In fact, it is in mathematicsthat the two types of ‘intelligence’ are so clearly evident. And any of you who have been tracking mymusings know that my strength has always been pattern recognition. That has meant for me that I could never relyon memory and often when stuck in the middle of an exam to use a resultsupposedly remembered, I found it easier to redo the result from first principles. Thus one found worked proofs ofcalculus results in the margins.
Long after it was so important I becameaware of memory methods that I could well have used to effect. Someday, I may take the time out to use thosemethods to develop a working knowledge of half a dozen separate languages justfor fun. With the tools I am now awareof, I think I could do it painlessly.
This item spells out the two types of apparent intelligence. I think what it really means is that somefolks have an exceptional talent in organizing memory which they work at perfectingand then rely on to pass IQ tests, providing a faux measure of intelligence. Some other folks happen to work at patternrecognition and this is simply not rewarding enough and it is poorly taught. My own talent in that direction held upbecause I believed I had something strange known as mathematical talent andgiven the opportunity I practiced it early enough to properly strengthen it.
Yet I know to day that the acesin my undergrad class were certainly memory mavens. Yet their chances of producing good originalwork depended on recognizing patterns in the material that could beexploited. That was the great equalizer. Anyone can master a subset of knowledge andbecome a leading expert. To take thepool of knowledge and produce something completely new is a different talealtogether.
As an aside, my recentlypublished paper does expand the foundations of number and mathematics in amajor way for the first time in two centuries. I have other fundamental patterns to introduce in physics, chemistry andeconomics. This Blog and my manuscript introducea wide range of minor patterns worth dwelling on.
The take home is that theteaching of pattern recognition needs to be advanced and encouraged everywhereand IQ tests need to be done in two parts to test the two separate skills.
A new measure of intelligence: Big-picture thinking trumpsnarrow-minded expertise
(NaturalNews) Observing the various realms of science, medicine,experts and world events, I've come to the conclusion that our moderndefinition of "intelligence" (IQ) is seriously lacking. The label of"high IQ" is typically assigned to those who are experts innarrowly-defined fields such as disease pathology, pharmacology, particlephysics, mathematics or other so-called "hard science" areas. Andyet, it's not uncommon to see a high-level mathematics professor with an IQ of175 chowing down on a processed hamburger laced with toxic chemical additives,while wearing clothes washed in carcinogenic mainstream laundry detergent.
The professor may be brilliant in mathematics, in other words, but he'sunknowingly bathing his entire body incancer-causing chemicals atthe same time.
Not too bright.
Similarly, a typical conventional doctor thinks he knowsabout health, but hebuys breakfast cereals made with genetically modified corn and doesn't evenknow that GMOs arebad for your health. A quantum physics professorwears antiperspirant deodorant and cologne products that contain powerfulcancer-causing chemicals that are absorbed right through the skin. A pharmacistwho is an expert in the world of drugs and synthetic chemicals has no clue thatthe common mineral zinc is crucial for proper immune function.
Highly-intelligent architects for some reason don't question the collapse ofthe WTC 7 building on 9/11 even though the official explanation of the collapseviolates the laws of physics (a subject in which architects are well-versed).Chemists don't consider the chemistry of the toxic shampoos they put on theirhair every day. Nor do many scientists think realistically about the toxicity of mercuryfillings or the fluorosilicic acid ("fluoride") dumped into thepublic water supply. I could go on...
The point of all this is that there exists a huge gap in practical intelligence amongthe so-called "smartest" people in our society. I've spoken withcountless doctors and conventional health care providers who are brilliant intheir own fields and yet don't even know the basics of nutrition. So how can itbe that a guy is so smart he can be the world's best brain surgeon, but when hegoes home at night, he bathes his own brain and body in a sea of toxicchemicals consumed as additives in his processed food dinner?
Most people can't assimilate the big picture
What's lacking in these so-called "smart" people is theability to see the bigger picture by assimilating information from alarge number of seemingly unrelated sources. Or, stated in another way, evensome of the most high-IQ people around can't see the bigpicture because they get lost in the details.
Your typical oncologist, for example, almost certainly can't hold anintelligent conversation about nutritional therapies to support immune functionbecause he only thinks of antioxidants as "interfering" with thetoxicity of his cancer poisons.Likewise, a typical virologist persistently looks at viruses as the causeof disease butforgets that viruses are opportunists which can only propagate whenthe terrain is sufficiently vulnerable. Thus, the best defense against invadingmicroorganism is to change the terrain (the person being infected)rather than to try to rid the immediate area of all viruses.
Memorization is not intelligence
See, the very concept of "intelligence" in our society is wayoff the mark. It isn't intelligent to be able to memorize and regurgitate ahuge number of facts and figures, yet this is precisely the measure of academicaptitude assessed in modern educational systems -- especially in law school andmedical school. To function as a crude human database of facts and figures is notvery useful in an age where handheldcomputers and mobilecomputing devices can do the same thing.
But what computers and search engines can't accomplish -- something that isuniquely reserved for intelligent species -- is the ability to assimilateinformation into a larger picture. It is, in other words, the ability to"connect the dots" and see patterns and trends in what might seemlike chaos to others.
My favorite physicist Richard Feynman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richar...)was an especially gifted pattern assimilator. He was able to look farbeyond the conventional boundaries of particle physics and grasp many of thenon-intuitive interconnections between matter, energy and the nature of realityitself.
On a more practical level, people like Gerald Celente and even Alex Jones arealso phenomenally gifted pattern assimilators. It's not that they areridiculously good at remembering a lot of facts and figures in one very narrowarea of science orknowledge; rather it's the fact that these types of people are able to seepatterns in world events and thereby interact with the world around themat a far higher level of understanding than most other people.
Whereas a typical journalist sees a headline that says, "GMO restrictions calledunscientific" and thinks it's merely a story about how un-educated GMOopponents are, a more intelligent "pattern assimilator" person seesthe same headline and understands the far deeper meaning it holds: That theGMO propaganda campaignis being framed in the language of "science" as a way to labelreasonable opponents of GMOs as being somehow uneducated or stupid. But behindthe fake science curtain, it's really just gimmicky marketing and aprofit-driven agenda.
The pattern behind all that, of course, is the agenda to control the world'sfood supply and, soon thereafter, charge monopoly prices for seeds (TM) thatfarmers used to be able to save for free.
A few people are able to see the story behind the story. These people arethe "meta-analyzers" of the world around them. They have what I calla "wide angle view" (a big picture view) where they can bring inobservational data from a very large data set of observable events in order toinfer greater understanding of the world around them.
Here are just a few of the many pattern assimilators who are better known:
Gerald Celente can see the big picture of world finance. He sees the signsof the slipping value of the dollar, the leveraged debt of world banks, theactions of the Fed, the Wall Street bailouts, the news propaganda from thefinancial sector, and so on -- and from all that, he correctly infers that aglobal debt bubble is approaching catastrophic collapse.
Many of his colleagues, on the other hand, even though they may achieve highscores on an IQ test,are scribbling away with their noses buried in the arcane mathematics ofderivatives calculations, and they miss the big picture because their minds aretoo narrowly focused on a tiny slice of what's really happening. When the bigfinancial collapse comes, they will be caught with their pants down, holdingtheir pencils in their hands.
Author John Perkins is also another big-picture genius, in his ownway, for being able to see the patterns of government actions on a globalscaled. He's the author of the popular book "Economic Hit Men" (andalso "Hoodwinked"), and he sees patterns in the world that nearlyeveryone else misses. You can see my interview with Perkins, by the way,at: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=83B1A...
On the nutrition front, Dr Richard Kunin is one of the mostremarkable pattern assimilators you'll ever find. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richar...)Here's a genius the world has largely overlooked.
Alex Jones is one of the more astonishing assemblers of patterns out ofchaos. His ability to see the underlying patterns behind world events is trulyamazing, and whether you agree with his conclusions or not, his mind is able toamass an extraordinarily large amount of data from many sectors (healthfreedom, police state actions, legislative efforts and so on) and then identifypatterns that most other people would miss. You can find Alex on www.PrisonPlanet.com
Seeing the bigger picture doesn't make you any more popular
This list is by no means exhaustive. There are many genius-levelpattern assimilators in our world. They are rarely recognized for theirtalents, however. If anything, those who "get" the big picture areoften derided or criticized for doing so. Connecting too many dots, it seems,is dangerous for your reputation. Those who have the most success in thesciences (in particular), are the ones who keep their heads down and focus ontheir own tiny little corner of study without asking any of the really bigquestions like, "Hey, where did this grant money really come from?"
I consider myself something of a pattern assimilator, as I see patterns fromone area of knowledge often reflected in another. For example, if our globaleconomy is like a world body, what would fit the definition of a cancer tumorengaged in angiogenesis? The answers iscorporations, becausecorporations hijack their own supply of resources (much like cancer tumors builda new blood supply), then grow to a large and dangerous size at which pointthey begin to replicate and set up branch offices all over the world where thetumor cycle is repeated. And just like cancer tumors, corporationsultimately threaten the lives of their hosts.
As an avid reader and student of human history, psychology and evenquantum mechanics, I feel competent to discuss the history of philosophy asmuch as, say, the modern-day repeating of patterns of tyranny from World WarII.
The most promising and fascinating area of human discovery about to beachieved, in my opinion, relates to the superposition of quantum physics andhuman consciousness.This will result in a paradigm-shattering shift in understanding the nature ofour reality, with ripple effects that resound throughout our modern world. OnceEarth's people come to realize, for example, that matter isconsciousness (and that all consciousness is connected), the implicationswill require profound rethinking of things such as compassion for animals, religious beliefsand self identity. This is the really exciting stuff that's headed our way.
But we'll never get to a higher understanding of consciousness if we remain"experts"limited to our tiny alcoves of knowledge. To really function as intelligentmembers of a race that has been advertised as "advanced," we mustexpand not just the depth of our knowledge but the breadth ofour understanding.
And that, of course, means understanding the interconnectedness ofour being-ness. It is the interconnectedness that really matters, quiteliterally (ahem).
Let us hope that more members of the human species can learn to recognize theinterconnectedness among not just people, plants and animals, but at anotherlevel the interconnectedness of mind, matter and energy, too. To gainunderstanding of this interconnectedness is -- to paraphrase quite a number ofscientists and philosophers from human history -- to become closer to God. He who can see allinterconnectedness in life and the cosmos is, of course, God Himself.
To see and recognize the patterns in the reality we apparently inhabit is, inmy view, the most important next step necessary for the advancement of humanintelligence. Importantly, this advancement cannot come from the sciencesalone. It must involve a so-called "quantum leap" in consciousness.