February 2, 2009

How are you intelligent?

"Every person's intelligence is as unique as a fingerprint."
In his book Ken Robinson advocates a different view of intelligence. Instead of asking the question 'How intelligent are you?' he suggests to ask the question "How are you intelligent?' Robinson asserts there are three features of human intelligence: 1) it is diverse: there are many ways in which intelligence expresses itself (verbal, mathematical, musical, etc.), 2) it is dynamic: intellectual performance is often a matter of finding new connections between different brainprocesses (for instance, Albert Einstein often found inspiration for his scientific work in playing the violin), 3) it is distinctive: each person's intelligence is unique.

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