The need of yet another book on this subjectEdit
All books on this subject I have come across have either one or both of the following disadvantages. Firstly, many books are filled with advertisements for useless products, workshops and so on. They are designed for personal development junkies who only want to feel the joy of reading books, listen to tapes and buy devices which could have helped them if only they were willing to work hard. The second disadvantage is that most books are thin on information—what could be explained in a couple of pages of text is explained in hundreds of pages. This book will be different. The information in the book is dense and only intended to inspire the reader's own thinking and experimentation.
I suppose the author's desire for yet 'another book on this subject' is more a result of the need to define his topic than a dearth of information. A serious attempt at this endeavor would be better served by one with a little more education on the subject. An introduction of this topic more than most others, would benefit from defining your goal and organizing an approach. As with any discussion of intelligence, definitions, frames of reference, processes, development (natural or guided), the relationships between original, developed, derived, summarized, or compiled knowledges, cultural variation, and scales of valuing would be some primary considerations for interactive descriptions. Many references exist for each of these subtopics, and one anticipated problem will be debates on defining intelligence first, then (and possibly unnecessarily) discussion on measuring. Post-graduate (as fair a starting point as another) studies of assessment deal with the evolution of the qualitative/quantitative measuring of intelligence (and primarily within educational or legal/social contexts). All of this would be logical to establish a platform from which one explores methods of intensification or development of intelligence.--Jeffyorns (talk) 17:24, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
I envision two directions for an introduction, one evolutionary and the other categorical, with a strong allowances for aristotelean vs. oriental processes of perceptualization/development of understanding. --Jeffyorns (talk) 17:24, 21 July 2008 (UTC)
Cut the CrapEdit
In keeping with the aim described in the preceding paragraph, this book will not contain affirmations that these techniques will work even for you and so on. No unscientific testimonials will be included. In a world with a lot of information it is of utmost importance that the information is compact, concise and to the point.
- Read table of contents of books FIRST to see if it mentions whatever topic you are looking for. If it doesn't, you don't need to read it. If it does, great!
- Bibliographies, or sources cited at the end of white papers give you clues to other places you can direct your search.
Spread the WordEdit
The title Intelligence Intensification establishes that the goal of this text is to intensify intelligent thought in the reader. Perhaps more importantly, the book aims at the greater goal of increasing intelligence all over the world—for joy and for the benefit of all humanity. This book is inspired by Timothy Leary's 20th Century concept: "Every citizen a Scientist".
What's your vision?Edit
The following is a quotation from the book The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn by Richard Hamming. He models a life with or without a vision with random walks.
- "It is well known the drunken sailor who staggers to the left or right with independent random steps will, on the average, end about steps from the origin. But if there is a pretty girl in one direction, then his steps will tend to go in that direction and he will go a distance proportional to . In a lifetime of many, many independent choices, small and large, a career with a vision will get you a distance proportional to , while no vision will get you only the distance ."
Before or while reading this book and practicing its contents, try to grow a vision of your life.