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#61 nupi

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:53 AM

I am most familiar with the GMAT, www.manhattangmat.com has probably the toughest online exams there are. There's also the original exam by the GMAC but I forgot where that was hosted (try www.mba.com maybe)

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:40 AM

I am most familiar with the GMAT, www.manhattangmat.com has probably the toughest online exams there are. There's also the original exam by the GMAC but I forgot where that was hosted (try www.mba.com maybe)


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#63 GetOutOfBox

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:36 AM

I'm not really into improving my intelligence. I feel like I'm pretty intelligent already, but even if I'm not amazing, I'm happy with it. What I dream of is being able to fix the concentration issues I have because of my ADD, to be able to consistently work like everyone else can :(

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

well, not everybody else can work consistently, a lot of people have problems.
I'll recommend you:
(1) limit your use of internet (read this: http://www.theatlant...-stupid/306868/ or his book Shallows or find some video of him on youtube)
(2) meditation
(3) n-back or other exercises for working memory - for concentration you have to extend duration of each session (e.g. you start with 5 × 120 seconds and then extend this over time to 3 × 300 seconds or more - less longer sessions). It may help you, or it may not - you just have to try it and see for yourself.
(4) use of supplements - I don't really know what's helpful for ADD, just search this and other forums. I'd start with ordinary brain nutrients that most people need to supplement: vitamin D, omega-3, zinc, magnesium.

#65 machete234

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

(1) limit your use of internet (read this: http://www.theatlant...-stupid/306868/ or his book Shallows or find some video of him on youtube)

I read the whole article to prove the author wrong, Im clever right? :laugh:
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#66 hippocampus

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

Well, you didn't prove anything, there are probably more people that haven't read the whole article in one piece. :) I sure have problems as described in the article (and the book Shallows) as have many other people. Read his book and comment afterwards.

#67 machete234

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

I just glanced over a review of the book on amazon and it says we "immersed ourselves in the universe of a book" sorry but we dont have time for this anymore also when we write scientific texts we are required to present a lot more information then 30 years ago.
When there was the library as the only option it was acknoledged that there was only so much information to obtain so the type written works look rather simple to us today.
Today you have I dont even know how much more information and what you need to do is scan scan scan..

In that case I cant waste my time with a book so thick you can kill somebody with it and that is 50% blabla and 50% "look how genious I am" by the author.
You cant really read these waste of paper scientific books when all you need is a few passages and you also cant dedicate your life to studying the works of Dr LookhowgeniousIam.

Im not saying that I dont agree that the internet has effect on our reading, attention span etc.
When books where the window to the world and you had nothing to get information easier than you read a book, the window to the world thing has shifted to the internet now so we prefer that now.

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#68 Maecenas

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:44 PM

I've noticed that when you concentrate on intelligence as on some specific skill and try to develop it you have real chances to develop a depression and depression raises your risk of dementia.But very strong interest in things you study automatically makes you "more intelligent". Also a mere courage of thinking and absence of doubts in your abilities increases your results.
I think what is called an IQ is in itself the measurement of the power of your individual brain in some abstract areas. Perhaps your own curiosity plus will and social wisdom and values, which surround you are more important. Have you ever noticed how often geniuses appear in the same social environment or are the students of the same teacher?I suppose Intelligence in itself has no value until it is framed by discipline and specialization and is lead by a strong cultural tradition.
By the way, would anybody explain the difference between words smart, intelligent and clever in English language?

#69 kurdishfella

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 07:02 AM

I think people with higher IQs tend to be more prone to depression.

I disagree to the fullest, people with low IQ are more likely to be depressed, people with high IQ are ''too wise'' to be affected by depression or any other mental disorders because they can easily overcome it with their thinking or thoughts if it ever comes to it.

Edited by farshad, 03 June 2019 - 07:03 AM.

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#70 Oakman

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 01:42 PM

"Obviously a lot of us care about improving intelligence." 


No, it's not obvious. It appears to me that there are only a few, not a lot, that care about improving (their?) intelligence. The rest just live their lives with whatever knowledge they are forced to obtain to exist and work and survive. In fact, many actively do not want to learn new or different things, or truths that may change their previously formed beliefs.


"What do you do when you realize there's not much you can change despite all that you read here?"


Read some more, do some more.


#71 Automail

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Posted 05 June 2019 - 02:36 AM

If I recall correctly, there a documentary on youtube that stated that those who have high IQ (relative to the general population) experience more difficulty forming relationships, since those intellectuals are few and don't emotionally connect really well to his neighbor.
Additionally, top-tier IQians are more self-aware than Low-tier IQians of actions responsive to their futuristic outcomes, but in turn, they're more self-aware that they'll Inevitably die. As a result, they have a strenuous time justifying virtually anything.

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#72 wanderlust

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 11:48 PM

I was born with serve learning disabilities and a rather low iq.

One day in class I was looking at my hand I was scribbling on a sheet of paper and dribbling at the time. And I just knew that I was a retard.
My body and my Brian just would not comply with my orders properly I was broken.

Looking around I was in a class of broken people but they didn't seem to know it or to feel it they were happy.

Intelligence is something I had to earn with years of psychogical conditioning, disciple and later pharmacology and tdcs

I am told now that it is impossible to cure learning disabilities or dramatically increase your iq and that the professionals giving the test multiple times over the years must have done it wrong .

The greatest boundary to to change was the personality and character that I had developed it was connected to a lack of intelligence, He I was beautifully innocent and really free of worry.ue could just admire the moment and feel pee dribbling down his leg, warm pee on a summers day.
Watching that innocent young man die within my self was heartbreaking .

They say that innocence is the first casualty of war.
in my fight for sentience and control over my physical mind and body it was.

Second was my relationship with those around me they perceived me to be someone that I was nolonger and that ment a change for them and there roles that was painful to them.
I cherish the intelligence I earned though hard work and sacrifice and the body and mind that obay my commands.

The world is slowly burning and humanity is slowly going over a cliff but I am not in that special needs class I am aware and sentient.
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#73 Tobeornottobe

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Posted 02 May 2020 - 07:34 AM

The person who started this forum....what kind crazy motivation would want to see this anecdotal Rube Goldberg whine-fest kick it's can down the gutter?


Intelligence is directly proportional to neural network efficiency and the total number of neurons.  Good luck changing that shit.  My IQ is over 140 and it hasn't helped increase my wealth at all so what good is intelligence without a little luck?  Please don't answer.. Just kill the topic here. 

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#74 jroseland

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Posted 29 November 2020 - 04:47 PM

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Posted 15 December 2020 - 04:43 PM

The smarter you are, the more painful everybody else's stupidity becomes. And the stronger the force of the world around you trying to tear you apart at the seams through some sort of sick osmosis. I have spent most of my life mired in deep existential crisis. But I have found that it and all internal negativity is an energy that can be harnessed and put to use for positive things (such as self-improvement). We've nothing to lose by trying.



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