What Mensa is, and Some History
Mensa is an
international society for those who rejoice in the exercise of the mind. If
you enjoy mental challenges and revel in the interplay of ideas, Mensa is an
organization that can stretch your mind and expand your horizons. Mensa has
one - and only one - qualification for membership: You must score at or above
the 98th percentile on any of a number of standardized intelligence tests.
The organization also supports education and research, through the Mensa
Education and Research Foundation, and local group scholarships.
The officially stated
purposes of Mensa are:
1) to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of
humanity; 2) to encourage research in the nature, characteristics and uses of
intelligence; 3) to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment
for its members.
Why Should I Join Mensa?
Join for the Social
Mensa meetings are anything but dull! Local groups meet at least
monthly...perhaps for dinner on a Friday night, a get-together featuring a
speaker, or a lively, free-wheeling discussion. All with fellow members who
share your intellectual interests. There's also a widely attended annual
convention offering workshops, seminars, and parties. Plus many regional
gatherings are held around the country each year offering social and
Join for Your
Whatever your passion, there's almost certain to be a Special
Interest Group (SIG) filled with other Mensans who share it! Mensa offers
approximately 200 SIGs, in mind-boggling profusion from African Violets to
zoology. Along the way you'll find microbiology, and systems analysis, but
you'll also find Sherlock Holmes, chocolate and Star Trek. There's the
expected: biochemistry, space science, economics -- and the unexpected:
poker, roller skating, scuba diving, UFOs and witchcraft. There are SIGs for breadmaking, winemaking, cartooning, silversmithing,
and clowning. Heraldry, semantics and Egyptology co-exist with beekeeping,
motorcycling and tap dancing. Sports SIGs cover the classics (baseball,
basketball, football) and the not-so-classic (skeetshooting,
And any Mensan who can't find a SIG to join can
easily start one.
Join for the
Publications You Will Get
You'll receive our interesting and thought-provoking magazine, the
Mensa Bulletin. It incorporates the
"International Journal," and both publications contain views and
information about Mensa, as well as contributions by Mensans on a wide
variety of subjects. Also, you'll get lively local newsletters informing
members of local activities and events, other items of interest and
announcements of special interest.
What does "Mensa"
"Mensa" means "table" in Latin. The name stands for a
round-table society, where race, color, creed, national origin, age,
politics, educational or social background are irrelevant.
Mensa takes no stand
on politics, religion or social issues. Mensa encompasses members from many
different countries and cultures and with many different points of view. For
Mensa to espouse a particular point of view would go against its role as a
forum for all points of view.