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How do you define human intelligence?

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10/19/2009

Intelligence is no longer defined as just an IQ score!

Intelligence can be defined as how quickly and how efficiently one adapts to his/her environment.

Of course, there is more to it than just "picking up on things" quickly. Human intelligence includes an ability to remember facts or figure out solutions to abstract problems; it also includes emotional intelligence and special skills acquired to near-perfection or mastery. For example, a musician can be skilled on one instrument in such a way that no one else matches.

Intelligence can be displayed in people who act ignorant or immoral; just because someone is intelligent, doesn't mean they "know it all" or can choose the right or socially-acceptable option every time. There are insensitive and cruel intelligent people involved in relationships that can end in divorce, brokenness, or with violence. There are intelligent workers who achieve great things and then blow it all with some "stupid" behavior. This would certainly not be seen as very intelligent. Sometimes intelligent people, near-genius, are very strange when behaving in social situations; they still have a great wealth of knowledge in store.

Intelligence is relative in certain cultural standpoints, but overall it is seen as a standard of how one uses their mind and actively engages their abilities to accomplish great things within their sphere of influence.

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  • There is no single answer for this. You have to look at the two words individually. To be human is to have characteristics or qualities of mankind. Intelligence is the ability to learn and understand. Now we all know that there are those that have a high intelligence and those that don't. If we could even begin to define human intelligence in one way my guess would be a human that can define the world around them by learning and continuing to learn, understand and continue to understand and also to make advances with that which was learned.