Now that Jeff Bezos presides over one of the most valuable companies in the world and has amassed a personal fortune of around $150 billion, folks are turning to him for advice on how he became successful. And while there's no doubt he's a very smart guy, he didn't make Amazon into the company it is today singlehandedly. He surrounded himself with highly intelligent people. Which begs the question - how does Jeff Bezos decide someone is smart?
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How much do you read? A book a year? A month? A week? A day? It probably won't surprise long-time bibliophiles to hear this, but reading can make you smarter in a lot of different ways. From emotional intelligence to giving your brain a full on work out, here's why you should think about picking up a book (or even some poetry) a little more often.
You've stood at a bus stop, or in a line at the supermarket, or you've sat waiting for a movie to start, so you immediately reach for Facebook or Twitter, right? Well, maybe not, because here are seven app categories we've picked out that are a better use of your downtime than scrolling through posts from people you don't even like that much.
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...