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Offline HenryColl

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« on: 06/06/2010 00:31:26 »
...than you already are?

How would you plan out your days if a) you chose to raise your intelligence and become smarter and b) if you had the time and money for it.

I'm certain that it's possible for anyone to raise their intelligence level because many people throughout history had accomplished just that.  Genetics do play a role but so does environment and we can actively change our environment and in turn become smarter IF we chose to do so.  By changing our environment we can potentially change our genetics, if I'm not mistaken (maybe make little changes by "turning on" the right gene, for example).

So, what would you do in order to attain such a goal?  Would you read a lot of thought provoking literature?  Would you change your eating habits and introduce a few helpful supplements?  What about physical exercise?  Perhaps listening to classical music as you sit and study?  And so on!  Those are only a few of the many things you could possibly do to improve the functioning of your brain so that you can, for instance, become a very sought out author or a famous professor/scientist, etc.

I would very much like to you hear what you have to say on this matter.  Maybe you know of some books which answer my questions.  Do share!  And thanks in advance!


 

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« Reply #1 on: 06/06/2010 14:50:37 »
Since IQ is mainly a measure of what one has learned, I would start out by getting a really good set of Encyclopedia and read through every topic.  Make notes as you go along for reference and special notes on topics that you want to learn more about.  When you get through with this you have raised your general education level by several notches.  Take the topics that you want to explore in depth and start methodically going through each topic until you are satisfied that you thouroughly understand the topic.  Be aware that some of what you find on the printed page may be wrong and maintain an open mind to correct any misconceptions that you may have accepted.  There you have established a pattern for the rest of your life.  Thanks for your comments.  Joe L. Ogan
 

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« Reply #2 on: 06/06/2010 21:29:31 »
I am very strongly inclined to think that IQ tests are a measure of deduction.  However, the tests of deduction that are presented in IQ tests have to be limited in their scope because if they are not then it would be impossible to 'score' them.

What seems beyond doubt is that it is possible to train for IQ tests, once one is familiar with the nature of the questions asked: once one knows the nature of the type of questions asked it is relatively easy to learn the techniques required to answer them.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 06/06/2010 22:32:38 »
You know academia needs a baseline in order to pigeon hole the individual.
This calibrates the expectation of performance in there categories.
Sometimes in real life the high score individual may be a great manipulator but can not fix a flat in a jiffy.
Categorically speaking everyone has their expertise, or  niche of sorts. 
 

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« Reply #4 on: 06/06/2010 23:14:20 »
I am very strongly inclined to think that IQ tests are a measure of deduction.  However, the tests of deduction that are presented in IQ tests have to be limited in their scope because if they are not then it would be impossible to 'score' them.

Two questions have never been answered:  1.  What is intelligence?  2.  What does the IQ test really measure?    If you know the answer to those 2 questions, you are far ahead of the Educational system!

What seems beyond doubt is that it is possible to train for IQ tests, once one is familiar with the nature of the questions asked: once one knows the nature of the type of questions asked it is relatively easy to learn the techniques required to answer them.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 07/06/2010 00:41:09 »
Let us, just for fun, establish a definition for intelligence:  Intelligence is Knowledge.  Lack of knowledge, Providing one has not been exposed, is ignorance.  If one has been exposed, and still does not know, that is stupidity.  Feel free to refute what I have said or improve it if you can.  I still can not establish a definition for what the IQ test measures. The closest I can come is that it is the ability to answer test questions.  Some people have a talent for this even if they are not very intelligent.  Thanks for comments.  Joe L. Ogan
 

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« Reply #6 on: 07/06/2010 18:58:52 »
Hmm... I don't think I can agree that intelligence is knowledge; you don't have be be intelligent to know something.  I think that intelligence may be better described as the application of knowledge.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 09/06/2010 13:02:07 »
I think intelligence, application of knowledge, is a fraction, awareness...
 e.g... he's a bright chap.
 e.g... Applying the information that you are aware of may not be an intelligent choice...

Sometimes intelligence is blind to empathy, sometimes applying knowledge can cause a catastrophic mistake.

Treading water, using the idea of smooth small strokes, gives one time to think!
Making lemonade out of a basket of lemons handed to you is another fraction.
Wearing blinders insisting this is the only way, do all end all thinking, without looking at the whole picture, is an application of knowledge, no matter how limited the knowledge is, does not constitute intelligence. On the other hand it does not constitute stupidity either.

An open mind with the thirst to learn, would apply to how to become smarter, more intelligent.
Sometimes intelligence, when it is to bossy busy making a point, instead of troubleshooting the reason why someone else does not grasp the explanation of the concept.
Like saying everything is referenced to ground. Anchors are relative to ground and sometimes intelligence is tied to it. There is no absolutes, except the concept of knowledge relative to Power.
 where: Knowledge provides absolute Power and power corrupts, absolutely.
 
 
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