When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.


How to Get Smarter, and Stay That Way

If you are envious of some brainiac you know, or just want to stay sharp as you age, there are well established ways to improve your mental power- a few of which you rarely read about...

First, you need to avoid toxins that can actually make you stupid. By deteriorating brain cells there is one main poison that gets into food and another that gets into drinks that both cause mental sluggishness over a long period of time. The damage is generally irreversible, so you may want to look into them now.

The toxin in foods is mercury. It usually is highly concentrated in canned tuna. Other fish contain it too, especially ocean species, but tuna is the worst. As for drinks, the culprit is fluoride, added to over 2/3 of municipal water supplies across the country. Information on the dangers of fluoride, and its dubious blessing by the government in 1950 as "safe", can be found easily on the internet. Numerous population studies disprove the one questionable study used to get the government's approval for it as "safe". So look into it, and you will be drinking distilled water soon. Remember sodas and most beers are made from city water supplies as well, so avoid them too if you wish to avoid fluoride. There are a few brands of toothpaste that are fluoride free as well.

Once your brain is toxin free, start eating foods that are proven to increase memory. The main one is blueberries. Delicious in pies, smoothies, and fruit salads, it has been shown to relieve alzheimer's even. Other fruits and vegetables high in anti-oxidants will help as well. These include strawberries, oranges, spinach, and several others. Also take a B-complex vitamin every day. Your brain needs several of its ingredients for optimal functioning. Make sure you feed your brain cells some omega-3 as well. Almost always recommended to be taken as fish oils, this is not necessary. Flaxseed oil has a lot of it too. You can get raw flaxseeds or buy it as pills, powder, liquid, or even made into a drink similar to soymilk.

Next you need to exercise your brain. The best ways are to learn things, preferably subjects with varying and extensive concepts, instead of rote memorization of lists of trivial facts. The best way to accomplish this is to start studying a foreign language. Most Europeans learn three or even up to five foreign languages by the time they get out of school, so you can too. The best one for you is whatever one interests you the most. If you are of Irish descent, you may find Gaelic interesting and thereby easier to learn. Or if you just want to start with something easy, learn one that is similar to your native language. The one most similar to English is Frisian, spoken by people in Europe near Germany. German is the major language most similar to English. Once you look into languages, you will see patterns and similarities. It is not as hard as many expect it to be. If that's just not your thing, math is also good exercise. Get some old textbooks from a used bookstore and see how far you can go.

There are more ways to do a lot of thinking, without it becoming a major undertaking or ongoing project. Go to the magazine rack at a store and find logic puzzles. They are great. Word seeks, fill- ins, and even crosswords really take little thinking. Logic puzzles and advanced sudoku or kakuro are the way to go. Another great tool is the good old Rubik's cube. They seem impossible at first, but a lot of people can do them, and fast. They come with how-to booklets to get you started.

More than anything the best thing you can do is to read. Read anything, whenever you have the time. Especially real, printed books.

The more you do any of these things, the smarter you will get. Keep at it, and you will be glad you did.

(c) james platt

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