Are Wealthier Congress Members Also Smarter?

Recently the Center For Responsive Politics reported the majority of U.S. Congress members are millionaires. But are more educated (and perhaps brainier) Congress members more likely to have a higher net worth?

Want to Get Smarter? Read Something on This List

There’s a lot of hope today that playing mindless brain training games will make you smarter. But instead of trying a quick fix, why not read something that will really work out your brain? It may not be easy, but perhaps you’ll actually learn something by wrestling with difficult material.

We Are Not As Smart As We Think

A conversation with Tyler Cowen, author of Average Is Over, on the skills that will be needed to survive in the next century.

Collective Intelligence: Help The World Create An IQ Test

You’ve seen those IQ tests online and you probably wonder who makes them. Well now you can actually become the test inventor rather than test taker in a new project from the M.I.T. Center For Collective Intelligence.

What's the Smartest Country In the World?

It's not the country you would think.

Nine Ways To Become Smarter Than You Think

Some lessons from tech journalist Clive Thompson on how to get smarter, with and without technology.

Does Technology Make You Smarter Than You Think?

Bill Keller of The New York Times has said Twitter is “the enemy of contemplation.” Yet tech journalist Clive Thompson thinks ever new technologies, although sometimes distracting, on net have made us much smarter because we are social beings and a great deal of our thinking occurs outside our minds.

We Have Entered The Golden Age of Visual Storytelling

They say a picture is worth a thousand words—maybe even more. And this is not only because visuals can speak to us emotionally in ways words cannot, but also because if done correctly, they can cut through the verbal noise to communicate a complicated idea very clearly and concisely.

Who’s Smarter? Republicans and Democrats In Congress

“Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” - Mark Twain "Congress's Average I.Q. Expected to Rise in 2015" - The Borowitz Report

Attractiveness and the IQ Levels of College Disciplines

Does the relationship between attractiveness and IQ depend on gender?

Why Life Is Really The Ultimate IQ Test

Scott Barry Kaufman is one of those rare people who is truly passionate about what he does. I’ve met a lot of people who are engaged by their work and enjoy it, but not many people who take their work and craft so seriously, and with so much energy and enthusiasm, and in such an unconventional way.

Being Around Smart People Makes Us More Innovative

“In today’s economy, it’s not necessarily what you do or who you know—it’s where you live.”

Lee Smolin Encourages Graduate Student to Stay in Science

A graduate student recently wrote a scathing 2,800 word letter critiquing academia titled: "An aspiring scientist's frustration with modern-day academia: A resignation." However, the most interesting response was the physicist Lee Smolin's letter of encouragement to the student to stay in science.

Are Elite Athletes Marrying Elite Athletes?

A conversation with David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene, on whether elite athletes are marrying elite athletes, the tremendous natural range among athletes, how slow kids never make fast adults, the likelihood of becoming an elite athlete, the worldwide search for athletic talent, and how motivation and grit could be, in part, genetic, among other topics.

Anatomy of a Dissertation Defense

Have you ever wondered what happens in a dissertation defense? This guy literally put his heart to the test. Check out this Ph.D. comic brought to life.

How to Think Like a Scientist

Have you ever wondered how a scientist makes discoveries? Here are some strategies that can help all of us when trying to solve puzzles or mysteries of any kind, not just those in science.

Why Are There Not More STEM Majors?

A recent paper concludes: "The substantial overoptimism about completing a degree in science can be attributed largely to students beginning school with misperceptions about their ability to perform well academically in science." What can we do to encourage individuals to major in STEM while making sure they have realistic expectations?

Project Scientist: Inspiring the Next Generation of Females

How can we encourage more girls and women to pursue STEM fields? Former NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Sandy Marshall shares why she founded Project Scientist, and how she hopes it will impact future generations.

The Art of Communicating Science

I talked with Karl Bates, director of research communications at Duke, about what he has learned through his experience working with scientists to help communicate what they do. We discussed what scientists need to know about journalists and the public, and what journalists need to know about scientists. Better relationships between these groups would benefit society.

Are Male-Female Math Ratios Increasing?

There is surprising evidence that male-female ratios in the right tail of the math ability distribution may have increased.

We Have the Grammar Police, Why Not the Math Police?

It's not socially acceptable to be bad at grammar. So why is it socially acceptable to be bad at math?

E. O. Wilson, Scientists Definitely Need High Math Ability

In a recent opinion piece, E. O. Wilson notes that math ability was not important for his success in science. He therefore argues that math ability may not matter much to succeed in science. Is this really true?

Games Psychologists Play

In 2013: “In the wake of several scandals in psychology research, scientists are asking themselves just how much of their research is valid.” But nearly fifty years ago, Marvin Dunnette wrote an insightful article illustrating that many of the games we see played in the field of psychology today were present in 1965. Something needs to change.

Finding the Next Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg is not an ordinary person. She has extraordinary intelligence and organizational ability among other traits. How many people have the potential to be her? How many people want to be her?

Jack Andraka Is Not An Ordinary Kid

In America we enjoy hearing that everyone can do whatever they put their mind to and focus their heart on. But is it really true?

Do Journalists And Academics Live In The "Real World"?

A conversation with Marty Nemko, author of What’s The Big Idea?, on how he thinks journalists and academics inhabit the same ivory tower, his idea of a Contribution-Points-based economy, and the key professional advice he gives to his career counseling clients, among many other topics.

Do Gifted Kids Want to Be a Scientific Genius Today?

Dean Keith Simonton recently argued in Nature that scientific geniuses may well be extinct today. But are there more gifted kids today, who arguably have the potential to become a scientific genius like Einstein? And are they choosing to become scientists?

Rick Hess on Why Academics Should Engage the Public

I recently had the opportunity to ask Rick Hess about his thoughts on educating our best performing students, how to craft useful education reform, and why it is important for academics to engage in the public sphere for their work and ideas to matter beyond the ivory tower. He gave very thoughtful responses to my questions.

Want To Be More Productive? Make Decisions Using “The Meter"

Should happiness or productivity be the measure of whether you’ve lived a good life?

How Khan Academy Will Help Find The Next Einstein

The article "Five Lessons from Salman Khan on the Future of Education" included core insights that I distilled from our full discussion. Sal kindly shared much more on what it means to be creative, intellectually precocious kids and the Khan Academy, and how Khan Academy impacts the role of theory in education, among other topics. Read the full conversation here.

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