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Originally posted by junglejake
thelibra broke this thread...I hit the ">>" in myATS and got a gray screen of death. Thanks, Libra, thanks a lot. First you try to ruin the whole concept of a debate by insisting people in slavery and in chains are happy,especially when they're tortured, now you're ruining this thread, too. Next think you know, you're going to attack ATS with a denial of service attack because there's too much free speach taking place here!
Originally posted by grad_student
IQ tests test your ability to take IQ tests.
I've never taken a formal IQ test but I got the highest score on some sort of admittance test for a gifted program in 4th - 6th grades in Burning Tree, Maryland, apparently.
I'm sure there's a bell curve of high IQ personalities the same way there is for low IQ personalities.
Some of them are mild mannered types, some are outspoken radicals. Certainly there is a tendancy to be objective and strategic in your thought processes rather than thinking emotionally and "feeling" out the right answer to something.
I have spent alot of my time as a programmer in software asking almost the opposite question, "how do people of low intelligence think?" The problem is that when you say that it sounds insulting, so please understand that is not the intention, just as your question is not intending to insult the higher IQ folks. My own personal curiosity stems from a political orientation.
For example, I would propose that our current president, actually acts stupid on purpose. It's a strange thing you pick up. For example I was always a smart kid but I went to a public school. You have to learn to "fit in" and "be cool" and this is just as important to some kids as doing well in school is. When I was in college I went through a phase where I did poorly in my classes almost on purpose so that I wouldn't get the other people too bothered. I theorize that Bush went through a similar process in his college years ... he can't REALLY be as dumb as he acts, his father was a former director of the CIA!
Anyways, at least I would wager to say that at least a few of us can actually speak alot better than Bush can in public "um well I uh um what was the question again?" doh!
The intriguing thing in political life is that your voter base has a bell curve of intelligence ... so you really should appear only as smart as necessary in order to win votes. It affects your socialization habits. For example, if I want to get buddy buddy with some union guys I'm going to go hang out in a bar drinking Miller Lite. If I'm at the beach I might stare at hot chicks wearing small bikinis and spend all night at a dance club. If I want to go meet some hyper geniuses I go do a PhD, take quantum computing at the physics dept, and attend the Wolfram NKS conference. These people don't seem to want to go out chasing chicks as much as they would rather stay inside chasing orthogonality principles, cellular automata, quantum gravity, string theory, the solution to AIDS, world peace, and where peas come from. They appear to prefer this over chasing blondes with large hooters ...
Originally posted by GrandCourtJester
Are there any ways of increasing intelligence. For instance there are many books like "Superlearning" which purport to increase mental capacity. Also there was the "Mozart Effect' from a few years back. (Researchers later claimed to disporve the Mozart Effect, but researchers are always disporoving themselves. I'm still waiting for them to find evidence of the health benefits of smoking! ) Anything to it, or only hot air??
[edit on 18-7-2005 by GrandCourtJester]
Originally posted by dancer
While I am thinking about this topic, another exersize comes to mind.
If you play chess, resonably well, and have someone you are comfortable with to work with.
Game 1 - Standard game, ect.
Game 2 - after setting up the board, rotate the board counter-clockwise 25% - so that instead of sitting behind your pieces you have them to your right - Then play - Without rotating or tilting your head to compensate for the rotation.
Game 3 - after setting up the board, rotate the board an additional 25% from game 2 - so that instead of sitting behind your pieces you sit behind your opponents pieces - Then play - Without rotating or tilting your head to compensate for the rotation.
Game 4 - Opposite of Game 2, but with your pieces on your left. Then play - Without rotating or tilting your head to compensate for the rotation.
After working this on a counterclockwise rotation, try it with a clockwise rotation.
This will assist you in spotting flaws in your stratagy, as well as develop your skills, understanding and perception of the game.