I’ll tell you what it is. I believe intelligence is a process, not an absolute thing. What I want to say is that even if your iq is 160 (congrats if it is), it doesn’t mean that you always perform at that level of intelligence.
So, when you ask that question, specifically “What would I have done right now at this moment”, you get to use all your different intelligences (strategic, planning, etc) to get the right answer. In that specific moment you’ll be likely to perform at the top of your potential, and because intelligence can be exercised, you can theoretically become more intelligent by asking yourself how you can be more intelligent.
Practical example: If I would be more intelligent right now, I would write down this note, and constantly ask myself “How would I do this if I were more intelligent”, probably a variation of that question.
I’m sure that by *constantly* asking ourselves these questions, and thus incrementing the times that we think at the top of our abilities, we can achieve life changing effects.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts about this.
Intriguing, interesting stuff there Oscar.
I agree we can increase our output by asking smart questions and running better processes.
The intriguing part is, where does that come from? Or, what is intelligence?
I reckon there's definitely a procedural component to intelligence. Obviously, a person who is well-nourished, who has slept enough, with a healthy blood circulation and immune system will think better than the same guy who doesn't take care of his health in those ways.
Likewise, better thinking/planning/preparation/questions should increase output.
Is there a hard limit to how much improvement you could make by better processes?
I don't know. Maybe not? Interesting stuff to think about.
Oscar's site is here - http://freestylemind.com/
Wow. We've had over 10,000 visitors in the last 24 hours. It started with "How do I write so much, you ask? Well, glad you asked -" hitting the front page of Hacker News, but then there's been a steady stream of tweets and blog referrals. It's been crazy, and it's still going. After it settles down I'll do an analysis post on the traffic, comments, emails I've gotten, etc.
This leaves me scratching my head - hmm, I now have a lot of new visitors and readers (hi, welcome, glad you're onboard). And like I said in "How do I write so much?", I don't think someone can exactly control the quality of their output. You give your best, but you're not always firing at your highest level.
So I'm cheating, and I'm producing a best-of here. I took the best posts on here, and grouped them in a way so you can find exactly what you're looking for. I'd also like to invite you to comment on which you like, make suggestions, ask questions - I read every comment. Alright, here we go -
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My Philosophy:Me? I’m a strategistI think greatness is something you do, not something you areGuest Post: Greatness and HumilityBecoming a Liberal and Magnificent TipperWhy Build? Because I Like HumanityProducing is a Million Times Better Than ConsumingLuck Doesn’t ExistRule an Empire, Fistful of RiceBad Stuff That’s Happened to You = Expensive Lessons You’ve Already Paid ForIf luck doesn’t exist, then should we give way to fatalism?Cowboy ScienceWe All Get 24 Hours…Watching the LightningObserving the PainA Lot of Victory is Just Walking Around
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