reading develops intelligence?

Philippines
January 31, 2008 6:27pm CST
They say, if you love reading for sure you are a intelligent person. It is even advice to read always for it makes our mind shar even at old age. Does reading really develops intelligence? How come?
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
1 Feb 08
i'm not sure if i would say it would develop intelligence as there are many intelligent people who don't even have to study or read. i mean they might read once or twice and then everything is in their heads. but i would definitely say that it develops your knowledge and english language skills, your vocabulary, grammer, grins basically your english. i used to read lots and i really mean lots when i was in school since young. after i got married, didn't get much chance to read so when i give tuition sometimes, i find that there are some words which iknow but i can't describe or the meaning just doesn't come to my head though i seem to have seen it before. if you read books, if you don't know a particular meaning, don't look up a dictionary yet esp if u like to read. continue reading and sooner or later, you'll be able to guess what tht word means. then check it up in the dictionary. your meaning will definitely be similar and you'll get such a sense of satisfaction as you found out the meaning yourself after much reading. it's great. but each has his own opinion so i won't say anything.
• Philippines
5 Feb 08
Maybe their intelligence is inborn.
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
5 Feb 08
yes, there are some people with inborn intelligence. for me, i'd call them geniuses or gifted people.
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• Philippines
14 Feb 08
Yah, they are really genius.
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
yes. i definitely believe in this one. reading takes you to different places. even places you never thought existed. reading widens one's horizon and opens possibilities. when a person reads -- his mind is turned into a sponge absorbing what it can absorb. and whatever it is that we read (fiction, non-fiction, self-help.. etc) it's still reading. it's still learning new things.
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
I agree with your opinion.
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
i think its because reading widens one's bank of information. a person who loves reading would read just about anything and thru it he will learn a lot of things thus, widening his scope of knowledge. a wide-reader would know a lot of things and would be able to discuss anything and can share something in a discussion. reading would also make a person updated to a lot of things that are happening around him. he wouldn't be left behind when it comes to information. reading sharpens our mind because when know a lot of things, we are effective in conversing and sharing knowledge. thus, our mind is in constant "exercise" when the brain receives and gives information. ^__^
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• Philippines
15 Feb 08
Your analization makes sense.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
I agree with you... reading is very beneficial for a person... it does not only make one intelligent but smart as well... reading is also a way to prevent one from getting alzhiemer's disease... and even dementia... I am in favor of developing the reading skills among all children mainly because of all the benefits it can give...
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
Yes, it is a prevention to most of the diseases.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
They say that reading makes us GROW as a person, it helps development our imaginative and creative thinking. We get to learn, we become wiser and we are get informed by the subjects we get to read. But mostly, it is wisdom that we get to benefit from it. Intelligence without common sense (wisdom), is nonsense at all..
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
I agree with your points.
@jennybianca (12913)
• Australia
1 Feb 08
I completely agree that reading develops the mind. It may not necessarily increase one's IQ, but it will help maximise your IQ. So everyone, read away.
• Philippines
14 Feb 08
Yes, read away guys! :)
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I would have to believe that it does in a couple of ways. 1. If you are reading it stimulates the brain and keeps the brainwaves busy. 2. If you are reading non-fiction then you are learning. 3. Words that are in books that you don't know can be looked up to increase your vocabulary.
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• Philippines
5 Feb 08
Thanks for the added idea.
@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
1 Feb 08
Well anything you do to keep your brain active will help you stay intelligent and fight off alzheimer's, whether it's reading, writing, or even playing games! It's all about keeping the brain going so you don't lose it.
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• Philippines
5 Feb 08
I see. It sounds perfect! So we should always use our brain to make it active.
@danzer (2731)
• Philippines
1 Feb 08
Leaders are readers. I believe that leaders are wide readers! So let's keep on reading good books and information. Good day!
• Philippines
5 Feb 08
I agree with you. I like reading because it made me a leader, lol But honestly, through reading I am able to lead.
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
I think so too because in reading one acquires knowledge and information. If one is a wide reader then one could know a lot of things and could talk about anything under the sun. Those people who are wide reader too makes an interesting and entertaining conversationalist. So i believe that it does make one become more intelligent.
• Philippines
16 Feb 08
We should really be careful with what we read. We might be influenced in a wrong way by what we read.
@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
16 Feb 08
At my age? I don't think so. That only goes for young and impressionable teens. So thats' where teachers and parents come in. But mature and thinking individuals just gain wider insights when one reads and filters them through ones values, beliefs and rationality. So I don't think one should be careful in reading if one is of age.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
I agree with you.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
2 Feb 08
Well reading give u knowledge its tell u how to communicate so in simple words it polishes and groom ur skills. like diamond ios diamond but look expensive and pretty when u cyt it in angles and in shape so reading cyr ur abilities out Thats all Take care
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
Reading and diamonds both shaped us as a person. Although reading is ore important to me than diamond. Thanks for your opinion.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
16 Feb 08
well i was saying that reading shape a person inteleegent as personality as making edges and polish shape the diamond Hope its clear
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
I see. It's clear now. Thanks.
@newfette (340)
• Canada
1 Feb 08
Well reading would definitely impact your vocabulary size. I know that the more I read the more words I use, and "big words" haha. Some of my friends say I use "big words" very easily with my everyday communication, and some ask me to re-word my sentences because they don't understand the words I am using. I have loved to read my entire life. I have read hundreds of books, all different kinds. I consider myself to be intelligent yes, at least according to the IQ tests I have done LOL Intelligence Definitions: the power of knowing and understanding- this would be gained by reading, learning of course, knowledge = experience mental capacity= this is the power of your brain itself. it's ability to learn. intelligent: quick to understand. This is a combination of the two. If you have a powerful brain but have not been given the opportunity to read and learn things, it would be useless. And on the other hand even if you read everything you see and attempt to learn a lot, you may not have the mental capacity to store it, and recall it.
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
Thanks for added information. It really makes clear of everything.
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@newfette (340)
• Canada
19 Feb 08
thanks for best response! i'm glad it helped!
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• Philippines
20 Feb 08
You are welcome!
@youless (100183)
• Guangzhou, China
15 Feb 08
I think so. Reading is a very good habit. I have read why Jewish will be successful, the reason is they pay attention to books. They won't spoil a book even if it's opponent to Jewish. Reading will make you learn more.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
That's is a good information.
• India
6 Feb 08
i am not agree with u. I bealive that reading can increase your knowlage, but can not incrase intelligency in you.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
I respect your opinion.
• Philippines
4 Feb 08
not necessarily. because there are bookish people who doesn't know anything about life has as much as those who goes out and experience things first hand. but reading do contribute to a person's intelligence. it makes a person have more ideas from different perspective.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
That makes sense to me. Those who are bookish are not really good when it comes to application.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
2 Feb 08
It depends on what you are reading. Is you read many non-fiction books than yes, you are learning. Nova days we are learning by reading articles and blogs on Internet. We even learn by reading smart post on Mylot like this one. The are many levels of reading and learning. Learning develops intelligence.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
The type of what you are reading has really something to do with what you are learning.
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
2 Feb 08
Well I can say the famous quote that Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body...
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
And that sums up everything...
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
2 Feb 08
I guess the more we read the more we learn and we are exercising our brain. I love finding new words.
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• Philippines
16 Feb 08
And your guess is right. By reading, we do find new words that increases our vocabulary.
@AnythngArt (3304)
• United States
1 Feb 08
I don't know if reading develops your "intelligence," but it certainly opens your mind to new ideas and gives you a wider view of the world. I really feel sorry for people who don't read...they are missing something wonderful.
• Philippines
15 Feb 08
I also believe that reading does wonders.