Friday, April 12, 2013

One Simple Exercise To Expand Your Intelligence And Creativity

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One splendid braintenance trick to expand your analytic intelligence (reasoning and problem-solving ability) and your creativity (the ability to envision something in your mind without having seen it with your open eyes) is [believe it or not] doing algebraic word problems in your head. No pens. No pencils. No computers or mobile devices. This absolutely requires that you keep information filed in various parts of your mind while looking at new information, and then ultimately going back to those files and fitting these "saved" pieces together to find the solution.

Your intellectual curiosity and perhaps your oversized ego demand that you meet this little challenge. It involves two brothers from Poland named Mario and Lorenzo (their parents had a particularly bizarre sense of humor):

  • Mario is currently three years older than his bother (this is a Freudian Slip inserted in the interest of making this exercise a bit more challenging) -- er, brother;
  • The sum of the two digits in Lorenzo's age is 6;
  • Both brothers are teenagers.
What are the brothers' ages?

One helpful hint - It might serve you well to actually picture the two boys in your mind...give them different heights and hair colors as well. Neither should have freckles (that's just my own opinion).

Now solve the problem. If you can do it in less than 1 minute you are in possession of a good cranial companion; if you can do it in less than 5 minutes; you've done well. If it takes you longer than 5 minutes to do this exercise (and to get the answer correct), you need to work a bit more on these types of algebraic logic and memory problems.

Work quietly and swiftly, and Dr. Braintenance will be back with answers!

Thank you as always for reading me, and for sharing my articles with your colleagues and friends via your social media groups.

Douglas E. Castle for The Braintenance Blog

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