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To hail a taxi, you don't think before waving your arm out to grab its attention. We do this not because it's a law or rule, but because it's just common sense. Yet when it comes to what dictates common sense—or the concept of something everyone is supposed to know—there is no cut-and-dry set of rules. What you might not know, however, is that common sense really has nothing to do with sense, nor is it common. Researchers believe that common sense is rather created from our personal experiences, social context, culture and everyday life. What may seem obvious today is likely to be refuted by science tomorrow. So is a person who seems to lack common knowledge dumb? It would seem the not-so-common-sense answer is no.

Still, can it be argued that it takes intelligence to demonstrate sound judgement? Where is the overlap between book knowledge, life experience, social norms and history—and how does that influence what we consider common? This playlist dives deep into the mind as it uncovers how intelligence tests, common sense and personal beliefs don't always tell the whole story.

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Have you ever heard we humans only use 10% of our brain? Well the person who told you that was using 0% of theirs. Subscribe http://bit.ly/1kc7NpQ Twitter http://twitter.com/SYSKPodcast Facebook http://facebook.com/StuffYouShouldKnow Google+ http://google.com/+joshandchuck Website http://stuffyoushouldknow.com Watch More http://www.youtube.com/JoshAndChuck
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Much is made of a person's IQ score. But is there really anything to that number? Laci looks at what a high IQ really means, and why some say the test should be tossed in the trash. Read More: Does IQ Test Really Measure Intelligence? http://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20121218/iq-test-really-measure-intelligence "Single tests that measure intelligence quotient, or IQ, may become a thing of the past." What Do I.Q. Tests Measure? Not Intelligence http://www.nytimes.com/1994/11/12/opinion/l-what-do-iq-tests-measure-not-intelligence-810185.html "Columns and letters such as Donald M. Stewart's "Test Score Rise Had Nothing to Do With Race" (Nov. 5) have commented on recent books dealing with racial differences on intelligence tests." Mensa International http://www.mensa.org/ ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More http://www.youtube.com/dnewschannel Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzWQYUVCpZqtN93H8RR44Qw?sub_confirmation=1 DNews Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews DNews Website http://discoverynews.com
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There's nothing wrong with intelligence tests, says David Shenk. It's our misinterpretations of their results that foster a dangerous "myth of IQ."
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Edutopia revisits its 1997 interview with Harvard University Professor Howard Gardner about multiple intelligences and new forms of assessment. To figure out your learning style and see more recent videos on multiple intelligences, visit our site: http://www.edutopia.org/multiple-intelligences-immersion-enota-video
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Hedge fund founder Marc Lasry on the different between street smarts and book smarts, and why both are crucial.
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Trust is a vital part of everyday life. If you can't trust anyone, than your life can be lonely. But, if you trust too many people, it's easy to be betrayed or let down. Laci hangs out to discuss the surprising link between one's level of intelligence and their willingness to trust others. Read More: Where Trust is High, Crime and Corruption are Low http://www.pewglobal.org/2008/04/15/where-trust-is-high-crime-and-corruption-are-low/ "'Trust,' political scientist Eric Uslaner has written, 'is the chicken soup of social life.'" 'Intelligent People Are More Likely to Trust Others' http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_releases_for_journalists/140312.html "Intelligent people are more likely to trust others, while those who score lower on measures of intelligence are less likely to do so, says a new study." Generalized Trust and Intelligence in the United States http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0091786 "Generalized trust refers to trust in other members of society; it may be distinguished from particularized trust, which corresponds to trust in the family and close friends." Watch More: Are You Emotionally Intelligent? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmz9Yb9dWck TestTube Wild Card http://testtube.com/dnews/dnews-440-skipping-meals?utm_campaign=DNWC&utm_medium=DNews&utm_source=YT Are Women Without Kids Smarter? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OSgxU6MHQk ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com Download the TestTube App: http://testu.be/1ndmmMq
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Are you a dummy for believing in God? There's a new study out whose authors claim to have found a correlation between religion and a lower IQ. Trace looks at the science behind their claims. Read More: Theists Vs. Atheists: Who's Better Off? http://news.discovery.com/human/life/theists-atheists-religion-130815.htm#mkcpgn-ytnws1 "Atheists typically fancy themselves to be an intelligent bunch, so it'll hearten them to know that a recent review of decades of research over 63 studies has found that atheists are on average more intelligent than believers." "Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers" http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/uoc--hrp043012.php ""Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people." Religious people are less intelligent than atheists, according to analysis of scores of scientific studies stretching back over decades http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/religious-people-are-less-intelligent-than-atheists-according-to-analysis-of-scores-of-scientific-studies-stretching-back-over-decades-8758046.html "Study found 'a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity' in 53 out of 63 studies" Religious Influence In U.S. Seen As Decreasing, But Most Americans Want More: Survey http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/religions-influence-us_n_3354499.html "A majority of Americans believe that religion's influence in the nation is waning, yet also think society would be better off if more Americans were religious, according to a new survey." Number of Lawmakers Who Don't Identify With a Religion Is on the Rise http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/01/05/religion_in_congress_more_lawmakers_fail_to_identify_a_religion.html "The number is hardly huge but it still marks quite the change from three decades ago. In the early 1980s, not a single member of Congress publicly said he or she didn't belong to a particular religious affiliation or refused to disclose their religion." World Survey Links Religion and Happiness -- For Some http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110808170052.htm "There may be a few atheists in foxholes, but a new study suggests that in societies under stress, those who are religious outnumber -- and are happier than -- their nonreligious counterparts." Religion and Morality http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/religion-morality/ "From the beginning of Western thought, religion and morality have been closely intertwined. This is true whether we go back within Greek philosophy or within Christianity and Judaism. " Belief in hell, according to international data, is associated with reduced crime http://uonews.uoregon.edu/archive/news-release/2012/6/belief-hell-according-international-data-associated-reduced-crime "Religions are thought to serve as bulwarks against unethical behaviors. However, when it comes to predicting criminal behavior, the specific religious beliefs one holds is the determining factor, says a University of Oregon psychologist." Watch More: Is God Mad At You?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olhCazkejPg Science vs. Religion: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No7_fPhMWxc Women In Gaming: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Z2DbkQlYc ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni on Twitter http://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green on Twitter http://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez on Twitter http://twitter.com/trace501 DNews on Facebook http://facebook.com/dnews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com
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From high profile office buildings to shady street corners scammers are everywhere. Although we may be tempted to think that we're smart enough to avoid their underhanded scheming everyday thousands of people are conned out of their money and countless lives are ruined. In order to help keep you from becoming another statistic we've compiled this list of 25 scams you should watch out for. Check out the text version too! - http://list25.com/25-most-popular-scams-you-should-watch-out-for/
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Google TechTalks May 30, 2006 Douglas Lenat Dr. Douglas Lenat is the President and CEO of Cycorp. Since 1984, he and his team have been constructing, experimenting with, and applying a broad real world knowledge base and reasoning engine, collectively "Cyc". Dr. Lenat was a professor of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University and at Stanford University. His interest and experience in national security has led him to regularly consult for several U.S. agencies and the White House. ABSTRACT It's way past 2001 now, where the heck is HAL? For several decades now we've had high hopes for computers amplifying our mental abilities not just giving us access to relevant stored information, but...

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