Chucky wrote:We have the ability to look beyond what is apparent; others don't have the ability to do this. This can be construed as being intelligent... ...or not. Perhaps simply being human and all that entails is intelligence. That's something we DON'T have.
Wish I could agree. But as I grow older - and I've spent my younger days trying to convince myself that I'm nothing special, and that I'm like everyone else and that I'm just seeking attention and whatnot - I'm becoming more and more aware (and this is going to sound arrogant, but there's no other way to put it) that the vast majority of humanity is simply not aware of the world around them.
The whole fame of 'human intelligence', civilization, etc. is actually based on the inventions and conclusions made by what can be considered just a handful of humans throughout history (not on, as you put it, 'simply being human') - and these humans were, in the majority of cases, treated as loonies and outsiders by their peers for their entire lives. So these 'proofs of intelligence' seem more to be exceptions than the rule for the humanity in general - this is not even my thought, it's actually Scott Adams in "Dilbert Principle"
He calls them "deviant individuals" or something - a person who invented the wheel must have been an outcast - or an Aspie.
So I don't think that intelligence is just a sympthom; it's more of a cause. Yes, we have the ability to look beyond what is apparent; and that requires processing power, which, for the human brain, is intelligence - IQ tests be damned.
The majority of humans, I'm afraid, is not that much above animal intelligence as they would like to believe, if at all. I mean, if the world was designed for dogs, cats, or horses, I would guess that it wouldn't be too difficult to teach them to perform the tasks that the lives of the majority of humans is reduced to, including shopping, most non-creative work, driving... Knowing how to read and write when the whole thing was directly designed for you is also hardly a feat - and all of a sudden you have access to conclusions of hundreds of people far smarter than you, and can adopt them as your own.
I mean, if we take IQ tests and say that my IQ is 180, the IQ of an average person is 100, and a squid is 20, does that mean that the relation between an average person and me is equivalent to the relation between that person and a squid? And if we take that seriously, why are the squids ruling the world - except for beeing the majority, of course?
And 'simply being human' is equivallent to sniffing butts in dog world. I mean, an intelligent dog might ask himself "why should I be putting my snout into someone else's butt?" and be the outcast of a dog civilization, because he's not behaving properly - other dogs will bite him and consider him rude. Ditto AS. You're asking yourself questions, analyzing, and trying to understand behavioral patterns that simply have no explanation, I'm afraid. It's just a mixture of learned behavior and instinct, that you either accept without a thought, or you never will.
Thank God this is a forum, so noone can punch me or arrest me :
If I *seem* rude, ignore it. I didn't mean it. AS.