Kirk: Intelligence is poorly defined. We test for a range of skills, and call that intelligence, but the problem is that the people who do really well on those tests are often complete dunderheads at life in general outside of those skills tested for. I would submit that we probably don’t know what the hell we’re doing in this regard, and might perhaps want to rethink the approaches we take in these matters. Raw problem-solving intelligence has a range of expression; a person can be an...
Wan Wei Lin: If critical thinking requires the ability to synthesize multiple viewpoints and issues then the pre-requisite is personal experiences and knowledge database that comes with a lifetime. So in effect we are trying to get the young to think like they have a lifetime of experience. I think I see the problem. That and some people are just not wired to think critically.
Harper's Notes: About Einstein using the check as a bookmark, the topic of hyperfocus seems poorly researched at this time. Seems important. The Wikipedia entry is mostly about ADHD and autism purported associations. The discussion over in creativity research, associated with ‘flow’, never seemed satisfactorily rigorous for me.
Watcher: Intelligence is a funny thing. Story goes that Einstein received a large check as part of some honour, and used it as a bookmark before returning the book to the library. Happily the library found it and returned it. Maybe he didn’t think it was important, or maybe he was far too intelligent in other areas to remember what the hell he had done with the check.
Harper's Notes: “Know your IQ” is not actually one of the Delphic maxims, but it’s probably a good idea anyway. It’s just a number to most and doesn’t really sink in. It needs to be paired with some kind of practice that provides a lot of regular fast feedback to thinking-mistakes, like tournament chess. Of the characteristics of people who did well at the Good Judgment Project (mostly geopolitical forecasting) it turned out one of the better indicators was tournament chess...
Ross: It never occurred to me tothink that this skill was strictly binary — “either you have it or you don’t,” period. Interesting. I wudda thunk that, like many things pertaining to intelligence, it appeared across a spectrum. Probably I am just not looking at it from multiple perspectives.
Wilbur Hassenfus: It’s always been hard for me to imagine how anybody who was very good at critical thinking could fall for the pastor’s notion that you can teach people to think critically. They taught us critical thinking in school. Stuff like “Nixon was really bad. You should vote for Democrats, because you’re young and JFK.” But then I’m no good at it myself.
Lu An Li: It needs to be repeated over and over: a temporary ban until things can be sorted out. And since so much of American culture is repulsive to the devout Muslim, you do have to ask the question, why would they want to come here in the first place?
Lucklucky: Adar, I would say it is because most Islamic terrorist resources are being spent fighting in their lands. Terror in Syria, Iraq, Turkey, etc. means no terror in other places.
The Practical Conservative: No, homeschooling is often a direct line to economic and social isolation. It also tends to result in needing the cord, as many homeschoolers use video learning and online school anyway. That said, it’s worth noting that unlike your typical homeschool promoting conservative, these people “live near each other and care for each other’s children”, so they are already on a good track to understanding enough tradition to perhaps build something lasting.