Is Intelligence Colorblind?
Come in Many Colors
Could there be a wide range of cognitive abilities? With only very weak correlations between them? This is what Gardner's theory suggests. For example, a child who has more difficulty learning to multiply is not necessarily generally less intelligent than a child who has more ease on this task.
The theory explains that the child taking more time:
1) may best learn through a different approach,
2) may excel in a field outside of mathematics
3) may be looking at an understanding of the multiplication process at a fundamentally deeper level, or even as an entirely different process.
These differences in learning can be perceived as "slowness" (As was said of Einstein). Yet a potentially greater mathematical genius may be hidden. The child who quickly memorizes the multiplication table is a child who quickly memories the multiplication table. This "bright" child may also have a less detailed understanding of the process of multiplication.
To date, the theory has been met with mixed responses. It probably deserves more attention.
There's How Many Kinds?
We have already
expanded the view of intelligence,
as seen by the now familiar list below:
Being aware of your own feelings and those of others, regulating these feelings in yourself and others, using emotions that are appropriate to the situation, self-motivation, and building relationships.
Integrity, responsibility, sympathy and forgiveness.
Your body intelligence largely determines your feelings, thoughts, self-confidence, state of mind, and energy level.
I find that all of these, Emotional, Moral and Body Intelligence are all equally important. And more so, I think they are interrelated.
I also think perhaps we should value these, as well as other ways of knowing and start intelligently taking them more into account.
"If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class,
and personal computers might not have
the wonderful typography that they do.
Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college.
But it was very, very clear
looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots
will somehow connect in your future.
You have to trust in something --
your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.
This approach has never let me down,
and it has made all the difference in my life.”
Creativity & Innovation
Is it worth the risk and waste?
Have we been misjudging millions of people?
The same way we have misjudged the introverts?
Those who are not the traditional "type A" extroverts
but who are nonetheless powerhouses
of great and wise leadership?
Sir Kenneth Robinson - Educating The Heart
Runtime: 48 minutes & worth it.
A Finger Pointing At The Moon
© 2012 MU-Peter Shimon