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Are you smart?

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Howard Garnder coined the term Multiple Intelligences to challenges the traditional definition of intelligent. He argues that I.Q. testing alone is far too limited and it does not account for boarder human potentials. The theory of Multiple Intelligences incorporates the following "smartness" to categorize intelligent.
1. Linguistic intelligence - word smart
2. Logical-mathematical intelligence - number/reasoning smart
3. Spatial intelligence - picture smart
4. Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence - body smart
5. Musical intelligence -music smart
6. Interpersonal intelligence -people smart
7. Intrapersonal intelligence -self smart
8. Naturalist intelligence -nature smart

He highlights the fact that people are not smart in the same way. Individual inhibit various degree of these types of intelligences. As a result this theory questions the traditional school culture. It argues that the traditional classroom comprises of lecture and textbooks undermine difference learning behavior. This method are bias toward students who are linguistic and logical- mathematical intelligent, while ignoring other type of smartness. Therefore, this lack of reinforcement actually leads to underachieving students. Hence, the failure in the public school system is due to the teacher and administrator rather than students. Through Gardner's assertion many teachers actually tailor their teaching around children's learning style. However, this may not be a wise decision seeing authority's expectation actually plays a key role in the measurement of intelligences. Rosenthal and Jacobson finding in the "self-fulfilling prophecy" where student's performances reflect the expectation their teacher's expectation. More importantly, this theory is hard to falsify since these intelligent may not be independent of other. Plus, it is hard to test since there is no formal test to measure these intelligences.

Online Dating

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A New York Time Article written by Natasha Singer helps explain why online dating site are fast trends in helping user find their compatible mate. According to "Better Loving through Chemistry" , many website actually implement a scientific structure in matching their clients with potential suitor. One of the most outrageous is calls ScientificMatch.com. This site actually uses DNA testing to determine romantic chemistry base on the individual genetic make -up. The ideas for this web site actually result from research which suggested women are more attracted to smell of men who are different from their own. Unfortunately, the sites charges user $1,995.95 for a lifetime membership, granted they actually provide cheek swabbing kit, DNA processing, background check and verification of age and marital status. The Today Show elaborates how the processes work. First DNA is collect and the Major Histocompatibilty Complex immune system genes are compared. If all 3 pair of the alleles are different a couple is consider a perfect match. This is an expensive solution, but don't worry. Sites such as Chemistry.com and it founder Match.com provide a reasonably price range that try to get to the heart of attraction. Instead of using DNA testing they base on traits of temperament. Here, the ideas similarity such as values, family background and social styles strongly accounted for a match. This upheld the Lilienfeld's claims that similarity paves the way for mutual understanding in the long run.


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