Observe people you think are smart. Act like them. When it starts to feel natural, adjust your assessment of people's intelligence based on your newly molded by attitude outlook. Repeat until satisfied. Serve cold.
>>7663605 You can't become 'smarter', it's mostly a biological thing. Realistically, you wouldn't want to be very smart anyway - in itself it's not a very useful ability. Without determination you'll just become a NEET, without charm you'll become a total autist, without drive you become an overly smart garbageman. Intelligence doesn't make you a scholar or witty or successful. It's probably best to be 'kind-of-smart': being more intelligent than most of your peers, but not so much that you become prone to being a depressed or pedantic fuck.
To rephrase, how does one acquire more "world knowledge", being knowledge that is not overly specific in particular areas. I understand that reading, and reading a lot is important to this, but reading what exactly? I want to learn about life and the world and just generally know and understand more things, but in a way that I can actually I can actually explain these things or discuss them with others. I'd also like to become more eloquent.
How does one achieve all this? What should I read? What should I learn? Where should I start? I want to set myself down a path where I can truly realize the extent of my own intellect.
Perhaps I'm explaining this poorly, but hopefully you can understand my meaning.
>>7663666 People like to shit on schools, but honestly I know I wouldn't have challenged myself in as many ways as school did if left tk my own devices. People tend to spend time on what they're good at, but useful mental growth, particularly at a young age, requires variety.
If you ever feel like people who went to elite schools think they're better than other people, it's because they do.
>>7663676 Sometimes plain old rote memorization is all you need. I wanted to be more knowledgeable about geography so I set aside time every day to drill myself on countries, capitals, and other such things until it became instinctual. Now I do it on a weekly basis to keep it fresh.
>>7663676 >read >find patterns >make connections (you learned cause-effect early on, use it) >build a broad foundation on philosophy and history the better to temper your understanding with mindful examination and meaningful context, respectively -- connect these ideas across the epochs of civilization
It's nothing to know something if you can only express it in itself, for lack of the the lens to examine it or the context to place it against other things.
You don't have to be a genius to practice, anon; talent and intellect are only head starts, but if you look at the top institutions, whether they be colleges, conservatories, businesses, or whathaveyou, the most successful people there are the ones who worked harder and better than everyone else, so what you need to focus on is not how to become smart, but how to become an efficient learner. With literature, that means (memes aside) surveying the Greek and Biblical traditions, as well as getting a broad understating of major authors (you don't have to read every author's magnum opus, but instead you should read their essays, novellas, and short stories.) As for other subjects, you should learn something to test axiomatic reasoning. This could be formal logic, Euclidean geometry, or debate. Basically, you want to expose yourself to as much as possible as quickly as possible.
>>7663676 Edith Hamilton's Mythology The Bible (mostly Old Testament Lore plus the 4 Gospels. The Wisdom books are good,too.) Norton Anthology of Poetry Salt: A World History or A History of the World in 6 Glasses Euclid's Elements Short fiction is good too. The /lit/ starter kit isn't half bad, although it's awfully American, and could use some more diversity. Feynman Lectures on Physics Listen to classical music
>>7663676 Read literature, research the setting, get inspired to fill in the gaps in your education. Think about lit and draw your own conclusions, challenge your beliefs. Note big difficult words on simplenote whenever you encounter them, write down beautiful quotes.
Read the Apology of Sokrates, realize that knowing something doesn't add up to a measurable totality of your knowledge, especially if you intend to look down upon your peers
>>7663647 >>7663634 lol, the old 'intelligence=depression' myth again, guy claiming to want to be dumber too; he thinks everyone around him who isn't him or his select few close ones are idiots. Like clockwork.
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