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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Heraclitus of Ephesus was a Greek philosopher sometimes known as "The Obscure" or the "Weeping Philosopher" who lived from around 535 BC to 475 BC. He suggests that wisdom is easier to achieve than you may think...
There's no such thing as a gifted child -- Albert Einstein had many failures when starting his work and most Nobel laureates weren't exceptionally smart as children. If you want to raise a "gifted child", telling your kids that they're smart could lead to burnout and could even drive them to fear failure. Instead, encourage them to accomplish more just by changing the way you praise your kids.
Brain games will make you smarter! The internet is making you dumber! Alcohol is killing your brain cells! The brain is a mystery we've been trying to solve for ages, and the desire to unlock its secrets has led to vast amounts of misinformation. Many of these false notions are more widely believed than the truth. We took our healthy scepticism and a bunch of brain research to find the truth behind some of the most common myths about intelligence and our brains. Here's what we learned.
Ageing is inevitable, but the quarter-life crisis — a deep, career-anxious worry that strikes sometime in your mid-20s — doesn’t have to be. Books can protect you.
Here are a handful of titles the librarians from the Reader Services department of the New York Public Library have shared to help people keep their sanity as they enter their fourth decade.
General knowledge is important. While it might not come up in everyday life, it's an effective intelligence barometer that can colour people's perception of you and leave your reputation permanently tarnished. This got us to thinking -- how much does the average human actually know about the solar system? Take our quiz to find out!
Some viral posts on Facebook refuse to die -- especially when they challenge users' intelligence. For the past couple of years, this quiz has been periodically popping up on the social media service to test the mental muscles of more than three million users. Apparently, solving the puzzle proves you have a higher IQ than the average person. Have a plug and see how you go!
Puzzles of logic are one of the best ways to measure your intelligence, quick wits and ability to think outside the box. The following selection of riddles, brain-teasers and numeric sequences are designed to separate the deep thinkers from the dunces. They start off easy and get progressively harder -- best grab a pen and paper!
We all know that reading makes us smarter. It can broaden your vocabulary, teach you new skills and lower stress levels. But that's just the tip of the ice berg. This infographic from designer Raphael Lysander explains some of the other benefits you might not be aware of -- from improved empathy to a lowered risk of dementia.
If you really want to find out how smart you are, try taking the Mensa IQ test. (Anything over 109 is considered above average, while less than 90 means you probably don't read Lifehacker.) In the meantime, here are eight behaviours and attributes that are often found in highly intelligent people. How many boxes did you tick?
School quizzes occasionally contain a puzzle so fiendish that it even stumps intelligent adults. (Teachers have to get their kicks somehow, y'know.) The above brain-teaser recently appeared on an elementary school entrance exam in Hong Kong and quickly went viral. How long will it take you to solve it?
Some riddles are more than just a bit of fun -- they're also an effective intelligence barometer. The following brain-teaser from TED-Ed will test both your maths knowledge and ability to think outside the box. It starts with four people who need to get to the other side of a bridge, each with their own walking speeds and quickly gets complicated...
Pick any industry and you'll find that very few people actually do the work themselves. Most cite a secondary source, or look up a summary online to quickly learn what they think they need to know. But this is exactly why doing the boring work more consistently is actually a competitive advantage. You should observe things for yourself.
The following test was developed by US psychologists to identify 'supertaskers' -- people who excel at completing cognitive tasks simultaneously. According to the study's results, just 2 per cent of the population are truly capable of supertasking, with most people's brains unable to handle the overload. Take the test yourself to see if you're that rare breed of human.
There's an old The Far Side strip by Gary Larson in which two parents lovingly watch their child playing Super Mario Bros. while imagining the future riches his "expert" skills will bring them. It was meant to be ironic, but it turns out that Mario 64 really can help your brain to grow.