Keeping a fit mind is like keeping a fit body: there are no reliable gimmicks or shortcuts. Health comes down to daily lifestyle choices, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and being judicious with french fries and six packs. IQ, just like weight, begins with the little choices. Continue reading “7 Modest Tips to Increase Your IQ”
“Hi. I’m looking for a Chicago screw,” I announced to the woman behind the counter at the hardware store.
A Chicago screw is essentially a large rivet, but it requires no rivet gun. You simply screw the two ends together. It’s also known as a sex bolt, though sex bolts are typically more robust. Continue reading “The Mighty Power of “I Don’t Know””
Here in Colorado we recently legalized recreational marijuana. I think that was a good decision. Grownups don’t need babysitters, and on my list of societal ills pot falls somewhere between stray dogs and people who drive slowly in the fast line. Continue reading “Five Reasons Why Marijuana Is a Real Jerk Sometimes”
Q: Duke University conducted a study that “shows” that born again Christians have smaller brains than other protestants. I am curious to know how solid the science is. – Anonymous Continue reading “Do Born Again Christians Have Smaller Brains?”
It happens like clockwork. Every few years, researchers contrive yet another study to prove that conservatives are mentally deficient. This time, the attack comes from evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa in his current paper, Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent. To be fair, gunning for conservatives does not appear to be his primary motive. Instead, he seems to have tied himself in knots trying to affirm a pet theory. Either way, he has recklessly disparaged millions. The methodology is atrocious. Continue reading “Are Liberals More Intelligent than Conservatives? Another Broken Study Says It Is So”
Q: Why did mankind develop such high intelligence? I mean, it’s not as if less intelligent creatures are having trouble sustaining their respective species. So why do we have this brilliant feature to begin with? – Yousaf Bajwa Continue reading “Why Are Humans Smarter Than We Need To Be?”
Will chewing gum make you smarter? My friends said it won’t. Please help me decide. – Jennifer, Texas Continue reading “Will Chewing Gum Make You Smarter?”
Q: What is ironshrink’s take on relational frame theory? Is it controversial as voodoo? There are no chickens involved, are there? – Sponge Continue reading “What is Relational Frame Theory (Part One)”
Q: Why should we trust any of you [psychologists]? Aren’t you all crazy?
Q: Do you think there are alot of people in your profession who are pretty strange themselves? Why should anyone trust any of you?
Q: Are all therapists crazy? What about the suicide rate? Continue reading “How To Tell If Your Therapist Is Crazy (Part One)”
Q: Every once in a while I hear someone say “we only use 10% of our brain.” In the movie “The Secret,” they say we only use 5% of our brain. I don’t believe it. Where did this come from? – Secret Identity Continue reading “Do We Really Only Use Ten Percent of Our Brains?”
According to some doctors, it is possible to raise IQ by “exercising” the brain with challenging activities for the left brain and right brain. Do you agree? – Jane Continue reading “Is It Possible to Raise My IQ?”