Why do Adults have Trouble with Simple Logic?

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According to Harvard University only 1 in 7 adults can answer these 5 simple questions

 

1. The first question with B as the correct answer is:
A. 1
B. 4
C. 2
D. 3

2. The answer to Question 1 is:
A. D
B. C
C. B
D. A

3. The answer to Question 4 is:
A. D
B. A
C. B
D. C

4. The number of questions which have D as the correct answer is:
A. 3
B. 2
C. 1
D. 0

5. The number of questions which have B as the correct answer is:
A. 0
B. 2
C. 3
D. 1

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7 Simple Steps to be a Better Writer.

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1.Write down 3 ideas every day.

Just like every other part of your brain needs to be used or it will get rusty. The more you use it, the faster and better you will get writing ideas. Keep Ideas.

2.Read – At least 2 chapters every day.

Read, read, read. Read everything — classics to new releases, and see how they do it. Just like a trades-person who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! Then write. And If your writings are good, you’ll know. If not, start reading some more. Get Reading.

3. Get “words of the day” and grammar tips.

Good vocabulary plus good grammar = a way higher chance to get published. Words on Pinterest.

4. Write at least once a week.

So people will tell you to write every day. And if you can, that’s great. So unless you have nothing to do but write- i don’t know how easy it is for you to write every day. So set goals for what you can achieve and you will succeed. Once a week, twice a week, every day. Write around your lifestyle by put writing in your to-do list. Remember – Goals are dreams with deadlines. Start now.

5. Join writing groups.

Social network groups are a great way to find writing partners, get and give encouragement, promote your work, ask writing questions and get feedback on your work. 7 Facebook Groups Every Author Should Be a Member of:

6. Act out scenes in your head.

When you act out a scene in your head you discover voice and tone and which words to use. Once you have a feel for the scene, it’s easier to write everything down and making it sound natural- because it IS natural. Clear Your Mind.

7. Try reading and writing different genres.

Why? Because you expand your horizons and broaden your talent by pushing past your comfort zone. The more you know, the better you will become. Must Read Novels.

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The 5 Oldest Books in the World.

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 The Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines a book as: a set of printed sheets of paper that are held together inside a cover; a long written work. This definition rules out clay tablets, scrolls and similar, though many scholars have expanded the definition to include any significant piece of writing bound together inside a cover.

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We’ve pulled together an interesting range of the five oldest surviving books in the world.

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5. The Book of Kells

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The Book of Kells is thought to have been created by Celtic monks around 800 AD. The book is an incredibly ornate illuminated manuscript Gospel book, written in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament. It is kept in the Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland. Estimated age: 1,215 years old.

4. St Cuthbert Gospel

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St Cuthbert Gospel is Europe’s oldest known surviving intact book. The book was buried with St Cuthbert, an early British Christian leader, on the island of Lindisfarne off Northumberland. Only just surviving the Vikings conquests, the book was moved to Durham to avoid Viking raiders, narrowly escaping destruction. The book was rediscovered in 1104 AD. Estimated age: 1,320 years old.

3. Nag Hammadi codices

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The Nag Hammadi codices are 13 leather bound papyrus codices that were discovered in 1945 buried inside a sealed jar, by a local man in the town of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt. Considered to be some of the oldest surviving bound books, they contain Gnostic texts, that dated from around the first half of the 4th century AD. Written in the Coptic language, the codices are thought to have been copied from Greek. The Nag Hammadi codices are currently at the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt. Estimated age: 1,670 years old.

2. Pyrgi Gold Tablets

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The Pyrgi Gold Tablets date back to 500 BC. Containing holes around the edges, scholars think they were once bound together. Found in 1964 in the excavation of a sanctuary in ancient Pyrgi, Italy, two are written in Etruscan text, with one written in Phoenician – comprising of a dedication from King Thefarie Velianas to the Phoenician goddess Astarte. The plates are now displayed at the National Etruscan Museum in Rome, Italy. Estimated age: 2,515 years old.

1. The Etruscan Gold Book

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The Etruscan Gold Book is made from 6 sheets of 24 carat gold, bound together with rings and was discovered whilst digging a canal off the Strouma river in Bulgaria. The plates are written in Etruscan characters, and also depicted is a horse, horseman, a Siren, a lyre, and soldiers. The book was donated to Bulgaria’s National History Museum in Sofia, by an anonymous 87 year old donor. Estimated age: 2,676 years old.

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7 Classic Cult Novels You Must Read.

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So what exactly is a cult novel? A cult novel is one that the critics hated but the fans love, or sometimes it’s one that both readers and critics like, but a certain group of readers really, really love. Cult novels often come from the fringes, they often represent counter-cultural perspectives and they always experiment with form. As always, there are many more good ones out there, but here are seven that you must read.

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No.7.  Dune, Frank Herbert.
This novel might just have the most intense fans of any work of science fiction ever. In fact, Herbert was famously asked — repeatedly — if he was building up a cult, which anyone who has read any of the Dune books should know was ironic to the point of hilarity. But whether or not Herbert reigned supreme over it in a fancy hat, his novels had and still have a cult following — and by now, a popular one, too.

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No.6  Fear of Flying, Erica Jong.
This book — a frank-talking, progressive bildungsroman about a young woman trying to figure out love/sex/life — is over 40 years old, still a legend, and still a subject of contention. And while it was never really not a bestseller, it still feels like a cult book — not least because of how many have held it aloft, yelling “this” for hours on end.

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No.5  Ice, Anna Kavan.
A surreal end-of-the-world novel first published in 1967, before such things were all the rage, and secretly passed from apocalyptic youth to apocalyptic youth ever since.

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No.4  Masters of Atlantis, Charles Portis.
Now here’s a triple-whammy: a cult novel by a decidedly cult author that is also about a cult. Doesn’t get any better than that. Portis saw a little uptick in popularity after the adaptation of True Grit hit the big screens, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not enough. This is probably the most hilarious book that you’ve never read, and it’s not even his best one.

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No.3  Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs.
A trip in a book, banned all over the place for its obscenities and profanities and needle drugs, it has also been clutched to the chest of many an open-minded reader as they shouted against censorship. And hey, this cult novel has a cult film to match.

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No.2  Speedboat, Renata Adler.
Renata Adler was a formidable critical and literary figure in the ‘60s and ‘70s, with the kind of obstinate, intellectual-badass reputation that delights some and faintly terrifies others. Her self-constructed fall from grace, at least with the critical world, is well known, but she is cherished more for her first novel, Speedboat, a non-linear, delicious wisp of a thing, which immediately became a cult classic among writers and lovers of experimental literature.

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No.1  Neuromancer, William Gibson.
Like Pynchon, Gibson himself is a figure who inspires cultish devotion. But Neuromancer probably had — and still has — the most immediate cult appeal.

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Hope you enjoyed our list 🙂

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6 Emotional Arcs of Every Book Ever Written.

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Becoming completely immersed in a must-read novel is very satisfying, as allowing the author to take you on a journey lets you disconnect from the real world and experience everything as if you are living in the book itself.

But have you every got déjà vu and thought ‘Have I read this before?’

Chances are you haven’t, because every novel with a complex plot and deep structure, has an emotional journey that falls into these 6 distinct brackets:

1. “Rags to riches” –> Steady rise
2. “Riches to rags” –> Steady Fall
3. “Man in a hole” –> Fall-Rise
4. “Icarus” –> Rise-Fall
5. “Cinderella” –> Rise-Fall-Rise
6. “Oedipus” –> Fall-Rise-Fall

Artificial intelligence has already managed to pen down movie scripts, write romantic poetry, and write a novel that passed the first round of a Japanese literary competition. Maybe AI will next pen an emotional must read novel 😀

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