intelligence / in·tel·li·gence / noun
1. the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.
Your intelligence is not how many books you’ve read; It isn’t the sum of your knowledge, nor how well you’ve retained facts and figures.
After all, we have computers for memorization now… so what is the point of hanging on to non-critical information? Google and Wiki are your external brains from which you can access it all in an instant.
Do not look to the information collectors for brilliant insights. Outside of hard science, the sneering university intellectual is not the epitome of intelligence.
Scholars who pontificate endlessly on theories and potentials without putting their ideas to work and verifying by experience are not the best and brightest.
In fact, specialist scholars and so-called experts are often more ignorant than they are learned. Their study and research is confined to such a narrow discipline that beyond it, they know very little about the world at large and how their knowledge applies to the whole of their own human existence.
All that psychic horsepower wrapped up in one tiny corner of the knowledge base keeps the mind from uniting with the bigger picture. Not to mention how one’s perspective is minimized when inhabiting an isolated university bubble.
Knowledge is worthless without application. A true knowing of something requires real-world feedback. True understanding only comes to those who realize and apply the overall essence of their book-facts in their own daily human life.
Scholars are not the torch-bearers of the new age. Specialization is for insects. They have no superior intellectual authority.
Your intelligence is your capacity to think abstractly.
Remember MENSA puzzles, IQ test questions or some (most?) of your SAT/ACT problems…?
Rather than merely testing your raw math or vocab acumen, they gauge your ability to think abstractly by representing problems in a ‘third dimension’ in order to be solved.
That is – mentally projecting a structured matrix of what is implied by the known facts, in which the unknown can reveal itself. The ‘third dimension’ owing to the phrase ‘outside the box’.
You may require a concrete definition of terms, but the actual solving of the problem relies on your ability to create a system through which the problem can be deconstructed into parts. The solution is a matter of re-assembling the parts in a way that fits the system.
An educated ‘expert’ might memorize formulas and standardized systems in order to maintain say, above average math-skills. But a true ‘genius’ will be able to create and develop his own unique logic systems to attack problems in the most efficient way.
Further, a ‘prodigy’ may do all this never having been taught the ‘right way’ to do it in the first place.
The mere expert memorizes tried systems, follows instructions and applies knowledge in a basic way. All without veering far off the rails laid before him. He seldom experiments with new systems of his own conjuring which, at the very least, would improve his understanding and crystallize his mastery.
The fundamental difference between a genius and an expert is the genius’ ability to figure it out when the terms are uncertain and the solution is unprecedented.
The genius ventures out to create new systems through which the unprecedented can be solved.
Is their any better measure of a man’s intelligence than the way he molds the clay of concept and theory into a beautiful sculpture of creative application?
Is there anything more impressive than taking that which is dreamy and ambiguous, and transforming it into something practical and certain?
The pure rational part of the brain is often considered as finding its opposite in the imaginative side.
But as one balances the other, when we push our intellectual capacities to the outer limits, the red line dividing these two ‘hemispheres’ fades away. One gives yield to the other and a synergy is formed.
Logic and intelligence, at the highest peaks, are aligned strongly with imagination and creativity. Man’s greatest intelligence is found in his greatest imagination.
The most intelligent man is always the man who is most creative; the magnitude of which can be measured by the practical application that his creation finds in the world.
Your intelligence is your ability to detect nuance and subtlety in patterns of language and life.
Raw intelligence is the ability one has to detect subtle patterns in ourselves, the world and everything in it.
Through intuition we piece together meaning from the micro/macro trends of our patterns.
Through reason we create a practical application for the knowledge we’ve derived from that analysis.
A good intelligence test will gauge your acumen for non-linear problem solving. But math and science are only the beginning…
The musical prodigy can detect the inaudible relationship between the scales, notes and time…. the unknown leverage points at which the sound is transformed to make ecstasy.
The clever linguist can spar with words to secure his ends and insult people without them even realizing it, by exploiting the tiniest slights of the language.
The finance genius can see opportunity where others don’t because his eyes catch the subtle trends weaving themselves delicately through the raw data.
For someone of low intelligence, the world is pretty black and white. Ideas are addressed on a linear plane and terms are assigned binary definitions. Everything is very literal and they do not think far beyond the ABC, 123 structure of things.
But the more shades of grey you can detect between two competing ideas, the more intelligent you are. An intelligent man sees both sides of every question and a dozen degrees in between.
He may have a strong resolve towards one truth, but not without seeing the truth of the counterpoint as well. His decisiveness is a matter of weighing one against the other, and often the slightest adjustment will suffice for execution.
It would follow that supreme intelligence (of which man may yet not be capable) is realized when opposite poles are united and the shades of grey between them lose all varying distinction. Unity between all parts is realized in this enlightenment.
Illustration: Blinding light has the same effect on the senses as pitch black; the strictest yogic discipline produces the most relaxed inner peace; the structure of the atom reflects that of the cosmos etc.
The marriage of opposites is the end of illusion.