SparkPeople brain building/creativity books Team Messageboard One who loves to read and be creative.How to think like Leonardo de Vinci and use,and exercise their brain.We will also include self help books SparkPeople brain building/creativity books Team Messageboard something to think about The logical solution makes things better. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:19:39 EST brain builder-Def ine,analyze problemsand approach In the Brain Building book by Marilyn vos Savant; she says ; Admit the problem exist . We must learn to approach problems rationally and not emotionally,or we will not be able to solve the problem, and hating the problem will not solve it either. <BR> We should look at the problem from various angles and percpective,then cocider a number of solutions. Tue, 9 Feb 2016 14:34:18 EST Winter reading program My library's winter reading program had started and they have a lot of activities for adults.Is your library having a winter reading program? Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:36:53 EST Chapter7 of the Brain Building book Build a logical mind. A problem-First step is to become fully aware of the problem. The second step is to define and analyze it. The third step is to approach it rationally, looking at it from different angles considering all options, and various hypotheses for its solution. The final step is to select a solution and verify its effectiveness. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 13:09:22 EST General Chat Do any of you just want to chat? Tell us your latest new knowledge. <BR> <BR> Today I learned that the fresh meat section in our grocery store has prepared meats to just take and bake. Tonight it's Asparagus stuffed chicken. Very good. only $295/lb. in S. Oregon. That was for two of them. Only 235 calories per serving. Each one is a serving. <BR> <BR> It doesn't have to be Sparks related. Anything new to you will do. Join in! <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Feb 2015 23:52:00 EST Your new word of the day Xe·no·pus <BR> &#712;zen&#601;p&#601;s/ <BR> noun <BR> the African clawed frog, much used in embryological research and formerly in pregnancy testing, as it produces eggs in response to substances in the urine of a pregnant woman. <em>58</em> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 23:39:04 EST WHAT ARE YOU EATTING TO LOSE WEIGHT I know this sounds crazy but at almost 290 lbs. and scared of death because my LDL is so high, i know I need to lose the weight. The problem is that i can't seem to get enough calories. I have no appetite. So I decided to try the boxed of 5 day Nutrisystem from Walmart. It's not bad. Your suppose to add healthy carbs and protein to the meals. I have been on Muscle Ensure for a while now because I am so de-conditioned. So I found drinking a chocolate Ensure and eating a Nutrisystem meal for br... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:27:21 EST appologies I would like to appologize to everyone for being abscent.I have some health issues to contend with.Please keep me in your prayers. Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:59:36 EST A new tool for the intellectual first aid kit Add this book to your first aid kit;Mathematics for the Millions by Lancelot Hogben Mon, 1 Apr 2013 15:37:55 EST Brain Builder# 16 Adopt a brand new attitude towards numbers. <BR> So have fun with these exersices:Cook something that has a lot of ingredients,but do not measure the ingredients exactly.Use an unmark cup for the ingredients ,instead of a measuring cup. <BR> The other exersice is;Find a problem that has a mathematical elements(at home) and solve it with drawing instead of using a calculator. <BR> Post on how you did. Thu, 6 Dec 2012 14:22:53 EST brain building15 Here is some more brain building exercises: <BR> In the morning do not listen to the weather forecast for the mornig until you step outside and let your body tell you the temperature of the air.Take a guess.Do this daily and then in two weeks time,you will be able to estimate the temperature like a native. <BR> <BR> When you are out with your friend's guess thier height and weight. <BR> Guess the time before looking at your watch. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:45:37 EST How did you do on brain builder#14 I know it could be difficult.It was for me at first. <BR> Marilyn vos Savant says in Brain Building is to"see mathematical reasoning in terms of logical reasoning. ' Wed, 11 Jul 2012 15:15:45 EST brain builder#14 Here is another brainbuilder from the Brain Building book(byMarilyn vos Savant) <BR> Approach mathematics from a new direction. <BR> Draw a picture of a simple math problem in arithmatic.Ypou could do this with any arithmatic problem. <BR> Then post here how you did. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:25:30 EST answer to the problem solution in 2 minutes The answer is:there was no dollar left. <BR> So how did everyone do? <BR> Please post your answer in response to this post. <BR> I did get the anser, but it took me longer than two minutes. Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:10:44 EST Problem Solution time 2 minutes 3 men decided to share a hotel room for economic reasons.The desk clerk tells them the room cost $30, and each puts up $10.Later the clerk realize that he has made a mistake.The room rate was actually $25, not $30.He gives the bellman $5,and tells him to return it to the 3 men.The bellman does not know how to divide $5 among three men,so he gives to each of them a $1 and keeps $2 for charities.The men had paid $9 each for the roomand $9times3=$27;the bellhop has $2,and that makes$29.What happ... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 15:19:59 EST You are not a math misfit Mathematics is a difficult subject.Be consoled by the fact that it has more to do with education.All of us was not taught math equally(the same is true for other subjects).Try to improve your math skills,it can be fun.Mathematics will expand your power,make your intellect stronger.It will help you in the use of logic.Mathematics is a language in itself,the language of science and of everyday life. <BR> Mon, 7 Nov 2011 15:26:20 EST Answer to the challenging exercise The answer is 24. 12times2=24 Fri, 4 Nov 2011 15:18:21 EST another challenging exercise. Do this exercise quickly, without puzzling it out.Also without pencil and paper.Just using your brain what is 12 divided by1/2. <BR> Just to let you know I am not that great with math also.Post ypour answer here.Then I will give you the correct answer. Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:00:50 EST Chapter6/week 3 In the book Brain Building by Marilyn vos Savant and Leonre Fleischer. We are satrting chaptewr 6. <BR> The tools we will need is a meteric ruler;a celsius thermometer;a small hand held calculator.There is some mathematics involved,but do not worry- you will be building your brain.I am also one of those who panics at the word "mathematics",so if I am willing to try this chapter you can to. Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:02:09 EST upgrade your personal vocabulary andstudy Latin Do not hesitate to ask someone the meaning of a word or look it up yourself. <BR> Also consider the study ofLatin and its influence on the English language.Look it up in your encyclopedia, have fun with this. <BR> Post what you have learned here. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 15:45:57 EST More brain building In the book:Brain Building by Marilyn vos Savant and Leonore Fleischer.It says to stop using slangs and cliches.Use real words to say what you actually mean.Listen to yourself talk.So if you catch yourself using a slang,jargons or cliches, stop and restate your sentence, using an appropriate word. <BR> Also other people would think of you as a smart person. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:12:24 EST upgrade your vocabulary Start reading boos, magazines,ect..,that is a little bit harder.Have some fun.Look at how the new words are used in contex each time you see and use them. <BR> Post some of the words here and what you think they mean. Mon, 3 Oct 2011 15:04:59 EST appology for being abscent. I would like to appologize to everyone on my team.I have been busy decluttering and tossing fifty items.Also when the storm whent through my area, there was power outage.So for awhile there was no computer to use.Then when I finally got back on line,I had zillions of emails. <BR> Paula Fri, 3 Jun 2011 14:47:08 EST appologies I would like to appologize for my absence.We had a terrible ice storm this past week and the library is closed.I am still trying to sort through stuff since my mom had passed away.So be patient with me. Fri, 4 Feb 2011 14:11:34 EST What do you use to keep your brain sharp? I know there are a lot of games, puzzles, etc. that can be used to keep your brain working. Do this things work and what do you use? Tue, 21 Sep 2010 22:24:19 EST I am an aspiring brainiac I am not a super smart fellow. However, I am interested in finding ways to keep my brain working as I grow older (almost 41). I look forward to conversing with you guys and gals. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 18:18:19 EST Introduce yourself New members please introduce yourself here, so we can meet you. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 13:32:57 EST Where is everyone? Are you all hiding from me, come out, come out where ever you are. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 14:22:49 EST Exercise#6 vocabulary building Choose a vocabulary book that specialize in vocabulary-building through the use of the root,or origin of the word. <BR> Once a week, learn the root of a familiar word. <BR> Post the word you learn the root of here. <BR> Paula Tue, 1 Dec 2009 12:15:28 EST Exercise#5 Learn to pronounce a word daily.Look up a word you come across in your daily reading but are unsure of how to pronounce.Say the word out loud seceral times. <BR> Satrt listening for pispronunciation-in conversation,on the radio and television news,by leading figures, by yourself. <BR> Make yourself look good to other,s by pronouncing the word correctly. Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:56:44 EST exercise#4/chall lenge-vocabulary Look upone word in common usage evryday.As you are reading a newspaper/magazine, select one word to look up in the dictionary, even if you think you already know the definition-it could be a common word you have used many times.Do not write the word into a notebok or even memorizeit. Read the definition twice.Do it daily Tue, 17 Nov 2009 11:46:46 EST Vocabulary A well-developed vocabulary is the outward sign of a well-developed mind.Words are the working tools of your brain,just as your hands and your eyes. <BR> Words are the means by which you can express your thoughts.With precision of language, thoughts gain clarity as well as ease of expression, and communication with others improve. Tue, 17 Nov 2009 11:41:28 EST exercise#3 Word power Do you know the definition of these words:baleful,enormity,hangdog,halycon,ful<BR>some? <BR> What does the words "pagan" and "heathen" have in common? <BR> What is "livid"or"mundane"? <BR> Post your answers. Wed, 11 Nov 2009 12:04:25 EST Intellectual "first aid kit". The first aid kit should contain: <BR> Dictionary, the biggest one you can find. <BR> Thesaurus unabridge,Rogets original format is still the best one available <BR> Encyclopedia- may be up to 5 years old <BR> Atlas has to be a brand new one. <BR> Make use of these books every day.These are tools for daily work, so they should be readily accessible. <BR> If you do not have the monet to buy these books, then sell something like that second TV set. Wed, 11 Nov 2009 11:59:37 EST Building vocabulary The tools you will need are:a sharp pencil with an eraser,a daily newspaper,dictionary,some money to buy a few books and magazines. Sat, 7 Nov 2009 10:22:44 EST George the Warm up Is your brain on automatic Pilot?This short quiz will help you to find out. <BR> 1)When you watch a funny movie at home, either on television or video do you laugh out loud?Do you laugh as often or as hard as you do in a theater? <BR> 2)If you wear a size 8 shoe, would you decline to buy shoes marked size 6, even if they fit you perfectly? <BR> 3)When you smoked your first cigarette, where you alone or in the company of others? <BR> 4?Have you ever turned to your medical doctor for nonmedical... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 13:11:55 EST Login points I got 2 today. Wed, 28 Oct 2009 11:38:48 EST exercise#2 Come up with your own brief definition(20 words or less) of intelligence and write it down.Put it away where you can find it again. Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:03:58 EST Exercise-i telligence Intelligence-a)the faculty of understanding;capacity to know or apprehend.b)the available ability as measured by intelligence test or by other social criteria to use one's existing knowledge to meet new situations and to solve new problems, to learn, to foresee problems, to use symbols or relationships, to create new relationships, to think abstractly; ability to percieve one's environment,to deal with it symbolically,to deal with it effictively, to adjust to it, to work towards a goal; the d... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 11:13:59 EST You are what you eat You are what you eat(especially if you are a flatworm).In the 1960's a group of biologist, who were called"wormrunners"did some experiments with flatworms(planaria) and they discovered a most remarkable results.If you teach a flatworm something, and the flatworm learns it,then you can grind up the educated flatworm and feed it to the uneducated flatworm, and the uneducated flatworm suddenly knows what you have taught the educated flatwom-this gives new meaning to the phrase"digesting informat... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:02:33 EST Challenge Listen to classical music and post here on how you feel after listening to the music.Also try to describe the picture you had drawn. Fri, 9 Oct 2009 12:14:59 EST Quiz #1 answers (1)"He himself" <BR> (2)The heart <BR> (3)Inside the head and inside the spinal cord. <BR> (4)A neuron <BR> (5) A synapse <BR> (6)yes <BR> (7)yes <BR> (8).yes <BR> (9)yes <BR> (10)yes <BR> So how did you doon the quiz? Fri, 2 Oct 2009 12:01:10 EST quiZ#1 (1)What was Aristotle's reverent nickname? <BR> (2)What organ did Aristotle think controlled the mind and body? <BR> (3)Where are the two parts of the central nervous system? <BR> (4)What is the fundamental nerve cell of the brain? <BR> (5)What is the link between nerve cells? <BR> (6)If we were able to look even more closely at our brains,is it possible that we might find that there is no significant difference between the normal and the bright? <BR> (7)Is there perhaps no real physical diff... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 11:50:15 EST Who is the operator of the brain you own? Your head may be the possessor of your brain, but are you the one who operates it?Are you in control of your brain? <BR> The secret to a more powerful intelligence is twofold: <BR> (1)You need to gain control of the brain inside of your head. <BR> (2)You need to widen your viewpoint to include every perspective-see through universal eyes also. <BR> The mind can stretch-it can be strengthened,toned,and condition to perform miracles for you. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:32:40 EST The Environment and Your Brain We are the only living creatures endowed with the gift to overcome and alter the world around us.Using the gift humankind has discovered and/or invented shelter,fire,clothing,agriculture,the domestication of animals, and other more sophisticated means of surmounting theproblems of environment. <BR> Its recipocals-environment plays a role in shaping us;we shape our environment to meet our needs,and we do it with our brain. <BR> Share your thoughts on this. Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:40:52 EST Reflection in (and on) the mirror Look at a photograph of yourself as you would a stranger,but imagine that the stranger is the artist,the stockbroker,and the Kalahari bushman, only with your features.Look into your mirror and envision your face as each of these three, and pretend each of them was born to your mother. <BR> What do you see?Reflect upon your reflextion. <BR> The answer you should come to is, that you are a human beingdeveloped not only by heredity, but by circumstances. <BR> P.S. feel free to post any comments... Fri, 4 Sep 2009 11:20:28 EST discussion for everything I am making this discussion place for us. I t is a place to discuss the exercises and anything else related to brain building Wed, 2 Sep 2009 11:10:21 EST The stranger in the mirror Look at your face in the mirror.Pretend that you do not know yourself and that the image in the glass is not you.Concentrate-is there anything you can objectively see in the reflected face that tells you whether the face belongs to a stockholder, an artist, or(putting color aside)a Kalahari bushman. <BR> Answer:Of course not-the difference is on the inside, within the brain itself.Heredity provides us with some predisposition but never our proffession. <BR> So our three people trapped in ... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 11:07:45 EST trading places Let us go back for a moment to those look,function-alike brain of the stockbroker,the painter and the Kalahari dessert-dweller, each of them possesses a unique mind-set and functions in an environment different from that of the other two.Imagine the stocknbroker set down in the middle of the bushman's dessert,the painter finding herself on the floor of the Exchangeat the height of trading, and the bushman magically transported to the modern Pompidous Museum in Paris. <BR> Here are three equ... Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:10:15 EST The brain The human brain has been the subject of scientific study,and some of its functions remains a mystery.Is the brain and intelligence one and the same thing, or seperate things?Which is more important to the development of the intelligence,heredity, or the environment, or is it both or something else? <BR> What is the brain? <BR> The Central Nervous System is divided into two parts-a group of nerve cells inside the head and a group of nerve cells inside the spinal cord. <BR> The brain(under the ... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 16:05:53 EST Week oneMonday -Thursday Brain Building exercising yourself smarter <BR> by,Marilyn vos Savant and Leonore Fleisher <BR> Tools you need:Aphotograph of yourself, a hand held mirror(preferably a large one), a pocket dictionary,some quiet time to read and to take some test. <BR> Aristotle;a fourth century Greek philosopher had said:"The seat of the soul and the control of voluntary movement-in fact of nervous function in general-are to be found in the heart.The brain is an organ of minor importance." <BR> Aristotle ... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:00:08 EST Starting out. On Aug 10 I will start posting from the book:Brain Building.We might go a little bit slower than what the book dose.The book goes by weeks, but you should go at your own pace. Fri, 7 Aug 2009 11:48:59 EST Brain building We will be a using a book called:Brain Building Exercising Yourself Smarter by Marilyn vos Savant and Leonore Fleischer. <BR> We will be reading other books, but this one is a good place to start. <BR> "Become aware of how you are thinking right now-how you arrive at opinions and make decisions.: Sat, 1 Aug 2009 11:47:42 EST