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Stephen Nelson

Stephen Nelson

Hi, my name is Stephen Nelson and I have been a member since 1986.

I took the test partly as a dare and partly because of a distant memory of a primary school headmaster reporting to my parents that he had never seen a similar score in the 11+ (oh bugger, that ages me). On getting involved it felt like coming home. Not that I had a problem with a social life, but this crowd was different.

What I like most is that it is very non-judgemental. Unorthodox views are not dismissed out of hand, but you must be able to support them in a rational and civilised manner. We all know we are, in the words of my Spanish Mensan friends, “bichos raros".

The other attraction is the sheer potential to get involved. As with other aspects of life, the more you put in the more you get back, but I find that with Mensans this is amplified.