Nowadays, anyone with common sense, an internet connection and a thirst for knowledge can educate themselves and find the truth they seek. We all have a natural intelligence to educate ourselves about anything we put our minds to and make conscious decisions instead of just assuming the ones we are told to believe.
In this age of technology exists infinite resources to enable us to access an abundance of information, but this can be overwhelming; it is not an easy task to differentiate the truths from the myths especially on the internet, so I collected some facts for you to decide how it’s best to increase the intelligence you already possess.
“Time, which sees all things, has found you out.” Sophocles
The Brain myths exposed
Myth: A person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical and analytical, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive and creative.
Reality: The right brain and left brain work together so a person can be logical and creative at the same time; I believe creativity requires a bit of logic!
“If one considers the right hemispheric creative and emotional thinking style, there is no scientific evidence that supports a correlation between creativity and the activity of the right hemisphere, let alone evidence for a correlation between the degree of creativity and the use of the right hemisphere. Similarly, a recent analysis of 65 neuroimaging studies on emotion found no scientific support for the hypothesis of an overall right hemispheric lateralization of emotional function. There is no direct scientific evidence that supports an analytical, logical thinking style for the left hemisphere, which predetermines the left hemisphere for mathematical tasks, or reading and writing.” Source: www.oecd.org
Myth: People remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear and 30 % of what they see. This is a rather rigid, patronizing unfounded myth. We are all unique beings with unique minds and different abilities, so these types of numbers are unrealistic.
Reality:“That information and similar pronouncements are fraudulent. Moreover, general statements on the effectiveness of learning methods are not credible—learning results depend on too many variables to enable such precision. Unfortunately, this bogus information has been floating around our field for decades, crafted by many different authors and presented in many different configurations…” Source: WillatWorkLearning.com
Myth: Some believe that we only use 10% of the brain, this seems to be an obvious myth because it’s easy to imagine what would happen if 90% of your brain got removed. This myth says that most of our brain is paralysed or maybe just for decoration!
Reality: There is no scientific evidence to support that statement and no one seems to know where that belief began. I suppose the false idea has been spread by TV and fake news channel. However scientists do believe that we use 100% of our brains. Further Reading: www.csicop.org
Myth: It’s often said that listening to classical music especially Mozart increases intelligence. The first question that comes to my mind is: if that myth is true then why doesn’t electronic, rock or hip hop music increase intelligence too? The truth is that Mozart created genius symphonies but listening to those won’t make us geniuses in return.
Reality: “any cognitive enhancement is small and does not reflect any change in IQ or reasoning ability in general, but instead derives entirely from performance on one specific type of cognitive task and has a simple neuropsychological explanation, called ‘enjoyment arousal”. Source: TodayIFoundOut.com
Myth: Let’s think of this logically, is it the gum or chewing that makes us smarter? No, the gum itself has no benefits, except for providing an extra dose of saturated sugar! So the myth is well a myth.
Reality: The effect of chewing anything is mild exercise so it might increase your heart rate which increases blood flow to the brain, which then increases brain activity for a short period of time but this does not increase intelligence and memory in the long term. So the gum itself does not increase intelligence neither does chewing it, even though it may useful to warm up your brain and increase blood before exams for example. This myth is still unsolved. Further Reading: Forbes.com
There are lots of myths about increasing intelligence, but they are exactly that, myths and these intelligence myths should be exposed. We should, however, make our brains development our hobby, see my article on natural methods to increase intelligence, for tips on how to do things that really work!