Intertel (previously the International Legion of Intelligence) is a high-IQ society founded in 1966, that is open to those who have scored at or above the 99th percentile (top 1%) on one of various standardized tests of intelligence. It has been identified as one of the notable high-IQ societies established since the late 1960s with admissions requirements that are stricter and more exclusive than Mensa.
|Founder||Ralph B. Haines|
|Type||High IQ society|
History and goalsEdit
Intertel was founded in 1966 by Ralph Haines, following the example of Roland Berrill and Lancelot Ware (founders of Mensa), who wanted to create an association adapted to the gifted needs without any specific restriction of admission (with the exception of a minimum IQ). Intertel thus became the second oldest organization of this kind, Mensa being the first.
The name "Intertel" derives from International Legion of Intelligence, and its members are still known as "Ilians".
The organizations counts with three goals, stated in its constitution:
- Encouraging a meaningful and lasting intellectual fellowship.
- Fostering an exchange of ideas on any and all subjects among persons throughout the world with a proven high intelligence.
- Assisting in research on matters relating to high intelligence.
Organization and activitiesEdit
With over 1,400 members from more than 30 nations, Intertel publishes a journal called Integra ten times a year, to which all Ilians can submit content. In addition, Region Directors publish quarterly regional newsletters, and members of the society organize local activities and exchanges besides interacting regularly via email, online forums or videoconferencing. An annual gathering is held each summer.
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