What is Intelligence
What is intelligence? It is one of those areas that people know
but defies real definition. According to
Wikipedia on intelligence,
when two dozen prominent theorists were recently asked to define what is intelligence,
they gave two dozen, somewhat different, definitions.
According to some theories there are 7 or 8 different types of
intelligence, again Wikipedia has definitions for those. What this page covers
are what I feel are the basic elements of intelligence and how they apply to
There have been different tests devised for measuring
intelligence. I suppose they serve some purpose but to me they are limited. When
I was growing up a lot of importance was placed on a persons IQ score. For some
reason people thought that an IQ score reflected a persons character or worth,
and that is ridiculous.
When I lived in Alberta, Canada, I frequently had reason to
visit an organization called Chrysalis. They worked with mentally handicapped
people. I always enjoyed my visits there, the 'mentally handicapped' people were
warm, friendly and always willing to help. They also produced some of the finest
woodwork and crafts that I have ever seen. I like to pride myself on producing
some nice woodwork but those guys put me to shame.
On the other hand, when I was a member of Mensa (high IQ club),
I found that while most of the members were good people some were totally
useless, they could not DO anything except proclaim how brilliant they were. I
like good honest people and I don't care what their IQ score is.
Intelligence and Success
What is intelligence used for? At first that seems like a silly
question, but think about it. It should be used to help a person live a more
successful life and it can be used for that. However having a high IQ score does
not guarantee a persons success. Like any other attributes, intelligence has to
How intelligent does a person have to be to succeed? Obviously
it depends on what
to you. In the example above, the mentally handicapped are living quite
successfully. They may never be rich or famous but they are happy, productive
and financially secure, which is more than you can say for a lot of people.
Someone with a low IQ who knows what they want and uses the
intelligence they have can be successful. A high IQ person who does not apply
that intelligence will fail. As with everything else in life, a person has to
use what they have and do things.
You are reading my web pages so you obviously have more than
enough intelligence to succeed at whatever you want to do.
What is Intelligence
Basically intelligence is the ability to learn, reason and then
apply that knowledge. It does not matter what your IQ score is, it is what you
do with it.
If I touched a hot stove and got burned that should teach me
something. I touch it again, same lesson. And touch it again..... now you are
probably thinking well that is just stupid, that's right. Stupidity is the
opposite of intelligence.
You watch someone pay out big money to join a get rich quick
scheme, they get burned. They sign up for the next get rich quick scheme,
Somebody works 40 hours a week, overspends and goes into debt.
Works another 40 hours a week, goes further into debt. Works another....., you get the
picture. Why is it that they can see that continually touching a stove is stupid,
but they keep touching their version of the stove?
Einstein put it this way: Insanity: doing the same thing over
and over again and expecting different results.
You will get burned, you will make mistakes, there is nothing
wrong with that, it is part of learning and it is a good thing. Unless you do
not take the lesson to heart, then it was all pain and no gain.
The next page will tell you some ways to
Intelligence. Have fun.
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