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The Intellectual Toolkit of Geniuses

The Intellectual Toolkit of Geniuses

I. C. Robledo

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10 Principles That Will Make You Smarter

10 Principles That Will Make You Smarter

  • Principle #1: Don't make assumptions

To see things as they are, avoid assuming that you know what someone is thinking, or that you know their motivations.

  • Principle #2: Learn from multiple formats or methods

When you come across a barrier where you don't understand, try another way. Some learn better through reading, others seeing, others doing or listening.

  • Principle #3: Learn to be self-reliant and to prioritize what is most important School work, government, and other systems have their own agenda, and their own flaws. You must learn to decide for yourself what is truly important to know.

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  • Principle #4: No one weighs the importance of facts for you

Weigh them yourself. We are rarely told what's most important to know. When you are tested in life, the people who do best are the ones who understand what is most important. This is a skill that's not taught anywhere. Learn to weigh the facts yourself.

  • Principle #5: Read source literature and books

There are newer books, like this one, that are worthy of your time. However, you can often get a better quality learning experience when you go back to older book's like, The Odyssey, The Wealth of Nations, On the Origin of Species, etc.

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  • Principle #6: Remember that everyone is trying to sell you something.

Much of the time, rather than trying to help, others are focused on selling a service or product.

  • Principle #7: Intelligence and learning habits can always be improved

This goes along with having a Growth Mindset. Reading the book, Mindset by Carold Dweck can elaborate more on the subject.

  • Principle #8: The knowledge you can acquire on your own is most valuable.

Geniuses don't wait around for information to fall into their laps. There is no reason not to research and find out the answers to questions you are looking.

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  • Principle #9: Read a wide range of material and learn broadly

Even if your goal is to be an expert in one field, the world is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary. The people that make the greatest breakthrough discovered often have some understanding of other fields.

  • Principle #10: Be very aware of where your advice is coming from

We have to be careful who we take advice from, as not all advice is good. Always keep in mind where it's coming from.

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Principle #11 Engage in personal experiments with the world around you

Do not rely fully on the experiments of scientists or the word of the media. Science although very valuable to society, is not perfect. Scientists have their own biases and expectations, and their own careers to run. 

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Principle #12 Value knowledge and practices that have stood the test of time

Humans are constantly learning and teaching each other the new things that we learn. But we have to keep in mind our track record. At one time we thought the earth was flat. At one time we didn't realize germs were spread through contact and that we should wash our hands. If you stay up to date with the latest findings, maintain your skepticism.

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Principle #13 Practice questioning the things in life that we tend to take for granted as being normal or sensible

Seek answers for yourself or from those around you. For example, consider your cultural traditions and practices, your religion the layout of your towns, etc. When you question deeply, you sometimes find that there are many possible ways to approach any given topic or field.

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Principle #14 We almost always have imperfect information on hand with which to make decisions

Pretty much every real life decision that comes up can go an infinite amount of directions. You simply can't calculate or know for sure what will happen based on your actions. There are too many variables. Just to name a few, there are reactions of anyone involved, unexpected setbacks (bad weather, car accident), and your level of training may not have prepared you to make good decisions in the first place. 

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