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  1. Perhaps this subject has been exhausted or maybe it hasn't been touched upon. I'm not really sure. But I would like some of your thoughts nonetheless. There has been a resurgence in the online community in the last couple of months regarding IQ tests and their viability. You may have heard people discussing the topic of famous people with high IQ's, such as Madonna, Bill Gates, even Mr. Bean. Whom all showed phenomenal scores on their IQ assessments. Most likely, many of you have taken these online tests. I know my friends have. And to my initial disbelief, many of whom were administered these short-hand tests, scored surprisingly well (even those whom I assumed were quite bland in their capacities) - Don't judge a book by it's cover! Sites such 123test.com or free-iqtest.net are among some of current popular one's. And many of these multiple choice tests claim to be within 5 points of an accurate IQ assessment. I too scored relatively high. The tests are comprised of roughly 20-45 questions (depending on the site), usually multiple choice and are to be completed within an allocated time. Typically, if you receive a score of 111+, you may delude yourself into believing you are in fact of very high intelligence as you would be classified among a small percentage of people who are considered quite gifted. The problem arises when you receive inconsistent results when testing yourself on multiple sites. Let me give you an example. Over 10 years ago when I completed my first online IQ test, I was pleased to discover that I had a score of about 140. I thought that was great and I convinced myself that my brain isn't a god awful shipwreck after-all. Then several years ago, I tested myself again using several sites, and despairingly I found that my "unofficial" IQ had degraded some. By oh, about 20 points. Today I decided to give it another go. Again using a few different sites, I completed the quizzes hoping to obtain an average score that I thought might beat my original scores as I have been more academically active and thought a high score would be a reflection of my improved brain power. Wrong. I thought I had answered at least 40 of the 43 questions in a proficient time and expected some pleasing results. Nope. My IQ had dropped another 20 whole points. This time averaging at about 100, or 99. While this isn't a cause for concern, it is still quite average. Smart people don't want to be average. Then again, average people are not smart Then I got to thinking. Maybe this new score is accurate. When I watch CNN, I generally do not understand what they are talking about. For the first twenty years of my life, I had no idea what the sports broadcasters were saying. I didn't understand batting averages, what a fumble is, or exactly what football players yell out before a big play. Perhaps my issues of comprehension is nothing but a reflection of a lower IQ. I feel if I take a real IQ test, I could increase my IQ by at least several points. But for now, you can just call me Joe, "Average Joe."
  2. I live in a permanent state of chronic indecision

    I may have a simple remedy for you, as I myself have been burdened with an indecisive brain. You evidently have a particular way of addressing choices or decisions that average people may not quite understand. So immediately I'm left to believe most people will not be able to advise you, as the variables of your situation are a bit diverse and uncommon (not easily relate-able). Generally you get a sense of the feelings that manifest in a character of a book, by relating to their tribulations. It seems to me that your tribulations are a bit more unusual! The technique I'm going to mention here, is fundamentally at it's core applicable to anyone. And really quite simple! The way to do this is to simply choose one route or another without trying to weigh your options or use any logic to guide your course of action. Just make a choice and stick to it, confidently... and feel pleased with your choice even if you have to "fake" it. Just have faith your choice will yield positive results. In fact, pretend it will if you must. Just say "I'll try doing it this way" and as if for no reason, do it! Once you have made the choice, see how things unfold and when you realize there is no immediate consequence to the decision you made, every sequential decision should be easier and approached with the same tenacity and randomness. Pick one or the other. And just do it!
  3. Intelligence is expressed in lots of ways. Typically in this day and age, smarts is synonymous with academic achievement. Sometimes adults who did not go to college, feel they essentially have not achieved a level of raw intelligence that their peers in contrast may have developed as a result of extensive schooling. However, what most modern stigma-setters fail to acknowledge, is that studying at university is not the end all be all to developing a robust flourishing brain . Take for example athletic achievement. Sure, an athlete utilizes a form of intelligence that is much different than what your typical school procedures may require-- But you may not see the bigger picture. Take for example the playing of a musical instrument. This simple act alone requires hand eye coordination and higher brain faculties that work in unison. In analyzing instrument players MRI Scans, it has been revealed that the subjects scanned had increased brain volume in a very specific area of the brain and overall better connectivity throughout. While the two aforementioned activities are commonly known to improve crystallized intelligence (in one form or another), there are in fact many ways to improve your brain capacity that you probably have not considered. Many of these activities you already do. So you may be smarter than you think! Below are just some ways that you use your brain to an effective end, that an academic career alone would not quite manifest. Some of these activities require a relatively high amount of adeptness, execution and ability and I will continue to allude to these terms as simply “intelligence” in the very basic sense of the word. Chess: Take chess for example. You don’t go to school to learn Chess. In fact Chess is more often than not, somewhat of an “extracurricular” activity not part of any curriculum. Yet to play the game requires the memorization of many chess openings, strategies of attack etc. The game itself is a puzzle, only solved by utilizing highly competent cognitive faculties. Would you deprive yourself by playing Chess everyday instead of tending lectures? I think not. Good! You’ve told me 3 things I already knew (you are saying to yourself.) But this topic has more depth... ...Playing Poker requires a fair amount of intuitive ability. You’ll be surprised to find that there are many people who do not understand this beautiful game . From the rules of the game, to the terminology you must learn, to the meticulous math you may hold in your head as you make calculated assessments. There are lots of things going on in the brain during a poker game. It’s hardly a passive activity! Painting. Yes who would have thought. Creating a piece of art is not only a form of meditation for some people, but it takes a very precise level of focus and ability. And motor functions. My favorite of all is carpentry. Imagine you are a surgeon and you are to perform brain surgery on a patient. “It’s not brain surgery” - usually that attribution is correct when referring to anything that does not require you to exert yourself. It’s not brain surgery? Well, maybe it is... When you build a home, there is lots of “brain surgery” that goes in to the project. Take for example the foundation you must lay of concrete, making sure the surface is flat. Then there’s adding the support beams, framing, finally the drywall. Installing electricity comes next. Plumping. And all of this requiring your highly developed math skills as it all comes down to your math and measurement. A total of 600,000 calculations you made in the three months it took to erect the structure. Did I mention installing the Septic? Ew. Tell me this! Does drilling a hole, slicing a slab of brain matter, and removing a glutenous chunk of mysterious plaque any different than playing a nintendo wii game that requires a little getting used to? I think building the Empire State building would be a lot harder than “Brain Surgery”. Of course, I’m not a doctor. So I wouldn’t know.
  4. Don't confuse the mere decoding of words and fluent pronunciation of them with deep comprehension of material. Often times if you do not focus, you generally will read entire paragraphs having not understood any of the concepts within. This happens when you do not have a vested interest in the topic you are reading, thus you make very loose if any associations in your brain. Understanding is jeopardized by a lack of enthusiasm as reading feels more like a burdensome task rather than a rich exciting exploration of literary world's. It's often recommended to slow down your reading, rereading sections often and really digesting the material. Complex sentences can be unraveled only through deliberate concentration and rich background knowledge that allows for applying what you read to what you already know. In an attempt of remedial intervention, educators found that through 100 hours of reading, test subjects or students were able to increase the white matter in their brains. (significant brain development had occurred.) So if you want to change your brain and possibly increase your crystallized intelligence, try reading for 100 hours (Not all in one day!) It's also important to read material that is of average or higher complexity. The harder the reading material, the more you must exert and challenge yourself. Hence, the payoffs are much larger! (Because the analogical workout is heavier!) At the very least you should read everyday for a minimum period of time. As the days go on, the amount you read adds up. Reading is truly a unique neural workout. And Everyone who has goals to be successful in this day and age, will reach such levels only by reading as it is the best exercise for the organ that is your brain.
  5. Star-ship Earth

    I would like to expand on a topic that I originally wrote about in the Objectivismonline Chat room. The topic of human evolution and survival. You may or may not be aware, but our sun (like many stars) eventually will burn out after a period of initial expansion in which the Earth will be consumed by the expanding and dying star. Most scientist's today realize that such an event is far off (5 billion years from now) and due to the very long length of time in which this will eventually occur, there is no immediate need to prepare for such an event. When scientists grapple with the inevitable result of the expanding sun, usually they are thinking in modern terms. In other words, they are looking through the lens of our current time period and our current capabilities. Leaving the Earth in spaceships seems like the logical consensus (instead of burning up with our planet.) However, what variables do our current scientists leave out of the "equation" (for retaining life)? For one, the advances in technology alone over the next "billions" of years, would surely provide us with more options and technical abilities that we simply can not fathom as this time. Imagine trying to restore a famous painting or maintain an ancient building that has historical significance. People go to great lengths to keep our past alive! Now imagine, 5 billion years of that history, and it is all on the Earth. It seems that keeping the Earth safe would be a priority. What I propose we do is simple. Move the Earth. Move it out of orbit of the sun. Technology in 5 billion years likely will be able to help us move cosmic bodies, and also construct artificial atmospheres and heat without the need of a sun to provide sustenance. We are far off from worrying about doomsday. If we can get our heads in the game now, and work toward a goal of maintaining Earth at all costs, we'll be ready when the time comes! I don't mean attach big rocket boosters to our planet. I mean, future scientists working toward a way to sustain our planetary home! Please advise if you have an alternative solution or idea worth sharing. Cheers.
  6. The Shallows, Nicholas Carr

    In his book, The Shallows, blog writer Nicholas Carr shares his view on how internet use in the modern age is effectively limiting the cognitive capacities of the current generation plus future generations to come. Inferring from just the title of his book, The Shallows, Nicholas Carr depicts a world whose reading habits barely graze the surface of content and rarely plunge deeper than the superficial levels of reading we are so accustomed to in our current digital age. In contrast to some popular research findings that internet use and digital immersion is in fact beneficial for the human brain (refining and full globalization of cerebral brain networks), this books implications, that the developed digital brains of tech users are far less likely to be sufficient for embracing and excelling in today's modern society... seems a bit prematurely exaggerated. Though his proclamations are specific and sometimes a little thought provoking, it's silly to make claims that digital reading is sub par based on the declaration that a digital book lacks spacial navigability that one would get from print literature (page numbers in a book). In other words, the heft of pages read on the left side of the book and the pages not read on the right side of a book, somehow gives aid to overall understanding... "location cues" To say that ones comprehension is impeded because there is no heft of pages on the left of the book which would indicate how much of the book is completed, is a bit overly obtuse. Moreover, the authors claims that the presence of hyperlink's in digital text work as a distraction and can take away from the immersive experience one would expect from a printed book, hence 'should I click this link or not' falters the reading experience. Again, such silly arguments insinuate digital reading is sub par, however, what of those who simply ignore the hyperlinks? They can continue reading on their own accord and just because there is one link in an article, does not mean apprehension has suffered. A big part of being a digital native is dealing with multi-tasking, which is paramount in today's technological age. Checking emails, following hyperlinks, dividing attention among social media, smart phones, and family obligations are all familiar to today's fast paced human brain. This rapid altering of attention among different tasks, Carr states is also a cause of distraction and jumpy brains, which takes away from the concentration one must develop to immerse themselves in prolonged reading of good literature. My take away is... multitask to your hearts content, be rapid in your attention shifts and focus for as long or as short as you want. Just don't allow other parts of your brain that are developed for slow immersive learning, atrophy. Be a multi-tasker. But also, train your brain to read for sustained periods of time and achieve the deep comprehension afforded by societies original medium, print literature. My next book review will be on Smarter Than you Think: How technology is changing our minds for the better, by Clive Thompson. This book will demonstrate the opposing view, and is more in line with what I think technology does to the human brain. Cheers.
  7. Gee Wiz. First of all, thank you for the post. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish! I am someone who tends to talk a lot. But I try to do 50% listening and 50% speaking. Usually I will ask questions about someone, and give them ample opportunity to tell me about themselves as I do not swarm the entire conversation (monopolize talking). And I let them express their ideas as much as they'd like because I love learning via listening. I will also bring up subjects that interest me, and ask someone what they think of a topic. I will often also ask them what definitions are of different words I'm using, and I ask them if they know synonyms, or better words to express similar ideas. All this, just so both of us actually get some blood flowing to our brains! Also, sometimes I will read to friends articles I have wrote, or a writers small excerpt or synopsis, and ask what they think of the content. Also, to make sure people are following, I sometimes ask them to paraphrase such content, and tell me in their own words what the material is saying. If you're not part of a book club, or collaborating/studying with peers - than everything I have mentioned is great for expanding conversations and reaching new levels of social bonding. I think, sometimes being quiet is the best course of action. But, conversation creates social bonds and connects people with each other. Humans are social animals, and it's old news that socializing and bonding with others is one of the best medicines for your brain. But your sentiment is right. I have been told to before by people, to please stop haggling them with questions. Or they politely cease talking, and return their attention to their iPad. That doesn't mean that we can't sometimes have great conversations (With the perfect company).
  8. Actually, in most places on earth, an intelligent mind is considered the best asset of all human characteristics. A smart brain, is a sexy brain. However, physical insecurities run rampant even through the most beautiful of peoples minds. In fact, some may have inferred that the prettier one is, the stronger their physical insecurities are (as a fragile ego) - swayed in to insecurity by one backwards cap comment about how "unattractive you are!" I may be a bit overweight. But I am strong, like a football player. I try to manifest a strong bubble of confidence. I am smart and fun. Also, I exercise my mind, knowing that a healthy, well endowed brain is one attribute that will keep me sharp well into the sunset years of my life. My suggestion for you, is to read as much as you can. Find what interests you and pursue that field, practice in that field, and develop a set of expertise and tools used within that pursuit. Learn what you love, and learn it inside out, upside down, sideways and backwards. Master something, and study all the theory behind it! Or discover your own theories, strategies and techniques by repetitious practice and trial and error learning. As one article I read put it: No matter what. If you lose your money, if you lose your health, even if you lose you belongings... You will never lose your brains and knowledge you acquire. A smart brain, is a sexy one.
  9. Silicon Vally emerged from Roswell, Technology

    Thank you for an interesting response. You made some great points. I guess what I am left with considering, is how on earth one could obtain the level of creativity needed to create advanced technologies... Such as understanding of say, creating transmissible data, through optic cables that break down an image into bytes, travel such data through optic cables, and then recreate the image on a PC Monitor, half way across the globe. (Sorry if that is a mouth full.) Such a technically complex action is greatly possible due to human innovation. I just would like to believe that such a person with highly advanced technical know how who has conceived such modern phenomenon, likely lives in some sanctuary of the mind, where average people simply will never lay eyes. Very lovely way of explaining what higher education is presumably good for. (Organizing the mind and creating efficient pupils who can grapple with life's demands and apply themselves effectively.)
  10. A friend recommended me this book. The synopsis is that technology such as microchips, military stealth and other technologies were developed as the result of our Government obtaining alien technologies. My immediate feeling is that such a reality is possible. However, I feel that aliens would not deliberately share any such technologies with a nuclear crazed world population. It is then, that my friend coined in that the technology was not given to us, but found at the Roswell crash site. Then, reverse engineered. And poof, technology existed! The reality that begins to unfold, is that humans simply lacked the capacity to innovate much less create our modern world. That is interesting... However, whatever technology found at a crash site would surely be limited. As to not be able to account for the wide spectrum of increasingly limitless varieties of technologies that exist today. Just the fact that processors and technical components become more advanced every year, shows that humans are quite versatile in understanding and developing new waves of the future. This entire conversation emerged from a question that derived in my mind... A question about human capacity to create amazing technological feats. (Such as a space ship, a computer, or a visual display.) What intellectual requirements does one possess in order to break things down on a chalk board, understand everything, and bring it all to fruition... Does University really mold fine minds, enabling such creative ability?? ...Or is there an imaginative experimental curiosity that leads to such "linear" advancements?
  11. Ayn Rand boxset

    Paperback and hardcover are so cheap on Amazon, when they are used. I don't mind a little wear on the books I buy. I'm getting Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in a 2 book boxset. http://www.amazon.com/Ayn-Rand-Box-Set/dp/0451947673/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1456290252&sr=1-4&keywords=ayn+rand I've lost my previous editions. I'm going to read these, then I can really join the discussion.
  12. New Zealand - What Is Notable About It?

    It's the home of the great Burt Monroe, whose Indian motorcycle won him records at Bonneville Salt Flats!
  13. Understanding Shakespeare.

    I believe to understand Shakespeare requires familiarity with a lot of other similar works (writing and plays - new and old). More exposure to various supports, likely aids in understanding. A novice like me simply can not muster the ability to leave the shallows, in hopes to swim in the deep end (understanding Shakespeare). Understanding Shakespear is no easy task.
  14. Understanding Shakespeare.

    Haha. That was fun reading Shakespeare lines and then your version. T'was Hamlet I'd had conspurd upon, at darkest hours in withered light. (It was Hamlet I fell upon at bed time, with little understanding)
  15. Apple encryption

    At university, we were taught to question everything, and produce opposing points of views in places were there were none. In other words, to stretch ourselves to imagine multiple possibile causes and solutions to any problem we investigate. I was simply exercising my ability to come up with a possible scenario. Just as my instructor had me do in class. Are you saying my professor was stupid? I might be a little naive about tech devices and uses of how the word backdoor fits in context to such devices. That doesn't give you the right to suggest I'm some pulmonate in your after school remedial classroom. Especially when I have aknowleded the aforementioned concepts you say are impossible, I have already dispose of. Read everything before you jump on something with ADD like awesomeness.