How do you quantify intelligence? I've always wanted to know. Society assumes that academic intelligence is proportional to a person's 'overall intelligence'. Whether we're happy with it or not, academic intelligence is hugely favoured upon. Does academic intelligence bare any useful meaning or is it just there to generate heirachy and sycophant-ness? So how can you determine whether an individual is intelligent or moronic? People are so quick to pass judgement on people's intelligence, so I wonder, what gives them the right? Is the idea of intelligence entirely subjective?
Last edited by T-Toe; 24-06-2012 at 18:40.
It is largely proportional to and thus determined by, one's GCSE results.
I'm sorry but I had to put that in
To be serious, I think the IQ test is closest, but not perfect. But I'm relatively unaware of alternatives that exist so I'm probably wrong. I'd consider intellect to consist of numeracy and literacy capacity.
Last edited by TheSelfAcknowleged; 24-06-2012 at 18:38.
If you asking for what objectively defines intelligence, I don't thing anything does. Some people seem to think that having a string of A* results does quantify how intelligent you are, but I think it is more about how good you are at exam technique/cramming ect... all good skills to have, but a lack of those skills does not an idiot make.
As for how we can look at it, I think we determine intelligence of others personally - I generally think someone is intelligent if they can hold sustained, interesting conversation and form their own opinions (also, common sense is good!), but that is purely my definition and I know many won't agree.
I think this is an interesting question though!
Last edited by magicmuggle; 24-06-2012 at 18:53.
I can't define it in a few words, but one thing is for certain: I know when I see it.
Edit: sounded too much like a cop out- I'd say the ability to adapt to new environments is at the heart of intelligence.
Also, predicting the future : ie what people, markets or sub-atomic particles are going to do next, is also pretty central to intelligence.
Last edited by Blutooth; 24-06-2012 at 21:42.