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The Mensa Bulletin

The Mensa Bulletin is the national magazine for members of American Mensa, published 10 times a year with combined issues in April/May and November/December. Our membership dues include a subscription to the Bulletin.

In addition to the member-generated content and photos, each issue includes a “question of the month” in which we ask members to share their thoughts (in 250 words or less) about a general-interest topic like “What invention would you want to cease to exist?” We’re posing these questions and more to Mensans — they don’t have to be professional writers to contribute, but they do have to be members of Mensa.

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What’s the Mensa Bulletin all about?

Here is an idea of some of our monthly content and a sample of the articles you can expect:

A Brave New Intelligence

As we brave the third wave of AI, we’re likely to see the development of technologies that will radically change the ways we interact with our world and with each other. But whether any of this results in AIs that can actually think about and experience the world as we do, only time will tell.

By Richard Yonck
Cyberethics in the 21st Century: The Reign of the Machines

Machines have helped humanity achieve groundbreaking scientific and technological advancements. But now we must ask ourselves the question at the center of the cyberethical problem: At what point do machines no longer serve as an extension of the person, but the person becomes an extension of the machine?

By Hon. John McClellan Marshall
Sex and the Singular Pronoun

You’re sitting at a table, and after a long time elapses, someone finally brings the food. Why are they called the “waiter”? Senior Bulletin collumnist Richard Lederer makes the case for the singular pronoun, historically, philosophically, and lexicologically.

By Richard Lederer • Illustrations by Jana Duca
Isaac Asimov: Writer, Polymath, Chemist, Mensan

The prolific writer profoundly and indisputably impacted the science fiction genre, but on a more granular level Asimov influenced and inspired countless individual scribes. One of them, a Mensan and former coworker of Asimov’s, explores his legacy both in literature and on a personal level.

By Ian Randal Strock & Richard Lederer
The Brahmanization of the American Lexicon

Americans might not know it, but their language — the lexicon of the everyday spoken and written word — is changing, a product of America’s diverse ethnicities and large immigrant populations.

By Vinod Jain
Too Darn Smart

The truth is, my son was a lot smarter than I was, and you could see that coming before he started to walk or talk. Little did I know that Mike's smarts would get him into a world of trouble.

By Tom Bixby • Illustrations by Linda Hensley
Says You! — A Mensa-worthy Romance

If you’re like me, it gets harder and harder to find the kind of creative, ingenious puzzles that challenge your imagination and mental agility. That changed when I fell in love with a radio show. And what happened when it loved me back changed my life.

By Linda Ferrazzara
The Interplanetary Marshmallow Test

Putting humans in space isn’t about exploration or national pride; it isn’t even about science. It’s about survival. A species that can look past short-term costs to the long-term benefit wins. It wins in the only way the universe cares — by staying alive.

By Paul McKinley
Inside the Network Neuroscience Theory of Human Intelligence

Like the brain, studying human intelligence can be curious, particularly when it comes to correlating quantitative measurements with specific biological factors. That is what makes so impressive the research of Dr. Aron K. Barbey, winner of the 2019 Mensa Foundation Prize.

By Chip Taulbee
Un-Conventional

A constitutional convention held today would be a prime target for influence by those who harbor ambitions of becoming American royalty, running the nation like a feudal kingdom, and further reducing or eliminating the ability of We the People to influence government.

By Lee Helms
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