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This book is not about raising an outdated and flawed statistic about how intelligent you are. It's about making you a more intelligent person.
The book addresses the facets of intelligence that many books on the subject utterly neglect. For instance, mood - how well can one intelligently act when they're depressed, sad, and otherwise run-down? Not very well at all, obviously. But I have never seen this simple yet extremely important factor mentioned in any other book.
Now, some other people have been complaining about the book being confusing, or about the brain, which they don't care about. Well,you will NEVER find a book as simply, eloquently, and effectivly written on the subject of neuroscience, neuropsychology, and abstract mental concepts such as intelligence. I was amazed at the simplicity with which the author could convey concepts that other books rambled on and on about for several pages; often these horrendously complex concepts were simply explained in a single paragraph. Not only does this allow virtually everyone to access this book, but it allows this author to fill it with more information than half a dozen other books have on intelligence. Also, this is one of the very few books that clearly explains the connection between intelligence and the brain, which everyone needs to understand to truly improve their intelligence to any significant degree.
Is this a book that gives you abstract little word puzzles and mind twisters to allow you to get a higher number on the next IQ test you take? No. This is a book to fundamentally change the way you live, to give you the information you need to be happy, active, wonderfully productive, intelligent, and an awesome example of human potential. In my honest opinion, everybody should have been taught this information in school.
The author also doesn't just tell you about these amazing concepts, he has managed to find simple, easy to do exercises that allow you to actually apply every important concept that is presented - and these exercises aren't dry, boring, nor tedious; they're fun, and most of them can be done simply by changing one of the things you do in your daily life. These are the most effective intelligence increasing exercises I've ever seen.
Would you rather have a three digit number to tell you how intelligent you are, or a life filled with wonderful achievements to trumpet your intelligence?
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