Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Melbourne Cup and Clever Fools


melb day google 

I like how Google ‘dresses up’ for occasions. Apparently, it is the biggest event ever. Everything stops at least for a good 30 minutes for the race. Our department even had nibbles (well it was also in conjunction with a colleague’s birthday) break from work. I was told that it pretty much is an unproductive afternoon when the melbourne cup is on.

This was where I discovered sweet chilli cheese. Must say I’m not a big fan of sweet chilli or even cheese but that combination was heavenly! Haha =p

Now, to the second part of the heading. So apparently, having a high IQ doesn’t make you all that smart after all. A high IQ is like height in a basketball player (Perkins, 2009). Think of our minds as searchlights. IQ measures the brightness of the searchlight, but where we point it also matters!

According to a professor of human development and applied psychology in canada, IQ tests measure an important domain of cognitive functioning and they are moderately good at predicting academic and work success. But they are incomplete. They fall short of the full panoply of skills that would come under the rubric of 'good thinking’. So what good it is then if you have a really high IQ but can’t make rational thinking of which we are compelled to do everyday?

Anyway, here’s a lil test for your thinking!

When researchers put the following three problems to 3400 students in the US, only 17 per cent got all three right. Can you do any better?

1) A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

2) If it takes five machines 5 minutes to make five widgets, how long would it take 100 machines to make 100 widgets?

3) In a lake, there is a patch of lily pads. Every day, the patch doubles in size. If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of it?

Stay tune for the answers! (:

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