How do you measure someone's intelligence? What types of intelligence are there? Is one type of intelligence that's better or worse than another type? Is there a "master intelligence" that someone has to become truly intelligent, even among other intelligent people?
As always, let's start with the raw definition of Intelligence.Definition: Intelligence
1.) Capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
2.) Manifestation of a high mental capacity:
- He writes with intelligence and wit.
3.) The faculty of understanding.
4.) Knowledge of an event, circumstance, etc., received or imparted; news; information.
5.) The gathering or distribution of information, especially secret information.
- the ability to receive or contain:
- capability; ability; innate or acquired capacity for something; talent:
- outward or perceptible indication; materialization:
- an ability, natural or acquired, for a particular kind of action:
- to make known; tell; relate; disclose:
So now that we know what intelligence is by raw definition, what does it mean to me? What does it mean to you? There are 9 different kinds of intelligence that I found when doing a little research.
1.) Naturalist Intelligence (“Nature Smart”)
2.) Musical Intelligence (“Musical Smart”)
3.) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Number/Reasoning Smart)
4.) Existential Intelligence
5.) Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart”)
6.) Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (“Body Smart”)
7.) Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart)
8.) Intra-personal Intelligence (Self Smart”)
9.) Spatial Intelligence (“Picture Smart”)
So given there are so many different types of intelligence, when can you truly call someone stupid? Is it ever truly justifiable aside from your own skewed perception of their intelligence? If that's the case, isn't it you who are a bit stupid because you aren't getting to fully know the person in order to figure out where their intelligence lies? Are you not the ignorant one to jump to conclusions instead of using sound reasoning to come to conclusive evidence?
To the point of a "Master Intelligence", I do see some of these intelligences being used by a large amount of folks, such as Naturalist Intelligence, yet some others are a little more rare like the Liquistic Intellignce or the Interpersonal Intelligence.
You may be asking yourselves "Well, that's what an IQ test is, right?" Well, an IQ test is flawed in that it doesn't test for ALL types of intelligence. "An Intelligence Quotient, or IQ, is a measure of what psychologists call our "fluid and crystallized intelligence." Put simply, an IQ test measures your reasoning and problem-solving abilities." [Source]
Coming to a close, I think that each intelligence is important in it's own natural surroundings - and some gifted individuals have more intelligences than others. However, the extent of their knowledge with each of those intelligences also matters, so everyone is intelligent in their own way, even if everyday life deems them rather ignorant or unworthy of knowledge.
However, I also don't believe that you are stuck with what you have...if you put forth the effort you can achieve any level of intelligence you want - as difficult as it may be or how unlikely that is to happen.
As one celebrity said it very beautifully ~ Don't let your dreams be dreams. Nothing is impossible.
When everyone else is willing to quit, true dedication is standing up and fighting through it to achieve your goal no matter what - and that is what seperates those who yearn for knowledge and those who reach out and obtain that knowledge. Be you, and be the smartest you you can possibly be - because there's always someone out there who will challenge your intelligence.
Knowledge is a beautiful thing, and intelligence lets us convey that beauty in the most concrete way.