User:Conservative/the Word Dynamo test
Re: Vox Day's post on the Word Dynamo test and my main page posting on it
For the record, I took the test once without the aid of a dictionary or other aids and got a score of 50,026. I have been subsequently informed that if you get a perfect score you get a score somewhere between 50,000 and 50,100. I have also been informed that if you sign up for the paid service, you are allowed to get a much higher score through an enhanced testing procedure. I just thought the test was a fun test of English vocabulary and the web page offered some educational value as it offers a dictionary, thesaurus, vocabulary tools and writing tools. So I thought it was worthwhile telling the public about it. There is value in building and having a good vocabulary. Earl Nightengale claimed that having a higher vocabulary can makes you a more effective communicator and can also increase your income there is some truth to that.
If you truly want to test intelligence a battery of tests should be taken as there are multiple forms of intelligence (look up Howard Garner's Theory of multiple intelligences and Theories of multiple intelligence by Grady M. Towers (From The Prometheus Society’s Journal, Gift of Fire Issue No. 33, September 1988)). Here is a sample of some of the tests which test intelligence: Inteligence tests.
There is a degree of plasticity when it comes to intelligence and that intelligence can be improved through nutrition, physical exercise, "brain workouts" and Audio–visual entrainment (AVE) (see: HERE and HERE and Athletic and mental performance and AVE). For example, with the advent of computers, there are a host of cognitive software performance tests and cognitive rehabilitation software which have been developed such as Mybraintrainer, Brain Builder, High IQ Pro, PSSCogRehab 201, Ultimate Memory and Core Mind Builder and TOVA. These tests are excellent in order to diagnose and improve cognitive abilities. I spoke to a gentlemen who works with professional athletes in order to improve their mental performance and he told me about a software program called Thinkfast which he believed increases mental performance. I bought the software program and I very much like it. The Prometheus Society, a high IQ society for people people with high IQs, was considering using the Thinkfast software scores as a means of qualifying to get into their society. Unfortunately, Thinkfast is no longer sold. People who are in fields or areas where increased brain performance can give them a distinct competitive advantage such as stock/commodity traders and athletes have used audio visual entrainment with positive results.
The chess champion Bobby Fischer believed that physical conditioning affected mental performance too as can be seen here: "Bobby thought of himself as an athlete, and he trained with single-minded persistence. He was determined that Spassky would not wear him down at the table. He followed a strict regimen each day to prepare for the demands of the grueling upcoming match in Iceland. After a daily workout in the gym followed by a sauna and rubdown, Bobby would swim laps and stay underwater for as long as he could (as shown in the photograph here). Bobby repeatedly said to me, “Spassky, I am going to crush him.”
Although having a healthy body/brain has benefits and one can make improvements in one's intelligence, it is not a basis for determining which worldview one subscribes to. Atheists are well known for having pride issues and many atheists have said that "it is the smart people who are atheists". Such claims are misguided and foolish. Leonardo da Vinci said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication". Albert Einstein said, "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." There is a certain amount of beauty to simplicity and these quotes have validity. In other words, just because a certain worldview is more abstract/complex/exotic/unconventional certainly does not mean it is true. Also, although there is some humor in this page, I do think some of the material/resources I provided here has some material on why intelligence and supposed higher atheist intelligence is a misguided approach to determining which worldview is correct or more correct.
In addition, there is a degree of plasticity to intelligence, but a portion of one's intelligence is inate. Therefore, bragging about one's intelligence is similar to the Peanuts character Frieda who used to brag about her naturally curly hair.
Lastly, there are a lot of atheists who subscribe to the misguided, foolish and prideful notion that "smart people are atheists" (and also its converse "dumb people are theists/Christians"). I also know that I have a lot of atheist detractors who obsess about me and think that if they can find some fault with me, it will somehow invalidate material I have written - especially people from the proud "smart people are atheist" camp. So I did think it would be fun to post the "Word Dynamo" material and the scores that Vox Day, Ender and I achieved on the test. It was a lot of fun. I especially liked the quip of the person who said "...the test said I'm smart, so I highly doubt there is anything wrong with it." Conservative 01:29, 14 March 2012 (EDT)