Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Intelligence? I.Q.?

What is intelligence? Funny I am deciding to write about this topic when just last night I was assigned this question by my English professor in college. He assigned us to read a book review that the main thrust of the article was, "Is it time to reevaluate our conception of 'smarts and intelligence' based on pop culture"? His thesis was based on the fact that contemporary TV and video games make people think smarter by making them think and priorities tasks. They require people to think of the plot and they are more intricate and thought provoking than earlier shows. Is intelligence displayed by street smarts? Is someone who is more loquacious and talk philosophy and complex ideas more smart than an uneducated person? Why is intelligence based on what we KNOW rather than how we act? Yaccov is described as Ish Tam, a simple man. Simplicity is sometimes smarter than all the logistical gymnastics that people purport to come up with. Sometime it is only silliness. It depend on the perspective of the viewer and what their likes and dislikes are. Isn't it better to use the soul to pursue something useful? The heart loves to play but the reality is not all that it seems to be. Sometimes it is good to doubt. Descartes did, why shouldn't we?


Blogger Littleredridinghoodie said...

I worked on a project once with a brilliant billionaire promoter famous in the banking world who was a math genius discovered at the age of 5. His family was traditional in France but he was not raised Orthodox, when he married an Asian shiksah his parents disowned him and became very frum... in any case, he told me that when ever he has a problem he raises his right hand to his forehead and clears his mind, and the solution pops into his head. But if he has a project and he doubts himself for even a second he fails. He says that every morning he gets up and doubt is the enemy he knows that as long as he is sure of himself he never loses. Reminds me of the pasuk in "Tehilim Goel el Hashem Darkecha U betach eilav.. ve hu yaaseh"

Intelligence is knowing Hashem’s power, Reishit Chochma yirat Hashem, but I don’t think that is what your teacher is looking for…

9:13 PM  
Blogger turquoiseblue said...

Unlike what I used to think, at this point in my life I believe that emotional IQ, and "street smarts", is more useful for "success in life" than a "high IQ".

3:05 AM  
Blogger Masmida said...

Reshit Chachma Yirat Hashem.

Intelligence is having a healthy awe of the size of the problem you're tackling and certain unconventionality of thought.

My favorite professor of physics quote, "Science is not Truth. It is only progressivey less false." and this guy can think in at least 6 dimensions.

12:22 PM  

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