don’t let a bad grade make you think any less of yourself.


These are just basic examples.

Mercury in the 1st house: you’re smart about a wide variety of things, which may result in much trivial or miscellaneous knowledge. You bare your intelligence for all to see; it’s something even strangers may notice.

Mercury in the 2nd house: you’re smart about self-preservation & making sure needs are provided for, whatever they may be. This makes you thrifty & a good negotiator. Your intelligence is seen by anyone you share things with.

Mercury in the 3rd house: you’re smart in the logical & active way, which helps you navigate through daily life in a productive, flowing manner. Your intelligence is seen mainly by the people who you see most regularly.

Mercury in the 4th house: you’re smart in an inward way, which helps you keep steady & operating properly on a psychological level. Your introspection is like machine maintenance. Your intelligence is seen by those closest to you.

Mercury in the 5th house: you’re smart in a creative way, which helps you express yourself through your pleasures in an innovative and clever manner. Your intelligence is seen by lovers, creative partners, and children.

Mercury in the 6th house: you’re smart in the most practical of ways. Your mental energy is devoted to productivity & punctuality which helps you maintain a very healthy lifestyle. Your intelligence is seen by people you work with.

Mercury in the 7th house: you’re smart in an interpersonal way. You easily pick up on social cues & you’re able to maintain colorful, engaging relationships. Your intelligence is seen by everyone you connect with.

Mercury in the 8th house: you’re smart in a penetrating way. You see right through lies & facades and you can understand the darkest, most nebulous topics. Your intelligence is hidden, seen only by those you’re very intimate with.

Mercury in the 9th house: you’re smart in a philosophical way. Your mind has traveled across the planet and back; your worldly perspective is boundless. Your intelligence is seen by teachers/mentors and diverse types of people.

Mercury in the 10th house: you’re smart in a mature way. You are able to mentally handle even the most frustrating & perplexing real-world problems. Your intelligence is seen by authority figures and your dominant parent.

Mercury in the 11th house: you’re smart in a future-oriented way. You see very far in advance and understand sociological patterns; your guidance & insight are priceless. Your intelligence is seen by your friends/communities.

Mercury in the 12th house: you’re smart about spiritual realms & the unknown. You have a special wisdom that is not bound to earth or humanity. Your intelligence is only seen / understood by you, when you’re alone.

“Happiness is for stupid, ignorant people.” She huffed quietly. “Educated people feel happiness too, I’m sure.” Clarke grinned, looking at the giggling couple infront of the swing set.

“I never said uneducated, do not mistake education for intelligence.

Intelligence is knowing you cannot know everything. Education is believing you know everything.

Besides happiness is contentness, and intellectuals are never content.

Intelligent people never dull their feelings down to just one anyways. They feel blissful, exhilarated, joyful, uncontainable, infinite. Intelligent people feel infinite.”

—  An excerpt from a book I hope to write.
Current AI programming techniques are incompatible for creation of human intelligence

        When artificial intelligence first came about in the first computing machines, computing was restricted by technology and computing power. The easiest way to get around giving intelligent functions to a machine was to give it basic sets of rules. These finite set of rules took up small amounts of memory, and could be used dependent on the input and goal. The rules could be combined to create more complex functions, exponentially increasing the amount of total functions available.

       The current computing grew from these beginnings, now using complex algorithmic and recursive functions using basic rules to further increase the amount of computing possibilities. The search for true artificial intelligence, one comparable to our amount of intelligence and conscious awareness, is in the works. A robotic creation using transistors and circuits and algorithmic programming whilst having the conscious and cognitive abilities that humans possess is the end goal. We know so far that even the most advanced artificial intelligence makes semantic and perceptual errors about the physical world.

       The problem with creating an artificial intelligence like our own is the rule-based computing which is the seed of modern computing intelligence. The seed planted was a rule-based one, and since we used these seeds to grow modern computing, we now have this type of computing available. I strongly believe this rule-based computing will never allow for true human-based artificial intelligence to be used. Human cognition and consciousness is not a rule-based system, and rule-based systems are not able to perform the amount and type of processing that the human mind does.

       The human mind processes information in bottom-up and top-down processes by integrating sensory info and semantic knowledge in integration centers of the brain. The mind can take this info and again reanalyze in in a seemingly subjective fashion, or by applying further conscious reason to perform a reaction to the input info. The mind has the ability to consciously engage ideas in the brain in a way that doesn’t seem to obey rules.

       Humans can be argued to be mostly a tabula rasa (blank slate) at birth, with arguably some innate abilities; perhaps there are some undefined “rules”. To create a “fully grown” and “mature” robot instantaneously, as well as endow it with all the knowledge of the world and processing an adult human would possess is a disastrous thought. We can’t program a mature robot, we need to grow it. Create a robot with the ability to learn, and to perform connections by repeated pairings of stimuli. A robot would be endowed with the learning abilities of which humans possess, so that it may learn connections in the world and be endowed with human-type knowledge and ability. The way we “program” robots now with artificially intelligent algorithms does not begin to scratch the surface of human knowledge ability.

       A robotic creation as a “newborn” with very few programmed rules besides rules for stimuli pairing, feature detection, whilst integrating the perceptual info similar in fashion to how the info bonds and integrates in the human brain is essential. No need for large highly complex algorithmic programs, we set a few basic algorithms, and allow the robot to “learn” the world on its own. While this is a long process, I believe it is the closest approximation to a human-like artificial intelligence. We bare the robot, and allow it to grow and mature in the human world by interaction with the world and gaining knowledge in the fashion that we do. This is the only way to create a robot which can be perceptually and semantically comparable to a human.

This post was inspired by this video on cognitive science:

Study Tips!

1) STUDY WHEN YOU’RE SLEEPY! Instead of reading a bedtime story, try and study for a few minutes before going to sleep. When you’re asleep, the brain makes connections to make your newest memories stronger and more prominent, so by studying before bed, you’re more likely to remember what you learned or reviewed that night.

2) DON’T TRY TO LEARN IT ALL AT ONCE! Space your studying out. There’s a new learning technique that is called “spaced repetition,” which involves breaking all the information that you need to learn into small chunks of information, and then reviewing the chunks slowly over a period of time. PLEASE don’t try to remember an entire chapter from your textbook in one reading session; instead, learn a few paragraphs a day and review each paragraph before starting anything new. 

3) MAKE IT INTO A STORY! Make whatever you’re studying into a fun, crazy tale. When you turn the information into a story, the info becomes more meaningful. For example, there’s PEMDAS.’PEMDAS’ stands for “Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction.” PEMDAS is a way to remember the order of mathematic operations, but the order that each letter comes in may be confusing, so we’ll make a story out of the letters! For example, PEMDAS becomes (P)lease (E)xcuse (M)y (D)ear (A)unt (S)ally!

4) GET UP AND MOVE! Research has shown that by studying in different places each time we study makes us less likely to forget information. Every time that you move around, you are forcing your brain to form new associations with the same materials so that it becomes stronger in our memories.

5) CHANGE IT UP! Don’t study just one subject in an entire study session. Study a lot of subject in one sitting, instead. When you study like this, you are helping your brain to prepare you to use multiple strategies to find a solution to one problem. For example, when you study a lot of division problems at once, you’ll later remember that those problems require some division, but by doing both multiplication and division, you will be training your brain to consider what method will best solve the problem. 

6) TEST YOURSELF! When you quiz yourself, you’re preparing yourself for the real thing. Don’t worry about getting nervous while trying to remember what the Four Noble Truths are in Buddhism; the harder it is to remember something you learned during practice mode, the more likely you are to remember it on the real test. 

7) ACTUALLY WRITE THINGS DOWN! Research shows that the human brain stores more information securely when we write it out than when we type it. 

8) MAKE SOME NOISE! By reading information out loud, you are mentally storing it into your brain in two ways: seeing it and hearing it. 

9) DON’T STUDY WITHOUT A DRINK! Sorry, not an alcoholic drink, though. Lots of research suggests that caffeine-filled drinks such as coffee or tea, will keep us awake and alert while studying. Especially when it seems like there’s nothing more interesting than staring at the ceiling until you doze off. 

10) REWARD YOURSELF! Take a little walk, eat something sweet, give yourself five minutes on your phone - do whatever makes you’d like. When we know that there’s a little bit of a treat waiting for us after we finish a certain amount of studying, it makes it a lot harder to procrastinate so much.

11) WORK TOGETHER! Not everyone learns well in groups, but if you do, a study group is perfect for you! Get together with some pals every few days and review whatever you need to with them. It also helps to put certain people in the group in charge of certain things, such as cleaning up trash, providing extra materials, making or bringing snacks, etc). 

12) TAKE A TIME OUT! Taking some time to plan everything out is probably the most important study skill that you can have. Make small weekly goals for yourself. When you set your goals, don’t just tell yourself that you want to pass that English exam, tell yourself that you need to reach multiple smaller goals in order to succeed at you much bigger goal. 

13) STARE AT THE WALL! Before you force yourself to stare at a text book for three hours straight, look at your wall for three minutes straight. It’s not exactly meditation, but it has the same effect as meditation does. And meditation is known for reducing anxiety and boosting your attention span. 

14) DO SLIGHT EXERCISES BEFORE YOU HIT THE BOOKS! Research has shown that just half an hour of exercise can improve our brain-processing speed and other important cognitive abilities. Simply by jogging around the block, you may go to studying with a higher IQ. 

15) WHEN IN DOUBT, DANCE IT OUT! If you’ve ever relied on Beyonce’s singing to make it through an all-nighter of studying, you can agree that music helps to reduce stress. Even though everyone has a different music taste, studies show that classical music has been the best at reducing anxiety and tension. So, give your subjects a soundtrack and get to work. 

16) GET YOUR OMEGAS! Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in olive oil, nuts, and certain fish, are famous for boosting brain power. Studies have even shown that consuming a combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids before taking an exam have reduced test anxiety.

17) TAKE REGULAR BREAKS! I know that people are always saying to give yourself a break every now and then, but it’s very important that you do give yourself some time in between subjects! Science has proved that by taking breaks regularly, you are boosting your productivity and improving your ability to focus. 

18) GET SOME SLEEP! It may seem like a great idea to stay up all night and commit yourself to memorizing every possible answer to each question, but all-nighters rarely get you an A on anything. Actually, staying up all night has been shown to make cognitive performance worse, along with increasing stress. Try to get a good night’s sleep every night so that your tiredness doesn’t undo all your hard work.

19) STEP AWAY FROM THE SCREEN! I’m pretty sure that we’ve all had those times where we’re trying to study so hard but our phone or laptop or tablet or TV or any distracting electronic device is just calling us to it. Try to avoid as much technology as you possibly can while studying. If you absolutely must have technology nearby, mute the notifications for apps, put your TV remote away, and temporarily block certain distracting websites (such a Tumblr) until you’re done studying. 

20) BREATHE! Studies have shown us that smelling certain essential oils, like rosemary or lavender, can help to ease nervousness before a test. 

21) FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU! Everything is different for different people. Some people are early birds who work best in the morning, some people are night owls who learn better late at night. Some work better with others, some do better when studying in silence. Nothing is the same for everybody, so just find what work bets for you and what makes you feel the most comfortable, most intelligent, and most successful.