Fluid Intelligence

What is Intelligence? There are several definitions. Here are a couple of them.

Intelligence is the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience.

Intelligence is effectively perceiving, interpreting and responding to the environment.

I would suggest a slight modification to the first definition. Change "experience" to "information and experience".

The definition page (search result from Google) also provides various related links to intelligence. The one that caught my attention was fluid intelligence. Fluid intelligence:

The first step is gathering intelligence. There are several ways to do this. Fuld & Company defines an Index for Internet Intelligence. In addition, they list a variety of sources to obtain the Information needed.

The next step is to tag, categorize and map the information. You can do this, using a variety of tools. You can use Google Bookmarks or del.icio.us to keep track of web resources and tag them. You can use a variety of mind mapping tools to map the relationships between different items of information.
The final step is to correlate the information and derive the intelligence you need. The best tool for this is the human mind.

Once you have identified your sources of information, mapped the relationships obtained the intelligence you need, you can use simple tools to keep track of the information. The speed with which information changes and the type of changes may provide additional clues. This in turn may provide additional intelligence.

3 thoughts on “Fluid Intelligence

  1. i often come across … comments like people who are good in solving Maths problems and aptitude tests with great ease are intelligent.. is it true?

  2. It is one type of intelligence. According Howard Gardner there are multiple intelligences.

    Logical-mathematical intelligence consists of the capacity to analyze problems logically, carry out mathematical operations, and investigate issues scientifically. In Howard Gardner’s words, in entails the ability to detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.

    Musical intelligence involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns. It encompasses the capacity to recognize and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. According to Howard Gardner musical intelligence runs in an almost structural parallel to linguistic intelligence.

    Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence entails the potential of using one’s whole body or parts of the body to solve problems. It is the ability to use mental abilities to coordinate bodily movements. Howard Gardner sees mental and physical activity as related.

    Spatial intelligence involves the potential to recognize and use the patterns of wide space and more confined areas.

    Interpersonal intelligence is concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people. It allows people to work effectively with others. Educators, salespeople, religious and political leaders and counsellors all need a well-developed interpersonal intelligence.

    Intrapersonal intelligence entails the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one’s feelings, fears and motivations. In Howard Gardner’s view it involves having an effective working model of ourselves, and to be able to use such information to regulate our lives.


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