Intelligence…What Intelligence?



Intelligence is something quite unique to us humans, our ability to think, plan, reason, problem solve, communicate and learn, to name a few is what sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. But the way in which the billions of neurones in our brains activate and control these abilities is still  largely a mystery and neuroscientists have been trying to solve this mystery to reveal what intelligence is and how it actually happens. 

Whilst neuroscientists are trying to reveal how intelligence happens, the majority of the population are craving such insight and are keen to know how to improve someone’s intelligence. For scientists, this is a complicated topic. From studies that have been conducted, we know a large component that contributes to one’s intelligence is their genetic make up, however there is an equally large environmental component that also contributes to their overall intelligence. This means, that there are events in people’s lives that are affecting how they develop the use of these regions of the brain which determine intelligence. This implies that changing people’s experiences will ultimately affect their intelligence, however actually finding out what it is about people’s experiences that shapes the way their brain develops is still elusive to this day.



Steps in the right direction are being made.


This month the United Nations marks World Refugee Day, a star-studded, multimedia campaign to raise awareness about the plight of refugees. Celebrities like Angelina Jolie have cut video spots that will be broadcast on television and spread on social media. Millions will participate in events spanning five continents, from concerts in London to a film festival in Beirut to a bike race in Ecuador. Yet mention of one group of refugees will be noticeably absent from any of these activities: the 850,000 Jews expelled from Arab countries during the past six decades. Their history remains one of the 20th century’s greatest untold stories.
At the end of World War II, 850,000 Jews lived in Arab countries. Just 8,500 remain today. Their departure was no accident. After Arab leaders failed to annihilate Israel militarily in 1948, they launched a war of terror, incitement, and expulsion to decimate their own ancient Jewish…

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Hello world!

So, My name is Asem and today is my official digital birth….

I am currently a student at the university of Birmingham with an aspiration to work in the medical sector, be it in academia or in the more traditional sense.

Having pondered on whether I should start a blog for the past 6 weeks, I now find myself starting one, a belated welcome to my first blog entry.  I’m planning to blog on a host of topics, without a specific genre, if I could categorise my blog it would come under current affairs, and even that is a little vague and ambiguous.

I don’t know how long it’ll last, but all of you are welcome on this journey, I’ll need all the support I can get.

If you want to interact with me through social media or to have a friendly chat, then follow me on Twitter @AsemMI and add me on Facebook

Till then, I bid you farwell.