Imhotep

Introduction to the Order of Imhotep

Imhotep, architect of the step pyramid of Saqqarah, was the first great pyramid builder and perhaps the first universal genius in Western history. His Order exists to encourage and reward the brave who do their best to score high on the world's hardest intelligence tests, thus allowing the highest levels to be normed and contributing to the study of high intelligence.

Vase containing the great pyramid builder Imhotep's brain, currently in possession of Order's Psychometitor. Vase containing the great pyramid builder Imhotep's brain, currently in possession of the Order's Psychometitor.

Like the step pyramid has six stages, the Order has six grades; Neophytus, Assessor, Magister, Inspector, Mathematicus, and Philosophus. Each grade has a requirement in the form of a score on any of the tests scored by Paul Cooijmans, the Order's Psychometitor (please read that sentence carefully as it is sometimes misunderstood, resulting in questions like, "Is [this or that non-Cooijmans-scored test] accepted?") All tests scored by said Psychometitor are accepted, including those with only preliminary norms and including homogeneous (one-sided) tests. The requirements are here expressed as I.Q.'s or standard scores, but are ultimately based on proportions of high-range scores that exceed respective levels.

That preliminary norms are accepted is to encourage candidates to take the tests and do their best, which makes it possible to formulate better norms later. Accepting preliminary norms also means that sometimes more qualify than would be the case according to better norms.

Upon achieving a qualifying score one automatically acquires the corresponding grade. Application and registration are not needed and one will not be informed (please read the first two sentences of this paragraph carefully as they are sometimes misunderstood, resulting in questions like, "How do I join?") Below are the requirements and privileges of each grade. The I.Q.'s are given on a scale with a standard deviation of 15.

Neophytus - 140

You may call yourself Neophytus in the Order of Imhotep. About 1 in 2 scores on these tests qualify for this or a higher grade.

Assessor - 150

You may call yourself Assessor in the Order of Imhotep, and your approximate number is mentioned here; currently fewer than 666 Assessors are.

Magister - 160

You may call yourself Magister in the Order of Imhotep. There are currently fewer than 222 Magisters. Also, you may have your name mentioned here; send request to the Order's Psychometitor. You must send a clear, explicit request for your name can not be published without your permission.

  1. Mick Dempsey
  2. Richard M Riss
  3. Milan Mrkalj SRB
  4. William F. Bultas
  5. Patrick Maitland
  6. Muhamed Veletanlic
  7. Kaj H Forsell
  8. Jan Antusch
  9. Franco Sant
  10. Kenneth E. Ferrell
  11. Andrew McGowan
  12. Paul Landuyt
  13. Dr. Jürgen Koller
  14. Kimmo Kostamo
  15. Frederick Goertz
  16. Domagoj Kutle
  17. Caleb McCord
  18. Joseph Hayes

Inspector - 170

You may call yourself Inspector in the Order of Imhotep. There are currently fewer than 44 Inspectors. You may have your name mentioned here, including a hyper reference to a web page of your own with biographical information.

  1. Stefan Lindberg
  2. Joseph Tomlinson
  3. D. Charles Martinez
  4. Jesmond Debono
  5. Alexander Jovianus
  6. Onur Sürmegözlüer
  7. Brennan Martin
  8. Brendan Harris
  9. Jonathon Griffin
  10. Tim Roberts
  11. Daniel Hilton
  12. Arttu Purmonen
  13. Andrew Hayles
  14. Santanu Sengupta
  15. Jiseong Kim

Mathematicus - 180

You may call yourself Mathematicus in the Order of Imhotep. There are currently fewer than 8 Mathematicus'. You may have your name mentioned here, and a short biography of no more than 30 words, including a hyper reference to a web page of your own with biographical information.

  1. Uli Stahl - born 1968, studied physics in Austin/Texas and Würzburg/Germany, lives in Bavaria, works for BMW in the engineering department (hydrogen tank testing)
  2. Tiberiu Sammak - he was born in Bucharest on 30th October 1995 and spent most of his youth surfing the Internet and playing video games. His current interests include cosmology, medicine, cryonics

Philosophus - 190

You may call yourself Philosophus in the Order of Imhotep. There are currently fewer than 12 Philosophus'. You may have your name mentioned here, and a short biography of no more than 30 words, including a hyper reference to a web page of your own with biographical information. Ideally, no scores qualify for this grade.

  1. Dany Provost
  2. Cristian José Richart Piqueras - Almansa, Castilla-La Mancha (Don Quixote), Spain, 1979. Author of the best Scrabble problem and both Spanish Scrabble lexicons. Multiple top/highest scores in Paul Cooijmans's tests. Giga Society member.

Psychometitor - 200

You may call yourself Psychometitor in the Order of Imhotep. There are currently fewer than 1011 Psychometitrae. You may have your name mentioned here, and a short biography of no more than 30 words, including a hyper reference to a web page of your own with biographical information. There are ideally no scores that qualify for this grade.

Verificatrix - 250

You may call yourself Verificatrix in the Order of Imhotep. There are currently fewer than 1023 Verificatrices. You may have your name mentioned here, and a short biography of no more than 30 words, including a hyper reference to a web page of your own with biographical information. There are ideally no scores that qualify for this grade.