What is Ben Shapiro IQ?
Benjamin Aaron Shapiro is an American conservative political commentator and media host. At age 17, he became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States.
He writes columns for Creators Syndicate, Newsweek, and Ami Magazine, serves as editor emeritus for The Daily Wire, which he founded, and hosts The Ben Shapiro Show, a daily political podcast and live radio show.
He was editor-at-large of Breitbart News between 2012 and 2016. Shapiro has written eleven books, the first being Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth (2004) and the latest being How to Destroy America in Three Easy Steps (2020).
What is Ben Shapiro IQ?
Let’s go over his feats. Ben Shapiro…
- Went to study at UCLA two years earlier than his peers
- Went to Harvard Law School and excelled at it
- Published 7 books by the time he was 33
- Is the youngest syndicated columnist in American history (at age 17)
- Could rock the violin when he was 12 years old
- Never loses on the debating ground
- Tends to humiliate anyone he debates with logic and witty insults
- Is the epitome of intellectual honesty, demonstrated throughout the election when he was critical of his own side for supporting Trump, and never lied to push an agenda
My guess? It’s probably in excess of 140-maybe it’s 150, give or take, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it was even higher. He has a style of speech that just seems from another world, his ability to recall relevant data and shut down his opponents and leave them flustered is a sight to behold, as is his ability to articulate himself with razor sharp precision.
I recently (as of writing this) got into an argument with a couple of users claiming Ben must not be that smart because of his transgender and religious beliefs. I was just like, “Seriously? That’s how you rebut him?”
And I will give you an another point here:
How tall is Ben Shapiro?
Shapiro himself has claimed that he’s 5’9 (175 cm). However, this claim has been disproven several times. Here we see Shapiro besides 5’8 Ted Cruz, which obviously indicates that Shapiro really isn’t 5’9. Nor 5’8, for that matter.
And here we see him beside Candace Owens, whom we unfortunately do not know the exact height of, but can clearly establish that he’s about the same height as her. Could plausibly be a 5’7 (170 cm), but who knows?
Now, Shapiro’s ambiguous height is confusing many. I mean, how tall is the guy really? Well, thankfully someone out there made a pretty accurate calculation.
According to this picture Shapiro would be around 5’4 (162 cm) when having a slightly hunched posture. Thus a fairly accurate estimate would be that he’s about 5’5 (165 cm).
Edit: According to some, Cruz is 5’9 – not 5’8. Thus it is entirely plausible for Shapiro to be 5’7 or 5’6, as opposed to 5’5, judging from the picture of him and Cruz.
Who has a higher IQ Jordan Peterson or Ben Shapiro?
Having watched dozens of hours of their videos and read a lot of their writing, as well as being a cognitive psychologist, I’ll take a crack at this.
Of course, it will be no formal assessment on my behalf, for I have not even personally met, let alone interviewed and tested, any one of them. This is just some entertaining, albeit reasonable, speculation.
Prof. Jordan Peterson himself stated that his IQ was slightly above 150. Apparently, Ben Shapiro also mentioned, in passing, having a similar level (something along the lines of “as someone with an IQ of 150+”), though such a statement was informed to me by a third party.
This is in agreement with my personal impression of their intelligences given their levels of education, background, performance in debates, and opus.
The answer to the question, therefore, seems to be a tie at slightly above 150. This is not to say that they are identical in thinking.
There are important common elements, such as extremely high levels of verbal reasoning and training in people-oriented fields (Peterson in Psychology, Shapiro in Political Science and Law). They even both spent time in Harvard (Shapiro as a Law student, Peterson as a professor).
Both also are keen to “do their homework” before addressing or debating any issue, always coming into the discussion well-prepared, with full knowledge of the main facts and concepts, indicating not only conscientiousness, but also the ability to read fast with a high level of understanding and retention.
Their logical-mathematical abilities are certainly above average, as one can tell from the way they construct their arguments and arrive at conclusions, but this capacity does not seem to be as exuberant as their verbal thinking.
But some differences can also easily be observed. Shapiro is amazingly fast in his verbal thinking, and almost never hesitates in speech, nearly always producing sentences with grammar that is borderline perfect. Peterson is more deliberate, takes his time to carefully choose words, and does not seem to mind adjusting or even restarting his phrases as he speaks them, if it occurs to him that they should be corrected or improved.
Also, Shapiro’s style seems to be more of sorting things out in his mind with incredible speed before presenting the outcome in the form of speech, whereas Peterson forms the fundamental ideas beforehand, but does a great deal of thinking as he speaks, so one can actually “see” more of his mind at work.
Using boxing as a metaphor, I’d say that, in a debate, Shapiro is a “jabber”, hitting fast and often while dodging the opponents attacks, while Peterson is a “puncher”, blocking or defending his opponent’s attacks while waiting for the opportunity for powerful knockout blows.
As mentioned before, these are just a few fun musings on the intellects of two amazing and influential thinkers, and should be taken with a grain of salt.
Why did Ben Shapiro lose it during his BBC interview with Andrew Neil?
Because Ben Shapiro is a joke and realized Neil had his number about half way through the interview. Ben tried his normal Gish Galloping.
Accusing his interviewer of bad faith, and “whataboutism” that works so well with college kids, but his foot was in his self created trap and Neil wasn’t going to open it up and let him go. Ben had no choice but to end the interview and drown his sorrows in a cup of college liberal snowflake tears.
Anybody who says that Shapiro could hold his own in a real debate against an experienced journalist moderated by another real journalist is just fooling himself.
He is a total clown and this is only about 1/3 of how bad it would be if he couldn’t run away and was forced to be interviewed.
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The guy skipped two grades!! Assuming that on average one in 200 people skips one grade, the chances of skipping twice (not necessary at all mathematically , but just a convenient way of assumption) it should be assumed to be 1 in 200^2.
This makes him have intelligence of one in 40000 people!!!! Very impressive!
To enroll to Harvard is very difficult. Now, it is very hard to gauge what that would mean statistically if we just count all the population of that age.
What we can say is that among the applicant students only 6% get in. But those 6% are already among those who are probably already very talented to even qualify or even try to apply . This should probably indicate as well for an intelligence of people who constitute much less than 1% of the general population.
Taking our previous assessment of 1/40000, if I am not mistaken, it should be 0.0025%. In other words, 1/400 of one percent of the population.
Again if I am not mistaken, it puts him at the 99.9975th percentile of the intelligence- scale.
Considering the standard bell curve shown below:
0.1% are already above 145!!!! We are talking about someone in the 0.0025% which is less common by a factor of 40X!!!! So we need to go much further tto the right.
Assuming that the following picture (which pretends to statistically assess the extreme )is accurate:
his intelligence falls in the 166~174 range.
Looking at his impressive past resume, plus his utterly amazing skip of two grades!!! he is a genius by all means. Graduating school two years younger than average and then graduating from Harvard. And publishing 7 books til age 33 should be already enough to indicate for a real super genius.
But even his obvious abilities and talents indicate so. He talks very VERY fast, amazingly effective and eloquent. He talks like an absolute machine , this shows that his brain also thinks very very fast. Because if you talk smoothly, fast with no breaks you must think about the next words and formulation that you are about to say moments before you say it while still speaking of the previous subject.
Speed is one of the main components of IQ tests. Therefore people with fast thinking abilities score higher usually . They usually even score higher than slightly smarter people who don’t possess the same speed abilities and impressive fast-thinking abilities.
So he would fare very very well there. And wait, he plays the violin as well, many geniuses tend to do so, I saw him as a child playing it. I am quite sure he has even more impressive abilities , ones which I am not aware of.