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Posted by abeodbart December 30, 2008 at 10:47 am

Interesting round up from Discover. I especially like to hold up a light to the theory of “fixed IQ at birth” being shattered – I seriously need some IQ boosting after my experience with Jack Daniels at xmas.

56 – Memory training can make you smarter.

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December 30, 2008 at 11:25 am
Ms G says:

My favorites at this moment:
#7. Invisibility Becomes More than Just a Fantasy
#8: Cavemen: They’re Just Like Us
#43: Next-Level Quantum Spookiness

According to me it is the same with the brain as with the body .. when it comes to working out and consuming .. And you can boost it ofcourse, for higher performance. But normal life does not need such a boost … a normal down to earth brain which stays a bit curious/open to other people will last the longest I think …

And as for fixed IQ .. nope .. generally it comes with a wide range … lots of possibilities .. healthy body, healthy upbringing and environment .. all of major importance I think ..

Stubborn brains .. now THAT is something else ….

The “best” brains are not always paying of in life due to a lot of stuff ..
Best differs …

Who is the driver .. you or your brain ?

Okay … now I need to work lottery numbers ……. (I’m trying to force my brain to see stuff .. predict stuff … but nope .. no numbers on the screen yet ..) .. hehehe …


December 30, 2008 at 11:39 am
harlequin says:

I don’t think memory has a high impact on your IQ because I have the worst memory ever but my IQ is rather high. I’ve been trying to do something about my trashy memory but by now I’ve already given up all of my hopes.


December 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm
Nopke says:

Also, those brain games don’t really do anything to your intelligence .. it’s often about speed .. very shallow stuff … Slower does not necessarily mean less intelligent .. the more thoughtfull sometimes see way more and therefor will take more time to come to an answer … the less you know .. the more you know .. etc etc …

In the end you probably end up saying nothing at all anymore .. knowing it all …. to prevend those from becoming completely comatic … some exercise (not because you wish to or think it is usefull) may be good at times … to make you see whereas you really really do not want to see anymore … knowing it all … groundhog day day after day …. nothing new worthwhile for personal life ..

To think that you know it all is dangerous … better to stay a student all your life in a way .. if possible … if life will allow you to do so ..


December 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I wonder if the ability to use punctuation and sentence structure is a proxy for intelligence? Hmm.

Great link though, I really like #70 myself. Amazing stuff.


December 30, 2008 at 7:36 pm
BellaFiga says:

Phillis, Phillis, do you not read the small print on the Jack Daniels posters? Drink responsibly! No, I don’t know what it means either. I have befriended two bottles of Bailey’s this week.


December 30, 2008 at 10:12 pm
Lolly says:

Drink responsibly? Don’t miss your mouth, don’t vomit in a stranger’s handbag and don’t flash your flange at CCTV cameras. That about covers it, right?


December 30, 2008 at 10:34 pm
Katherine says:

Can sympathize Phillis. Having re-read the 2nd paragraph of the comment I submitted on Derren’s “no God” post on Christmas Day, all I can say is that either it was a Freudian slip or the effects of a rather good bottle of Californian Zinfandel. Oops!


December 31, 2008 at 4:07 am
whodat says:

did a double take at #72′s headline


January 10, 2009 at 2:09 am
Theresa says:

“I especially like to hold up a light to the theory of ‘fixed IQ at birth’ being shattered….”

No serious psychometrician worth his salt will ever tell you that IQ is “fixed at birth”. That is a gross oversimplification of intelligence studies — actually, it’s simply wrong:

Environmental and Intelligence (@ Wikipedia)

Also, saying that this study has “shattered” any theories on IQ is a bit preemptive. Even the researchers note that longtitudinal studies are required before anything conclusive can be said. And, as in science in general, studies replicating the findings are essential.


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