Category Archives: Cognition

How Can We Explain the Coming European Idiocracy?

This post is a follow-on to yesterday’s article on the recent PNAS finding of a “reverse Flynn Effect” in Norway. IQs appear to be similarly falling in France, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, and elsewhere in Europe. Yesterday we looked at … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson vs. the “Mad Dog Atheists”

Conscious Intelligence is Not a Logical Proposition Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has staked out a large territory in the sphere of public discussion, which borders on several distinctly different areas of thought and belief. These multiple “boundary lines” have become … Continue reading

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A Warning About Antidepressants

We Already Knew About This: … most of the perpetrators of mass murder over the past fifteen to twenty years had been taking prescription medicines at the time of their killings, and the drugs they had been taking were usually … Continue reading

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Sex Hormones Determine Male and Female Brain Differences

From Monkeys to Humans, Hormones Shape Brains Scientifically Correct, but Not Politically Correct Prenatal exposure to sex hormones shapes the neonatal brain from the very beginning. Testosterone pouring out of the tiny testicles of male fetuses begins to cause the … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson’s Lectures: Like Taking Psychedelic Drugs Without the Drugs?

From Harvard to Toronto to the World at Large Shelley Carson, who now teaches at Harvard and writes about creativity, recalled that Peterson had “something akin to a cult following” in his Harvard days. “Taking a course from him was … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Idiocracy: Lynn and Flynn Agree

Scientists Richard Lynn and James Flynn are well known for their discovery of the Lynn-Flynn effect. First Lynn and then Flynn independently discovered that average IQ test scores in industrial nations were rising during the mid to late 20th century. … Continue reading

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A World More Suitable for Stupid People?

A recent study published in the journal “Intelligence” points out the tendency of American Mensa members to suffer more frequently from mood disorders and other psychological and physiological conditions. These differences are based upon the results of an internet questionnaire … Continue reading

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Mind the Brain

The better you can understand your brain, the better you can understand your own mind. And understanding your own mind is an open door to self-liberation and freedom. Short of that, every human being is a slave to mindless habits, … Continue reading

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How to Think Better

1. Understand deeply 2. Make mistakes 3. Raise questions 4. Follow the flow of ideas 5. Change __ Burger and Starbird, quoted here Note: The following article is adapted from a piece previously published on The Dangerous Child blog How … Continue reading

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What if the Average Human IQ Were 200 Points?

The Average Human IQ is Now About 90 Points Worldwide You may think that the average human IQ is 100 points, by definition, but that is only true for particular populations, such as that of the UK. Globally, average IQ … Continue reading

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A Buzzing in Your Head: We Are All Cyborgs Now

Cyborg Transition: Staying Ahead of AI First We Learn to Understand the Brain Three tech pioneers whose work can bring about the age of human cyborgs: Tech Pioneer #1: Jeff Hawkins Jeff Hawkins founded Palm Computing, and is currently involved … Continue reading

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Pity the Accursed Black Man in the Age of White Privilege

Beneath the Blood, Beneath the Bones: The Abiding Curse It is the sad misfortune of African-derived black people to be eternally saddled with a debilitating curse. The curse runs so deeply through the very marrow of black Africans — and … Continue reading

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Idiots Think in Words: A Global Revolt Against Pseudo-Experts

Human Intelligence Manifests in Multiple Ways I often say that a mathematician thinks in numbers, a lawyer in laws, and an idiot thinks in words. These words don’t amount to anything. I think you have to draw the conclusion that … Continue reading

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Can Donald Trump Stop this Idiocracy from Happening?

Global average human IQ has been declining for decades. Scientists are just beginning to decipher the genetic code for why an Idiocracy is looming on the horizon. A study from Iceland is the latest to raise the prospect of a … Continue reading

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Advanced Brain Training Helps Make Dangerous Children a Potent Force

The following article is adapted from recent postings on The Dangerous Child On “Videogames” That Help Dangerous Children become more Dangerous Adam Gazzaley’s (MD, PhD) talk on optimising the human mind using advanced tools of cognitive neuroscience begins at about … Continue reading

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How to Find Happiness in an Unhappy World

Dimensions of Happiness Happiness is almost never where you think you will find it. If you become too impatient — if you never learn how to set the table and allow happiness to come to dinner — you may set … Continue reading

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Why Hillary Clinton Can’t Think

Video Source Parkinson’s Disease Dementia This is What Caused Comedian Robin Williams to Kill Himself A type of dementia similar to but different from Alzheimer’s disease was recognized and called dementia with Lewy bodies. Dementia with Lewy bodies is now … Continue reading

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Half Your Brain Tied Behind Your Back

The following article was previously published on The Dangerous Child blog Unihemispheric Sleep; Unihemispheric Waking Whales and dolphins live underwater but must come to the surface periodically to breathe. They cannot allow both hemispheres of their brains to drop into … Continue reading

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The Gamble

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, Know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table, There’ll be time enough for countin’ when … Continue reading

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Supersmart Individuals Control the Future

“Whether we like it or not, these people really do control our society,” says Jonathan Wai, a psychologist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program in Durham, North Carolina… “The kids who test in the top 1% tend to become … Continue reading

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The Tragic Consequences of Forced Egalitarianism

Different Breeding Populations Evolved Differently When life or death depends on your ability to follow a certain way of life, you are necessarily being selected for certain heritable characteristics. Some of these are dietary—an ability to digest milk or certain … Continue reading

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How Do Brains that Evolved for Hunting and Scavenging Learn Advanced Science and Maths?

The human brain was initially used for basic survival tasks, such as staying safe and hunting and gathering. Yet, 200,000 years later, the same human brain is able to learn abstract concepts, like momentum, energy and gravity, which have only … Continue reading

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An Uber Style of Medical Care for the US?

The Tech Revolution is Sweeping Over Much of US Society — Why Not Health Care? Health care-market distortions have considerably worsened since Kenneth Arrow famously described them in 1963; but in other industries less dominated by misguided government intervention, similar … Continue reading

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Neurotrophins, Neurogenesis, and Depression

Neurotrophins Help Nerve Cells Develop, Function, and Survive Natural brain neurotrophins can encourage neurogenesis, as well as helping to guide neurons to their proper locations in the brain, helping them make functional connections, and promoting their survival under certain adverse … Continue reading

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Computer-Aided Cognitive Brain Training: How Well Supported? How Expensive?

Western societies are aging rapidly. Because cognitive decline often seems to accompany aging, it is important for susceptible individuals to explore different ways by which he might keep (or reclaim) as much of his mental complement as possible, for as … Continue reading

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