could solve 30% percent of all items in a high range I.Q. test, a person with an I.Q. of 156 sd15 could solve 50% percent of all items in a high range I.Q. test, a person with an I.Q. of 164 sd15 could solve 70% percent of all items in a high range I.Q. test, a person with an I.Q. of 171 sd15 could solve 90% percent of all items in a high range I.Q. test and a person with an I.Q. of 184+ sd15 or more could solve 100% percent of all items in a high range I.Q. test that was properly designed to measure extreme intelligence.

I started to think about this theory when I noticed that most of the scores people get on high range I.Q. tests fall on a certain percentage range, from there I deduced that the smartest people on the planet would always solve 70% percent or more of all items in a high range I.Q. test, the rest was adding and subtracting percentages to make them fit inside a ceiling of 184+ sd15 and a floor of 120 sd15, I selected 184+ sd15 as the ceiling since I think the actual capacity of high range I.Q. tests doesn’t go beyond that point, since we don’t know how to measure intelligences beyond that point.

Now, honestly all of this it’s just a theory and it would require lots of data analysis to confirm it.

Now, in my opinion, the best way to norm a high range test properly is having a big sample of at least one hundred thousand and ideally a million, since high range I.Q. tests pretend to measure beyond the 99.9% percentile and honestly and in my opinion the only way to get the whole picture of the I.Q. range a test measure is having a lot of people of all backgrounds tested with it.

8. Jacobsen: What are the different societies and levels of rarities included in the Hall of Sophia?

Pliego: The Hall of Sophia is comprised of only one society the Hall of Sophia, now for the levels of rarity when I founded the Hall of Sophia I put together a I.Q. scale that I call the Base X Distribution which has twelve levels of rarity starting at One out of Ten, I.Q. 120 sd15, and ending at One out of One Trillion, I.Q. 210 sd15 (the limit of I.Q. testing).

9. Jacobsen: From the professional vantage, what can be the issues with the highest ranges of I.Q. testing?

Pliego: First of all I’m not a professional in the field of psychometrics so I will try to answer in the best way I can to this question.

There are at least four problems that can be pointed out, the first problem is “ceiling effect” id est that the most smartest people taking a test with a ceiling of 120 sd15 will always achieve perfect scores, the second is norming properly any test id est is that not all tests are normed with perfectly random samples, the third is that at higher I.Q. levels, intelligence it’s specialized rather than general id est that the concept of ‘g’ breaks down at two standard deviations above the mean and the fourth problem is that it’s difficult to distinguish between people of extreme intelligence id est that there aren’t tests that could differentiate properly between persons with an I.Q. of 184 sd15 and persons with an I.Q. of 190 sd15.

10. Jacobsen: What have been cases of cheating, fraud, and abuse in regards to the alternative/non-mainstream I.Q. tests?

Pliego: Back in the 90’s people compromised the Langdon Adult Intelligence Test, The Mega Test and the numerical section of the Test for Genius.

11. Jacobsen: Following from the previous question, how can societies and associations, and organizations, for the high range (3SD+) protect against these events and actions?

Pliego: In my opinion, the most simple way to protect tests and societies from them is to have a register of who takes the tests and who joins the societies.

12. Jacobsen: What tests appear to have the highest quality standard in terms of the range of abilities, size of the sample, and so on? 

Pliego: In my honest opinion one of the best tests to measure extreme intelligence properly is and always will be The Titan Test, nothing in the long history of high range I.Q. testing (except for the LAIT, which was compromised and isn’t scored anymore) has come close to the quality of his items or norm, another good test that comes close to the quality of the non-verbal section of the Titan Test is the Eureka Test by Nikos Lygeros (who scored 189 sd16 on the Stanford-Binet Test) founder of The Pi Society, other tests are Verba66, XVLingua, Anoteleia 44 by Mislav Predavec (who scored 184 sd15 on Logima Strictica 36), other is Logima Strictica 36 by Robert Lato, a few others are The Lux25 and the World Intelligence Test by Jason Betts and another is the 9I6 by Laurent Dubois, one of the three tests that haven’t been designed by Paul Cooijmans that are accepted for membership in the Giga Society society.

13. Jacobsen: Members of the Giga Society, known: Thomas R. A. Wolf, Matthew Scillitani, Andreas Gunnarsson, Scott Ben Durgin, Dany Provost, Rolf Mifflin, Paul Johns, Evangelos G. Katsioulis, and Rick Rosner. What is likely common in the cognitive ranges and abilities of the individuals here? What can be universally stated as common factors likely amongst them?

Pliego: First of all I don’t know any of them personally, second of all I’m not a member of the Giga Society saying this I will only answer what I think can be said about them in the most honest way.

It’s hard to say since I don’t know any of the Giga Society members personally.

So for the first question the only thing I can say is that one of his likely common cognitive abilities is that they have a deep understanding of subjects, i.e. they can see the connections among things that others don’t.

For the second question the only thing I can say is that they are highly educated and highly accomplished people.

14. Jacobsen: What is the ultimate goal with the Hall of Sophia?

Pliego: To reach for the stars.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Founder, Hall of Sophia.

[2] Individual Publication Date: April 15, 2020:; Full Issue Publication Date: May 1, 2020:

*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.


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