Thursday, September 4, 2008

Types of Intelligence

There is a keen split between the modern perspective on intelligence, and the results of that intelligence. PhDs who behave childishly. Highly-educated leaders with no respect for the human condition. Overweight physicians.

Why? It is because we incorrectly correlate one type of intelligence with all others.

Projective intelligence: outward problem-solving and analysis.

Creative intelligence: taken literally.

Introspective intelligence: taken literally.

Projective intelligence is, by and large, the only type we recognize or develop. Introspective and creative intelligence are almost wholly ignored. Introspective intelligence is acknowledged only after visits to the psychologists' couch, and there, the instructor is someone who has not been trained to be introspectively intelligence him or herself, but who has instead been trained only to be projectively intelligent as towards others' minds. Creative intelligence is acknowledged only in art or music instruction, and except for rare instances in composition theory or creative writing instruction, what is offered in training is projective intelligence as to the methodology of creation.

The inability to recognize different types of intelligence results in extreme dichotomies in the world. For example, we have the prospective intelligence to design and build nuclear weapons, then deploy them worldwide, but not the introspective intelligence to recognize that building such things in the first place is madness. Our greatest prospectively intelligent minds involve themselves engineering fighter jets, designing sprawling private mansions and building giant dams, without having the introspective tools to think intelligently about what they are doing. When they do think about it, their level of thought is as unprepared for the task as a first-grader analyzing War and Peace. Their faculties in that regard have been so neglected that they are not up to the task.

Both neglects are a consequence of ragnarism, and more directly, our worship of avarice (see Money Laundering).

Fearful minds do not want to understand themselves. Understanding the nature of the mind involves confronting the lack of an absolute, singular self. That is why our society is so structured around avoiding introspection. Carefully, over the years, we have crafted all academic, professional and social inquiry in such a way as to resist analyzing what someone thinks and feels inwardly. To brush upon the subject provokes a violent response, and sound condemnation from all corners.

The result of a society of introspectively stunted individuals is a chaos of sad, confused, sick, needy lives. All that holds it together is the overwhelming force of the very social mores that protect us from our inner selves: to ensure surface stability, and simultaneously protect our inner illusions, time is occupied with social ritual. Fixed behavior practices (i.e., the supposed affection for routine) occupies the mind with external schedules and controlled behavior. As the rituals occur, everyone is validated in their general participation, and thoughts can be as distracted as possible (by the details of the ritual) to avoid their turning inward.

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