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Six common characteristics of very smart people

FROM THE SERIES «THE GENIUS BEHIND» THE BBC

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There is some truth secret recipe on how someone can turn into a genius? The truth is as attractive as it sounds this idea, chances are very small. But there are some common characteristics of very shifty people the BBC identified and introduced us.

Within six interviews made by journalists of the British public television to six scientists and inventors who have been distinguished for their intelligence, the BBC has some advice on how can someone, if not able to become like them, at least to improve themselves.

1) Seek alternative road

The conclusion is reached in the case of Sarah Segker, an astrophysicist at MIT, which was  against the initial skepticism argued that the answer to the failure of telescopes to ‘trap’ a detect for possible signs of life on other planets is finding their indirect footprint in the planet’s atmosphere. Do not blindly follow the dominant paradigm, look for alternative even against the initial review, propose new roads, innovation is a sign of intelligence!

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THE SOCIETY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Re-posted)

Dr. John Psarouthakis, Executive Editor www.BusinessThinker.com;  Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2011-2013).
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This posting is a summary of my presentation to the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Unfortunately, we have entered a century in which many of the old cultures and societies that have been successful under the old technologies and cultural norms have fallen by the wayside.   We witness already  dramatic shifts in economic wealth, both within and across nation states.

There is still some debate about how the new changes in technology will affect some of the more prevalent twentieth century ideologies.   For example, will the new technologies and associated cultural changes support or retard the growth of the liberal democracies? Or, will the vision of George Orwell be realized, with a technology-induced return to a world-wide authoritarian state? Obviously, all the data are not in, and will not be in for another seventy-five years or so. The early returns, however, suggest that many of the new technologies seem to enforce democratic values and practices.   For example, one of the critical features of using information technologies and computerized systems is the rapid and transparent exchange of information across settings, cities, and nations.   This is highly compatible with democratic systems and values. However, we have also witnessed that China has been able to have an effective state control over these advanced technologies so that has been little if any democratization and is some cases it could be argued that we have seen a decrease in democratization! The Economist in a recent article has concluded that the democratization effects on China by technology could have been overestimated.

On the other hand, some of the new technologies will reinforce distinctions between individuals and classes of people, thus perhaps leading to a more hierarchical and elitist structure of society.   Moreover, the ability of the new technologies to successfully manage and facilitate diversity of tastes and markets, may lead to a fragmentation of societies such that it will be difficult to sustain larger goals and visions.   For example, it is unclear whether a television society can really sustain a long-term mission, or goal, or struggle.

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