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peculible preamblings and fruitless phobiae

On the Nature of Intellect

In reply to previous persons advocating Gardner’s “multiple intelligence” theory:

Intelligence is measurable to a significant extent, and among cognitive assessments such as IQ tests, a strong positive correlation has been observed across different proposed centers of intelligence in academic disciplines—some examples being spatial, verbal, mathematical, musical, and even existential intelligence. While the interaction between “nature and nurture” in the brain is quite complex, a person typically is not born with predisposition to particular disciplines. Some individuals who may be diagnosed with, for instance, dysgraphia, dyslexia, even “dyscalculia”, and (rarely) autism spectrum disorders, are potential exceptions to this rule, as they can be categorized as twice-exceptional (being proficient in, say one or two disciplines, but poor in others). Excluding such persons nonetheless, a child with an overall low IQ will demonstrate subpar skill across all subjects—and a well-educated child with an above-average IQ will likely demonstrate superb skill across all academic disciplines.

So it is evident that general intelligence (or g as some researchers term it) has a broad impact in one’s mental capacity to carry out varying patterns of cognitive processes. Twice-exceptional persons can be excluded from this pattern with confidence and without compromising this observation because of inborn setbacks. On the one hand, genetic factors can severely compromise development of cognition in the critical stages of development. But on the other hand, early intervention is key to improving the condition of individuals afflicted with impairment in cognition—this tells us that twice-exceptionalism is not entirely genetic. On an anecdotal note, a best friend of mine was diagnosed with high-functioning autism—he has trouble with spelling, grammar, and verbal communication in general—yet at 16 years of age he is improving quickly in verbal and social skills. (He’s… almost normal, lol.)

I go so far as to assert that intelligence is measurable and can be reliably quantified. However, it is difficult to ascertain one’s IQ because of the complex interaction between brain chemistry and learned cognition. IQ is properly a measure of raw intellect, but it is not always easy to measure through judging one’s ability in specific skills in the same way that it is improper to measure the IQ of Spanish speakers based on their knowledge of English vocabulary—both procedures are not always appropriate, but necessarily will exhibit equivalent biases. It boils down to the fact that we’re not all born equal, and we all have our limits; ultimately, some people just have better or worse brains than everyone else. Not everyone can be a Nobel prize laureate—Francis Crick had an IQ of around 120, which is the lowest purported IQ among Nobel prize laureates. Even more obvious is the fact that you can’t make a genius out of a mentally retarded person. Despite that early intervention can bring such a person to a normal, adult-functioning position, someone like Teddy Roosevelt or Archimedes will always possess raw potential that is leaps beyond such a person.

But the other point that remains to be seen is that IQ is not limiting in a certain sense. It is stupid to assume that you inherently lack the capacity to be competent in a particular discipline—yet it has become rather fashionable to deprecate oneself with such phrases (especially, people like to say they “suck at math”). And if you’re a child or a teenager, if you are good in any one subject, then you can be, at the very least, decent in other subjects. You may feel smart when in English and dumb in math class, but that’s a self-created notion. 

This pattern is prominent in the apparent dichotomous nature of intelligence between girls and boys. Girls are supposedly always better in verbal cognition, while boys are always better in spatial-mathematical cognition. This is a silly assumption that has been perpetuated by centuries of gender-based discrimination. While the studies support this statement, employers continue to show prejudice, for instance in engineering professions, where such careers are generally regarded as less-than-admirable and unsuited for women. If you’re a boy who has average social skills and likes math and science, chances are you’ll be the go-to guy for girls who need help in precalculus or physics. But if you’re a girl with average social skills who likes math and science, you’ll probably be brushed off as nerdy by boys and perhaps superficial by girls. These disparities are not products of gender-specific biological distinctions, but ingrained consequences of societal pressures to fulfill your gender role.

I ran away here to hide from someone else. And then you show up. 

I don’t want to see you anymore. I don’t want to hear you, smell you, touch you, or taste you. Just stay away from me. I’d rather be alone than get to know you— because that means going back to that dark place. 

And if getting away from you means dropping dead, then I will. I’ll put a bullet in my skull. I’ll dig a knife into my chest. I’ll tie a noose around my neck. I’ll anchor myself to the bottom of the ocean, where I belong. 

You will watch me do it. And I will watch you suffer for it. 










That’s not cool Tumblr.


Reblogging just in case this is true. I’ll get it off my blog here later, but for now….

Yeah if this is true… I’m just leaving this here and may or not remove all art.




Oh yeah. It’s true.

What makes this even more of a shitshow though? Well, if you don’t feel like digging through all the legalese to find this section, I’ve done it for you. This is what it says as of 2014-01-25, 19:53 PST:


Read that. Read all of it. Not just the legalese in white. Not just the “skimmer-friendly” version in gray. Read both and notice how they technically, for all legal purposes, say the same things…yet completely contradict one another from any practical standpoint. The gray boxes are all nice and friendly. The legalese is basically a great big ol’ FUCK YOU.

So yeah, signal boost the hell out of this.


NO, NO, AND NO. According to U.S. copyright law, the creator has copyright in any original work once it is fixed in a tangible means of expression. Tumblr is a “tangible means of expression,” which means people can see it, read it, etc. If you write a poem on a napkin, it is fixed in a tangible means of expression. That’s it. You don’t have to mail anything to yourself, you don’t have to register, nothing. You post it, you “have copyright” in it. Period.

The fear-mongering idea that your work can be exploited without your knowledge or consent “if you do not have a copyright” is invalid, because everything posted to Tumblr has copyright protection.

Further, if you read past the scary-looking licensing language, you’ll see that license is limited to the purpose of allowing Tumblr to function. For example, when you reblog something and add to it, you are *technically* (per U.S. copyright law) creating a derivative work of the original. So, for reblogging to be possible, Tumblr has to include a bit in its terms granting it (and you, the users) the ability to create derivative works of original posts. Otherwise, you’d technically have to ask (and receive) permission not only from the original poster but everyone else who made a substantial contribution to the original post before you reblogged it. And maybe pay them a fee. Ha. We all know that would be ridiculous and Tumblr’s features would be impossible without this provision.

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice, I am not your lawyer, etc. You can read some cool, absolutely official stuff about copyright here.

(Source: psychfacts, via jayarrarr)

Born unto this earthiness, dirt under your fingernails
Shrouded in darkness, placed into a world
Of no meaning; no fulfillment; no joy
This endeavor is futile. 
Dig away at the emptied earth. The madness never ends
Suffocating in the insanity of deprivation!
Forever running far and fast, chasing dreams of something greater—

But doomed to rot in a coffin under six layers of stone. 
Everyone meets their grave, sooner or later. 

I know not my purpose nor my hope. 
In the face of time eternal, I am worthless. 
With each passing moment, each second wasted 
Slips away the fabric of time, from me. 
I am here on this earth, bound to a master clock
to which all things are slave. 
The great pendulum circles the Earth as it swings. 
And does it move ever so slow. 
But time will run its course— and I pray the day will come when everything goes dark. 
The day of my death. 
Though it may never be soon enough. 

The bell has rung. The ultimatum of the midnight hour. 

Stiff-necked metal hands sprout from the bell
poised to strike the midnight mark.
Your fate is sealed. 
Iron-fisted gauntlets clutch at your throat;
Pain and anguish are chilled to numbness. 
Your time is running out. The end draws near. 
You will not be forgiven. You will not be judged. 
An obsolete existence— silenced like a lamb. 
You are now dead.


Sooo, histagrams are a thing. Highly evolved humor, if I may say so.


Sooo, histagrams are a thing. Highly evolved humor, if I may say so.


[ID: a man in a suit, holding a foil.]
Laurence Halsted!


[ID: a man in a suit, holding a foil.]

Laurence Halsted!


Möbius ring-inspired bridge to be built in China

Architectural firm Next has been awarded first prize in a competition to design a bridge to span a river within the town of Meixi Lake in China, for its Möbius strip inspired design. Meixi Lake — next to Changsha in the Hunan province — is an experiment in urban planning. The 6.5 million square metre city development has been designed from scratch by architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and centres around a manmade lake. Within Meixi is found an area called Dragon King Harbour River. It is here where Next’s bridge will be built. The pedestrian bridge is 150 metres across and 24 metres high, spanning the river via a number of different spaghetti-esque pathways at different heights. “The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring,” explains architect Michel Schreinemachers. “On the other hand it refers to a Chinese knot that comes from an ancient decorative Chinese folk art,” adds colleague John van de Water. (via Möbius ring-inspired bridge to be built in China (Wired UK))


Artist Fabian Oefner enjoys capturing both art and science in his work. In his latest series, “Orchid”, the blossom-like images are the result of splashes. He layered multiple colors of paint, ending with a top layer of black or white, then dropped a sphere into the paint. The images show how the colors mix and rebound, a delicate splash crown seen from above. The liquid sheet thickens at the rim and breaks up into ligaments from the instability of the crown’s edge. It makes for a remarkable demonstration of the effects of momentum and surface tension. Several of Oefner’s previous collections have appeared on FYFD (1, 2, 3). (Photo credit: F. Oefner)