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Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Business Insider has an article,  which was culled from a Quora thread .

Here is the list they distilled (check out the thread or the article for the meat of each point)

1. Come up with 10 ideas every day.
2. Read the newspaper.
3. Play devil’s advocate.
4. Read a chapter in a fiction or non-fiction book.
5. Instead of watching TV, watch educational videos.
6. Subscribe to feeds of interesting information.
7. Check in with your favourite knowledge sources.
8. Share what you learn with other people.
9. Make two lists: a list of work-related skills you want to shadowsocks教程 learn now and a list for things you want to achieve in the future.
10. Make an “I Did” list.
11. Write down what you learn.
12. Stimulate your mind.
13. Take online courses.
14. Talk to someone you find interesting.
15. Hang out with people who are smarter than you.
16. Follow your questions.
17. Use a word-of-the-day app.
18. Do something scary.
19. Explore new areas.
20. Play “smart” games.
21. Set aside some time to do nothing.
22. Adopt a productive hobby.
23. Apply what you learn.

How many do you feel apply to you?

Some of these I do on a weekly basis, but not daily. If I count both daily and weekly, I give myself 19/23.

More clever animals, this time: Goats

It sounds like animal researchers are anything but bored with all these really intelligent animals in different branches of the animal kingdom.

From Vice, “Goats are the bleating geniuses of the barnyard”:

While crows were getting major accolades for being as smart as children—as if that’s at all impressive—goats were quietly proving themselves to be not only internet-ready stars in the making, but the most clever ungulates—with an excellent long-term memory.

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London trained goats to perform a two-step process to receive a treat. The goats had to pull out a lever with their lips or teeth using a rope (image a), then they had to lift the lever up using the mouth or muzzle (b) to make a food reward—pasta and grass—drop from a dispenser into a feeding bowl. Nine of the 12 goats quickly learned the task—faster even than chimpanzees. Only one goat actually failed, and two were disqualified for trying to use their horns to lift the lever rather than their mouths.

Interestingly enough, after intervals of up to 10 months, the goats were able to solve the task within two minutes, indicating excellent long-term memory.

So now that makes Dolphins, Crows, Chimpanzees, Pigs and Goats. The plot continues to thicken.

Think fast, smarty!

This comes from a post titled “Measuring your dumbness with a ruler”, but I think that title is a little harsh.

This video shows (and explains) how you can, in a way, test your smarts with just a ruler. It’s pretty interesting, and if you know anyone who walks around all cocky that they are a super-genius, maybe you can catch them with their smarty-pants down if they aren’t so good with this exercise:

Slow motion video camera optional.

More on fast vs slow thinking here.

Crows are the geniuses of the avian world

I’ve written in the past about how dolphins are basically the geniuses of the sea, well crows are the equivalent in the sky.

I’ve wanted to do a post about this for a while, but haven’t had the time to do the research to do the kind of comprehensive post that I wanted to do (as I’ve seen several clips of crows being winged brainiacs), so I am going to simplify.

HoffPo recently featured an article called “This Crow Is The Smartest Bird You’ve Ever Seen”, which talks about how crows are able to complete complex, multistep puzzles that would even be challenging for humans. Embedded is a YouTube clip of a crow completing an 8 stage puzzle:

The article says:

This isn’t the first time crows’ intelligence has been tested, either. Along with being problem solvers, these animals have an eerie tendency towards complex human-like memory skills. Through several different studies, we’ve learned that crows can recognize faces, communicate details of an event to each other and even avoid places they recognize as dangerous.

I’m also currently reading “Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin, and I randomly started reading the book on the chapter about pigs. They are also very intelligent creatures, and apparently require a ton of mental stimulation naturally, kind of like newborn babies. Temple calls it their “seeking function”, and boy I think I can relate to those pigs even as an adult.

Here’s another video I just grabbed off YouTube on the subject:

I find it really cool and fascinating that there are several members of the animal kindgom that show us that humans aren’t the only clever organisms on the planet. Just because they can’t talk doesn’t mean they aren’t a lot smarter than we give them credit for.

Did You Know – Animals Think Like People

Recently I found an article on The New York Times website called “Dogs Are People, Too”. The article talks about how scientists have found a way to do fMRI scans on dogs (and other animals) that show that their brains actually process and fire very similarly to ours, effectively meaning that while animals can’t talk, they can feel, they think, they remember, they dream. Some people don’t think of animals this way, but now there is science to prove that just because rover can’t talk to you, doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand. I am reminded of an image series I found online previously, a comical take on the fact that some religious sects don’t believe animals have souls or would go to Heaven (assuming Heaven exists), unless perhaps they convert. On a related note, I heard the comment on a podcast recently that (to paraphrase) “Apes can’t speak, not because they lack the intelligence, but because they lack the physicality in their mouths and vocal chords”. And scientists have already determined that Dolphins are extremely intelligent and not only do they have their own language, but have names for each other like humans do.

From the Reddit files – Mensa and Porn Stars

I was just browsing www.reddit.com/r/TodayILearned, a favourite quick reading spot of mine, and I saw the following post title: “Today I Learned that Asia Carrera, star of over 250 porn films, won a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University and is a member of Mensa, with an IQ of 156” (link to Wikipedia)

This caught my attention primarily because of the Mensa mention (seriously, first I’ve ever heard of Ms. Carrera).

I actually took the Mensa test back in July. I took it because a friend of mine used to be a member and I had been saying that I was trying to figure out some places I could go for intellectual discourse with other people. She suggested Mensa. Continue reading