Have you ever wondered where is the best place to find intellectuals? It is often said when you associate with people of a given ilk, you will begin to reflect their traits. So how do you find those people? We all like to associate with people like ourselves. If you spend your time with people unlike you, you will be bored, restless, unhappy.
Here is a list of places you might find other intellectuals:
Chess clubs will draw people with relatively high IQs. They may not all be intellectuals but most are intelligent. Playing chess also may increase one’s IQ, particularly if play in the early developmental stages of life. Did you know chess requires the use of both hemispheres of the brain? Chess may help slow down or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. There are numerous reasons playing chess is good for you. Go out and find a chess club or partner today and start increasing your IQ right away.
Another brilliant place intellectuals hang out is writing classes or groups. Writing stimulates thought. It forces you to use your brain which causes your brain power to increase. By participating in a writing class, you will feed off the other students or members of the group. The group will foster growth and therefore, a higher IQ.
Here is a novel idea: take a college class. That’s right, people in college classes are often relatively intelligent. Sure, not everyone in college has an IQ of 180 but you are more likely to find those people there than at the local sports bar. Also, when you spend time with them, you will expand your horizons and your own intelligence. Who takes college classes? People who want to learn more.
Museums usually will draw the intellectual crowd, especially art museums. If you live in or near a city with an established art culture, you will find intellectuals there. When you go there to hang out, you will not only meet other intelligent people, you may also learn something new.
In high school, organizations like MENSA begin recruiting to fill their ranks with only the most intelligent students. If you want to find intellectuals, find those members who have gone on to successful careers. Befriend them, go where they go.
Coffee Shops have a long and rich history almost as old as coffee itself (at least once it was introduced to London. In fact by 1663, there were at least 80 coffee houses in London. Since their international explosion, coffee houses have almost always shared a commonality: they are a place were people go to discuss new ideas with others.
Finally, if you have the inclination or the ability, move to Boston. The bottom line is this, where there are masses, creativity and ingenuity thrive out of necessity. Living in Po-Dunk offers no challenges to the intellect because there is no need for invention. With a small population, there is no need to improve. Cities with larger populations create a need for new ideas and new ideas come from intelligent people.
In summary, it is said birds of a feather. . . We are like birds. We associate with our own kind, largely. Jim Rohn famously quoted that “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. If you want to be around others who consider themselves intellectuals, go where they go. Unless you live in a one-horse town, you can probably find places where other intellectuals hang out with a simple keyword search.
Go, enjoy your new found friends. Become that brain power you are meant to be.