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In academic circles, it’s fair to say the debate continues over the effectiveness, or otherwise, of hypnopædia, or sleep-learning. And although still not conclusive, some research has shown the subconscious mind is very receptive to absorbing knowledge whilst we sleep. (Hypnopædia, incidentally, comes from the Greek hypnos, meaning ‘sleep’, and paideia, meaning ‘education’). 

Sleep learning - you must be dreaming!

The debate is nothing new. There are numerous references to hypnopædia in Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian novel Brave New World. Thirty years later, this unusual learning method was also mentioned in A Clockwork Orange, another dystopian novel, by Anthony Burgess.

We even include hypnopædia in the education of our fictitious orphans in book two of our international thriller series The Orphan Trilogy. Their education continues through the night; audio courses play through headphones and they’re able to learn new subjects like high finance or foreign languages while asleep.

The popularity of Brave New World and similar bestselling novels coincided with the release of positive results of preliminary studies into sleep-learning, ensuring that hypnopædia became relatively well known around the world and interest in it blossomed.

However, from the early 1960’s onwards, more in-depth scientific studies were conducted in laboratories in the US and the UK, disproving the theory that humans could learn during sleep.

Even though many students in numerous countries kept claiming they achieved better exam results after listening to audio recordings on subjects whilst asleep, official studies simply did not confirm this. As a result, hypnopædia was discredited for about 50 years and slipped into obscurity in scientific and education circles.

Only in the last few years has the potential learning method resurfaced. Recent studies are beginning to contradict earlier experiments and it may not be long before hypnopædia is proven to be a valid form of education.

For example, on August 29, 2012, The Huffington Post ran a news article under the headline Sleep Learning May Be Possible: Study. The article mentioned a new study by researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, which demonstrated test subjects learnt new information while asleep.

In an interrelated experiment, scientists at Illinois’ Northwestern University discovered that taking a 90-minute nap immediately after studying helps solidify knowledge in the brain. They taught new things – both physical and mental – to people and then tested them on how well they remembered and applied the knowledge taught.

There were two groups involved: one whose members slept after learning and one whose members stayed awake the whole time. Those who slept in the lab after studying showed significantly better mastery of the subject matter when tested.

Dream on: Sleeping shortly after learning something is the best way to remember it later, according to a new study

NBC’s Today published an article about the subject on September 11, 2014 which concurred with other recent findings.

“Research is beginning to show that our brains don’t go completely offline during a doze,” the article states, “but are actually busy organizing and storing away memories of events — and may be quite open to other activities.

“In fact,” the article continues, “a new study has shown that the brain can be started on a task just as a person is dropping off to sleep and then, during slumber, take in new auditory information and then process it, according to a report published Thursday in Current Biology.”

So hypnopædia is once again on the scientific radar, and it may not be long before this unorthodox and rare technique is conclusively proven to be a genuine learning method. Until then, many students, professionals and academics will continue to listen to audio recordings as they sleep and many will also continue to provide positive testimonials.

 

While the child was asleep, a broadcast programme from London suddenly started to come through; and the next morning…Little Reuben woke up repeating word for word a long lecture by that curious old writer…The principle of sleep-teaching, or hypnopædia, had been discovered…The principle had been discovered; but many, many years were to elapse before that principle was usefully applied…They thought that hypnopædia could be made an instrument of intellectual education.” –Aldous Huxley, Brave New World.

 

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Brainwaves are a crucial part of accelerated learning techniques. It’s proven that when individuals move out of normal waking brainwaves (beta) into other brainwaves (alpha, theta, delta and gamma) they enter the ideal state in which to absorb new information. Whether the learning is analyzing complex equations, or memorizing facts, or becoming an expert in martial arts, it makes no difference. 

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We address brainwaves and brain frequencies in our conspiracy thriller The Ninth Orphan (The Orphan Trilogy, #1) – and here’s a relevant excerpt from that novel:

 

With the help of virtual reality and biofeedback technologies, the orphans were taught how to guide their minds to reach certain brain frequencies – like Alpha, Theta and Delta – at will. The purpose of slipping into these particular frequencies was to allow the right brain to take over, as opposed to the left-brained consciousness dominant in most people. Whenever the orphans needed to access their higher intelligences, they would enter a daydream and simply intuit the answers. That way, they could bypass thinking, and just know. Within the Omega family, intuition was favored over logical thought patterns.

 

Our children at Chicago’s fictitious Pedemont Orphanage use brainwave generators and biofeedback machines to reach the optimal frequency for study. This method of altering the mind is known as brainwave entrainment.

Gamma brainwaves, which are the highest frequency brainwave, are held in high regard at the orphanage.

As we wrote in The Orphan Factory, book two in our trilogy: “The children performed mind photography in uncommon brainwaves for regular wakeful consciousness. In this case it was predominantly gamma waves, and it allowed them to tap into the genius of their subconscious minds.”

We explore brainwave entrainment, along with other learning technologies, in some detail in our new release book GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ.

Besides being present while learning languages or forming new ideas, Gamma waves are also vital for recalling memories. And the faster the gamma brainwave, the faster the memory recall is – yet another advantage in doing things at speed.

A common goal in most brainwave entrainment technologies or techniques is hemispheric synchronization. This ideal state occurs when the right and left hemispheres of the brain become harmonized or in synch and share similar or identical brainwaves. Studies have shown that when individuals have both hemispheres operating in similar brainwaves like this they are far more likely to learn and digest new information.

Left and Right Hemispheres of the Brain

Left and right brain hemispheres.

Einstein puts his own spin on it.

Furthermore, from such studies it is also apparent that most high IQ individuals, and those whom society describes as geniuses, have their brain hemispheres in synch more often than the average person.

In some cases this is a form of conscious self-programming where the genius is fully aware of the ideal brain state he or she needs to be in to perform complex mental feats – and also has the ability to mentally guide him or herself at will into hemispheric synchronization.

In many other cases, however, it is just a fortunate skill they have been born with, and the individual is completely unaware of their good luck in inheriting such a tool. Geniuses who lived before the invention of EEG equipment and the discovery of specific types of brainwaves would likely fit into this category.

Some modern brainwave technologies used to achieve hemispheric synchronization include biofeedback machines, purposefully designed audio recordings (such as binaural beats, monaural beats and isochronic tones), and hypnagogic light and sound machines.

Another impressive technology that has been shown to significantly alter brainwaves and put users in the ideal state for learning is Dr. Patrick Flanagan’s Neurophone.

A student demonstrates the NeuroPhone

A student demonstrates the Neurophone.

Invented in 1958 when Flanagan was only 13 years old, the Neurophone is a US-patented electronic nervous system excitation device that transmits sound to the brain through the skin and via the nervous system.

The invention earned the American doctor a profile in a 1962 edition Life magazine while he was still in his teens. Life referred to him as a “unique, mature and inquisitive scientist”. His website mentions Dr. Flanagan “has continued to develop the Neurophone and it is currently being sold as an aid to speed learning.”

 

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Having vast amounts of knowledge, or being a walking encyclopedia, is a common trait in geniuses, and even more so in polymaths – and probably the simplest way to gain this amount of knowledge is to learn to read very, very fast.

 

English author and education consultant Tony Buzan was no doubt alluding to this when he said the early development of speed reading could be traced to the beginning of the (20th) century, when “the publication explosion swamped readers with more than they could possibly handle” at normal reading rates.

In our thriller series The Orphan Trilogy, we were faced with ‘designing’ an education program that would turn our fictitious orphan-operatives into veritable geniuses. And speed-reading is at the very core of the radical education program we came up with.

However, our orphans’ technique is much more advanced than the majority of speed-reading programs currently available to the public. Many such programs simply offer complementary reading skills rather than allowing for a whole new way to absorb the written word.

As we say in book one in our trilogy, “It wasn’t so much speed-reading as mind photography – a technique where the practitioner taps into the brain’s innate photographic memory. The orphans were taught how to use their eyes and open their peripheral vision to mentally photograph the page of a book, magazine or newspaper at the rate of a page per second. Then they’d consciously recall every detail as if they’d read the material at normal, everyday reading speed. Tens of thousands of books, on all manner of subjects, were sent to the Pedemont Orphanage to keep up with the children’s prolific reading habits.”

The technique we wrote about was inspired by the most sophisticated speed-reading methods in the real world, as well as analysis of renowned speed-readers. It’s also based on the brain’s scientifically proven ability to pick up things subliminally and rapidly. By incorporating peripheral vision and photographic memory, it’s possible to mentally scan or photograph entire pages at a time rather than one word at a time.

This method enables our orphans to read at the rate of about 20,000 words per minute. That’s many times faster than most readers can manage. In fact, the average reading speed is only 300 words per minute, or about one page per minute.

Although some skeptics – along with one or two book critics who reviewed our thriller series – have expressed doubt over whether the human brain can absorb such vast quantities of data all at once, speed-reading is not fiction. And it has some famous devotees.

Various US Presidents were confirmed or rumored speed-readers. They include Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.

theodore-roosevelt.JPGTheodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, a self-taught speed-reader, is reported to have read a book before breakfast every single day while serving as president. Teddy’s recall was said to be perfect and he would often quote from the books he read. Kennedy studied under American speed-reading expert Evelyn Wood who could read at an impressive 6000 words a minute. JFK claimed he could read at around 2000 words per minute with a very high comprehension rate.

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        JFK…another speed reading President.

Carter, who also studied speed-reading during his time in the White House, took courses with his wife Rosalynn and their daughter Amy.

The fact that Dwight D. Eisenhower said “Don’t be afraid to go in your library and read every book” may well allude to the fact he was yet another US president who could speed read. After all, who else but a speed-reader would have the time or ability to read every book in their local library?

Bestselling author, life coach and motivational speaker Anthony Robbins practices speed-reading and recommends it to audiences, personal clients and his readers.

In 2007, when J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published, six-time world champion speed-reader Anne Jones was the first to read it. Jones finished the 200,000-word, 759-page hardcover book in 47 minutes flat. Immediately afterwards, she completed a book review and sent it out to media outlets to prove her total comprehension of the story.

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Reading time…47mins!

Jacques Bergier, French Resistance fighter, spy, journalist, chemical engineer and author of the bestselling book The Morning of the Magicians, was a born speed-reader. He started reading magazines and newspapers as a toddler, and by the age of four was fluent in three languages. By the time he reached adulthood, Bergier was reading 10 books a day.

New Yorker and State University graduate Howard Berg was listed in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s fastest reader. His reading speed was clocked at a remarkable 25,000 words per minute. Berg says his skill was developed out of boredom. He spent his childhood in the library, which was apparently the only place in the world that interested him.

Autistic savant Kim Peek (1951- 2009) was one of the world’s foremost speed-readers. The real-life inspiration for Dustin Hoffman’s character in the 1988 movie Rain Man, Peek read at between 10,000 and 20,000 words per minute and had a 98% comprehension rate. His method was to read two pages simultaneously, one with each eye. Spending most of his days in the public library in Salt Lake City, Utah, Peek read many thousands of books.

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Kim Peek…the real Rain Man.

Of all the examples of speed-readers, living or deceased, Peek’s methods are closest to those described in The Orphan Trilogy. We sincerely hope in years to come scientists will figure out exactly how Peek so readily absorbed information from books so that children can be taught the technique the world over.

 

“In junior high, Robbins took a speed-reading course and began consuming what would be nearly 700 books through high school, mostly on psychology and personal development.” –December 27, 2013 article about Anthony Robbins in Investor’s Business Daily.

 

Since the term speed-reading was coined by Evelyn Wood more than 50 years ago, the skill has featured in various TV series and Hollywood movies.

In the 1996 feature film Phenomenon, lead character George Malley, played by John Travolta, exhibits extraordinary speed-reading skills.

Dr. Spencer Reid, one of the main characters on the hit TV series Criminal Minds, is also a speed-reader.

There’s a speed-reading scene in the 2004 spy film The Bourne Supremacy, starring Matt Damon, in which CIA agent Pamela Landy, played by Joan Allen, is seen reading agency files at rapid speeds. Landy uses her finger to run up and down over text on each page. This finger pointing method is a real speed-reading technique known as Meta Guiding.

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Matt Damon…a closet speed reader?

In Good Will Hunting – another Matt Damon movie – Damon, who plays natural-born genius Will Hunting, is seen alone in his apartment flipping through page after page of a book without pause.

Whether these two films on the actor’s resume are just a coincidence or whether he’s a closet speed-reader himself is anyone’s guess.

 

“Modern research has shown that your eye-brain system is thousands of times more complex and powerful than had previously been estimated, and that with proper training you can quickly reap the benefits of this enormous potential.” –Tony Buzan

 

In summary, any seeker serious in becoming a genius should put speed-reading at or near the very top of his or her list of necessary skills to acquire.

We recommend avoiding any of the common speed-reading courses that mention terms and phrases like chunking, skimming, skim-reading or reading whole sentences at a time – or indeed any courses that only promise students the ability to read two to five times quicker than the average reader.

Instead, we advise seeking out less common reading methods that claim to allow readers to absorb knowledge at or close to one page per second reading speeds. At least 10,000 words per minute would be a wise guideline for pursuing the most advanced reading systems. Signs of super advanced speed-reading techniques are the use of such terms as peripheral vision, reading photographically, subliminal learning, limbic system, subconscious reading, photographic memory and the midbrain in any promotional material.

 

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Developing a genius mindset essentially comes down to two things: operating at speed and using the subconscious mind more than the conscious. This intuitive or relaxed approach to study is the polar opposite of traditional and mainstream forms of education. 

As we wrote in The Orphan Factory, book two in our thriller series, “The subconscious was always favored over the everyday conscious mind, which was considered too slow to be effective.”

We explore this in depth in our new release book GENIOUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ.

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Apart from some artistic subjects like music or dance, learning institutions generally require pupils to concentrate hard at all times. In other words, students have no choice but to always use their conscious minds, thereby suppressing the great reservoir of the subconscious.

When we are forced to think s-l-o-w-l-y like this our brain functions at well below optimum levels. That’s why school students often feel exhausted as studying in this fashion is incredibly draining.

But how can we feel mentally drained when neuroscientists and brain researchers agree we each only use a tiny percentage of our brain?

In our thriller series, our orphan-operatives often go into a daydream state whenever they need answers to life-and-death situations. This is because when you defocus you allow your intuitive self, or your subconscious mind, to deliver the answers you need. It just happens, without reaching for it.

We’ve all experienced pondering a problem all day long only to find we receive the solution when forgetting about the problem and thinking of something else. When we stop concentrating so hard, we allow our subconscious to flourish, and those who do this more than others are sometimes called geniuses.

As head of Chicago’s (fictitious) Pedemont Orphanage, Tommy Kentbridge says to his students in The Orphan Factory, “The subconscious mind is where all higher intelligences exist. Every genius throughout history – Tesla, Einstein, Da Vinci – tapped into the infinite power of their subconscious minds.”

The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy Book 2)

A factory-line for geniuses.

Studies have shown the subconscious mind can process around 11 million bits of information per second. The conscious mind, however, can only process about 15 to 16 bits of information per second.

Quite a difference!

One of the best ways to bring the subconscious mind into the equation is to outrun the conscious mind by going so fast it literally can’t keep up. So, at Chicago’s Pedemont Orphanage, our orphans do everything at speed. They’re also taught how to learn things indirectly instead of directly. By skirting around the edges of complex subjects, the children never get information overload or lose their way.

As we wrote in The Ninth Orphan, “In the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci and history’s other great polymaths, the children were taught how to fully understand anything by using an advanced mental technique where they would simply life their minds into comprehension.”

To life your mind into comprehension is once again the polar opposite of modern education systems which imply there’s only one way to learn: consciously and with intense concentration.

While this indirect way of learning may sound flaky, it is actually backed up by hard science and is not remotely mystical. This approach is about brainwaves and understanding, or recognizing, the optimal state for learning.

When you hit the right groove, it’s possible to learn quickly and in a satisfying, even enjoyable, fashion.

It is that singularity of mind top sportsmen and martial arts masters achieve. Psychologists sometimes refer to this ultimate mental state as the zone, but it’s really just about having the most effective brainwaves for learning.

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A high quality brain scan.

Any time study feels laborious the student is most likely in the beta brainwave, which occurs when the conscious mind is governing. A beta-dominant mind is the perfect recipe for mediocrity and boredom.

The subconscious mind comes into play in other less common brainwaves such as alpha, gamma, theta and delta. These brainwaves have also been shown to be activated when test subjects are laughing, daydreaming, meditating, singing, dancing or spontaneously moving about.

Now how many math or English teachers would tolerate those activities in their classrooms?

What if there really is a much quicker, less methodical way of learning that allows you to learn without learning?

Sounds paradoxical, doesn’t it?

 

“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.” –Arthur Schopenhauer
 

 

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A book critic who reviewed The Ninth Orphan, book one in our thriller series, criticized our protagonist Nine (the ninth-born orphan) for having an IQ, or intelligence quotient, higher than Einstein’s. The strong implication in the review was that this was a ridiculous character decision we, the authors, had made.

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Einstein’s IQ shaded by others.

That all sounds like a valid criticism on the surface, but had this critic gone beyond his own sphere of knowledge and done a little research he would have discovered there are many people whose IQ’s have been recorded to be higher than Einstein’s.

We address this in our new release book GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ in which we highlight the intelligence quotient of other amazing individuals.

American author Marilyn Vos Savant, for example, has an IQ of 192; Russian chess grandmaster and former world champion Garry Kasparov has an IQ of 194. Incidentally, Einstein’s IQ was estimated in the 1920’s to between 160 and 190.

But wait, there’s much more when it comes to the world of super geniuses…

Quite a few individuals have tested in excess of a 200 IQ score, including South Korean civil engineer Kim Ung-yong (210), former child prodigy and NASA employee Christopher Hirata (225) and Australian mathematician Terence Tao (225-230).

And last but not least is American child prodigy, mathematician and politician William James Sidis who had an IQ of 250-300. He graduated grammar school at age six, went to Harvard University at age 11 and graduated cum laude at the age of 16. Sidis, who died in 1944, could fluently speak 40 languages by the time he reached adulthood.

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William James Sidis…IQ 250 plus.

Remember, the average IQ is 100 and approximately 50% of those tested score between 90 and 110.

According to the book IQ and the Wealth of Nations, by Dr. Richard Lynn and Dr. Tatu Vanhanen, the top five countries in terms of average IQ’s of their citizens are Hong Kong (107), South Korea (106), Japan (105), Taiwan (104) and Singapore (103). Further down the list, China, New Zealand and the UK share equal 12th position with a 100 average, while the US is in 19th position with an average citizen IQ of 98.

However, many scholars in the 21st Century now believe IQ scores aren’t everything and it’s likely areas of intelligence exist that cannot be measured in any test. This is possibly substantiated by the number of successful and iconic individuals who recorded very low IQ scores. These include the once highly articulate and outspoken boxer Muhammad Ali who, as a young man, scored only 78 – an IQ so low it supposedly denotes a mild mental disability!

And of course, the list of the world’s so-called most intelligent excludes extremely bright individuals in impoverished parts of the world where IQ’s are, or were, rarely tested. The Indian mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), was an example of such incredible geniuses who defy all explanation.

Dr. Takaaki Musha refers to Ramanujan in the Foreword of GENIUS INTELLIGENCE, mentioning how he was inspired by the gentleman’s advanced mathematical findings.

Born into poverty in Erode, India, Ramanujan discovered extraordinary mathematical formulas despite being self-taught with no formal training in mathematics. He changed the face of mathematics as we know it and left many highly-educated and acclaimed Western mathematicians completely gobsmacked.

Furthermore, the other high-IQ individuals mentioned earlier are only in the top bracket of those who agreed to undergo IQ tests and allow their scores to be published.

It’s quite conceivable certain elite individuals belonging to secret societies, mystery schools or intelligence agencies do not reveal their IQ scores. That secret intelligence factor was the basis for our fictional Pedemont orphans in The Orphan Trilogy whom we either state or imply have IQ’s of around 200 or higher.

The Orphan Trilogy (The Ninth Orphan / The Orphan Factory / The Orphan Uprising)

Pedemont orphans veritable geniuses..

As a result of the accelerated learning techniques within the diverse curriculum that begins before they can even walk or talk, the orphans can assimilate and retain phenomenal amounts of information. By their teens, the child prodigies are more knowledgeable even than adult geniuses. They can solve complex problems, are fully knowledgeable about almost any current world subject or historical event, and are to all intents and purposes organic supercomputers and human library databases.

Our orphans are exposed to highly advanced learning methods so that they will have at their disposal all the necessary skills and information to be able to overcome life-and-death problems that may arise on future espionage assignments. They’re taught there is no challenge or question that cannot be overcome, solved or answered as long as they fully utilize the power of their minds.

Each child at the Pedemont Orphanage eventually becomes a polymath – a person who is beyond a genius. It’s a word we use throughout the trilogy as we felt it best describes the orphans’ off-the-scale intellects.

A polymath is actually a multiple-subject genius. However, the criterion for a polymath is someone who is an expert in vastly different, almost unrelated fields. For example, an artist who works in the film, theatre and literary industries and who is a masterful actor, screenwriter, novelist, film director and film producer would not qualify as a polymath as those fields are all artistic mediums and closely related.

Rather, a polymath is someone who has excelled in, or completely mastered, a variety of unrelated or loosely related subjects. These could be as diverse as economics, dance, architecture, mathematics, history, forensic science, cooking and entomology.

And before you go calling yourself a polymath, don’t forget you must be an expert in each field. Unfortunately being a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none doesn’t count.

One of the best examples of a polymath is Leonardo da Vinci.

Born in Italy in 1452, Leonardo was a sculptor, painter, architect, mathematician, musician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, botanist, geologist, cartographer and writer. Although he received an informal education that included geometry, Latin and mathematics, he was essentially an autodidact, or a self-taught individual.

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Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci c. 1510

The man who many have called the most diversely talented person who ever lived, left behind an array of masterpieces in the painting world alone, including The Last Supper, Mona Lisa and The Vitruvian Man.

Leonardo’s The Vitruvian Man

“The knowledge of all things is possible” –Leonardo da Vinci

 

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In our new release book GENIUS INTELLIGENCE: Secret Techniques and Technologies to Increase IQ, we draw the conclusion – based on over a decade’s research – that genius intelligence is more the result of nurture than nature.

This assertion has sparked quite a debate – in our ‘Underground Knowledge’ discussion group on Goodreads.com and elsewhere. One group member, who professes to be a genius and has the IQ (182) to confirm this, insists geniuses are born.

We (my co-writer and I) beg to differ.

Our research clearly shows that higher intelligence is not necessarily something you’re born with or genetically predisposed toward. In fact, most instances of above-the-ordinary intelligences are usually acquired thru superior learning techniques – many of which we cover in detail in our book.

Reading about the greatest minds in history, including recent history, more often than not reveals the individuals concerned (or people close to them) employed specific learning methods. The examples we cite throughout our book shatter the myth that geniuses are always born with exceptional intelligence and/or talent.

Certainly, there are those born with amazing abilities not fostered by educational methods, but our research has revealed these naturally gifted geniuses are definitely the exception, not the norm.

A classic example of this natural born genius myth is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart whom most believe was simply a wunderkind, or virtuoso, from infancy. Many brain researchers have also described the Austrian composer as someone who just had incredible musical and artistic abilities from birth.

 

 Mozart as a child.

However, as with most geniuses, there is a significant body of evidence to support the contentious theory that Mozart’s brilliance was as much the result of nurture as it was nature, if not more so.

It is true the musical prodigy was composing by five, and by seven or so he was performing for audiences throughout Europe. And while achievements like that, at those early ages, are certainly extraordinary, the key point is that Mozart came from a musical family and was pushed to excel musically. As soon as he could walk and talk, in fact, or even earlier if you stop to consider he was exposed to classical compositions while still in his mother’s womb.

The young Mozart’s father Leopold was a renowned composer in his own right and an ambitious musical teacher who wanted his son to achieve greatness. History tells us that Leopold forced Mozart Junior to practice for many hours a day even before he had reached school age.

It has been estimated that by the time Mozart was six he had already spent about 4000 hours studying music.

Perhaps a modern-day equivalent to Mozart’s father would be someone like Richard Williams, father of legendary American tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams. Upon deciding tennis was the way out of the ‘ghetto’, Williams Sr. pushed his daughters day after day from a young age in his relentless quest for them to become world champions.

Classical music experts have noted that many of Mozart’s childhood compositions are mostly rearrangements of other (older) composers’ works. Not being experts in classical music – or any music for that matter – we can’t comment, but if true that would further undermine the enduring myth about the great composer being an innate genius who could rely solely on his natural talent and who hardly needed to practice.

We found that nine out of ten biographies of geniuses reveal forgotten or previously unmentioned examples of intelligence-enhancing techniques and/or technologies these individuals employed on their path to greatness.

Traditionally, IQ has been perceived as a genetic trait in much the same way an individual’s height or body type is perceived – in other words a fixed trait, or state, and therefore (thought to be) something that could never be altered.

In recent years, however, there has been an explosion of new scientific studies, which make a mockery of that assumption. These show that cognitive training, whether by mental techniques or brain enhancement technologies, can definitely deliver intelligence-boosting effects.

Certainly, you need some natural aptitude to excel in most facets of life – be it mental, physical or artistic – but if genius was simply a matter of inheriting good genes, then many more of us would be geniuses.

To see what the critics are saying about GENIUS INTELLIGENCE, or to check the book out, go to: http://www.amazon.com/GENIUS-INTELLIGENCE-Techniques-Technologies-Underground-ebook/dp/B00QXQQWXO/

 

To view the discussion thread on genius intelligence (the phenomenon) check out our ‘Underground Knowledge’ group at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-29-conspiracy-theories—a-discussion-group Everyone’s welcome! 

 

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A book critic who reviewed our conspiracy thriller novel The Ninth Orphan criticized our protagonist for having an IQ, or intelligence quotient, higher than Einstein’s. The strong implication in the review was that this was a ridiculous character decision we (the authors) had made.

That all sounds like a valid criticism on the surface, but had this critic gone beyond his own sphere of knowledge and done a little research he would have discovered there are many people whose IQ’s have been recorded to be higher than Einstein’s. American author Marilyn Vos Savant, for example, has an IQ of 192; Russian chess grandmaster and former world champion Garry Kasparov has an IQ of 194. Incidentally, Einstein’s IQ was estimated in the 1920’s to between 160 and 190.

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Albert Einstein and Marilyn Vos Savant.

But wait, there’s much more when it comes to the world of super geniuses – as we discovered when researching our new release book THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy. Here’s an excerpt from the book…

Quite a few individuals have tested in excess of a 200 IQ score, including South Korean civil engineer Kim Ung-yong (210), former child prodigy and former NASA employee Christopher Hirata (225) and Australian mathematician Terence Tao (225-230).

And last but not least is American child prodigy, mathematician and politician William James Sidis who had an IQ of 250-300. He graduated grammar school at age six, went to Harvard University at age 11 and graduated cum laude at the age of 16. Sidis, who died in 1944, could fluently speak 40 languages by the time he reached adulthood.

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Child prodigy William Sidis…IQ 250-300.

Remember, the average IQ is 100 and approximately 50% of those tested score between 90 and 110. According to the book IQ and the Wealth of Nations by Dr. Richard Lynn and Dr. Tatu Vanhanen, the top five countries in terms of average IQ’s of their citizens are Hong Kong (107), South Korea (106), Japan (105), Taiwan (104) and Singapore (103). Further down the list, China, New Zealand and the UK share equal 12th position with a 100 average, while the US is in 19th position with an average citizen IQ of 98.

However, many scholars in the 21st Century now believe IQ scores aren’t everything and it’s likely areas of intelligence exist that cannot be measured in any test. This is possibly substantiated by the number of successful and iconic individuals who recorded very low IQ scores. These include the once highly articulate and outspoken boxer Muhammad Ali who, as a young man, scored only 78 – an IQ so low it supposedly denotes a mild mental disability!

And of course, the list of the world’s so-called most intelligent excludes extremely bright individuals in impoverished parts of the world where IQ’s are rarely tested. The Indian mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), was an example of such incredible geniuses who defy all explanation.

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Srinivasa Ramanujan…changed the face of mathematics.

Born into poverty in Erode, India, Ramanujan discovered extraordinary mathematical formulas, despite being self-taught with no formal training in mathematics. He changed the face of mathematics as we know it and left many highly-educated and acclaimed Western mathematicians completely gobsmacked.

Furthermore, the other high-IQ individuals mentioned earlier are only in the top bracket of those who agreed to undergo IQ tests and allow their scores to be published. It’s quite conceivable certain elite individuals belonging to secret societies, mystery schools or intelligence agencies do not reveal their IQ scores. That secret intelligence factor was the basis for our fictional Pedemont orphans who we either state or imply have IQ’s of around 200 or higher.

As a result of the accelerated learning techniques within the diverse curriculum that begins before they can even walk or talk, the orphans can assimilate and retain phenomenal amounts of information. By their teens, the child prodigies possess greater amounts of knowledge than even adult geniuses. They are able to solve complex problems, are fully knowledgeable about almost any current world subject or historical event, and are to all intents and purposes organic supercomputers and human library databases.

Again, our orphans are exposed to highly advanced learning methods so that they will have at their disposal all the necessary skills and information to be able to overcome life-and-death problems that may arise on future espionage assignments. They’re taught there is no challenge or question that cannot be overcome, solved or answered as long as they fully utilize the power of their minds.

Each child at the Pedemont Orphanage eventually becomes a polymath – a person who is beyond a genius. It’s a word we use throughout the trilogy as we felt it best describes the orphans’ off-the-scale intellects.

A polymath is actually a multiple-subject genius. However, the criteria for a polymath is someone who is an expert in vastly different, almost unrelated fields. For example, an artist who works in the film, theatre and literary industries and who is a masterful actor, screenwriter, novelist, film director and film producer would not qualify as a polymath as those fields are all artistic mediums and closely related.

Rather, a polymath is someone who has excelled in, or completely mastered, a variety of unrelated or loosely related subjects. These could be as diverse as economics, dance, architecture, mathematics, history, forensic science, cooking and entomology.

And before you go calling yourself a polymath, don’t forget you must be an expert in each field. Unfortunately being a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none doesn’t count.

One of the best examples of a polymath is Leonardo da Vinci. Born in Italy in 1452, he was a sculptor, painter, architect, mathematician, musician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, botanist, geologist, cartographer and writer. Although Leonardo received an informal education that included geometry, Latin and mathematics, he was essentially an autodidact, or a self-taught individual.

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Leonardo…polymath extraordinaire.

The man who many have called the most diversely talented person who ever lived, left behind an array of masterpieces in the painting world alone, including The Last Supper, Mona Lisa and The Vitruvian Man.

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The Last Supper…another Leonardo masterpiece.

 

Read more in THE ORPHAN CONSPIRACIES: 29 Conspiracy Theories from The Orphan Trilogy – available now via Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Orphan-Conspiracies-Conspiracy-Theories-ebook/dp/B00J4MPFT6/

A book that’s for the common people.

 

Happy reading! –James & Lance

 

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