In a previous post, I discussed a number of differences concerning the relationship between personality and objective measures of intelligence compared to how lay people perceive this relationship. In particular, I noted that the personality trait of agreeableness is unrelated to performance on intelligence tests, yet there are some indications that lay people tend to associate high agreeableness with lower intelligence, even though agreeableness is a socially valued characteristic. The reasons for this are not well understood. However, although there are important advantages to agreeableness, high agreeableness may also be associated with a number of costs, such as in regards to career advancement. Additionally, a recent study found that highly agreeable people are prone to choking under pressure. Perhaps there are some ways in which being too agreeable might lead to behavior that could be regarded as less intelligent. There is something puzzling about the relationship between … [Read more...] about When Being Nice Gets in the Way of Being Smart
A recent review of studies found that religious belief is inversely associated with intelligence. That is, more intelligent people are generally less likely to be religious. The reasons for this are not fully understood, although some of the main theories were discussed in Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic’s article. Dr Chamorro-Premuzic also made the intriguing suggestion that the relationship between religiosity and intelligence might be mediated by the personality trait known as openness to experience. A related possibility is that greater knowledge about religion and the world in general might play some role in explaining why more intelligent people tend to be less religious. To summarise briefly, a recent review of 63 studies showed that there is a moderate negative relationship between intelligence and religiosity (Zuckerman, Silberman, & Hall, 2013). The review found that religious beliefs, such as belief in God, are somewhat more strongly related to lower intelligence than … [Read more...] about More Knowledge, Less Belief in Religion?
There is continuing controversy about inter-ethnic differences in IQ and why these might exist. One of the most heated areas of debate is what role if any is played by genetic differences between ethnic groups. Richard Lynn (Kanazawa, 2013; Lynn, 1987) proposed that because European and Asian environments feature extremely cold winters the inhabitants of these regions historically faced greater challenges to survival than Africans. He claimed that these survival challenges would have created selection pressures for greater intelligence. Africans on the other hand live in tropical conditions all year round and hence did not need as much intelligence. Lynn (2006) has presented data correlating the intelligence of different ethnic groups with the severity of their winter climates. However, there are some anomalies in his data and the theory itself is based on questionable assumptions. In a recent paper on race differences in penis size, which I have critiqued elsewhere, Lynn (2013) … [Read more...] about Cold Winters and the Evolution of Intelligence
Smart wearable brand Garmin has expanded its product portfolio today in India. The company has launched two smartwatches in the country — Garmin Venu and Garmin Vivoactive 4. Garmin Vivo is the company’s first smartwatch to feature an AMOLED screen, while Vivoactive 4 boasts of 24/7 heart monitoring feature. Price and availability Garmin Vivoactive 4 is priced at Rs 32,590. The smartwatch will be available in two colour options, Shadow Gray/Silver and Black/Slate. It can be purchased online as well as offline via major retailers across the country. Garmin Venu, on the other hand, will retail at Rs 37,490. Users can choose from four colour options, Granite Blue with Silver hardware, Black with Slate hardware, Light sand with Rose gold and Black with Gold hardware. The smartwatch will be exclusive to Amazon till December 15 after which it will be available online via TataCliq, Myntra, Flipkart and PaytmMall. Specs Garmin Venu features a 1.2-inch screen and is claimed by … [Read more...] about Garmin launches Venu and Vivoactive 4 smartwatches, price starts at Rs 32,590
Global investment in renewable energy continued its upward trajectory last year, raising the proportion of world electricity generated by green sources like wind, solar, biomass and geothermal to a new high, says a new report. A record 157 gigawatts of renewable power were commissioned last year, up from 143 gigawatts in 2016 and far out-stripping the net 70 gigawatts of fossil-fuel generating capacity added (after adjusting for the closure of some existing plants) over the same period, revealed the Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018 report, released on Thursday by UN Environment, the Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Center and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year was the eighth in a row in which global investment in renewables exceeded $200 billion (€163.2 billion), the report states, adding that since 2004, the world has invested about $2.9 trillion in green energy sources. The lion's share of this investment went … [Read more...] about China leads in global shift to renewable energy
Home Health Wellness Wellness oi-Shivangi Karn By Shivangi Karn on December 6, 2019 Guava is among the most common fruits enriched with numerous minerals and vitamins. People of all age groups love to gorge on this unique flavoured fruit during its season. However, there's always a doubt whether feeding guava is good for babies or not? Babies are given solid foods when they are six months or over because breast milk is no longer sufficient to provide them with adequate vital nutrients for their development.  Fruits are regarded as the best food during this period as they are rich in flavours and powerhouse of nutrients. There's a misconception that guava is not safe for babies due to its solid seeds which may cause digestiveproblems. However, there are other ways to introduce guvava to a child's diet without comprising its health benefits. Read the nutritional profile of guava and its amazing health benefits for babies. Nutritional Value Of Guava 100 g of guava is … [Read more...] about Amazing Health Benefits Of Guava For Babies