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How to test your mental performance at the moment?

I have a 'calibration' set of puzzles that I do each morning. Put the ol' brain through its paces, if you will. Kakuro, Suduko, Cryptoquote, Jumble. I used to play daily Set. (www.setgame.com) It all boils down to pattern recognition, but I do feel better knowing that that bit of memory is still intact and relatively accessible. ;)

2saliency12yI think the key is to have a third party test you. Ideally this third party has created a profile of you. THE ABOVE IS BETTER THEN SELECTING TEST YOURSELF. I THINK YOU COULD DO BETTER THOUGH. My solution would be to give an interactive test that gives you a harder or easier questions based off of how you answer the questions. I would incorporate this with a profile so that when you come back the next day it knows what level of questions to give you. Ideally you could test several types of IQ with few questions. The tests-questions-games like the above posts would be designed to be fun. At the end the test would tell you how you preformed compared to other times.
BHTV: Yudkowsky / Robert Greene

I actually only got to see the first half of this, so I missed "always attack before you are ready." I like it, but how was it justified/explained?

0childofbaud12yI can't remember the exchange verbatim, but the way I interpreted it was as a way to cope with the analysis paralysis phenomenon that can occur when one is confronted with a lot of information. According to Greene's quoted maxim, it is always advisable to act before all the data has been gathered (presumably because one can never gather all the data).
8RobinZ12yBy the same argument, a Q&A session with a favorite author is a cultish activity.
Why I'm Staying On Bloggingheads.tv

I'm astounded that no one (especially in a blog devoted to rationalism) has mentioned the very obvious motivation for appearing on bloggingheads - self-promotion. Sean Carroll has already said almost everything he's qualified to say on bhtv, with the exception of promoting his upcoming book. He stands to benefit more from the attention/reputation he gains from 'taking a stand' than he does from doing nothing. He loses what? One more interview?

As EY pointed out, there is ample evidence that bhtv does not have a hidden 'religious' agenda. To say that only c... (read more)

4zaph12yI'd add that a good boycott has an end in mind. What's the point of a boycott without returning once certain conditions are met? This, in my eyes, lends more credence to the idea that this is about drama and self-promotion. It would have been much less eventful had they merely demanded that, say, Michael Shermer appear in interview dismantling creationism, or better yet, a creationist ('s arguments - of course).
It's all in your head-land

I finally created an account just so I could 'up-vote' this post, which I enjoyed. I think it shows a depth of thought and introspection that is very helpful. Perhaps this post could be the start of a series?

2colinmarshall12yI'd like to make it that, but we'll see what I can do.