Monday, October 10, 2016

#LTW: What is human #intelligence?

Welcome back to Lighting the Way. 

The brain is an amazing human organ that has bewildered humans for ages. Researchers have made great strides in mapping and understanding how this complex organ works.

Most of what we know about the human brain has been discovered within the past decade or so. Yet, there is still much more to learn about this amazing organ.

One of the topic of hot debate concerns human intelligence. In that past, a person's intellect was determined by a standardized test measuring a person's analytical and linguistic abilities. The score derived from the test measured a person's IQ. Below is the IQ scale with the percentage of the world's population that has that given IQ.

Anyone with an IQ of 130 or more are considered to be gifted. Yet, some researchers claim there are more than 2% of the world's populations who could be considered gifted. Researchers such as Howard Gardner and Robert Sternberg have argued that we placed limitations on the potential of human intelligence by determining a person's IQ using only analytical and literary reasoning. 

Trying to define human intelligence doesn't have to be complex. Some gifted advocates are against Howard Gardner and Robert Sternberg's ideas of intelligence because they believe it dilutes the idea of whose gifted and whose not. Yet, if the educational society was to reinvent the idea of giftedness based on the ideas these two professors developed wouldn't that just season the gifted population? 

What do you think? Should human intelligence be redefined? 
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.

1 comment:

  1. YES. =) Intelligence should be redefined. I know some people who have absolutely no book smarts, but put them in front of a physical puzzle, like a broken car engine, and they will show you how gifted they are. I think everyone is gifted in some way, and it's important to find that way and accentuate it.