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An Interview with Byunghyun Ban (반병현) on Background, and Intelligence Testing & High-IQ Societies


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/07/15


Byunghyun Ban (반병현) is a 27-year-old South Korean with a Master’s Degree in Bio and Brain Engineering and works as the CTO & CBO of Imagination Garden Inc. with certifications as a Psychological Counselor (first-class) andTrauma Counselor (first-class). He is a member of League of Perfect Scorers (silver), ISI Society, Intertel, and the Glia Society. He can be founded on His publications in Korean are 코딩하는 공익, 세창출판사 (2020), 공학자의 지혜묵상, BOOKK(2020), 실전 민사소송법, BOOKK(2020), and 법대로 합시다, 지식과감성(2016). He discusses: background; high-IQ community; socializing; inelligence tests and societies; and hope for the high-IQ communities.

Keywords: Byunghyun Ban, high-IQ, intelligence testing, IQ, South Korea.

An Interview with Byunghyun Ban (반병현) on Background, and Intelligence Testing & High-IQ Societies[1],[2]*

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

1. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the personal and educational story as a gifted person and actualizing some of the talents?

ByungHyun Jeremy Ban: Thanks for giving me a chance to recall my old memories. When I was very young, I already know that I could learn anything quite easier than others.

Korean education system is a competition among all high school students around the nation. My percentile score was around 99.97% so I finally realized my intelligence level at my age 15, quite objectively. I tried my best to develop my ability. I read a lot of books to acquire other people’s experiences and their lessons.

At 17, I entered Gyeongsangbuk-do Science Gifted Education Center with highest score, to learn university-level science education. Those experiences widened my sights. I skipped the last grade curriculum of highschool to enter KAIST, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. I got both bachelor’s and master’s degree at KAIST.

I had a lot of experiences related to my talents. Well, I want to summarize my stories in one sentence.

“Absorb as many lessons as possible. Always keep your mind developing.”

2. Jacobsen: How did you become involved in the high-IQ community, whether tests or social associations with other bright people?

Ban: I just sent a copy of my IQ Test Certificate with payment via Paypal. That’s all I needed to be a member of high-IQ community.

3. Jacobsen: What do you consider some of the positives and negatives of becoming a part of the high-IQ communities and finding like-gifted people?

Ban: It has one positive thing. High-IQ communities provide certificates of membership, which looks very cool. I could not find any other positive things. Some societies are just puzzle clubs. If someone is looking for a real network of gifted people, I recommend entering Mensa or Intertel. They holds offline conferences and publishes journals.

4. Jacobsen: What intelligence tests and societies, mainstream and alternative, seem the most reliable to you?

Ban: Actually, I trust Korean SAT (College Scholastic Ability Test) and its mock exam. Their scores are highly standardized among 600,000 candidates. Also I trust WAIS and WISC most. I don’t trust any other IQ tests.

Also I think some High-IQ societies which require statistically meaningless scores are not reliable.

5. Jacobsen: What do you hope the high-IQ communities accomplish as they move into the future?

Ban: I hope High-IQ communities provide some intellectual contributions to the world. For example, I hope the societies to publish an open-access scientific journal which is indexed as SCIE or SCOPUS, and discount the publication fee for community members. This is the most simple way to collect geniuses and contribute intellectual works. PeerJ Group has a similar model. They request the membership fee to the authors. Once become a member of PeerJ group, it’s free to publish additional works without publication fee.

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

Ban: Thanks you too. It was quite interesting.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Member, Intertel; Member, Glia Society; Member, ISI- Society; Member, League of Perfect Scorers (Silver).

[2] Individual Publication Date: July 15, 2020:; Full Issue Publication Date: September 1, 2020:


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