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First let keep this thread clean from racial, gender, age, healthy or any kind of slur.

The reason i made this tread is, because i was on anime forums not here on crunchyroll, but some where else. There some one asked if they should keep watching certain anime or not. I have watched that anime and liked it, so i wrote explanation why they should watch that anime. At first I thought i did good job explaining what is good about that anime, but then that thought didn't last long, until someone come and explain the anime in a completely different level then mine. I got stunned by the difference between that person and my comprehension level.
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There are different types of intelligence; I've learnt about it during my teaching degree. I can't remember the guy's name for the life of me, but linguistics and mathematics are not the only indicators of intelligence.

People can be musically, artistically and socially intelligent.


People think that "gaming" and watching anime endlessly are "stupid", but actually, being able to understand the mechanics in a game is a sign of intelligence itself. I don't want to go too much into detail about it... since I'm not an expert... and I don't think it's wise as a "teacher" to promote video gaming
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Brain development helps improve intelligence.
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idk but both seemed to have eluded me
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I think study and practice makes you better at anything. But I guess there are other things that can influence learning like genetics, good or bad teachers, learning the right or wrong things, and genuine interest. To me, having genuine interest is what's most important.
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Genetics has a lot of influence over brain development. The learning environment and living environment of the individual is also highly contributive to the "intelligence" of someone. Lack of omega 3 fatty acids, environmental pollution, usage of hormones and other things in our food can impact our intelligence. Most of these things affect our intelligence in the fetal stage. A lack of DHA (the omega 3 fatty acid) puts an individual at disadvantage during fetal brain development. A high fructose diet also damages your learning and memory capability.

This was in an experiment involving rats that were fed DHA and rats that had digested fructose. The rats were trained twice a day, daily, for five days in a maze. After six weeks, the team tested both groups of rats. The rats who were deprived of DHA were much slower and more uncertain. Their brains showed signs of lessened synaptic function. Whereas high levels of fructose can make it difficult for neurons to communicate via synapses, DHA improves synaptic transmission.

But in certain ways, our brains just develop differently, and the connections made in our brains vary.
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Nutrition and contaminants affect brain development at every stage in which the brain is still developing. They can also negatively impact a brain that has finished development. Consuming processed flour rather than whole flour actually interferes with brain function for everyone, but can be particularly bad for those with ADD, ADHD, autism, and some other disorders. What you have eaten that day can literally affect how you would score on a test in a statistically significant fashion.

Certain activities have also been shown to boost brain function, leading to increased test scores. Walking improves them, sitting worsens them. Chewing will boost performance for about the following fifteen minutes. I have not seen data on how long one must go without chewing for the benefit to be triggered again. Many things influence brain function.

Actual intelligence can be highly difficult to nail down. There are many forms of intelligence as an earlier poster alluded to. There is something called "order of intentionality". It is not the philosophical term, but a more recent psychological one. The general idea is "I know there is an apple," would be the first order while, "I know that you know there is an apple," is the second order. The third order runs like, "I know that you know I know there is an apple." If you only have first order, you either can't lie or are truly horrible at it. The average human can handle up to the fifth order, give or take one. If someone could get say the fifteenth order they could basically control the whole world. Chimps are second order on average I think... It is one of the most interesting theories pertaining to intelligence that I have found so far. IQ is only really useful for determining certain kinds of academic potential. Some tests do a better job of ascertaining general learning ability, retention, or other intelligence related functions.

TL;DR - Brain development is relatively simple and decently understood; intelligence is complicated, multi-faceted, and awesome to study about.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

There are different types of intelligence; I've learnt about it during my teaching degree. I can't remember the guy's name for the life of me, but linguistics and mathematics are not the only indicators of intelligence.


Howard Gardner. Thfelese , it is definitely worth reading some of his writing.


Thfelese wrote:

The reason i made this tread is, because i was on anime forums not here on crunchyroll, but some where else. There some one asked if they should keep watching certain anime or not. I have watched that anime and liked it, so i wrote explanation why they should watch that anime. At first I thought i did good job explaining what is good about that anime, but then that thought didn't last long, until someone come and explain the anime in a completely different level then mine. I got stunned by the difference between that person and my comprehension level.


Some of that is training. I don't know what your educational background is, or that of the other person, but evaluating media and art critically doesn't just happen. The more you are exposed to that kind of thinking and asked to do it, the more you'll start looking at works in different ways and at different levels too, and you might find that next level of comprehension very satisfying. Of course that can be overdone, and people who think they are super smarty-pants can find just about anything they want to in anything they examine, and sound all deeply intellectual but they might just be pulling it out of their ass.

Also, just because someone explains something in a different way than you, doesn't mean your understanding of it is wrong or lacking in comprehension. Different people are going to find different aspects of any work appealing, so your explanation of what you found good about a show may have been just as compelling and appropriate (or even moreso) to the person you were answering, than the other person's explanation.

I have a background studying literature, and at one time considered teaching it. I'm quite capable of looking for deeper meaning and finding it and explaining it when I read a book, or watch shows and movies. But you know what? A lot of the time I just want to be entertained, and I am completely capable of being entertained without thinking too deeply about something. I do get enjoyment out of hearing other people's more in-depth analysis; but I'm basically too lazy to do a whole of that myself these days, so if someone asked me why they should watch an anime that I liked and thought was good, I'd probably give a pretty superficial answer. I think that's okay.




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Thfelese wrote:

First let keep this thread clean from racial, gender, age, healthy or any kind of slur.

The reason i made this tread is, because i was on anime forums not here on crunchyroll, but some where else. There some one asked if they should keep watching certain anime or not. I have watched that anime and liked it, so i wrote explanation why they should watch that anime. At first I thought i did good job explaining what is good about that anime, but then that thought didn't last long, until someone come and explain the anime in a completely different level then mine. I got stunned by the difference between that person and my comprehension level.


Post the two explanations. I'm getting that the person pays more attention to detail than you. You could actually find out that most of the stuff they talk about in their explanation as to why they liked the anime is not at all that important.
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The two are not necessarily co-related. Take Autism as an example. Autism is a neurological condition that affects brain growth and development, yet many who are diagnosed to be under the Autism spectrum do show high levels of intelligence in different fields.
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So what exactly are you asking? There are different ways to interpret and explain intelligence. We are all on different levels. It sounds like the person who posted after you could more accurately articulate the points he intended to convey. I am sure I could dig through a few research articles and find evidence to support the relationship between brain development (not exactly sure how I would define that) and intelligence, but I do not think the information would be relevant. I may be wrong, but I think brain development (the developmental process in which the brain matures from infancy) is more or less complete by the age of 20-25. As long as your brain developed normally, the level of development would have little influence over your intelligence.

The intelligence you are talking about would have resulted from studying and education, not from a more developed brain. The level at which you could understand the valuable elements in the series was probably similar to the other person who replied, but your ability to explain what you saw was lacking.

When it comes to things like writing, interpretation, and comprehension that can be improved by studying and the acquisition of knowledge, intelligence is almost irrelevant. Some people may pick things up quicker than you, but with enough effort you will achieve the same results. That is just my opinion though. I could be completely wrong.
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I don't really think this is a matter of intelligence or brain development, but perspective. While you had one perspective of the anime that you felt was definite, this other person had a different perspective and saw the show in a different light. We do not all think the same. Some of us dig deep into symbolism, words, and expressions, while others do not. You may not have been wrong in your interpretation, but someone else saw different meaning in the aspects presented in the show.
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When we are younger, we are much smarter, if you will, than when we grow. Take these extreme examples: there have been examples by people with IQs over 200, who, while being an adult, exhibit the over-200 IQ, but in childhood, had tested IQs of over 400. Our brains have to be sponges when we are younger compared to grown, but I think it's a matter of exercising the brain.
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What is up with the envy thing? You and Phersu. You won't get smarter worrying about the next guy, I can tell you that.



I don't know about this guy, but Phersu isn't like that. Phersu likes to use CR users as test subjects for his little mind games. He makes comments/threads like his "normal/average" topic and sits back to watch how people react. Phersu is an armchair-psychologist puppeteer, not a whiner.
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