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Larry Neal Gowdy

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This blog is an extension of thelogics.org website. The Logics is the hobby-creation of Larry Neal Gowdy (me).

Precious gems of humor, and the rebuking of man’s absurdities, are often too brief for a web page, but ripe for blogs.

"Heaven save us from the first novels which are written because a young man desires the prestige of being a novelist rather than because he has something to say! Heaven save us likewise from the mathematical papers which are correct and elegant but without body or spirit. Heaven save us above all from the snobbery which not only admits the possibility of this thin and perfunctory work, but which cries out in a spirit of shrinking arrogance against the competition of vigor and ideas, wherever these may be found! In other words, when there is communication without need for communication, merely so that someone may earn the social and intellectual prestige of being a priest of communication, the quality and communicative value of the message drop like a plummet." Former child prodigy and cybernetics-famed Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings, (Da Capo Press, 1988)

It is my wish that my having something useful to say will always prelude my having spoken.




The following article was moved to one of my other websites:

Review and Comparison of Word 2003, Word 2010, OpenOffice, Libre, and WordPerfect X5




Major Updates to The Logics Blog

May 09, 2016: After two years of being swamped with business and personal projects, I finally found time to finish numerous updates to the Logics site. I am now semi-retired, having cut my normal six hour work week down to around one to two hours a week, so maybe now I might be more prompt in keeping all pages updated. I have also been using the pair.com hosting for about two years now, and it appears to work well, so hopefully I will never have to change hosts again.

February 08, 2014: Many of my pages continue receiving social media buttons to determine whether or not I should insert buttons on all pages, or perhaps only use icons as links to my main social pages. The LarryGowdy.com website received a recent update and may become the hub for all of my sites. Of the last four hosting services that I have tried, none have been as dependable as they ought to be, and I am developing an opinion that the current state of the Internet may exceed server software. I seriously considered running my own servers, but the costs and security concerns are prohibitive, so for now I must accept what is available while I hope for the best.

The Reincarnation of the Soul Proof or Belief article will continue receiving periodic updates with the aim of determining how the page will get ranked. The Logics is a hobby site, and the reincarnation article fits within the hobby of testing different ideas to see how well a topic might interest visitors.

October 20, 2013: All pages on The Logics have now been updated except the SesquIQ archives (which may not receive an update for quite a while, and the expected updates will lean towards making the design more spartan than it already is). I still have a large quantity of websites to update, but I wanted to get The Logics done and out of the way first.

October 17, 2013: The Logics has been moved to a new server that will hopefully be faster and more dependable. I am busy updating all pages on the site, and I hope to be finished within the next two to six weeks.

2-18-2013: Due to the extreme quantity of spammers and attackers during the past two years (and growing much worse each month) I have decided to eliminate the WordPress® blog and to go back to what I had originally wanted several years ago; a nice simple HTML page that I can securely update with ease. Some of the blog's articles were outdated anyway, so the change to HTML will help me keep all articles current. Much of the blog will resemble a condensed version of the main site's layout.

The Logics website was created to be a hobby, something for me to tinker with and enjoy, but the hassle of trying to fend-off would-be hackers had become an additional source of stress that ruined the enjoyment of having the blog. Several of the blog's articles had become popular and well ranked on search engines, and so I will recreate the popular articles while likely not recreating the articles that were rarely viewed. Search engines will be slow to rediscover the new articles, but that is okay, I am not in a hurry.

The Review and Comparison of Word 2003, Word 2010, OpenOffice, Libre, and WordPerfect X5 article has been updated and moved to the First Impressions website. The Logics website receives visitors who are most interested in the topics of art, intelligence, and sciences, while the First Impressions site is aimed for the topics of computers and technology. It is my opinion that keeping the topics separated on different websites will help retain continuity here on the blog as well as the other sites.




Ethics Website

2-18-2013: It has now been over a year since I had time to create new pages for the EthicsMorals.com website. The Ethics site has several pages well ranked, and I do want to thoroughly update the site when I have sufficient time. I am pleased that the topic of ethics is one of the top five most visited on my sites; it simply means that my sites are drawing quality visitors.

10-17-2013: I have recently updated all of the Ethics site's pages while retaining a very similar appearance as before. I like the site's simplicity of design, and I have no plans to ever change the layout. I have recoded the pages to enable a slightly improved load speed, but the site was already lightweight; most visitors will likely never notice the change.




What Can a 100 IQ Accomplish

While searching for an original copy of an article I had written in the past, I came across the following small writing that I had chosen to not make public. Of the many things that I write, only a small number of the writings are made public, and though the following item had been abandoned to remain unspoken, tonight it seemed appropriate that the writing be posted here on the blog…

One of the many reasons why I build and maintain websites is so that I can view the statistics of which keywords people use to find my web pages. By observing the public's questions, I can thereby glean a small idea of what information the public might be interested in learning. I do not know the thoughts of the general public, I do not know what the general public knows or does not know, and it is with my curiosity of humans that I patiently observe, year after year, decade after decade, the behaviors of humans, with my hope that I will continue to learn and perhaps someday comprehend why humans behave as they do. On occasion, a key-phrase touches me with depth, and one search string from a Google user that I wish to focus strongly on is the question "what can a person accomplish with a 100 IQ?"

I do not know if the person was asking the question for themselves, or if the person deemed that a 100 IQ was useless, but for myself I accepted the question as if it were spoken by a young individual that is distressed with the thought that other people have told him/her that s/he is not smart enough to accomplish anything in life, and the thought of another person feeling such a lack of self-worth hurt me deeply.

In the gifted community there is a sizable degree of competitiveness and/or academic style debating, and we sometimes too often write with only the thought of presenting our thoughts to the interested individuals who are themselves most often classified as being the intelligentsia of the public. Many of us are inexperienced with the so-called 'normal life,' our own lives being dedicated to learning, our not having the opportunity nor the capacity to see ourselves from the worldview of 'normal' people, and we are often quite ignorant of how our words and actions might be interpreted by the normal world. It is my hope that this segment will help explain that though the gifted community may often dwell on the importance of intelligence, it does not mean that we are all unaware of the importance of things not deemed as intellectual.

A 100 IQ individual is as important to this Universe as is anyone else; regardless of IQ. Never allow anyone to convince you otherwise. An individual with a 100 IQ can accomplish as much as a 200 IQ, except, of course, for some academic achievements. Below is a list of three things that a 100 IQ can achieve that are universes more important than IQ alone.

Love – love is the single most important thing in the living Universe, and he that loves, he is the one that betters the world, he is the one that improves the genetics of future generations, he is the one that guides man to creative behaviors, he is the one that prevents wars, he is the one that saves lives, he is the one that creates the peaceful environment that enables high IQers to claim that high IQ is important, he is the one that weighs true justice, he is the one that creates lasting marriages, he is the one that enables happy families, he is the one that produces peace in a child’s future life, he is the one that prevents family violence by first creating a loving environment, he is the one that betters everyone’s health by first bettering their psychological state, he is the one that creates families that speak to each other, he is the one that enables a man to cry for the grief of his fellow man, and it is he that all of humanity relies upon to keep humans from destroying themselves and the world. A 100 IQ can love the perfect love of giving all without thought of return, and a perfect love will always in all manners be superior to all IQ scores. One man, with love and a 100 IQ, is literally and verifiably intellectually superior to all high IQers combined without love.

Honesty – being accurate in one’s speech is perfection of mind, body, and spirit. A 100 IQ can be honest, which is a thing that not all high IQers can accomplish. If honesty sounds too easy, too simple, then try it, and observe the demands that honesty requires of mind and soul. He who is honest, regardless of IQ, is of a superior mind, one that shadows all IQ scores.

Quietude – parallel to honesty, he who has control over his tongue, who calms his emotions before speaking, who self-reflects on what words he will choose to speak, who weighs and judges his words by love, his mind is superior, as does become his soul.

Accomplish these three things, love, honesty, and quietude, and regardless of what IQ score an individual may have been given, I will stand with the individual and proclaim him/her as the model for humanity. Your value as a human is not weighed upon the digits of mathematics, an IQ score, but rather your value is of the harmonious quality traits that you yourself have chosen to create. It is a logic that many within the gifted community cannot fathom: creative behavior.




Best Place to Download MP3s

Over the years I have likely landed on most every website that offers MP3 downloads, and though some of the sites were okay, the one that I am most pleased with is Zune®. Too, I find the Zune player to be the very best for my preferences. The Zune player for desktops and laptops can be downloaded for free on the Zune download page.

The Constance Demby albums are a welcome calming from everyday stress. Ambrosial Waves, Aeterna's Cry of the Heart, Novus Magnificant, Sanctum Sanctorum, Faces of the Christ, they're all great. I recently downloaded a ton of Constance Demby, Aeoliah, and Iasos albums, enough to keep my interest for quite a while. A pleasing plus is that I usually use Bing as my primary search engine, which gives me points for each search, and the points can be cashed in for Xbox points that can be used for downloading free MP3s. Lots of free legitimate music; nice!

When using the Zune player to purchase music, first enter the artist's name in the search box at the top-right corner, and from there the marketplace will open and show you available titles. On some computers the marketplace may not work unless the search box is first used, so just be sure to type in the song or musician first.

Update October 17,2013: It appears that Microsoft® no longer sells MP3s through Zune (wah!), but music can still be listened to and downloaded through Xbox. I am not yet accustomed to using the Xbox music player in Windows 8, but it does appear to work well, and hopefully it will become an acceptable alternative to Zune.




Finding New Nook E-books

Barnes&Noble's Nook® is not dead. It had appeared that Nook was not getting new titles because when searching for new books the results kept showing the same books over and over for months. Last night I discovered the cause of the problem; many publishers are listing their book's published dates to be far into the future, which keeps the titles listed as new releases for several months, and sometimes for decades. The publishers' tactics are dishonest and harm everyone, especially B&N.

If you are looking for new e-books to read, simply choose the grid layout on B&N's website, and browse through the pages until you find titles with honest current dates.

I have placed two of my books on Nook, Myths, Facts, and Lies About Prodigies - a Historiography of William James Sidis and Beyond Prodigies - The New Science of Intelligence. The books will not, of course, be found in the new title section.




Solo Cello Music

One of my favorite cellists is Jordi Savall. No, I take that back, Savall is my favorite cellist. Unfortunately, not all of his albums are easily found online, and the one that I want most is Mr Machy which continues to elude a listing on MP3 lists. Nevertheless, I have discovered an excellent album that I like almost as much, Sarah Cunningham's Play This Passionate: Music for Solo Viola Da Gamba. Zune has the 48 cut album for download at the very reasonable price of 800 Xbox points (about ten dollars USD). I enjoy listening to a new different album for each new different article or book that I write, and Cunningham's album is the choice for the new When Does Consciousness Begin in Human Babies article that I am currently working on.

I am amused that the name of Sarah keeps popping up among my favorites, those of Sarah Chang, Sarah Brightman, and others, and Sarah Cunningham's performance is a welcomed new addition.




Language and Voice Patterning Recognition

An intriguing topic (at least to me) is the patterning of spoken and written language. A healthy individual can easily recognize the identity of another person by the sound of the person's voice (even if the voice had not been heard for years), and an individual who has considerable experience with different languages will recognize that a bilingual speaking person accents their words relative to which languages that the bilingual person speaks. Some individuals can recognize accents by how another person phrases written sentences, and plagiarism can be detected similarly. Each occupation and ideology tends to influence a person's speech to the point that we can often discern with a fair degree of accuracy what manner of work they do and which religion they likely believe in. If an ideology did not influence a person's thoughts, then there would be no distinguishable difference between the different genres of religious music. My delight is listening to professionals talk about their occupations; the professional's tone of voice describes accuracy of intent and the person's true joy in life. We do indeed describe a lot about ourselves each time we speak a word.

The odd thing, however, is that if humans are so adept at detecting voice recognition and accents, why then do humans not as easily recognize dishonesty? For several years I have on occasion listened to audio and video tracks while I looked for possible clues of how it is possible for dishonest people to tell such blatant lies and get away with it. Deceit is spoken with different toning than what honest words are spoken, and the dishonest words have differences of stress, so why do people not recognize the differences?

In the past I studied the vocal toning found in common videos, but I found nothing much useful for my questions beyond convincing myself that the reason why I so rarely enjoy watching movies is because the actors are obviously acting. However, in recent months I shifted my attention to listening to the toning of speech and breathing rhythms exhibited within the lesser brilliant segment of audio and video files, and for the first time I believe that I may have found a clue. Surely the knowledge is already known to professionals who teach voice, but to me it is a new thing that there may be a common lack of cognition of some vocal toning, an absence of recognition that is not so dissimilar as tone deaf individuals not recognizing differences of tone. Can it really be that simple? I will never have the opportunity to adequately research the topic, but it does intrigue me that there may be 'tones' of voice that humans may simply tune-out and not consciously recognize.

Now if we could build a device that amplified the missing tones, and we were to use the device every election day...




Rasa Music

Rasa Music

(C) Rasa

My latest articles Zeu Son of Zeus and Reincarnation of the Soul Proof or Belief were written while listening to the album Temple of Love by Rasa (rasa-music.com).

Rasa has been one of my longtime favorites for its peacefulness, maturity, and quality of performance. Kim Waters' voice is delightfully soothing, seemingly as a guided meditation put to song, a sincere voice that speaks of a heart that has experienced what the songs' words imply.

Hans Christian's cellist background appears obvious, with a style that adds a flowing classical richness to the sacred Indian songs. Hans' musical history enabled just the right blend of genres to create some of the most beautiful music in the world.

You can sample Rasa songs online at Xbox® and Grooveshark®, but the stream quality is not near as delightful as what is heard from the CD.

Links to the articles on this page:

Korean Dramas

Rasa Music

Major Updates

Giovanni Spider Hunter

Ethics Website

What Can a 100 IQ Accomplish

William James Sidis - When a Prodigy is not a Prodigy

The Ninth Intelligence

The Best Place to Download MP3s

Finding New Nook E-books

Solo Cello Music

Language and Voice Patterning Recognition

Boston Bombings Tied to William James Sidis

Websites For Smart Intelligent Grown-up People That Are Not Childish

The Logics - IQ Questions and Answers (added February 07, 2014)

Recent Projects (updated February 07, 2014)




Korean Dramas

As mentioned in the In The News section I recently discovered the excellent DramaFever.com website that has hundreds of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese television series to stream. The My Love From Another Star (aka My Love From the Star) is exceedingly good, and Master's Sun is as good or better. Several of the plots in both series relate to my own past experiences (the girl's hair in Master's Sun had my wife and I both laughing; we knew a girl with a similar hair problem), and since several other features touched so closely to my own life, the stories became very emotional because it was so personal.

For someone like me who rarely ever watches television, it is quite a change that my wife and I are now spending two to five hours a day watching Korean dramas. I want to publicly thank the writer Park Ji-eun, director Jang Tae-yoo, and all of the many others for My Love From Another Star, and the writers Hong Sisters, director Jun Hyuk, and all of the many others for Master's Sun. When I asked my wife if she would be watching the series after I pass, she said yes, and she would cry a lot. If she passes before me, I would do the same. Having been born and raised in a heartless culture, to my wife and I we highly treasure what little time we have together, and to have formed strong positive emotions is highly cherished.

There are far too few things of beauty in today's societies, and I am greatly appreciative of the few that do exist.




March 31, 2013: The Myths, Facts, and Lies About Prodigies - a Historiography of William James Sidis is now available through Barnes&Noble.




Giovanni Spider Hunter book by Britta Jackson – A Review

Several years ago I created a web page that used different fonts and styles of fonts to highlight different words. My intention was to help direct the reader’s attention to the highlighted words with the aim of the reader maintaining an awareness of each word’s meaning in the sentences. I thought that it was a pretty good idea at the time (I even got a compliment on the page; quite a rarity).

Giovanni Spider Hunter book by Britta Nell Jackson

Giovanni Spider Hunter book by Britta Nell Jackson

Giovanni Spider Hunter by Britta Nell Jackson uses an emphasis on words and letters to a much greater degree than what I had used, and I think that the book is great. While reading the book I was imagining a mother emotionally emphasizing each word as it is used in the story, and the young listener would surely be enjoying the story while also more quickly learning the letters and the sounds of letters by how the letters are colored and emphasized. The book is large, about a foot square, and brightly illustrated.

One of the things that I liked best about Giovanni Spider Hunter is that the story can be as entertaining for the child who likes spiders as the story can be entertaining for the child who does not like spiders. I’m a spider lover since from before I could walk, but I think that the story is okay since it presents spider lovers in a good light. ;-)

A rather humorous item that I discovered is that Giovanni Spider Hunter is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. Most everything I read is theoretical (James, Jung, Sidis, etc.) and since I have not read of a sensible theory in years (yes I’m grumpy), Giovanni Spider Hunter easily takes first place on my latest nod of approval list.




William James Sidis – When a Prodigy is not a Prodigy

In a recent email to a friend, on the topic of conceptual physics, and relative to my comment in the previous blog entry of "The word "supernatural" means nothing to me, it is an empty and hollow nonsensical word, for if all that exists is Nature, then how can anything exist outside of what is real?", I wrote:

"There would be a difficulty with my interpretations if solid matter existed. I have no mental concept of what 'solid' might imply; it is simply unfathomable to my mind to believe or picture in the mind’s eye that a solid could exist, for what would a solid be composed of? How could it be possible for a solid to come into existence without it being composed of 3+ elements? A solid would imply that it self-created itself from nothing at all. If solid 3D matter were a reality, then there could be no other dimensions, nor could there exist energy of any form, for all things would be based upon the solid 3D mass, and if the 3D mass were solid, then no higher or lower dimension could be formed. Popular human science, with its belief in physical matter, is an absurdity to me. All of my earliest perceptions were proven valid, including the multiplying of…, and among the perceptions was that this 3D Reality is wave-based, not 'real,' but a… My logic tells me that if the perceptions were correct a hundred times without fail, then I must also trust the perception of a wave-based 3D Universe."

The University of California at Berkley has a good series of conceptual physics videos presented by Professor Richard A. Muller. The first of his dozens of lectures used to be available online and may still be found through search engines. It is recommended that all of his lectures be downloaded and viewed, and that his home page at http://muller.lbl.gov/ be given an interested eye as well. Muller’s lectures are entertaining and contain information that the general public likely has little knowledge of, including a comment about Roswell, New Mexico.

It is useful for the individual inexperienced in physics to hear a talented and academically qualified physicist, like Muller, to speak of a wave-based universe, and of dimensions of "potentials," but for the purposes of this comment, there exists a desire to illustrate intellectual differences within the human genre. Separating intellectual types into two primary classifications I will term the first classification 'memorizers,' and the second classification as 'observers.' The first group, composed of all IQ scores, does not create new useful theories, but rather memorizes information learned through books and education. The second group, observing what is real, recognizes that the information within books and education is lacking in accuracy and usefulness.

To illustrate a simple thing; individuals within the first group have memorized information taught in books and classrooms that the sense of smell is the result of olfactory glands perceiving molecules. Individuals in the first group have placed full faith in the information, and due to the individuals not possessing a desire to challenge popular opinion, the belief has become well established; as a dogma. Individuals within the second group observe that the scent of animals and objects can be discerned with great detail at distances beyond one-thousand feet away and upwind. If an individual within the second group experiences physical nausea due to an overwhelming stench located over three-hundred meters away, and while a 10-30 mile per hour wind blows upon the individual’s back, then the individual knows through firsthand experience that the mechanism of olfactory perception is not based nor limited upon the detection of molecules, but rather the mechanism must be of a different means.

It is observable that popular prodigies, like William Sidis, exhibited no known evidence of discerning any information beyond the memorization limitations of the first group. Sidis may indeed have been a prodigy, a prodigy as is defined by individuals within the first group, but the second group deems Sidis to have only been a memorizer, and not remarkably uncommon.

The first group has its beliefs about the mechanisms of tactile perception, but individuals within the second group observe through firsthand experience that the first group’s beliefs cannot be valid, and that the first group’s beliefs about tactile sensory perception (and all other sensory perceptions) are as incorrect as the first group’s beliefs about olfactory perception. The second group naturally and effortlessly recognizes facets of physics that the first group may never learn of.

Within The Animate and the Inanimate, Sidis wrote of a universe beginning with two masses: "Now, tracing causation thus backwards, we find that molar motions, when traced backwards into the past, will, in all probability, bring us to a time when two masses which are now in motion have been together, in contact." In a previous era, the theory of the universe beginning with two masses was popular; silly but popular. All of Sidis' theories were based upon memorized information from within the first group's beliefs, and no evidence yet exists that Sidis possessed talents exceeding those of the first group's.

That which appears simplistic and obvious to individuals within the second group, including a wave-based universe, was an unknown to individuals like Sidis, and the individuals within the second group cannot find cause to believe that Sidis could have been the smartest man on earth.

12-24-2009: Also see Type A and B Intelligence at TheLogics IQ Answers.




The Ninth Intelligence

Researching a topic requires a substantial quantity of time, effort, memory, and discernment of what is factual and what might have been invented by an author. Two online articles are good examples of how history and worldviews are altered when an author writes incorrect information.

Child prodigy: Two sides of genius by S.S. Yoga:

"Author Alissa Quart (who may be termed a prodigy, based on her childhood experiences) said in a Time® magazine article that prodigies are found more in quantitative fields and less in qualitative disciplines, where kids are gifted in ways that are hard to measure."

The quote appears to be referring to The Downside of Being a Child Prodigy by Andrea Sachs:

"In her book, Quart explores the pressures that are brought to bear on those children designated gifted or prodigies. True prodigies are very rare, says Quart. Her definition of prodigy: "a child with a skill set or an ability that is incredibly accomplished, far beyond their years." They tend to be in chess, music and math, more in quantitative fields and less in qualitative disciplines, where "kids are gifted in ways that are hard to measure.""

The Time article did not specify that Quart stated the words that The Star® article claimed. Myths about prodigies are too easily invented by articles that are not careful to quote directly from the primary sources. Many of the myths of William James Sidis originated similarly, with newspaper reporters simply inventing false claims.

Nevertheless, the topic of quantitative versus qualitative is useful to touch upon. On pages 206-207 of The HotHouse Kids by Alissa Quart, she writes:

"However, I think the biggest problem in this discussion is not the practice of offering special classes to strong learners, but rather is in the way we reflexively define giftedness in limited terms, and the unpleasant associations of snobbery or elitism that can come with that label. I would argue that we need a more holistic definition of giftedness, one that appreciates the fuller range of abilities that support success in life. We are currently defining giftedness much too narrowly… In 1971, a federal study, the Marland Report, recommended that "gifted and talented children" be defined by our schools as those with "outstanding abilities," who are "capable of high performance," ranging from kids with "general intellectual ability" to those with leadership and psychomotor abilities – physical endurance, flexibility, balance, and coordination - and gifts in visual arts."

Quart continues with Howard Gardner’s list of multiple intelligences; bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, linguistic, logical (mathematical, reasoning), musical, visual-spatial, and a recent eighth, naturalist: "describing a child who shows an ability to observe and classify elements in the natural environment."

Looking at the Marland Report’s list of gifted traits, and Gardner’s list of intelligences, it is obvious why there are so precious few qualitative prodigies, because there is no allowance for qualitative talents to exist in society. Society does not possess a useful definition of quality, and less so an understanding of the origins and nature of what quality is. A prodigy of qualitative talents would simply not be recognized by society. A child of prodigious philosophical talents would be ignored, merely because society itself is unaware of the importance of philosophy.

It would be beneficial for parents and teachers to give thought to Quart’s comment: "…we need a more holistic definition of giftedness, one that appreciates the fuller range of abilities that support success in life," and to recognize that the greatest giftedness exists in the child that possesses the ability to reason correctness of thought and behavior. Correctness in thought and behavior fulfills and/or exceeds all other eight intelligences, plus it ensures personal success throughout life.

The child of quality ethics and morals is no less a prodigy than any other, and more, the child will surely not suffer the hardships in life that many quantitative prodigies endure.

A ninth intelligence might be designated as ethics, not the undefined ethics currently promoted by religions and philosophies, but real ethics that are applicable to the individual’s own intellect.




Boston Bombings Tied to William James Sidis

Bombs were aimed at a Boston Justice, a Pittsburgh judge, a Cleveland mayor, and a Bay State legislator. Justice Albery Hayden is the judicial officer who sentenced William James Sidis to eighteen months in prison for Sidis' violent participation in a pro-communist march.

William James Sidis had previously been associated with the individuals who were accused of the bombings. The year was 1919. Would you hire a person today that you knew was associated with the 2013 Boston marathon bombings that were allegedly committed by Chechen-born individuals? If not, then why would anyone claim that Sidis was 'burned-out' instead of his simply being un-hirable?

It is unlikely that many teenage boys enter adulthood without having at least once gotten themselves mixed up with the wrong crowd, but William Sidis had been a totalitarian leftist since early childhood, and his father, Russian-born Boris Sidis, too had been in a Russian prison as a youth for his anti-government activities. It would only be expected for William Sidis to gravitate to groups who are not peaceful nor fully rational.

And yet today many people continue to believe that the radical left-wing totalitarian William James Sidis was the smartest man on earth. Even if William Sidis' IQ were someday found to be legitimately high (and to my knowledge no such evidence yet exists of any IQ score), and even if William Sidis would have had a 1,000 or a billion IQ, he still held political and social values that describe a lack of forethought and compassion for life itself. Placing one's political values first, while placing human life last, is not intelligent behavior. The Aum Shinriko religious group, known for its 1995 sarin gas attack in Japanese subways, is one of the many examples of groups that place their politics and beliefs above that of human life. Regardless of whether the individual's name is William James Sidis or Tim McVeigh, the bottom line remains: violence is the mark of ignorance, and violence is never the mark of intelligence.

Myths, Facts, and Lies About Prodigies - A Historiography of William James Sidis




Websites For Smart Intelligent Grown-up People That Are Not Childish

It is a good thing that all types of people can find entertainment online that suits each person’s tastes, but sometimes it seems as if some segments of the population are left out. Comics and cartoon images are great for kids, but most people do grow up, mature, and choose books with words rather than picture books. Unfortunately, it seems as though the vast majority of websites are aimed for the younger crowd, and precious few sites are available for grown-ups.

The title for this article combines some of the different words that I used on search engines while trying to find something interesting to read. Nope, I didn’t find anything, and so I decided to create this article so that people who get as desperate as me for something new to read and think about can find The Logics.

I will leave the decision up to you of whether The Logics is intelligent and/or not childish, but the site is free of comic book graphics and the site is also ad-free (ad-free as in no pay-per-click advertisements for external links). Spooky huh?

Also check out the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It is a classy website with quality art and free MP3 downloads of classical music.

The Logics' Best of the Web has several more links to useful websites for grown-ups who enjoy thinking about quality things.

A very nice recent addition to the Internet is Google’s Android Market where we can buy and download MP3s online from a legal, legit, moral retailer. The music selection is not yet very wide, but I expect it to grow quickly. My personal favorite is to download MP3s from the marketplace within Microsoft's Zune software player itself. After setting up an account, buying music is fast and easy with just a couple clicks.

Google also has the Art Project, and it is ad-free as well (I hope it stays that way). Unfortunately it appears that the Google Art Project and Internet Explorer 10 might not yet play well together, but surely that problem will be remedied in future days.

So if you are looking for a website for grown-ups, a website for intelligent people, or simply a website that is not childish, then give the links a try, surely at least one of them will be worth a visit.

Update May 2, 2013: Oops, Google Play is being said to give app buyers' personal information to app developers (names, email addresses, and neighborhoods). I do not know for certain how much information is being given out, nor to whom exactly, but the current rumors are not favorable for Google. There is no such thing as 100% privacy online, but Google is said to be breaking its own privacy policies, and if true, then that's not nice. If Google is breaking its own privacy policies, then I must retract the "nice, legal, legit, moral" words for Google's Android Market.


Comments Posted: August 25th, 2012 at 11:59 pm.

1. Comment from Zor Shekhtman:

I’d like to add to this post that I consider mathematics as one of the best tools to develop your intelligence, creativity and analytical thinking. In particular, solving math problems, from simple to complex, and using rigorous logic to prove theorems are extremely beneficial for young students.

Our high schools do not provide an adequate level of knowledge of mathematics directed towards students’ intellectual development, replacing it with memorization of facts an formulas. To address this problem I founded a Web site UNIZOR.COM with an intention to demonstrate how well intelligence and creativity can be developed by logically approaching topics of mathematics and solving math problems.

The site is created with an idea to redirect studying mathematics from simple memorization of facts towards development of creativity and analytical thinking, the real purpose to study mathematics.

For students it offers a challenging environment oriented on solving problems and proving theorems – skills that will help in any real life profession. Registered students have an opportunity to take exam on each topic to quantify their level of expertise. Methodology used by this site is based on short but rather rigorous explanation of theoretical material and extensive emphasize on solving problems and proving theorems. This methodology is supposed to train students’ intelligence similarly to gym training their muscles and stamina. Solving problems for mind is like pushing weights for muscles.

For parents the site offers a full control over the learning process via enrolling their children into different courses, checking the results of exams and making decision about how well these courses have been studied. There is no restriction on number of times the courses can be taken, so it’s possible to achieve maximum results by repeating any topic until it’s completely clear for a student.

Finally, for teachers it presents an opportunity to individually approach each student’s learning process, reducing the time needed for general explanation and spending more time addressing only issues that cause problems.

This site is free and has no advertising. Its sole purpose is to distribute knowledge in its purest form.




The Logics - IQ Questions and Answers

I have created a new FaceBook page titled "The Logics - IQ Questions and Answers" at The Logics - IQ Questions and Answers to help distinguish between my work and another FaceBook page that has an almost identical title. My article The Logics - IQ Questions and Answers was first made public before 2006, and I expanded the article in 2007 for The Logics website. I considered renaming my article to include my name (e.g. Larry Neal Gowdy - IQ Questions and Answers), but doing so might result in a loss of search engine ranking on Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo, so for now I will leave the page as-is. In past years Google favored original content while ignoring copycats, but now, well, don't get me started on that topic. ;)

Nevertheless, the experience has given me some new thoughts of how best to present all future articles, and perhaps the lesson learned will be useful.




Recent Projects

Just a FYI, my business includes web design (yes even I must eat), and one of the projects that I am currently working on is the updating of a website for D. A. Criswell Sales, Inc Valve Automation. Since I have been an electronic tech most of my life - plus performing close-tolerance mechanical refurbishing in commercial and industrial settings - I experience a bit of a thrill when I find a device described with electrical and mechanical specifications. The Valve Automation page was a joy for it describing a valve with 24vdc, 0.1% resolution, and fail-safe modes (the description - regardless of its brevity - tells me a lot of how the valve is used and what environment the valve is designed to serve). In today's era of videos instead of books, and of promotional photos instead of specifications, I truly enjoy working in an environment that emphasizes the specifications that techs want and need.