Whether you think of IQ as a generalized intelligence or g-factor, or just view IQ as representing a numerical measurement of smart or brilliant, we all want more IQ.
There’s two ways to increase your IQ. There’s the young man’s way and the old man’s way.
If you’re under 27, the single best way to boost your IQ is to read great books until it hurts. As a young man, I would drop books out of my hands and begin shaking while struggling through material. I meditated until feeling the sensation of levitation. I exercised my brain until it hurts.
Young men should also read boring books for at least 2 hours a day. Sit still. You are not 5 years old and getting your first haircut. The Internet porn or whatever you want to look at is going to be there after you finish reading. (Here are some tips on how to improve your reading comprehension.)
Once the window shuts on your youth, it is closed forever.
A young man’s brainpower is called fluid intelligence. Wiki offers a good explanation:
Fluid intelligence or fluid reasoning is the capacity to think logically and solve problems in novel situations, independent of acquired knowledge. It is the ability to analyze novel problems, identify patterns and relationships that underpin these problems and the extrapolation of these using logic. It is necessary for all logical problem solving, e.g., in scientific, mathematical and technical problem solving. Fluid reasoning includes inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning.
That’s why I keep telling young guys, “Don’t waste your twenties.” There is a very limited window of superior intellectual capacity. You need to fill every wrinkle in your brain up with as much challenging material as possible.
I’m too old for that shit now. Which brings me to old guy intelligence:
Crystallized intelligence is the ability to use skills, knowledge, and experience. It does not equate to memory or knowledge, but it does rely on accessing information from long-term memory.
Crystallized intelligence is about integrating everything you learned as a young man. It’s very easy for me to guess the age of an anonymous blog writer. Young guy’s posts lack any integration of knowledge. Everything is random.
Once you get older, you begin seeing the relationships between unrelated bodies of knowledge. Everything becomes connected.
You no longer think in dichotomies like, “Money or game?” You realize that money is game. All is one.
The best example of old guy knowledge is Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is able to solve mysteries only because of his advanced background knowledge of the world.
For an old man to become smarter, he must increase his knowledge of the world. He must also spend more time reflecting upon his knowledge of the world.
If you wasted your youth, you’ll never be wise as an older man. You won’t have enough facts about the world to integrate and connect. If people over 40 seem so stupid, it’s because their youths were spent drinking beer, watching television, and getting. They never learned anything and have nothing to offer.
There is a way that young men and older men can increase their IQs. There’s a simple 3-to-5 minute brain warm-up one can perform each day.
- Countdown from 100, as quickly as you can. Don’t worry about wrong answers. Speed is what you’re going for.
- Create a list of 20 types of foods. E.g., 1-apple, 2-carrots, 3-spinach, 4-celery…
- Now do 20 verbs. 1-run, 2-skip, 3-jump, 4-fornicate …
- Attach a noun to each letter of the alphabet. E.g., a-ape, b-baboon, c-cat … z-Zionist.
- Pick a letter in the alphabet. Choose a new letter each day. Now do 10 words. f-frankly, f-fudge, f-frack, f-fuzzy …
- Then slowly countdown from ten. Take deep breaths.
That’s it. You’re done.
I’d link to the book that was taken from, but can’t remember the title. It was written by John McEnroe’s performance psychologist.
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