You are completely average

It stings the ego a little to learn that you are average. And yet, by definition, that’s exactly what you are in many ways — probably. An “average” is determined by measuring characteristics of a population, and most people fall within the middle of such measurements. For most things we can measure — whether it’s Read More…

Sometimes it’s not just one thing

When something goes wrong — work, a personal relationship, part of the body — it’s always tempting to look for the cause. There must be one thing that went wrong and can be corrected, one single solution to the problem. Sometimes this is the case, and those examples are usually obvious. In the case of Read More…

Can software make you more intelligent?

A recent article in Wired magazine claims that researchers have found out a guaranteed method to improve your intelligence. Sounds wonderful! But does it stand up to scrutiny? The research they discuss is about the so-called “n-back test” which is used to examine how effectively someone can use their short-term memory. As with many tests, Read More…