Scientists are mistrustful of anthropomorphism, the tendency to attribute human qualities to animals and other non-human entities. But what about the equal danger of the insistence that certain abilities are unique to humans?
Certainty is seductive. But the reality is that we live in a sea of uncertainty. While the complexity of the kaleidoscopic forces that drive our choices is overwhelming, there are things we can do in order to encourage better decision-making.
I, for one, always felt smarter when I was drinking. I felt fatter, sweatier and smellier, as well, but that's not really the point. I wasn't drinking to make myself more attractive. I was drinking to make the rest of you more attractive.
According to the Daily Mail, 4-year-old Heidi Hankins "has an IQ of 159 -- only one point below Albert Einstein's -- and has become one of the youngest members of Mensa." Heidi's case raises an intriguing question: can high intelligence accurately be detected this young?
Only after years of studying and developing a level of sophistication in the way I moved did I see how the body requires as much respect in order to be "smart" as the brain needs "exercise" to be strong.
An assistant to a former top immigration and customs official has been charged with stealing nearly $296,000 from the government, the fourth defendant in a widening probe of a fake travel voucher kickback scheme involving the agency's intelligence office.
Over the last several months, at great risk to his career and personal life, LTC Davis has documented the deliberate misleading of the American people and Congress by the leaders of the Department of Defense. He has done his nation and the U.S. Army a tremendous service.
Are you looking to be a happier, more productive, more successful person? Are you in the market for self-help? Then the better advice is stop putting so much effort into finding your "authentic" self. Learn to embrace the self as flexible.
Now that knowledge is moving onto its roomy, new, hyperlinked medium, we're beginning to see how much of what we took for granted about knowledge was really due to the limitations of its old paper medium.
Since flow is so essential to creativity and well-being across many slices of life, it's important that we learn more about the characteristics associated with flow so that we may learn how to tap into this mental resource.
Neither Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, nor John Kennedy were intellectual giants. But the keenness of their respective minds was revealed every day. And they were not threatened by smart people around them.