Letter: Mensa blues

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The Independent Online
THOSE interested in denigrating a group of persons will surely find useful wording in your article about a meeting of Mensa: "... receding chin ... bulging, inquisitive eyes ... bearded ... boomed and gestured ... thin, jittery men ... wears spectacles

This kind of verbiage is familiar in other contexts - for instance, by the scientifically illiterate who wish to attack scientists, and indeed by anyone wishing to promote a negative perception of a group of people.

Dr R A Beatty

Loanhead, Midlothian