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Conversation with Christopher Harding on Royal Houses, Genius, Leonardo da Vinci, Test Ceiling Issues, Philosophy, Meaning, and Quantum Physics: Founder, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (1)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

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

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2021/01/08


Christopher Harding is the Founder of the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (ISPE), and a Member of OlympIQ Society and the ESOTERIQ Society. He was born on August 4, 1944 in Clovelly Private Nursing Home at Keynsham, Somerset, English, United Kingdom. He has never married. He arrived in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, in the morning of October 11, 1952. He remains there to this day. He has held memberships with the Eugenics Society (1963-1964), the British Astronomical Association (1964-1969), the International Heuristic Association (1970-1974), the Triple Nine Society (1979-1990 & 1992-1995), the 606 Society (1981-1982), the Omega Society (1983-1991), the Prometheus Society (1984-1990), the International Biographical Association (1985-1990), Geniuses of Distinction Society (1986-1988), the American Biographical Institute Research Association (1986-1990), the Cincinnatus Society (1987-1990), the 4 Sigma Group of Societies [incorporating all groups having 4 Sigma plus cut off points ] (1988-1990), The Minerva Society [Formerly the Phoenix Society] (1988-1990), The Confederation of Chivalry (1988-1990), the Planetary Society (1989-1990), Maison Internationale des Intellectuels [M.I.D.I.] (1989-1990), TOPS HIQ Society (1989-1990), the Cleo Society (1990-1991), the Camelopard Society (1991-1992), the Hoeflin One-in-a-Thousand Society (1992-1993), the Pi Society (also like the Mega Society for persons with 1 in one million I.Q. level (5th April 2001 – 2002), INTERTEL [The International Legion of Intelligence] (June 1971-March 2010), The Hundred (1972-1977), the New Zealand National Mensa (1980-1982), and the Single Gourmet (1989-1991), among numerous other memberships, awards, and achievements. For the most recent or up-to-date information, please see the ESOTERIQ Society listing: He discusses: growing up; a sense of the family legacy; the family background; experience with peers and schoolmates; qualifications; purpose of intelligence tests; high intelligence; the geniuses of the past; the greatest geniuses in history; a genius from a profoundly intelligent person; profound intelligence necessary for genius; some work experiences; job path; the idea of the gifted and geniuses; the God concept or gods idea; science; some of the tests taken; the range of the scores; ethical philosophy; social philosophy; economic philosophy; political philosophy; metaphysics; philosophical system; meaning in life; meaning; an afterlife; the mystery and transience of life; and love.

Keywords: Christopher Harding, ESOTERIQ Society, genius, Intelligence, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry, Leonardo da Vinci, Quantum Physics.

Conversation with Christopher Harding on Royal Houses, Genius, Leonardo da Vinci, Test Ceiling Issues, Philosophy, Meaning, and Quantum Physics: Founder, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry (1)

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

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: When you were growing up, what were some of the prominent family stories being told over time?

Chris Harding[1],[2]*: Where we came from and who we were.

Jacobsen: Have these stories helped provide a sense of an extended self or a sense of the family legacy?

Harding: They were depressing as I could not live up to them.

Jacobsen: What was the family background, e.g., geography, culture, language, and religion or lack thereof?

Harding: Varied. Mostly titled aristocracy and connections to Royal Houses.

Jacobsen: How was the experience with peers and schoolmates as a child and an adolescent?

Harding: Non-existent.

Jacobsen: What have been some professional certifications, qualifications, and trainings earned by you?

Harding: None.

Jacobsen: What is the purpose of intelligence tests for you?

Harding: They are something on the side.

Jacobsen: When was high intelligence discovered for you?

Harding: 2 days before my first birthday. My parents had me tested. When speaking of me they were called liars to their faces.

Jacobsen: When you think of the ways in which the geniuses of the past have either been mocked, vilified, and condemned if not killed, or praised, flattered, platformed, and revered, what seems like the reason for the extreme reactions to and treatment of geniuses? Many alive today seem camera shy – many, not all.

Harding: I recall a quote from the Journal of the British Eugenics Society. “They want the Genius, but not its loathsome owner.”

Jacobsen: Who seem like the greatest geniuses in history to you?

Harding: “Leonardo, complex solitary, a Master Genius in an age of Genius.” In his life, it was said of him,“It is beyond the power of nature to create another man like Leonardo,” yet his final recorded words were “I have failed mankind and I have failed God.”

Jacobsen: What differentiates a genius from a profoundly intelligent person?

Harding: Genius is creative ability of the highest possible kind.

Jacobsen: Is profound intelligence necessary for genius?

Harding: No, Genius implies the narrowing of intelligence.

Jacobsen: What have been some work experiences and jobs held by you?

Harding: Absolutely nothing at all.

Jacobsen: Why pursue this particular job path?

Harding: I never did.

Jacobsen: What are some of the more important aspects of the idea of the gifted and geniuses? Those myths that pervade the cultures of the world. What are those myths? What truths dispel them?

Harding: They march to the beat of their own drum.

Jacobsen: Any thoughts on the God concept or gods idea and philosophy, theology, and religion?

Harding: God is purely human idealism; largely what you can’t attain. The Concept is set beyond what can be considered.

Jacobsen: How much does science play into the worldview for you?

Harding: Science has become despoiled with its obsession with consensus and ignorance of the paradigm shift. Some one point Einstein to a newspaper article “One hundred against Einstein” to which he replied “It would only take one”. Less and less.

Jacobsen: What have been some of the tests taken and scores earned (with standard deviations) for you?

Harding: Several times scoring over plus six sigma.

Jacobsen: What is the range of the scores for you? The scores earned on alternative intelligence tests tend to produce a wide smattering of data points rather than clusters, typically.

Harding: Ceiling limitations were the biggest problem; in which case I could finish them well and truly before the time limit was up. For these the test was useless.

Jacobsen: What ethical philosophy makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Harding: None.

Jacobsen: What social philosophy makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Harding: None.

Jacobsen: What economic philosophy makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Harding: Also none.

Jacobsen: What political philosophy makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Harding: Also none. If you join a political group, you wind up as an apologist for them!

Jacobsen: What metaphysics makes some sense to you, even the most workable sense to you?

Harding: None.

Jacobsen: What worldview-encompassing philosophical system makes some sense, even the most workable sense to you?

Harding: None, philosophy is word juggling!

Jacobsen: What provides meaning in life for you?

Harding: There is no meaning in Dictionaries only associations with other words: Meaning in life is the same; you make the meanings.

Jacobsen: Is meaning externally derived, internally generated, both, or something else?

Harding: Meaning is only a PATTERN.

Jacobsen: Do you believe in an afterlife? If so, why, and what form? If not, why not?

Harding: The only afterlife [an oxymoron] is the “truth” in QUANTUM PHYSICS: Just as in Classical Physics energy and matter can not be destroyed only converted one into the other; in Quantum physics information can not be gained or lost, it some how just IS.

Jacobsen: What do you make of the mystery and transience of life?

Harding: It like everything else is BOUNDED. This is a condition of being defined.

Jacobsen: What is love to you? 

Harding: Love is simply TRANSFERENCE [See Freud].

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Founder, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry.

[2] Individual Publication Date: January 8, 2021:; Full Issue Publication Date: May 1, 2021:

*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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