Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

This is a fun quiz to play with and I think it is reasonably accurate, although rather singular in its focus (I think it should give percentages as to what your different intelligences are), but what do you think?

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.


  1. #1 llewelly
    February 25, 2007

    18. You tend to reference thing you’ve read in a lot of your conversations.

    Well, we know the test author’s dominant intelligence wasn’t linguistic.

  2. #2 glenstein
    February 25, 2007

    I’m suspicious of polls, name origins, etc. that just have different ways of complimenting you. Give me a poll that reports back: “you suck at X” and I might believe it were less of a gimmick.

  3. #3 The Ridger
    February 25, 2007

    This one doesn’t bill itself as doing that, though. It’s narrowly focussed on picking out what you do well. You can assume, I suppose, that you don’t do the others well.

    And typing errors – even genuine spelling errors – have nothing to do with linguistic competence. Spelling is highly artificial and a skill many genuinely brilliant speakers and writers don’t master, just as many pedestrian writers and awful speakers – people incapable of writing a paragraph worth reading – master totally. I’m not denigrating spelling, but it’s not part of “linguistic” competence.

  4. #4 Library Diva
    February 25, 2007

    I was also linguistic. I agree with you that they should have percentages, since that’s the whole point of the “multiple intelligences” theory of learning.

  5. #5 Chris' Wills
    February 25, 2007

    Your Dominant Intelligence is Logical-Mathematical Intelligence.

    Lucky for me that I’m an engineer then :o)

    I was suprised at having to pick one out of each set of options as often more than one applied.

  6. #6 csrster
    February 26, 2007

    “You do not have a dominant intelligence. You are
    crap at everything. You are destined to die young and impoverished, mourned by no-one.”

    Did I do something wrong?

  7. #7 David Harmon
    February 26, 2007

    Heh. Is “Mad genius” one of the options? 😉

  8. #8 David Harmon
    February 26, 2007

    OK, I get “Linguistic Intelligence”, which is probably more correct than the alternatives. But yeah, there’s a few questions where certain combinations of answers would themselves be diagnostic of interesting things.

  9. #9 Xris (Flatbush Gardener)
    February 26, 2007

    “15. You enjoy word games like I enjoy word games like Scrabble, Boggle, and Anagrams.”

    Wait, is this one of the word games you like like I like?

    Despite the inanity of these things, it was interesting to reflect on my answers. Some of the things that used to be “easy” for me – adding large numbers in my head, for example – or more fun – word games, for example – are no longer as important to me as they used to be. I’m reduced to only being able to do the Monday NY Times crossword puzzle in my head. Things have changed as I’ve gotten older.

    I got:

    Your Dominant Intelligence is Spatial Intelligence

    You’ve got a good sense of space and how the world around you looks. You can close your eyes and “see” images. You have innate artistic talent. An eye for color and shapes, you’re also a natural designer. Since you think in pictures, visual aids and demonstartions help you learn best.

    You would make a good navigator, sculptor, visual artist, inventor, architect, interior designer, or engineer.

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