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:
Abilities, which are used to analyze, evaluate, judge, compare
Abilities, which are used to create, invent, discover, imagine;
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.