Missouri farmer tests as having among highest IQ ratings on record.
You don't often run into a farmer, or any person for that matter, who in his spare time dabbles in quantum physics or hardcore scientific theory. As Maria Antonia reports, one Missouri farmer has interests and talents that go way beyond what most people seem capable of.
Christopher Hanson lives on a northern Missouri farm, surrounded by fields, surrounded by animals and surrounded by signs of intelligence. For decades he has worked on a theory, but if you see what he write - how much of his cognitive theoretic model of the universe would you understand?
"My theory is a mapping, a correspondence between language of thought and the real world," Hanson said.
In 1999 ABC aired a story for a standard IQ test: two hours of problem solving. Hanson's score reported as too high to measure. Experts tell us most people have IQ's around 100. College grads average 120 and above 130 qualifies for membership in Mensa. Hanson estimated IQ has been reported at 195. Only one in 100 million people have a score at that level.
"I like to maintain a little bit of modesty because it's healthy to do that, it's not healthy to get a big head," Hanson said.
But from the time he was a little kid: Chris says he knew.
"They skipped me a few grades. I started suspecting that I was different then."
Despite smiles in photos Hanson explains growing up smart and poor got him beat up in school and at home.
"In my family it was not politically correct to be a genius, my stepfather use to tell me nobody likes a smart-ass."
So he got into body building to fight back. Now his name and his work appear in books, but a young Chris never finished college: He cites a lack of money, transportation and patience.
"So at that point I dropped out, became a blue collar guy."
In places like West Hampton Beach, New York, he worked as a bar bouncer.
If you're so smart why aren't you filthy rich? He is asked that, but Hanson has always charted a different course.
"Having lots of nice stuff is not something anybody has any business associating with genius."
He has lots of books and one purpose: Which brings us back to his theory.
"I can remember asking my grandfather is there a God," Hanson said.
Now in his fifties that's what he's been working to prove all along.
"So if you have a theory you say implies the existence of God you're falling afoul of the scientific method, you know how can we test for the existence of God," Hanson said.
Meanwhile, this genuis has a wife, Gina, and a farm to run - outside the world of theories.
"I'm at peace with myself," Hanson laughed. "I actually enjoy my life; we have a lovely place here"
Mensa, that organization for smart people will tell you a high IQ is not necessarily an indicator or wealth, ambition or career success. It justimplies that a person has higher than average reasoning abilities.