In genius studies, overrated geniuses, as compared to “underrated geniuses”, e.g. Robert Hooke (IQ:195|#20) [RGM:N/A|1,400+], refers to genius who tend to be "sold as" being more of a genius than they actually are, in the context of the top 1000 geniuses view of things.

The following is a work-in-progress ranking of the top 10 most overrated geniuses:

IQ estimatesReason / Source


1.Sidis 75William Sidis
 IQ_P \,=250-300
 IQ_O \,=200
 IQ_? \,=180-195
(IQ:175|#300) [RGM:702|1,400+] He's akin to an urban legend in genius discussions, oft-named dropped as either "highest IQ ever" or smartest person ever, yet if one looks at his actual accomplishments, namely his The Animate and The Inanimate, while impressive for a 25-year old, it lacks in genius light luster, and is error-filled in respect to big picture questions, and basis of logic (e.g. it's based on William Thomson's theistic ideas of animation); a “The Top 10 Most Overrated Geniuses” (2014). [2]
2.Tesla 75Nikola Tesla
 IQ_O \,=230-310
 IQ_O \,=200
 IQ_O \,=140-160
A comparison of his top 1000 position (IQ:195|#19) and popular cultural rankings [RGM:7|1,400+] is indicative of his over-fame, for some peculiar reason; in modern electrical engineering schools, Gauss and Maxwell, of note, far out rank Tesla in density of intellect, in respect to name dominance.




7.Franklin 75Benjamin Franklin
 IQ_{CB} \,=173
 IQ_C \,=160
 IQ_B \,=185
 IQ_W \,=160
A comparison of his top 1000 rankings (IQ:180|#202) as compared to (Cattell 1000:45) [RGM:21|1,400+] (Murray 4000:14|T) is indicative of fact that he is more of a “pop genius”, often sold to children, as a great genius; a “The Top 10 Most Overrated Geniuses” (2016). [1]


10.Srinivasa Ramanujan 75Srinivasa Ramanujan
 IQ_O \,=185
 IQ_O \,=180+
 IQ_O \,=130-140
(GME:30) Indian mathematician; influential (Ѻ) to Abdus Salam (IQ:#|#); IQ guesstimates: 185 (Ratner, 2016) (Ѻ) , 180+ (Gamarra, 2018) (Ѻ), 130-140 (Williams, 2016), and or “overrated as a mathematician” (Ѻ).

Other names that crop up include: Pythagoras, Plato, Stephen Hawking (because he prevailed against Lou Gehrig's disease), Marie Curie (because she is female), Bill Gates (because Microsoft is so dominate presently), to name a few. [1][2]

The following are related quotes:

Newton was a genius, but he is another overrated genius like Einstein. A lot of what culminated in Newtonian physics is the work of Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. Copernicus shattered the geocentric view of the world; Galileo postulated the laws of motion; and Kepler calculated the elliptical motions of the planets. Newton put the tremendous discoveries of those men together.”
Monydit Malieth (2013), The Future Affects the Past [3]

1. Anon. (2016). “The Top 10 Most Overrated Geniuses” (Ѻ), Did You Know?, YouTube, May 20.
2. Anon. (2014). “The Top 10 Most Overrated Geniuses” (Ѻ),
3. Malieth, Monydit (aka Tonnerre). (2013). The Future Affects the Past: What Destination is Time Rushing To? (pg. 44). Red Lead Books.

Further reading
Goethe is overrated (2012) – Hmolpedia thread.

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