Does high IQ means anything in the real world?

 

It would depend on how high it is the IQ. A little over the average, like 120, 130 or 140 points, it could be a good indication. But a much higher IQ could be detrimental.

It all depends on the interpretation of the word intelligence. According to the Oxford dictionary, intelligence is language.

Intelligence: Intellect, understanding. 2 Quickness of understanding, sagacity.

In case we have doubts about intellect, it is easy.

Intellect: Faculty of knowing and reasoning, understanding.

You cannot know most questions if you lack a language. To know is to understand some verbal statements, and reasoning is the capacity to discern if some statements are false, true or doubtful. Reasoning is also the capacity of arriving to a provisional conclusion if some statements can not be verified physically.

Then, if you had watched ever a TV program of the style Jeopardy…

Jeopardy! – Wikipedia!

You would see that too know too much is detrimental to our intelligence. There is a lot of trash information involved, and to memorize such a volume of data is a waste of time and resources.

Just image someone memorizing a phone book. It is surely a waste of energy and time. I had seen some videos about people training to memorize the order of some decks of cards. There are people training for some concourses about this.

Any career you are going to make would take a lot of effort, and you must memorize also a lot of trash. This occurs for they are making a barrier to limit the number of people with a degree about this matter. But at least you are memorizing this trash for you need to pass some exams. You need to learn a lot of trash to earn a degree of something, or a master, or a doctorate whatever. Then, to memorize for the sake of it is waste of energy and time.

Then high IQ is a fetish some people have. Nobody is going to pay you a salary because you have a high IQ. It does not make any sense. You can earn your life, because you had earned a degree of something the work market needs.

To have a high IQ is similar to say, I had read 200 novels. Nobody is going to pay you a salary because you had read 200 novels. But novels can help you a lot to learn a foreign language, by example. I can write in English because I had read a lot of novels. I never had been living in any English speaking country, and I never had worked or earned a dime, because I knew English. But English was very useful to read about a lot of science articles in a number of magazines. It also helped me to teach English to my children, and now to my granddaughter.

 

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How is intelligence defined?

Originally Answered: How can intelligence be defined? · 

 

I was writing a book about children’s intelligence. Then, in some moment I needed to define intelligence, for in spite all my readings on the subject, I never read a definition of intelligence. It is amazing that such a common word is so rarely defined.

I remember some 50 years ago, I asked for the IQ Test of Lewis Terman of Standford in a public library . I was shocked when I read the author saying

I am not going to define intelligence.

It looked absurd to me that the author of an IQ test would decide not to define intelligence. Perhaps he has some political reasons, for he was saying that intelligence innate. If you define what is intelligence it does not make any sense to say it is innate.

I contented myself with the negative of Lewis Terman by thinking, I would get what idea the author has about intelligence by watching the items contained in the test.

The first thing I observed was that the IQ test of Lewis Terman was measuring the language of the child. Nothing less. Why the language? Language was a necessary ingredient of the test, for the examiner was presenting questions to the child. Then, it was obviously a test of language. If the child is unable to understand the question, he cannot reply. But the child can apparently understand a question, but could be unable the reply for he does not know some word. I live in an island that has not trains, and most people had not yet TV as to see a train. only people a little older that was given money to watch movies would had an opportunity to watch a train. But he could had missed perhaps the word train if nobody was telling him. One of the questions was “what is a train?” Other question was about the word lawn. If you ask a child what is a lawn, perhaps he can ignore the meaning of this word. Unless the family has a garden with a lawn, the child cannot understand the word. I have a grand daughter of 25 months of age. We have a lawn but she does not know this word yet. She knows this is grass, bothy in Spanish and in English, but the word lawn had not come out yet in her universe. A child living in a poor family that had often crossed a park, needs his mum to inform him, this you see here is grass, but it is also called a lawn. In a test if the examiner ask a child what is a lawn? The child would be unable to reply if he had not learned yet this word. This do not mean he has some innate ignorance. We all are born ignorant. It is with time that we learn.

Well, I had been arguing with some people in some places about intelligence, and it is rather rare the person arguing with me would know that intelligence is mostly language. Someone was disputing my argument, then I consulted the Concise Oxford dictionary.

Intelligence: Intellect, understanding. 2 Quickness of understanding, sagacity.

In case we have doubts about intellect, it is easy.

Intellect: Faculty of knowing and reasoning, understanding.

You cannot know most questions if you lack a language. To know is to understand some statements, and reasoning is the capacity to discern if some statements are false or true. Reasoning is also the capacity of arriving to a conclusion if some statements can not be verified.

The main purpose of language is to learn things or questions. A part of language is related is mostly to reasoning and it is cognate to doubt. Doubt must be then a component of language.

Some people had tried to befog me by telling intelligence is how fast a person is learning. I replied with the simile of someone playing tennis or playing the piano; the more practice have had this person the faster he learns. A person that never had played tennis or a piano before would have a dirty half hour learning the first steps of those plays. The same happens with language. The more trained is a person with language, the better and faster he understands a relatively complex question. A child with only a poor level of language cannot understand complex phrases or arguments. Like many persons that were arguing with me, they do not understand the meaning of intelligence. But they are able to repeat a lot of classifications of intelligence, like naturalistic, musical, logico-mathematical, existential, interpersonal or social, kinesthetic, linguistic and others.

Basically anything we learn, including language, is not other than a set of “conditioned reflexes”.

We can understand well what it means conditioned reflexes if you watch someone playing tennis. The ball comes to your side, and you must run with the racket in a hand to hit back the ball towards the other player. You can do this better or worse. The more you practice this game, the better you can do it. It is not different to play the piano. You see some notes printed in a paper, and you had learned where to put the fingers to play those notes. In advanced stages you can be able to memorize the whole sequence of a melody and play it. It takes a lot of work to learn this. The more you practice with the piano, the better you play. The same can be said of playing chess, or whatever.

I was talking one day with someone that told me I do not know what mathematics is. I told him, mathematics is not different to playing the piano. You have to build a powerful set of conditioned reflexes.

I remember when I was in a religious school as a child. One of the things I had to learn was the catechism. It started with a small booklet of only 150 questions and replies. Later as you were getting older, the catechism had 3,500 questions and answers. The quid with the catechism was not to confuse the questions, for some have some similarity to others. In maths is not different. You must memorize many hundreds of thousands of algorithms and questions, and you should not to confuse the sheep with the goats.

Anything you would learn needs a lot of work. The more complex is something you have to learn the more work you need to master it. And work means time.

Then, it does not make any sense to speak of different forms of intelligence. Intelligence is what you had learned to do. If you play chess like a grand master, your main intelligence is to play chess. If you are on your way to win the Roland Garros trophy this is your main intelligence, and so on.

Our capacity to know is limited, thus our intelligence is also limited. The more you want to know the more time you need. And also, the more you know in general, the more wrong ideas you can have stored in your brain. To reduce the common situation of committing errors, all sciences had been divided in many different specialties. Nobody has an infinite capacity to memorize.

 
 
 
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Sobre el independentismo catalán

El por qué del independentismo catalán

La respuesta es muy simple. El independentismo halaga la vanidad de los catalanes sugiriendo o afirmando que son una raza superior, y los españoles de Madrid unos mierdas y bastante fachas. Esto es muy halagador y los votantes votan al partido que les dice esas cosas tan bellas. Una vez que gobiernas la comunidad puedes ganar buenas comisiones por las obras publicas, aparte de los lindos sueldos por ser gobernantes o parlamentarios. No solo tienen cargos en Cataluña, sino que los tienen también en el parlamento de España. Esta preciosa fórmula viene funcionando desde que se inventó la democracia y les va muy bien. ¿Por qué iban a cambiar de fórmula? Si una religión te da buen dinero, no te vas a pasar a otra, digo yo. Es cuando menos arriesgado.
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Todo el mundo es vanidoso en más o en menos.  Y las provincias catalanas tiene riqueza y belleza de sobra para creerse que son superiores a los demás.  No todo el mundo te va a restregar eso por las narices pero algunos lo hacen.  Y en este mismo sitio, Quora, me salió un tipo diciendo algo de este estilo. Eran más ricos, porque eran superiores, más trabajadores, con más inventiva, etc.  Esto es un poco como un rico que te dice, que se hizo rico debido a sus virtudes y su voluntad de ahorro.  Y que los que son pobres lo son por causa de su vagancia y su escasa inteligencia.

 

To make my 14 year old daughter keep her door open

 

To let a five year old do whatever she wants

Is it alright to let a five year old do whatever she wants? 

Well, the question has a root. It has a root. I mean something is being done badly with the child. This makes me think the one deserving a punishment is her mother or father for doing something wrong.

 

 

AFRODISIA

Afrodisia

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De las fuerzas con que nos gobierna Palas Atenea, la diosa por Siempre Virgen

Hay una lucha continua, entre Atenea y Afrodita, que gobierna nuestras vidas. Es algo así como la lucha entre el frío y el calor. Es una lucha entre la castidad, inculcada por la virtud de la fusta, y la fuerza indómita de la entrepierna que nos asalta de pronto en el calor de la noche.
Nuestra vida está gobernada por la severa influencia de Palas Atenea; la diosa virgen por los siglos de los siglos. Y esto nos hace cerebrales, guerreros, y bastante frígidos. Atenea promueve las artes y es la diosa de la tecnología. Entre los amigos de la diosa está Hefestos, el divino herrero, que le regaló una milagrosa lechuza voladora, hecha de puro bronce. Constaba esta máquina divina de piezas innumerables y era una maravilla de la herrería olímpica.
Sabemos que el espíritu de la diosa se penetra en sigilo por la mente matemática de los hombres, generando el casto regocijo de las cuentas bancarias y los saldos positivos. Ella nos protege de los riesgos en la mar. Para eso, llevada de su astucia mantiene entretenido al viejo Poseidon en unas partidas interminables de damas. Entretenido en estos juegos inocentes, el viejo se olvida de agitar con su tridente las embravecidas y temibles olas. De ese modo, nuestros barcos llegan felizmente a los puertos donde descargan sus mercancías y se vuelven a cargar de trigo y de cebada en las tierras ricas en grano del mundo.
Atenea es una divinidad poderosa y una Virgen Recia, por demás. Y, a pesar de los milenios transcurridos, todavía no se le conoce ni un desliz que ponga en duda su virginidad. Es la protectora de las doncellas estrechas y de las viudas virtuosas; todas ellas castas por decreto divino. También se la conoce como la Virgen Vengadora de las doncellas ultrajadas y como castradora de violadores.
En un libro sobre el amor, parece fuera de lugar que se traten las cosas de Atenea y las ataduras con que nos gobierna. Pero, en verdad que la diosa misma, y toda su legión de servidores, nos gobierna mucho antes de haber nacido. Lo gobiernan todo. Desde las castas costumbres, pasando por la milicia, el comercio, y hasta los chismorreos mismos de la gente.
Todo lo que hace a Atenas fuerte y poderosa, gravita en torno a la castidad; virtud obligada de toda civilización. Y esta castidad está inspirada y controlada por Atenea, la Virgen Guerrera, por los siglos de los siglos.
Así que siendo esta diosa tan importante para la civilización de Atenas, me veo obligado a empezar este libro cantando sus hazañas y sus virtudes innumerables.

Autor: Leopoldo Perdomo

¿Cuándo fue el momento que sentiste un gran vacío en tu alma?

Sentí un gran vacío en mi alma, cuando me di cuenta que me habían engañado con la teoría del colesterol. Que lo que causaba el colesterol era el exceso de hidratos de carbono y no las grasas de origen animal y las comidas ricas en proteínas. Sentí un gran vacío, al ver lo sencillo que tienen las autoridades para engañarnos.

Debe ser un poco como un comunista asturiano que trabajaba en las minas de carbón, que se fue varias veces a París y visitó la embajada rusa para pedirles un visado y se lo negaron. La última vez armó un pequeño follón en la embajada y al final le dieron un visado para visitar Moscú. El hombre estaba un poco decepcionado. Pero quería visitar las minas de carbón, y se puso a dar la lata hasta que se lo permitieron. Al final le dieron permiso para ir a ver las minas y lo enviaron a Vorkuta con un guía del KGB. Vorkuta anda por el círculo polar ártico por si sirve de algo decirlo. Lo que vio en las minas de Vorkuta lo dejó de piedra. Más tarde, en Moscú, visitó a un español de origen asturiano (uno de esos niños de Moscú de cuando la guerra civil) y le habló de Vorkuta. Concluyó diciendo “ahora entiendo que las autoridades rusas se negaran a darme un visado o no me dejaran ir a visitar las minas. Y es que hay que tener una gran formación política para no caer en el derrotismo y hacerse pro capitalista.”

Otro momento crucial en que se me vació el alma, fue cuando me puse a buscar documentación sobre el pasado climático para ver si tenía sentido la teoría del calentamiento causado por el CO2. Esa documentación me hizo ver que la teoría del calentamiento atropogénico era un cuento.

Otro momento que me causó un gran vacío fue cuando vi a un pastor evangelista que se puso a pedir dinero para comprarse un jet privado para ejercer mejor su ministerio evangélico.

Pastor pide 65 millones de dólares a fieles para comprarse un avión

No me impresionó que el tío pidiera el dinero; pues hay gente con mucha cara dura.

Lo que impresionó fue que la gente le diera el dinero.

Cuando ves una cosa así, te das cuenta que los seres humanos son estúpidos por naturaleza, y que no hay nada que pueda cambiar esto.

Cuando tienes este tipo de epifanías, ves que solo somos un rebaño de borregos.