MORONS, IMBECILES, and IDIOTS
Campbell M Gold (2011)
Two French psychologists, Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon, created the first “modern intelligence test”in 1911, which measured intelligence quotient (“IQ”).
As psychologists developed and refined IQ Testing, classification systems were established, and any child with an IQ of above 70 was considered “normal”, while those with scores above 130 were considered “gifted.”
To classify scores below 70, psychologists invented a scale of “retardation” -Morons, Imbeciles, and Idiots:
Morons: Those with IQs between 51 and 70
(adequate learning skills to complete menial tasks and to communicate)
Imbeciles: Those with IQs between 26 and 50
(unable to progress past a mental age of approximately six)
Idiots: Those with IQs between 0 and 25
(poor motor skills, extremely limited communication, and little response to stimulus)
The moron/imbecile/idiot classification system remained in use until the early 1970s
Notes and Acknowledgments:
My brother-in-law looked at this list and said:
“My IQ is 54. Damn, I just missed being a moron by five points.”
In order to get this joke you have to read the descriptions noting the number ranges.
This excerpt is a historical artifact from the work of Campbell M. Gold, apparently. Because that’s what it says. There’s also something referenced as CMG Archives. We put 2 + 2 together and we’re thinkin’ there might be a correlation between Campbell M. Gold and CMG, but that’s just our speculation. Anyway, that website looks like some kinda self-help thing so we can’t endorse it.