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Cultural Intelligence Test – CQ Test


Haven’t posted in a while but I was sent this test and I think it is great.


I believe cultural intelligence/awareness is very important these days as the world becomes more multicultural and interconnected. In my opinion, anyone who is not inquisitive or receptive to other cultures is really missing out and is living a one-dimensional life.

Take the test now! ūüôā


My Favourite Recent Big Think Articles

Happy New Year!!

To celebrate I have listed a few of my favourite Big Thing Articles that I have read recently.


http://bigthink.com/devil-in-the-data/are-you-a-sociopath -> This article interested me as I have become more interested in socipathy recently, especially due to my obsession with Sherlock.

http://bigthink.com/the-proverbial-skeptic/the-proverbial-skeptics-5-buzzwords-to-stop-using-in-2014 -> Funny article on words we should probably stop using.

http://bigthink.com/21st-century-spirituality/the-art-of-keeping-our-new-years-intentions -> great article on how we must persist and truly stick to our goals for the New Year

http://bigthink.com/risk-reason-and-reality/if-an-icebreaker-gets-trapped-in-the-ice-and-there-are-no-journalists-on-board-to-report-it-is-it-still-news¬†-> interesting article on how ‘news’ is selected and is so subjective

http://bigthink.com/in-their-own-words/how-memory-can-be-a-false-witness -> reminded me of a TOK topic..


How bad was it? On a scale of one to ten…

This Big Think article perfectly expresses our ineptitude¬†to remember how painful an experience was. At first hearing this you think NO, I know¬†how bad this was and that day was awwwwwful¬†and don’t even mention last week when… But are we really remembering the pain itself¬†or the event that was painful? For example, last week I had a cold and I was very ill, nauseous, tired, the works. But apart from remembering¬†that I was very ill I can’t remember what it felt like to actually BE ill. This is an interesting concept and the Big Think article begins with the authors account of the pain he went through running a marathon and how he is about to do another one.

The article also discusses¬†Daniel Kahneman’s¬†2011 book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” which has a whole chapter dedicated to human inability to conceptualize and process pain. (I haven’t yet read the book but will be doing so after IB. :D).


London by heart

I am sure you have heard of Stephen Wiltshire, commonly known as the ‘Human Camera’. Wiltshire is able to draw the most complicated landscapes after just seeing them once. What is particularly intriguing is that he is autistic and that this is one of the many examples where a perceived ‘defect’ has positive outcomes. Wiltshire is able to draw very detailed pictures which have allowed him to become a famous artist. I thought it was interesting to find out that his primary school encouraged him to draw in order to express his emotions.

Watch this short video to see his amazing talent.



So apparently our brains are flexible? They can adapt themselves in order to perform your daily activities best.

Read this article to find out more.