How can we quantify just how messed up the world is in its thinking? Well, that’s a tough one. It will certainly help when the upcoming Rationality Quotient (RQ) test is published in 2016 or so. (Most people don’t know it, but standard IQ (Intelligence Quotient) tests don’t measure all the mental abilities associated with rational (Reality-Based) thinking.
Jack Pelham’s upcoming book (Reality-Based Thinking: How everyone–including you–can think better) will deal with other evidences about the scope of the world’s thinking problem. Until then, however, the exercise below is one in which you can realize something about how widespread our thinking problems are, just by answering some questions from your own experience.
Answer these three easy questions and share them with your friends on Facebook (if you are willing) to see if they don’t answer them the same way.
Look how many times you chose “some” or “lots”. Think about this: if everybody knows “some” or “lots” of people who have these thinking problems, that means it’s an epidemic throughout the world. Imagine what a difference it would make if we could help fix this, even for 1% of the people in the world!
Now, what if your thinking could use some work, too? Scientific research on human thinking has shown that we all tend to have thinking problems that can be corrected with just a little work. Please click here to learn a little bit about how your thinking can improve easily.