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Albert Einstein's brain 'not so special'


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 10:47 AM

Psychologist Terence Hines has debunked previous claims that Einstein's brain had special properties.

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One of the most celebrated scientists in history, Albert Einstein's name itself has become synonymous with the concept of genius thanks to his myriad of contributions to the world of physics such as his famous general theory of relativity.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 10:57 AM

View PostUM-Bot, on 31 May 2014 - 10:47 AM, said:

Psychologist Terence Hines has debunked previous claims that Einstein's brain had special properties.

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There's a lot of lies out there about Einstein such as his IQ level. His IQ level was below average not the genius level many sources claim. Relativity wasn't his own work he got if from ancient Indian sources. Tesla got his ideas from it too as have many other household name scientists.


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:09 AM

All brains are equal but some brains are more equal than others.


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:13 AM

Well I think that the human mind does still remain largely a mystery, it has already been said countless times that we do not use our brains full potential, perhaps Einstein had one of those dormant regions switched on? Or maybe he just 'thought' differently and his brain worked under a different process to ours? Or perhaps like Beethoven or Stephen Hawking, he was just born with a special gift. Just my ramblings and thoughts on the article :)


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:20 AM

A lot of what people equate with 'intelligence' is linked to how the brain is trained to think from an early age. It's the classic "nature vs nurture" debate, and I side with much of our intelligence being nurture.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:26 AM

View PostRabidMongoose, on 31 May 2014 - 10:57 AM, said:

There's a lot of lies out there about Einstein such as his IQ level. His IQ level was below average not the genius level many sources claim. Relativity wasn't his own work he got if from ancient Indian sources. Tesla got his ideas from it too as have many other household name scientists.

Care to elaborate the Tesla part? What particular sources suggest that? This is really interesting to me therefore my curiosity.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:29 AM

Einstein's IQ was not below average. Although he was never formally tested the concepts and mathematics he used to formulate his scientific theories indicate that he was at the very least in the gifted catagory.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 11:43 AM

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There's a lot of lies out there about Einstein such as his IQ level. His IQ level was below average not the genius level many sources claim. Relativity wasn't his own work he got if from ancient Indian sources. Tesla got his ideas from it too as have many other household name scientists.

Ancient Indian sources even invented the Internet, and Microwave Ovens.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 01:56 PM

View PostLilly, on 31 May 2014 - 11:29 AM, said:

Einstein's IQ was not below average. Although he was never formally tested the concepts and mathematics he used to formulate his scientific theories indicate that he was at the very least in the gifted catagory.
Quite right.

In addition, he was certainly not inspired by any Vedic text, nor was Tesla.

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 05:55 PM

Physically, perhaps no different from any other, but quantifying where genius comes from and how it manifests itself is another matter. I wish I could be this "average."


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 05:56 PM

View Postdavros of skaro, on 31 May 2014 - 11:43 AM, said:

Ancient Indian sources even invented the Internet, and Microwave Ovens.

Ancient Indian sources invented the Kama Sutra, after that, little work got done.


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 07:32 PM

Our brains are essentially organs that translate electrical signals from all parts of the body, i.e. our five senses, so why couldn't this 'receiver' translate wireless signals also? There are many documented instances of this being the case.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 09:27 AM

I think all people posses the ability of higher thinking like Einstein. But just not everybody is able to use it. Just look at the UFO/Conspiracy/ETC theorist outhere and here. Sometimes im puzzled by them, yes what they say is 99% bull...but this is not the point. Its their brainwork in connecting the dots the work they do sometimes extremely complex. I wonder if their life were different and they used their thinking for science instead against science, they would all be Einsteins?

As far I know Einstein in Germany was pushed aside in favor of aryan kids. Maybe that culd have been the trigger?


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 10:23 AM

Of course not special. We all have his abilities and MUCH MUCH more. Which is why acquired savant syndrome exists in the first place, as well as people experiencing head injuries and waking up speaking foreign, medieval and sometimes extinct languages. It's all in there, I don't know how, but it's all in there.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 11:24 AM

Much can be learned from Einstein's observed personality. He possessed Grit, that is, the perseverance and passion to pursue long term goals despite failure and adversity. And, that is a trait we can all aspire to.





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