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Practical Intelligence by Karl Albrecht
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Jul 30, 2007

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Thinking is a whole-body function (hearts, lungs, legs, arms, etc. included) thus indexing intelligence by merely an IQ is terribly mistaken. To recognize these physiological mechanisms wholistically leads to better exercises of one's true intelligences --developing necessary MENTAL HABITS, or software so to speak (mental flexibility, affirmative thinking, sane language habit, and valuing ideas) and MENTAL SKILLS (bivergent thinking, helicopter thinking, intulogical thinking, viscerational thinking). If one establishes both qualities within him/herself, coping with life's challenges and opportunities would be experienced on a conscious level.

I have never been a sucker for any self-help books, but if one such book is saying something about human brain, I personally think it deserves a reading chance. Practical Intelligence, it turns out, not only contemplates on intelligences in segregations (like all those rubbishes on SQ, EQ, etc), it integrates them based on neurological perspective. It's no science writing, but at least the buildingblocks of the hypothesis IS.
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