I got asked a very interesting question (I am paraphrasing) –
“What do you think Sherlock’s IQ is? And is Sherlock antisocial because of his intelligence?”
I personally find BBC Sherlock’s portrayal of “genius” inconsistent with real life. What Sherlock is portraying not so much a typical “genius” but a typical example of a man who has failed to emotionally mature (Explaining Sherlock’s Sherlockness). His intelligence might have compounded his maturation but so did a myriad of other factors.
In this meta I attempt to answer the questions and as usual there is not a straight forward answer. I am going to explore:
- Real life geniuses compared with Sherlock
- Why IQ tests cannot tell you very much about anyone's intelligence
- Intelligence is unlikely to be the reason why Sherlock is Sherlock.