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December 18, 2006

for better IQ.. if that matters

was reading an article about IQ. IQ(Intelligence Quotient) is ratio of tested mental age to chronological age, usually expressed as a quotient multiplied by 100.

I always thought- having good IQ proves nothing and does not means success, because :

  • I never to manage to score high. I loved it when E.I. book was published (wow, now I have offical study/excuse).
  • Test pattern sure does have a problem since recent IQ test asked which of four fruits was different. It was the one with more than one seed; but what if you were not familiar with these fruits? Obviously this test is culturally biased. You are assumed to have certain knowledge, yet you are being tested for intelligence, not knowledge. Similar rearranging words to name places, country, ocean,etc.. clearly this would be found thru method of elimination. clearly this a test-taking-ability. so a person bound to score higher than another person of equal intelligence who hasn’t learned simple techniques for scoring higher on multiple – choice tests.
  • Reality: Do we know IQ for Sachin Tendulkar? who cares? Now, good example is Laloo’s is new avatur. the man is doing what he doing by surrounding himself with intelligent people.

Ofcourse, an imperfect test is better than no test. I and may be you agreeing IQ test methods are not perfect doesnt prove anything. You are bound to ask my IQ scores and so do others with you. right?!

I noticed few interesting ‘to-do’ points from a study for better brainpower :

  • Good thinking habits: Just use a problem solving technique for several weeks and it will become a habit. Redesign everything you see for a while, and that will become a habit. You can develop many good thinking habits with some effort, and then be more resourceful effortlessly from that point on. Use the power of habit. may be you would want to start with Sudoku.
  • Learn a language: Learning a new language has been shown to halt the age-related decline in brain function. It also introduces your mind to new concepts and new ways of looking at things (in English we are afraid, whereas in Spanish we have fear). It is one of the best brain exercises.
  • Blog: Yes, that you read correctly ‘Blog’. Writing is good for your mind in a number of ways. It is a way to tell your memory what is important, so you’ll recall things more easily in the future. It is a way to clarify your thinking.
  • Ask questions: This is a great way to keep your brain in shape. Just get in the habit of asking questions often, even if it is only in your own mind.
  • Imaginary friends: Talking to and getting advice from characters in your mind can be a great way to access the information in your subconscious mind. Imagine a conversation with a person who has a lot of knowledge in the area you want advice in.
  • Talk: Talking is only good for the brain if you are actually exercising it, of course. Try explaining something that you don’t understand very well to a friend, though, and you’ll notice that the process of explaining will help you clarify your understanding.
  • Adjust your beliefs: Believe you are smarter, and you’ll become smarter.
  • Model others: Find others that are creative, intelligent, or very productive. Do what they do, and think what they think. (ofcourse, take advices NOT decisions)
  • Breath deep: More air in means more oxygen in the blood and therefore in the brain. Breath through your nose and you’ll notice that you use your diaphragm more, drawing air deeper into your lungs. Several deep breaths can also help to relax you, which is conducive to clearer thinking.
  • Sleep better: As long as you get a certain amount of sleep – probably a minimum of five hours – the quality seems to be more important than the quantity.
  • Sit up straight: Posture affects your thinking process. Prove it to yourself by doing math in your head while slouching, looking at the floor and letting your mouth hang open. Then do the mental math while sitting up straight, keeping your mouth closed and looking forward or slightly upwards. You’ll notice that it’s easier to think with the latter posture.
  • Food: Eat less, Eat breakfast, Olive oil is good, drink wine. Vitamin E, C(organe juice)
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September 25, 2006

Human History unfold differently on different continents.. Reasons.?

A Talk By Jared DiamondIntroduction by John Brockman

The biggest question that Jared Diamond is asking himself is how to turn the study of history into a science. He notes the distinction between the “hard sciences” such as physics, biology, and astronomy — and what we sometimes call the “social sciences,” which includes history, economics, government. The social sciences are often thought of as a pejorative. In particular many of the so-called hard scientists such as physicists or biologists, don’t consider history to be a science. The situation is even more extreme because, he points out, even historians themselves don’t consider history to be a science. Historians don’t get training in the scientific methods; they don’t get training in statistics; they don’t get training in the experimental method or problems of doing experiments on historical subjects; and they’ll often say that history is not a science, history is closer to an art.

Jared comes to this question as one who is accomplished in two scientific areas: physiology and evolutionary biology. The first is a laboratory science; the second, is never far from history. “Biology is the science,” he says. “Evolution is the concept that makes biology unique.”

In his new theories of human development, he brings together history and biology in presenting a global account of the rise of civilization. In so doing he takes on race-based theories of human development.

“Most people are explicitly racists,” he says. “In parts of the world — so called educated, so-called western society — we’ve learned that it is not polite to be racist, and so often we don’t express racist views, but nevertheless I’ve given lectures on this subject, and members of the National Academy of Sciences come up to me afterwards and say, but native Australians, they’re so primitive. Racism is one of the big issues in the world today. Racism is the big social problem in the United States.”

So why are people racists? According to Jared, racism involves the belief that other people are not capable of being educated. Or being human — that they’re different from us, and they’re less than human. It was through his work in New Guinea for the last 30 years that convinced him that it’s not true. “‘They’ are smarter than we are,” he says. But perhaps the main reason why people resort to racist explanations, he notes, is that they don’t have another answer. Until there’s a convincing answer why history really took the course that it did, people are going to fall back on the racist explanation. Jared believes that the big world impact of his ideas may being in demolishing the basis for racist theories of history and racist views.

A Talk By Jared Diamond

August 25, 2006

Rumor about AIDS…

got recent FWD from friends about AIDS spreading via pineapple to 10year old boy.
thought publishing my reply would be useful to someone..:

if you behave with ethics & values or with common-sense then nothing to worry about. also, you share responsibility to educate your co-workers, your society..

The summer of 2006 saw a rumour similar to the panipuri/pineapple one at work in the off-line world. Police in Qufu, China, were called upon to investigate a story that someone had injected watermelons grown in Fanji (a town in the Linquan county) with HIV-tainted blood. Linquan watermelons normally fetch higher prices than do those from other regions, and the farmers in that area had earlier in the year registered a trademark and established an association to protect their pricier watermelon crops. Once afoot, the false story served to drive down the price of Linquan watermelons, and sales of the fruit quickly declined. As one Linquan farmer reported, prior to the rumor’s appearance watermelons he’d harvested sold out, but after the rumor had spread only a small fraction of his crop was bought. Police suspect the whisper was started by someone looking to reap commercial benefit.

The rumor about HIV being passed to a ten-year-old boy via his eating of food items echoes a theme found in other urban legends, that of dread disease contracted by random innocent parties engaging in what should be safe activities — for example, AIDS acquired via a prick from a needle affixed to the handle of a gas pump, by ingesting HIV-laden blood added to restaurant ketchup dispensers, through eating pizza to which HIV-laden semen had been added; flesh-eating contagion passed on the skins of bananas imported from Costa Rica; and Weil’s Disease contracted via soda cans encrusted with rat urine. Such rumors are society’s way of expressing its disquiet about having to co-exist with dread contagion even in medically advanced times

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/aids-burger.html

HIV is not an airborne or food-borne virus, and it does not live long outside the body. Even if small amounts of HIV-infected blood were consumed, stomach acid would destroy the virus

If HIV could be passed on as easily as described in this warning, there would almost certainly be well-documented reports of such incidents. There are more than 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world along with millions of food outlets of every description. Given these statistics, if it were possible for consumers to be infected with HIV via contaminated takeaway food, such infections would be quite common, and health authorities would advise restrictions for HIV positive food-service workers.

Thus, the claims in the message should not be taken seriously. In fact, this message is reminiscent of an earlier, and completely bogus, AIDS story that claims HIV infected blood has been deliberately placed in the ketchup dispensers of fast food outlets. Such stories serve no purpose other than to spread unnecessary fear and alarm and add to the many damaging misconceptions surrounding HIV and AIDS Bogus warnings such as this should not be passed on to others…

Please Live not in Fear but in FAITH…

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