What is Intelligence

Intelligence is the computational part of the ability to achieve goals in the world. Varying kinds and degrees of intelligence occur in people, many animals and some machines.

(1) the ability to learn or understand or to deal with new or trying situations; also, the skilled use of reason
(2) the ability to apply knowledge to manipulate one's environment or to think abstractly as measured by objective criteria      (as tests)

Successfully intelligent people

Successfully intelligent people discern their strengths and weaknesses, and then figure out how to capitalize on their strengths, and to compensate for or remediate their weaknesses. Successfully intelligent individuals succeed in part because they achieve a functional balance among a "triarchy" of abilities:

  • Analytical Abilities, which are used to analyze, evaluate, judge, compare and contrast;
  • Creative Abilities, which are used to create, invent, discover, imagine;
  • Practical Abilities, which are used to apply, utilize, implement, and activate.

    Successfully intelligent people are not necessarily high in all three of these abilities, but find a way effectively to exploit whatever pattern of abilities they may have.

For me, intelligence is that wonderfully elusive state of being where you get to make "sense" of the things around you. All of this is relative to the individual, Kind of an Ayn Rand relative morals type of deal. I guess you could make a case for intelligence as any type of orderly processing of environmental information, but that is not nearly as much fun. Locate it? Kind of like grabbing the wind. Sure, you can make a wind tunnel of tests and outputs like the smoke trails to mark the wind, but that is just a mark and not the wind itself. --- Dan D. Jystad

I think that intelligence is evolving, always changing, always progressing, never ending, dynamic, explosive, powerful. Intelligence used to be and is measured by certain tests such as the IQ test. The only problem with the test is that it is derived by a certain level of intelligence, and there is always more intelligence to be found. Intelligence tends to be quantified. Who is doing the quantifying? In fact, when one quantifies intelligence it becomes a static event. Intelligence is ABSOLUTELY dynamic, not quantifiable..not static. --- "bar"




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