Would learning mathematics improve intelligence?

Cisco / Eng greedyengr
Nov 3 31 Comments

This might be a very obscure question but I was curious to know, whether learning/understanding mathematics like calculus, algebra, etc could improve *general* intelligence or not?

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  • Microsoft dumber
    Yes. But on the contrary I have a coworker who has a couple of degrees in math from Canada and is dumb as fuck.
    Nov 3 7
    • New / Eng
      WscU36

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      WscU36more
      Are you product od AA or D&I? In the age of math being racism, which side are you? What math level do you have? What did you learn in college? Gender study? Africa student or social work, stupid moran?
      Nov 3
    • Microsoft dumber
      Whoa. You’re not just a dumbass but a racist dumbass. PS I am as white as they come.
      Nov 3
    • New / Eng
      WscU36

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      Your stupidity is not fixable. Stay in your rasist lane, don't talk math
      Nov 3
    • Microsoft dumber
      Lol wut
      Nov 3
    • Salesforce ICML 2013
      You fool, you've fallen for the classic blunder: arguing with (anonymous) idiots on the internet!
      Nov 3
  • Google Devil
    Yes
    Nov 3 2
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      Updated the question. Can you please elaborate on this?
      Nov 3
    • Amazon woxhbrnzo
      Mathematics is more a way of thinking than a discipline. More often than not I find that the way a mathematician thinks is if not more intelligent, comes across as if it is.
      Nov 3
  • ExxonMobil igloo92
    No
    Nov 3 4
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      Can you please elaborate on this?
      Nov 3
    • Salesforce ICML 2013
      I agree with, "No." Most research you'll find on this topic suggests that intelligence (as commonly, clinically defined) is relatively static after pubescence is reached. Your IQ is locked in, and even with perfectly optimal diet, exercise, sleep and mental training your performance on general intelligence tests will remain within the same standard deviation.

      I think the cause and effect you've investigating is flipped: more intelligent people are possibly more likely to be attracted to, and subsequently succeed at, studying math. That gives no indication studying math leads to higher intelligence.

      Or more simply stated, correlation does not (as ever) demonstrate causation.
      Nov 3
    • ExxonMobil igloo92
      ^^ did all the heavy lifting for me 💪🏽thanks
      Nov 3
    • Salesforce ICML 2013
      Thanks, my secret to improving intelligence is writing anonymous comments on internet message boards
      Nov 3
  • Duke Energy helge
    Can practicing baseball improve general athleticism or not?

    I mean, I guess.

    I feel like this is the kind of question you're asking.
    Nov 3 1
    • Cisco / Eng greedyengr
      OP
      A better way to put your question would be, what would happen if a baseball player played tennis or cricket or golf?

      I was actually trying to ask, whether intelligence can be transcended?
      Nov 3
  • Cisco hulala
    It would improve quantitative analysis and fluid reasoning. I wouldn't bet on short term memory or geo understandings or a lot on visual or spatial reasoning. It's equivalent to asking if someone learning and understanding about world history in detail improves intelligence.
    Nov 3 3
    • Amazon woxhbrnzo
      I think some geometry experts might disagree on the visual and spatial reasoning part. I’m not saying high school geometry. Professors I’ve had in classes like differential geometry and algebraic geometry were as far as I could tell very adept at visual and spatial reasoning.
      Nov 3
    • Wipro VendettaV
      You have to have ability to see and visualise the maths to experience its full glory.
      Nov 3
    • Cisco hulala
      Don't disagree. I wouldn't bet a lot!
      Nov 3
  • Microsoft / Eng slugger
    Yes, learning by intuition would definitely
    Nov 3 1
  • Avanade / Consultant gitPullAll
    All I know is common sense can’t be taught.
    Nov 3 1
    • Salesforce ICML 2013
      Why not? You weren't taught what you consider to be common sense? What do you define it to be, instinct?
      Nov 3
  • Cisco / Eng zAxBy
    Mathematics definitely helps you in being conscious. As a child, how do you know displacement is quicker than distance in a particular scenario where you need to grab a toy until when you are taught the difference between the two. A machine can be intelligent too if taught how to react to situations by code. Mathematics helps you in looking at the world in a different and higher dimension than you can ever imagine. Do you want to be intelligent or conscious?
    Nov 5 1
    • Cisco / Eng zAxBy
      FYI, I am sure we all studied calculus, algebra etc but who thought it can be applied to data and evolve a completely new branch called Machine Learning. Mathematics is divine!!
      Nov 5
  • Cisco NnMk28
    Yessss
    Nov 5 0
  • Cisco / Eng
    gosharks

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    You can't fix stupid. 😏 ... Mathematics can only do so much
    Nov 5 0
  • Wipro VendettaV
    Watch 3blue1brown in youtube. You will love maths.
    Nov 3 0

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