Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Smartest man in America

Christopher Michael Langan IQ of 195  

There are few people around us who have the ability to make their presence felt with their extraordinary abilities. They lead the average life that we the average people do, but they are different with their works and thoughts.

Christopher Michael Langan is such an extraordinary person. In fact, he is considered as the smartest man in America. You might have started thinking that what is so special in him or what has made him the smartest man in America.


Langan was born in San Francisco, California, and spent most of his early life in Montana. His mother was the daughter of a wealthy shipping executive but was cut off from her family; his father died or disappeared before he was born. He began talking at six months, taught himself to read before he was four, and was repeatedly skipped ahead in school.

Growing up in poverty, he stated that he was beaten by his stepfather from when he was almost six to when he was about fourteen. By then Langan had begun weight training, and forcibly ended the abuse, throwing his stepfather out of the house and telling him never to return.

However, he started showing his talent and extraordinary skills from his tender age, despite all those problems.

Langan says he spent the last years of high school mostly in independent study, teaching himself "advanced math, physics, philosophy, Latin and Greek, all that". He earned a perfect score on the SAT (pre-1995 scale) despite taking a nap during the test. Langan attended Reed College and later Montana State University, but faced with financial and transportation problems, and believing that he could teach his professors more than they could teach him, he dropped out.

He took a string of labor-intensive jobs, and by his mid-40s had been a construction worker, cowboy, forest service firefighter, farmhand, and, for over twenty years, a bouncer on Long Island. He says he developed a "double-life strategy": on one side a regular guy, doing his job and exchanging pleasantries, and on the other side coming home to perform equations in his head, working in isolation on his Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe.

Christopher Langan is a self-learner who could not even finish his university studies after feeling that he could teach his professors more than what his professors could teach him. It was his self-belief and confidence that led him to go out of institutional learning. He has achieved the rare feat of around 195 in IQ test or 20/20 in the IQ test. Langan has already wrote a book, Design of the Universe, where he introduced his won theory, “Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe” (CTMU). To him, it is the theory of the relationship between mind and reality.

However, he had to go though lots of hardship throughout his life. However, he was born with gifted talent which sometimes became the reason of his sufferings as well.

It was his IQ score which brought him under the lime light for the first time. With the news of his 195 IQ score came out, magazines, newspapers including Popular Science, The Times, Newsday, Muscle & Fitness started publishing feature on him. He was interviewed on BBC Radio and on Errol Morris’s First Person and took part in an online chat at

Now, Christopher Langan has become a known face in America and is considered as one of the intellectual persons in the country, even though he has no university or college degree like other intellectuals. He has formed “Mega Foundation” along with wife Gina LoSasso in order to provide help to the gifted people. Chris Langan has recently won $250,000 in NBC’s 1 vs. 100 contest.

It was his talent and hard work that helped him to reach at today’s position. Success did not come easily, even though he was a gifted person. After putting on his efforts for two decades, he could come up with his theory. So, Christopher Langan has set an example for the young generation, who can achieve their goal with similar determination and hard work that Christopher Langan put on in his life.