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Introducing the Mixed Mental Art’s Series on IQ

Photo by on Unsplash Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. We’ve evolved cultures that have allowed us to adapt to every environment from the scorching desert to the frozen arctic to the humid rainforest and even the urban jungle. Humanity’s superpower, our ability to learn efficiently from those around us, means that figuring out how to adapt and survive rests on us coming together. As we all head into the unfamiliar environment of the #jobocalypse, our mutual survival depends on our collaboration in order to release the potential of every individual on the planet.   Photo by NASA on Unsplash An important part of that process is discarding the outdated cultural beliefs that hold everyone back. Humans tell stories in order to understand the world in which we live. Very often these stories don’t fit well with reality. The scientific method is the best attempt so far to evaluate the validity of human stories. A model is proposed and then it is tested and retested by as many people as possible. Unfortunately, some terrible stories never face the rigor of the scientific method before they are accepted as “truth.”   “This shit is bananas!”  Photo by Ben White on Unsplash This series is dedicated to undoing a particularly damaging narrative: the idea that somehow race and intelligence are linked. As we’ve covered elsewhere, racism evolved in response to the introduction of diseases like the falciparum...

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The Black Belt

You are in a Cult The Black Belt This is the Black Belt of Mixed Mental Arts.  It has been a long journey. Along the way, you’ve learned about culture; how it affects your life and your cognitive processes.  You’ve learned about how your human brain works; its functions and its limits. You’ve learned that the world was built by people no smarter than you. To survive in this world, you need to learn, unlearn, and relearn, innovating along the way. And when you put all those different parts together, you can cross cultural lines to absorb what is...

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The Red Belt

Make Kintsugi The Red Belt “…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2 This is the Red Belt of Mixed Mental Arts: Technology and globalism are breaking the old ways of doing things. In order to survive the transition, we have to make kintsugi by reframing what we already have to see how those pieces can fit together to make something more beautiful than what we had before. The key to  flourishing in the creative destruction brought by a global society is to get opposite sides to talk together and...

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The Brown Belt

Innovation is #IdeaSex The Brown Belt The Brown Belt is the next step in preparing you for the Jobocalypse. In achieving the purple belt you realized that knowing how to learn, unlearn, and relearn helps you acquire fresh skills and keep pace with the new world the innovators are creating. The blue belt revealed the Genius Myth. Innovators aren’t special people. They are people who have a special understanding of the process required to innovate. This is the Brown Belt of Mixed Mental Arts: Another key to surviving the Jobocalypse is becoming an innovator in the world. Innovation is...

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The Purple Belt

Learn. Unlearn. Relearn The Purple Belt The way we pass cultural software is to blindly copy our predecessors. The children of farmers become farmers, the children of carpenters become carpenters. Even after industrialization, people have sought a path in life that’s stable. But in the knowledge economy of the 21st century, driving a delivery truck, working on an assembly line, or stocking shelves isn’t as stable as it once was. The White Belt teaches us that we’re all part of a greater culture. The Yellow Belt teaches us our cultures bind us together and blind us to the things...

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