Learning with Riddles
By: Tre Brock (author, Zablocki Bros. LLC) on August 27th, 2013 12:00 AM.
Learning is one of the main concerns of society today, along with learning later into life. Information has become infinately available with the expansion of the internet, but this doesn't help when it comes to improving your cognitive ability. But rather than embracing this endless information people waste their time looking through pictures of cats rather than learning everything they can. Luminosity, and sites like it, are useful but they are time-consuming and expensive when their are free methods out there. If you want a free alternative to these brain-training sites, you might be looking in the wrong place. A method to expand and improve your brain that you may not have considered yet is riddles. These puzzles work the brain in ways that reading through lines information cannot. They are very useful in building creative and cognitive skills.
The ability to solve riddles has been treasured by most civilizations over time, as they identify it as one that signifies inteligence and general ability. The bible mentions it several times with the story of Samson and in various other places (Daniel 5:12). Riddles have been featured in magizines meant for scholars and childrens books, but regardless of where you find them they are featured as puzzles. A single riddle composed of a few lines contains countless relations and clues to the solution that allows your brain to make new connections and strengthen existing ones. In this way riddles can be just as strainuous and mind-expanding as any other method you can find online.
The great thing about riddles is that there are so many out there and they are all unique and offer different benefits to the brain. Riddles come in many different flavors. Some of them are extremely hard and poetic, while others were made for children (and everything between). Riddles also allow for two-directional brain training. You can solve riddles that have already been written, but you can also write your own riddles which takes creativity and inteligence.
Riddles have been and are a badge of ability and are a great way to give your brain the occasional tune-up, don't waste them.