There is a claim that Christopher Langan is the smartest man in the US. However, he also claims that intelligent design and evolution are compatible … really!! … in that case, I can only conclude that he is perhaps not as smart as many folks consider him to be.
The problem with IQ, is that it only measures your cognitive potential not your actual cognitive ability or intelligence. The higher it is, the more probable it is that you can justify and rationalize almost any insane crackpot idea. To illustrate that point, he does not appear to understand what a theory actually is. (Unless you are really curious, I’d skip that last link). Bizarrely, in there he appears to be using the word “theory” where most folks would use “hypothesis”, so I’m not convinced he understands what a theory actually is.
OK, back on topic … the evidence that Chris Langan is as smart as he claims to be is … well, when he was tested it was discovered that he is rather good at doing IQ tests, but there does also appear to be a lot of evidence indicating that he touts completely kooky ideas and concepts.
So why am I babbling away about him? Well, when faced with the observation that “the smartest” man in the US believes in God, and has proved that he exists, I can only respond with the observation that he also appears to believe and rationalize a lot of other crazy stuff as well.
Still not convinced he is a kook? well here is a nice dissection of Mr Langan’s CTMU nonsense.