BECOMING MORE INTELLIGENT
Intelligence is a choice - Ron
How to Become More Intelligent
Notice that I said "more
intelligent." Intelligence is not an absolute. In fact, the first thing
intelligent people learn is "how little they know." The second thing
that they learn is that even human intelligence today is so vast they
can get good at only a few fields. Even Einstein knew that. No, Einstein
did not call me, ever. But his actions speak loudly. He conserved his
brain power for his science loves. However, each of us certainly can
become "more intelligent."
"Intelligence is a choice" - Ron
As you read the below and if you choose to become more
intelligent, at some point this article will seem "moot" and pointless.
You will likely say that everything written here is obvious and just
common sense. Yes. But the reason I write it is that I see few people
doing these things. Perhaps common sense is not so common? And I believe
the world would be a safer and more interesting place the more
intelligent we all become. Enough. Time to get to the points, as obvious
as they may seem later.
SECTION 1 - REMOVE BARRIERS STOPPING
If you wish to become intelligent, you must have an
open mind and remove all preconceived notions. First of all you cannot
be a total slave to a political party. That is the most obvious thing I
have found that stops intelligence. Next, you cannot be a slave to an
ideology. You cannot completely be a capitalist, a socialist, or a
communist or similar type of ideology. All ideologies if blindly
followed will stop thinking.
"Blind Loyalty begins by becoming
blind." - Ron Plachno
I find that many people, even myself
earlier in life, that if you are a member of a political party or a
person strongly into an ideology, then you do the worst possible crime
in the field of learning of all. And that crime is "beginning with the
answer" that you wish it to be. If you begin with the answer, then the
questions, answers, and truth itself, become meaningless.
Thirdly, it is fine to believe in God or in the alternative of being an
Atheist. However, there are rules. If you choose to believe in God know
that the literal belief in the Bible or other Religious book has issues.
A book can still be a "Good Book" and yet not have all of the universe's
science answers. On the other hand, if you choose to be an Atheist, be a
wise one. Know that it is impossible for Science or Logic to prove that
there is no God. I cover much of this in my fifth book, "Logic, Science,
God, Human Intelligence ... and anything else I forgot (to mention)."
Note that my fifth book, finished and in the copyright process, does not
prove whether there is a Supreme Being or not. But it does show what the
rules are to determining that all would be. And I see few or really none
of those rules being discussed on TV. So, just know that things "are
complex" and not to get into silly discussions that will lead nowhere.
But instead, be smart and have an open mind - and please, please, be
tolerant of the belief choices of others.
1: If you accomplish section one and avoid the stoppers, you may find
something great as I learned several years back. It is now far easier
and faster to learn. You have removed many of the barriers. Your mind is
now like a sponge, able to absorb knowledge quickly. But which of that
knowledge is right or wrong? That is the next section.
- TELLING TRUTH FROM FICTION
It of course is hard if not
impossible to tell truth from fiction. Even lie detector tests we hear
are not conclusive. But there are some things to watch for.
Extremes Are Most Often Simply Wrong
If a person tells you that
their political party, religious choice, or nationality is always right
and that another one is always wrong, they are telling you something
different. They are telling you that they should not be believed.
Prejudice of all kinds is not only wrong and mean, but it is also
stupid. People are more complex than that. I have personally seen both
good and bad people actions in both US political parties, in each
religious choice and in each nationality. So extremes by groups is just
wrong, and it is one thing to watch for.
But this goes even
further. There is no such thing as a single human who is all good or all
bad. To see this, just honestly review yourself. There are things you
have done that make you proud, and some you would like to take back and
do over. All humans have the same issue. While I have 5.5 US Presidents
that I admire, and they are split out among the parties even though I
did not plan that, I would never say that means that those 5.5 US
presidents were perfect. No. In each of their cases I can see things
that were good and that were bad. That is ... what is being a human all
about. Marriages that stay together do so because the two people look
past the occasional humanness of the other. So if a person tells you
that someone is all good or all bad, then they are likely a bad source
of information. Humans are not like that.
While I suggest taking in all information or as much as you can and then
"sorting" it, one thing to watch for are things that are "too
convenient" for a person with a point - too obvious. I once saw a photo
of a US president and his wife with their left hands over their hearts
instead of their right hands. At first I went along with it ... but only
for a few seconds. Then I said it was too convenient. Since I can also
"photo shop" pictures, in less than 5 minutes I turned the photo back
into their right hands over their hearts - and even moved the wedding
rings to the correct fingers. "Too easy."
Some so called Fact
Check web sites say things, and then you find easy flaws in their logic.
Recall that a Fact Check site only verifies itself and should be no more
believed than any other site. A good fact check site should be great at
logic. I have not found one yet that I admire for logic.
also twice read that the child doctor, Dr. Spock had a son who committed
suicide. Like the others, this seemed "too convenient" to me. So, I
checked it out and it was a grandchild. I say that that is just too far
removed from Dr. Spock to blame him. Why do not others check things out
- especially before hate or hurting the reputation of another?
it looks too convenient or too easy, there likely is something wrong
The Puzzles Fit
I do find that after a while one
can get faster at determining truth from things that they hear. While it
might not be foolproof, it is likely better than most humans can do. I
see life as sort of a giant puzzle. As you learn and become somewhat a
believer on some of it, new puzzle pieces that come in will seem to
either fit or not fit. It can be that simple. Something either makes
sense with the world you are now beginning to understand, or it does
not. Yes, some new information can be startling. But then it deserves to
be verified .... first.
intelligent people know that people are really "what they do" and not
"what they say." Therefore I am a big believer in watching body
language. If a person walks into your store and says you should buy
radio advertising time, their speech and their feet do not match. Their
mouth says radio advertising is best. Their feet say that personal
contact is best. They just told you that personal contact is best.
But there is more, far more on body language. Not so smart people
talk often and talk fast. Intelligent people are more deliberate and
also more concerned that they could be in error. Also, some times the
actions match the speech, and sometimes they do not. And just because a
person talks loud and dresses well, that most likely means nothing, but
also may mean that they are a fraud. Confucius born about 551 BC thought
so as well:
"Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom
associated with true virtue."
Also people who show
you disrespect by trying to intimidate you with "This discussion is
closed" or "Most scientists agree" or "Most people agree" are most often
frauds. It means that they either do not know the reasons for their
belief, or they cannot defend it, or they wish to show you zero respect,
or perhaps all of the above. If someone tries to give you knowledge in
an intimidating manner, know that it is likely in error.
Accomplishing Section 2: I do find that while determining truth is not
an exact science, one can get "decent" and faster at it, and more
quickly see that which needs to be verified. This again, leads to
becoming more intelligent ... faster.
SECTION 3 - CONTINUE TO
QUESTION THINGS "YOU ARE SURE OF"
A politician recently tried to
make a point about Science even though some of us feel certain that
"Political Science" is not really a science degree. The politician said
that this item was as certain as gravity. Well, that was a bad move to
make in front of some real scientists. The last I checked Science is
still confused about gravity. But then again, a real Science person, or
a seeker of truth, both would continue to question things. In the case
of gravity, some scientists find that it seems to act differently in
Space than on earth. Some scientists think gravity should have a
particle associated with it, just as light has a photon particle, but
have found no particle associated with gravity. And some scientists
think gravity might even go in reverse during times like the "Big Bang."
But of course the list of what people "were certain of" and then
were proven wrong can be a long list. At one time some people believed
in bloodletting and witch craft. Many believed the earth was flat. It
was common to think that asbestos saved lives. Doctors did not think
they had to wash their hands before surgery. Yes, just as a scientist,
we should continue to question "things we are just certain about."
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and
remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln
SECTION 4 - BE CAREFUL WITH
Know that not everyone wishes to know the truth.
Some people would rather live in fantasy. Be careful. Know that one of
the first thing dictators have done in the past is to eliminate the
smart people, and then go to book burning to avoid others becoming
smart. Be wise enough to know that "Intelligence is a choice," a choice
that not everyone will make or will wish to make.
Hope this Helps
someone. It very much helped me. And I had to learn it the hard way. :)
Ron Plachno - November, 2015
Portions taken from my earlier books
which are all copyrighted in the US Library of Congress
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