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IS THERE A LIMIT TO BECOMING SMART AND CLEVER?

A new study has found that there can never be a supermind concept due to the limit imposed on the level of smartness of humans. The study highlights that the limit imposed on mind acts as a defence against the destructive power of memories on the personality. The brain enhancers used can only help in concentrating for a brief time and then cease to work.

A new study has found that there can never be a supermind concept due to the limit imposed on the level of smartness of humans. The study highlights that the limit imposed on mind acts as a defence against the destructive power of memories on the personality. The brain enhancers used can only help in concentrating for a brief time and then cease to work.

THE SMARTNESS LEVEL

The world has become a race where everyone wants to succeed. A child is being fed by the parents that the sharper he/she becomes, the more successful he/she would be. A lot of effort goes into trying to improve one’s attention power, concentration level, memory and intelligence. Drugs like Ritalin and caffeine are used for enhancing the sharpness level of the brain. But how many sharps can one become?

THE NEW STUDY

In Current Directions in Psychological Science, a new research paper was published which indicates that there is a limit of sharpness imposed on our mind to safeguard oneself from destruction. False memories or forgetfulness is a ruse for the brain to provide damage control. The study claims that any technology or drug used for enhancing the brain’s intelligence can be hazardous and lethal.

 

The researchers worked on understanding the reason behind the static growth of smartness and why the level of smartness does not increase with evolution. They found that an increase in thinking ability can impose various problems.

 

In evolutions, the tradeoffs are very common. The researchers believe that like all other traits, there are evolutionary tradeoffs for intelligence. For example, the brain of a foetus is dependent on the size of mother’s pelvis. If the size of brain increases, childbirth would lead to death.

 

The study states that the memory enhancing drugs actually make the situation worse. It’s a boon to have a good memory but to have a vivid one where one remembers all the sordid details isn’t a good option. With too much clever quotient, one wouldn’t be able to forget the bad memories even.

THE BOTTOM LINE

There is a limit to the level of smartness in a human. The brains consume a lot of energy to function. The new study indicates that increase in the power of brain can lead to increased level of diseases. For example, Ashkenazi Jews have higher IQ level over European population but they also have Tay-Sachs disease (disease related to the nervous system

The study nullifies the concept of a super-mind.