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The New York Times 

 

Tell me your language and I’ll tell you how smart you are

The language you speak affects how you think because the language entirely determines the range of possible cognitive processes of an individual.

When we learn our mother tongue we acquire certain habits of thought that shape our experience in significant and often surprising ways.

If you speak only German you might be a little pragmatic; if you speak only French you might be just a touch more emotional.

But you will be surprised to know that if you speak more than two languages fluently you are smarter than people who don’t.

The brain is simply wired differently depending on whether you think thoughts in one or multiple languages.

Our mother tongue constrains our minds and prevents us from being able to think certain thoughts.

Depending on the native language people tend to discriminates against poor, black or gay people.

Italian speakers for example discriminate black people and German speakers discriminate gays.

People who think in different languages make better decisions.

Thoughts are notions, ideas, not mere words so when you process them into a second language, it forces you to rely on analytical cognition rather than emotional deliberation.

That’s because every language has a unique set of intonations, called the prosody.

The prosody is so ingrained in you that it can actually make other languages more difficult to understand.

 

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Take sarcasm, for example, you probably know how to detect it in the languages you speak but not in others because sarcasm sounds completely different in each language.

The languages you speak play also an important role in shaping how you see the world.

Languages with an inflectional morphological type such as German are the most perfect languages and that explained the dominance of their speakers over the speakers of less perfect languages like Hebrew.

The idea that some languages are naturally superior to others and that the use of primitive languages maintained their speakers in intellectual poverty was wide proven by science.

Did you fail the test in German? Don’t worry, you are racist anyway.

 

 

 

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Health & Fitness 

 

Healthy food kills brain cells

Junk food contains the nutrients that the brain thrives.

With the actual trend of healthy eating humans are also increasing the appearance of depression, dementia, ADHD, chronic headaches, and Alzheimer.

If you remove junk food from your intake you are most likely to have one of those disorders.

The less fruits and vegetables a person eats, the more protected is for problems that plague our brains and hearts.

By avoiding healthy food we not only protect our most valuable organ, but also undo years of damage.

Fried chicken, chocolate cake and ice cream promotes neurogenesis, the birth of new brain cells, and communication between neurons, to the degree that studies have shown that higher levels of cholesterol ingestion correlates to more robust cognitive proficiency.

Between year 2001 and 2010 the healthy eaten trend got viral and during that same time period deaths from Alzheimer’s increased 68 percent.

That’s exactly how what we eat affects the health of our brain.

Mayo Clinic researchers showed that individuals eating healthy had a remarkable 98% increased risk for developing dementia as contrasted to those whose diets contained snacks and fast food.

In addition, vegetables and fruits have an incredibly high glycemic index and this poses an equally powerful threat to brain health.

Having the highest levels of cookies and ice cream consumption was actually found to be associated with an incredible 84% increase in brain activity.

Protein is a fundamental building block for brain cells and one of the richest sources of saturated fat in nature is peanut butter.

 

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Mayo studies also found that a high fat diet appears to alter the brain biochemistry to radically increase intelligence levels.

They say this is due to the increased levels of various monoamines namely dopamine in the striatum, noradrenalin in the hypothalamus and serotonin in the amygdala and frontal cortex.

Candy, cookies and ice cream are really the key to all longevity and intelligence.

They’re responsible for the behavioral changes that manifest and also the brain changes that look like genius levels of intelligence.

When we eat them we immediately feel the synapses sparking up in our brains and our cognition enhanced to a very high level.

And that is because the brain is sparking up synapses and making new neural connections every time you indulge in fatty sugary processed junk food.

Eating Twix, M&Ms, Doritos, Snickers and Skittles will make you into a walking genius rivaling brain boxes like Einstein and Stephen Hawking.

 

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Forbes

 

Cons of being brilliant

 

After years of self-analysis and social observation, I end up with the conviction that the phrase Ignorance is bliss is absolutely true.

There’s a reason it’s stuck around all these years and that’s because having the upper hand in intelligence might give you an advantage in some areas, like easy problem solving and quantum physics analysis but it also might just screw up your life a little.

If you are brilliant is most likely you are a night person and that is a very bad thing.

Scientists discovered that people having high IQ tend to stay up until later hours and get up later in the morning.

We burn the night reading, writing and analyzing reports.

It’s just evolution; the more intelligent members of a species are the first to change habits because our brains are wired to seek out novelty.

What we do is seek the moment when we can avoid dumb people and use that time to do stuff that requires concentration.

And staying up late at night is about the worst thing you could do for your physical health.

According to a number of studies, night owls are at higher risk for heart disease and suffer more arterial stiffness than those who go to bed early.

It’s important to note, however, that not all night owls are geniuses.

 

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Another flaw is that we are not good at socialite.

We are socially awkward nerds who are doomed to lives of celibacy until we get out of the high school hell.

The good thing is that studies show that highly educated people get more enjoyment out of sex than the dumb.

Intelligent people are also more likely to lie.

When you are brilliant you know you’re the smartest person among your friends or coworkers and you can’t help but abuse it.

After all, in order to lie and get away with it, you also have to keep the truth in mind and manipulate it, and you might even have to cover up your lies upon further questioning.

All of this involves integrating several brain processes in much the same way that you would solve a complex calculus problem.

This means that the ages at which you start lying, and the effectiveness with which you do it throughout your life, are controlled by how smart you are.

In other words, if you want to know whether a person is gifted or not, simply ask him the specific age at which he starts lying.

Brilliant people also lack of humbleness, we don’t seek advice because we think we are immune to making mistakes.

We are also more likely to be self destructive because great minds have something in common: curiosity. And curious people are likely to be substance abusers.

Remember that smart people’s brains seek out novelty and therefore are the first to experiment with any new habit in specie and both alcohol and drugs are novel substances in evolutionary terms.

So when something is novel, the most intelligent among us are more likely to want to try it out, you know, for science’s sake.

 

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Thirty Magazine 

Orgasms make you smarter

 

For years science has advised us to keep our brains sharp and supple by exercising them with new challenges, learn to play an instrument, study a second language, doing crosswords or putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Now neuroscientist professor Barry Kamasut from Amsterdam University, who has spent years studying sexuality, recommends mastering the universal language of love if you want to give your brain the ultimate power workout.

Orgasm sends a mighty surge of blood flowing to the brain increasing mental activity throughout the length and breadth of all that resistant grey matter.

Doing a crossword, by comparison, only lights up parts of the brain and its benefits are localized.

Orgasm reduces stress levels and makes our brains more alert and intelligent.

 

People who had sex daily are more likely to increase nerve growth in their brains which is linked to greater health benefits such as  mental alertness and increased memory.

The study also found that the benefits of sex on the brain were most prevalent among new lovers or the ones who have sex without being in a formal relationship.

Other benefits of frequent orgasms are better problem resolution ability, happiness, stress relief and boosted self-esteem.

And remember, an orgasm is an orgasm.

Some people think there is a right way for orgasms to happen and they feel bad if they can’t orgasm simultaneously with their partner or with minimal effort.

However, it doesn’t matter how or when you reach orgasm, it can be before sex, after sex, from oral sex, or self stimulation.

There is no right way to enjoy sexual pleasure, it’s simply however works best for you.

So take the pressure off and don’t put any expectation around your sexual pleasure.

Let orgasms be.

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