Letter: Mensa blues

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AS A member of Mensa I appreciate that we are bound to get a bit of stick now and again; as an organisation it probably deserves some of it. But on a personal level I would object to being grouped with some of the people featured in your article "Too Clever By Half" (Review, 31 March). As with any organisation, some of its members are unmitigated prats, but the vast majority are fascinating and widely-read people who are strangely normal.

Mensa may include a high percentage of "executive types", but it also includes lorry-drivers and motor mechanics. In that respect it is not elitist, and long may it remain thus.

Ultimately it has to be realised that human beings, including Mensans, are rarely directed by intellect, but by irrational emotions.

Chris Waller

Yate, Bristol

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