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Opinion In ‘Quora’ On How To Increase Your IQ Fairly Consistent With My Beliefs.

by Anura Guruge


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I have some fairly strong views on intelligence, IQ and IQ Tests — which I have spelled out in my two “Brain Meditation” books. I think we are all born with a maximum potential IQ rating that we can never exceed whatever we do, how hard we try. That said, I am know that most of us do not even get within spitting distance of that Max. I reckon that in the majority of instances our brains, at best, are working 30% to 35% BELOW that Max. But, the good news is that we can work on trying to improve on that number — i.e., go higher up in terms of brain utilization, and hence ‘IQ’ rating.

I know that you can learn, train and practice to be better at IQ tests. Anything that regularly stimulates brain chemicals, in a good way, such as just plain thinking and meditation, also helps, indubitably.

Hence, why I could relate to this Quora post and even bothered to bring it to your attention. The last 4 items listed are all to do with THINKING. The ‘imagine’ admonition is a variant of what I urge in terms of ‘virtualization‘ in my ‘Brain Meditation‘ program. So, check it out. You have nothing to lose.


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If This Claim Is True, Then A Lot Of Us Must Have 146+ IQs.

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Click image to access this math quiz at the U.K. “Daily Mail”.


I saw this and couldn’t resist — though I knew that my IQ was NOWHERE close to 146. I am more in the double-digit range. I just wanted to see how difficult it was.

It is a SCAM.

It is trivial.

If you need an IQ of 146 to get 100% on this, then there must be a ton of folks who have 146+ IQs.

OK, I HAD to look it up. 146+ IQ is said to be restricted to LESS than the TOP 1% in the world. In that case this test and article is a FAKE.


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Is Intelligence, i.e., IQ, In Someway Related to Brain Cell Size, i.e. Neuron Size?

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Link to U.K. “Daily Mail” original from May 2, 2018.


I guess, like I, you too may have wondered, more than once, as to what makes some folks more intelligent than others.

Obviously it has something to do with the brain. It can’t be a function of anything else.

This hypothesis, as such, has some merit — especially because it also contends that more intelligent people have more connectivity between their brain cells. That certainly would help.

So, check this out. What have you got to lose?


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Visually Intelligent — A Visual IQ Test For What It Is Worth.

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Click image to access the Quiz at the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’.


I happened to see it in today’s U.K. “Daily Mail”.

They, as is their wont, had hyped it up and claimed: ‘those who pass have an incredible ability to analyse and calculate what they see‘. That intrigued me. I think of myself as being fairly decent at being able to analyse what I see.

So, I took the test. I found it trivial, with hardly a need to dally at any of the questions. I was able to breeze through and I knew I was getting each one right! Just knew. Pretty obvious. So, I was not surprised to be told I got them all right.

Not sure what it proves. It seemed too simple. But, I am sharing with you just in case you too might be slightly curious (always bearing in mind that that is supposed to be what killed the infamous cat).


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“Actual Color Of Your Personality Test” — I Got Gold.

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Click to access this fun and not too onerous quiz at ‘Writical’.


I got Gold.

Is this really I?

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Humdinger Of An IQ Test — Try It IF You Want To Feel Humbled.

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Click to access this 40 question IQ Test at “IQ Research”.


This, if it is truly bona fide, is AN IQ Test!

Wow.

I am a veteran of IQ tests and must have done close to a hundred in my days. I recounted in my first “Brain Meditation” book (last years) how IBM made me take 3 IQ Tests, when I was 19, one at 10pm at night and then gave me an unconditional job offer — good for ‘life’. I include that snippet below, BUT I assume you all read it in the book. Right? {SMILE}

This is good — assuming it is NOT bogus.

It starts of EASY PEASY and lulls you into a sense of complacency. Then BANG.

I found this on MarketWatch this morning.

I did the test, this morning, on my pad, while doing my ablutions in the bathroom! I was also in a hurry since I needed to start shoveling. I didn’t go for the complete result profile. Didn’t have time. But, it did say that my results were above average. That might not mean much and with all due modesty “I damn well hope I am still above average”.

But, try it. Forget the score …

Do it just to see the questions, no numbers.

All symbols, all 40 of them.

Enjoy.


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From my first “Brain Meditation” book. Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access book at Amazon.


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Sony a6500 Gets A (V. Decent) 85% Review Score By DPReview BUT Only A Silver Award!

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of the Sony a6500.

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Seems like a fair assessment.

Still image quality (IQ) & autofocus (AF) are highly rated as is “One of the best APS-C cameras at high ISO”. So all of that is good. This is encouraging too: “Still this is the most powerful and usable Sony APS-C camera to date. It can keep up on the sidelines and in the gymnasium with its DSLR competitors thanks to its excellent AF system and impressive buffer.”

From everything I have heard (and I have done a fair amount of digging on this camera) the criticism of the touchscreen is justified. Shame Sony couldn’t get this right.

The 85% score is impressive and up there with the TOP contenders.

But, it did NOT get a GOLD award — because the overall score does not necessarily correspond to the award.

The score, basically, is a technical assessment of the features and capabilities.

The award, however, is subjective and factors in ‘user friendliness’, character and appeal. And that I understand. I feel the same — and have said so. It is not a fun camera to use! 


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“Brain Meditation”: The Purest Form Of Meditation — My Latest Initiative.

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If you are even vaguely familiar with whom I am you may know that over the years I have, at various times, been an acknowledged expert on IBM networking, popes, comets and orgasms. I have also written books on all those topics (as well as about dwarf planets and asteroids). That I was able to master these diverse topics, without undue difficulty, had to do with a technique I started to practice over 40 years ago.

It all has to do with the relationship I have with my brain — rather than anything to do with ‘intelligence’. I do not consider myself an intellect. I have dealt with, worked with and lived with folks that were so much cleverer than I that I know the difference. So this technique is about cleverness. It is about getting the best of the IQ you already have. It is about getting the best from your brain. It is about creating a ONENESS between you and your brain.

About 3 years ago my son, the entrepreneur, suggested that I should document my technique. At that juncture I used to call it “Befriending Your Brain“. It is actually a VERY EASY technique to master and practice (which is why I was so successful with it). You do not have to devote any dedicated time in order to “do it”. It is all done, on-the-fly, in “timeshare” mode — while you do other things, like brushing your teeth, driving to work, ‘relieving yourself’, taking a walk.

Anywho, when I started writing the book — which is now finished — I realized that what I actually have is a meditation technique, a very powerful one at that. Brain Meditation. So let me please give you an initial preview.

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Panasonic Lumix LX200 To Be A Reality — But Is It Too Little, Too Late; DFD AF The One Biggie.

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Translated from “ixbt.com”. Click to ENLARGE and read snippet here. Use link below to access original at: “ixbt.com”

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“The New Camera”, on June 23, 2016, also carried a story. Click image to access their original post.


So the much anticipated Panasonic Lumix LX200 is indeed going to be a reality — to be announced in September at ‘Photokina 2016‘.

But the current rumors don’t mention anything about a new lens (setup). If the lens continues to be the f/1.7 to 2.8, 24-75mm zoom, as in the Lumix LX100, that would be a dissapointment — though this is one heck of a lens. 

Much is being made of the 20MP sensor BUT there is no guarantee that the LX200 will actually offer a 20MP mode! Remember the LX100 has a 16MP sensor but the highest resolution offered by the LX100 is 13MP because of the ‘crop-compensation’ favored by Panasonic for this camera. IF they continue with that same approach the maximum resolution of the LX200 will be 16MP — which is respectable, but nothing special these days.

However, what will make the LX200 special, as is the case with the LX100, is a Micro Four Thirds sensor — a large sensor for a fixed-zoom, compact camera of this size and price.

And then there is Panasonic’s new ‘Depth of Defocus’ (DFD) autofocus system which claims to provide faster AF than what is possible with ‘Contrast Detect’ or ‘Phase-Detect’. That is a nice touch but AF on the LX100 wasn’t that sluggish or poor.

So it all boils down to image quality, IQ, versus price. Panasonic’s own DMC-ZS100, albeit with a 1″ sensor, can, per the reviews, match IQ and offer 3x the zoom for the same price.

Hence my concern that unless the lens is updated the LX200 might not be that compelling. The tiltable-screen a nice-to-have but unlikely to be a game-changer.


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Fuji X-T2 Likely To Face Stiff IQ Competition From Olympus E-M1 Mk II — 50% Cheaper?

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Original from “The New Camera” — see link below. Annotations by Anura Guruge.

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk II has been on my radar for a long time.

Olympus was a brand I have considered as competition to the Fuji since they also do offer decent ‘direct control’ (i.e., lots of control dials) and attractive styling. Their main drawback, alas, is their unfaltering commitment to Micro Four Thirds sensors.

Over the last year with their 5-axis image stabilization and ‘High Resolution Mode‘ Olympus really has been pushing the envelope.

The HANDHELD ‘High Resolution’ would be a game changer. Especially if this also ends up offering better autofocus.

I actually suspect that Fuji brought FORWARD the X-T2 announcement so that it can get a head start on the E-M1 Mk II.

Focus and IQ wise Olympus may already have stolen the march over Fuji. Funnily enough a new thread on this very topic was started on the DPReview “Micro Four Thirds” forum yesterday (and it wasn’t done by I). Here is the link.


> >> Also refer to this “Fuji X-E2s — 1 Month Review” post. << << 

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