There are few people around us who have the ability to make their presence felt with their extraordinary abilities. They lead the average life that we the average people do, but they are different with their works and thoughts. Christopher Michael Langan is such an extraordinary person. In fact, he is considered as the smartest man in
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Christopher Langan is a self-learner who could not even finish his university studies after feeling that he could teach his professors more than what his professors could teach him. It was his self-belief and confidence that led him to go out of institutional learning. He has achieved the rare feat of around 195 in IQ test or 20/20 in the IQ test. Langan has already wrote a book, Design of the Universe, where he introduced his won theory, "Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe" (CTMU). To him, it is the theory of the relationship between mind and reality. However, he had to go though lots of hardship throughout his life. However, he was born with gifted talent which sometimes became the reason of his sufferings as well.
Early Life of Christopher Langan
Chris Langan did not get the life of an average child has. Born in
Longan learned to speak when he was only 6 months old and acquired reading ability himself before he was four. Chris Langan continued showing his talent in school as well.
He began talking at six months, taught himself to read before he was four, and was repeatedly skipped ahead in school. But he grew up in poverty and says he was beaten by his stepfather from when he was almost six to when he was about fourteen. By then Langan had begun weight training, and forcibly ended the abuse, throwing his stepfather out of the house and telling him never to return.
Langan says he spent the last years of high school mostly in independent study, teaching himself "advanced math, physics, philosophy, Latin and Greek, all that". After earning a perfect score on the SAT he tried college (Reed College and later Montana State University), but faced with finance and transportation problems, and believing that he "could literally teach [his professors] more than they could teach [him]", dropped out.
After leaving institutional education, he worked various laborious jobs including construction worker, cowboy, forest service firefighter, farmhand and worked as a bouncer in a bar on
Unbelievable IQ Score and Coming into Lime Light
It was his IQ score which brought him under the lime light for the first time. With the news of his 195 IQ score came out, magazines, newspapers including Popular Science, The Times, Newsday, Muscle & Fitness started publishing feature on him. He was interviewed on BBC Radio and on Errol Morris's First Person and took part in an online chat at ABCNEWS.com.
CNN Twist reported:
Chris Langan IQ ComparisonHere’s another way to think about this. Think about how much smarter you are than a really, really mentally retarded person.
An average person’s IQ is about 100, and that really retarded person is maybe 65 for a measly 35 point difference. Well, the deficit between Chris and the average person is nearly 300% greater! Heck, the difference between him and a genius is as great as the difference between a genius and a retarded person!
So, it is natural that someone with such an IQ score will be a star within few days. Chris Langan was no different. His name and fame gradually started to spread out across the country. However, still he was doing his job as a bouncer of bar. His IQ was even more than Einstein.
Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe: The Theory of Everything
Chris Longan came up with his own theory which describes how scientific theory needs to focus on mind besides the reality, in the process to make it a comprehensive theory. He thinks that mind and reality are linked to each other. This is, to him, is the Theory of Everything. He worked on the theory for about two decades.
In other words, a comprehensive theory of reality is not just about observation, but about theories and their logical requirements. Since theories are mental constructs, and mental means "of the mind", this can be rephrased as follows: mind and reality are linked in mutual dependence at the most basic level of understanding. This linkage of mind and reality is what a TOE (Theory of Everything) is really about. The CTMU is such a theory; instead of being a mathematical description of specific observations (like all established scientific theories), it is a "metatheory" about the general relationship between theories and observations…i.e., about science or knowledge itself. Thus, it can credibly lay claim to the title of TOE.
Chris Longan also made a bridge between science and theology. He believes in both creationism and evolution. His theory includes various areas of philosophy including religion, cognition, moral laws and many other things. However, the Cognitive-Theoretical Model of the Universe has attracted some criticisms as well.
Now, Christopher Langan has become a known face in
It was his talent and hard work that helped him to reach at today’s position. Success did not come easily, even though he was a gifted person. After putting on his efforts for two decades, he could come up with his theory. So, Christopher Langan has set an example for the young generation, who can achieve their goal with similar determination and hard work that Christopher Langan put on in his life.
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