On the Nature of Human Intelligence

What is the nature of intelligence? Is it just you or the sum of you and any tools you have at your disposal? For the purposes of an IQ test, it would be just the organic part. However, on your job were it really counts, all bets are off. You are allowed any trick in the book to achieve your goal. And in your personal life, you set the rules. I submit that we have already entered the Cyborg age. It may not be exactly what you expected from reading science fiction, but the details are just speed and interface.

The typical techie has some type of wireless Internet access at most times, be it 3G, EVDO or wifi hotspot. With this technology, you are able to access such on-line resources such as Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, or the Internet Move Database. If you can access this information at any time and place, doesn’t it make it part your smarts? I mean you can get the information, perhaps not with the speedof Marilyn vos Savant. But you could easily wax her tail with the sheer volume of information available. Who played Lumpy on leave it to Beaver? Suck on that, Marilyn. It’s given that only part of intelligence is pure recall, but it’s an important part. Original and theoretical constructs are key piece of total cranial horsepower. But even each of these are based on a foundation of basic recall.You could argue based on the premise that we have been in the Cybernetic age since the first written word. But I submit that carrying around the Library of Congress is impractical. It is only the confluence of wireless devices and the Internet that finally makes the total of human knowledge available on demand.

There was a time when students weren’t allowed to use calculators during a test. Now its pretty common if not encouraged. And now we are seeing Internet access accepted on tests as well. Thus, the total of the human experience now includes handheld devices.

2 thoughts on “On the Nature of Human Intelligence

  1. We stand on the threshold of the most profound and transformative event in the history of humanity, the “Singularity.”

  2. In my opinion, intelligent means being suited to academic activities. Smart is knowing all about life and what to do in certain situation, as well as being able to make good decisions.And you can’t narrow it down to only three attributes that make a person smart’ or intelligent’. It’s a part of who they are, thousands of little things combined. Obviously, one major contribution is a willingness to learn but that’s far from a third of it.

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