[双语]谁是智商最高的人
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原作者:英国《金融时报》山姆·奈特(Sam Knight)

大都会俱乐部(Metropolitan Club)位于第五大道第60街截口,是一座有着曼哈顿庄重风格的建筑。该死的开支。这是J.P.摩根(J.P. Morgan)1894年委托纽约最才华横溢的建筑师斯坦福·怀特(Stanford White)为他建造这座私人绅士会所时所说的话。1月下旬的某个星期一晚上,建筑的内部,寥寥数位会员流连在织着字母的红色地毯上,不过现在时间还早,才刚过七点。而这正是玛丽莲·沃斯·莎凡特(Marilyn vos Savant)喜欢出没的时刻。

The Metropolitan Club, on Fifth Avenue at 60th street, is a palazzo in the mighty Manhattan style. Damn the expense. That's what J.P. Morgan is supposed to have said when he commissioned Stanford White, the city's most flamboyant architect, to build him a private gentleman's club in 1894. Inside, on a Monday evening in late January, only a few members drifted over the red, monogrammed carpets, but it was still early, only a little after seven. This, however, is when Marilyn vos Savant likes to show up.

莎凡特是有史以来世界上拥有最高智商的人,她喜欢跳舞。几年前,她和丈夫,人造心脏的发明者罗伯特·贾维克(Robert Jarvik)一起,很认真地开始学跳舞,他们大概每月到俱乐部来一次。如果他们到得足够早,他们可以独享舞池。那个周一亦是如此。舞厅大而空旷,乐队在演奏《万事如空》(“Anything Goes”),当一个虽然颤颤巍巍,却高高兴兴的老头被他的舞伴从舞池中带走,莎凡特和贾维克就可以尽兴随意地在舞池中跳狐步舞了。夫妇年纪60几岁,身材消瘦,富有,在舞池轻快地滑动:她舞步简约精准,他不时来一下踢踏舞,稍显卖弄。跳了一会之后,舞池里人渐渐多起来,成为一个衣着考究的夫妇们小心翼翼移动穿梭的喧闹酒会,他们就回到自己的台子。“这是一副社交场景,”62岁的莎凡特微笑着说。“但不是我们的社交场景,我只能这么说。”几分钟后,一位外表严肃的男人碰巧在他们面前做了一个笨拙的踢步,莎凡特和贾维克互相交换了一个眼神,忍不住笑了。不久,他们叫了一辆出租车回家,回到他们位于市中心的顶楼豪宅。“我们通常会跳得更多,多很多,”离开时莎凡特说。这时刚刚晚上8点半。“然后我们回到办公室。”

Savant, who has the world's highest recorded IQ, is fond of dancing. She took it up seriously a few years ago with her husband, Robert Jarvik, the inventor of the Jarvik artificial heart, and they get to the club about once a month. If they arrive early enough, they can have the dance floor to themselves. And so it proved that Monday. The room was largely empty, the band were playing “Anything Goes” and once a happy, though quivering, old man was led from the floor by his partner, Savant and Jarvik could foxtrot wherever they pleased. A slim, prosperous couple in their sixties, they moved easily: she with a simple precision, he with the odd heel-tap, a bit of dash. After a time, though, as the floor filled up and became a carousel of perfectly tailored, carefully moving couples, they came back to their table. “It's a social scene,” said Savant, who is 62, with a smile. “But it's not our social scene. Let me just say that.” A few minutes later, when a serious-looking man happened to make a goofy swish right in front of them, Savant and Jarvik caught each other's eye and couldn't help laughing. Not long afterwards, they took a taxi home, to their midtown penthouse. “We usually dance more, a lot more,” said Savant as they are leaving. It is only 8.30pm. “And then we go back to the office.”

莎凡特——这个姓氏是真实的,来自她母亲的娘家——自20世纪80年代中期开始,就博得了独一无二的声名。当时她还是密苏里州圣路易斯市中心的一名在校女生,接受了一项测试,差不多30年后,她的智商曝光了。1985年,吉尼斯世界记录承认,她在年仅10岁时,正确回答了斯坦福-比奈(Stanford-Binet)成人智商测验的每一道题目,这个结果赋予她相应于22岁零11个月的心智和一个非凡的智商:228。

Savant – the surname is real, it was her mother's maiden name – has had a unique claim to fame since the mid-1980s. It was then, almost 30 years after she took a test as a schoolgirl in downtown St Louis, Missouri, that her

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