Do You Have a Beautiful Mind?

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Human beings are endowed with one of the most powerful tools in all of nature. Eagles may have incredible eyesight, tigers may have irresistible strength, and spiders may be able to create death webs that are also homes with their spinnerets, but we have the human brain, the most powerful hunting and survival tool created by nature. It's so powerful that we don't even think of it or its products as a result of nature, but something else, something distinctly human. 

The human mind is what makes us the apex predator on this ball of rock, and it allows us to learn, invent, and pass on our wisdom in ways no other species does. We've even intervened in the evolution of other species, breeding dogs, horses, cows, and even bananas as we like them. The human mind invented the aircraft. The human mind landed on the moon. The human mind split the atom.

Of course, the mind can be turned to good or evil. Humans have been responsible for at least as much ugliness as beauty, and our capacity for both is one of the things that marks us as having free will, and what makes the choice to do good so laudable, especially when the option to do evil is often easier. Do you ever wonder if you have a beautiful mind? Take this quiz and find out.

Which western philosophy do you most enjoy reading about?

What would you take with you on a vacation to the middle of nowhere?

How would you describe your work desk?

Which of these best describes your circle of friends?

What breed of dog would you have?

How did you pick the bag in which you transport your laptop?

Which weird style of dress do you instinctively find most appealing?

What is the highest virtue to which a human being can aspire?

If you could take a year long sabbatical, which of these activities would you pick as your activity while you had time off?

How do you take part in your local community?

Which of these movies do you find the most inspiring?

What word do you hope your friends and family use to describe you when you aren't around?

If you were to write a multi-volume book, on which subject would you write?

What is your greatest fear?

Which of these careers in healthcare do you find the most appealing?

What do you like about watching a live magic act?

Which subject were you drawn to when you were a student?

You're driving in the countryside and see a dog on the side of the road. It has a collar, but looks sick and neglected. What would you do?

How do you feel when you hear someone misappropriate an expression, like when someone says "I could care less" when they mean "I could not care less?"

How do you entertain yourself when you have to sit still for a long time, for example on a long flight?

How did you go about painting your home?

How would you respond if a friend came to you in tears, saying that something bad happened to them?

Which of these activities are you most likely to be doing when you lose track of time?

Which of the following natural wonders do you find most appealing?

When you see a new gadget for the first time, what is your first thought?

If you had a million dollars you could direct to any purpose other than benefiting you directly, what would you do with it?

If you didn't have to sleep, what would you do with all that extra time?

What Japanese philosophical concept do you find most appealing?

What's your philosophy on your own appearance?

How would you donate your time, if an organization asked you to?

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