Re: Greetings..

Natasha Vita-More (
Sun, 13 Dec 1998 13:11:31 -0600

At 02:50 PM 12/13/98 -0500, Mike wrote:

>> We
>> often excuse a person who is exceptionally bright for being bratty as if in
>> awe that this person might carry the mad-tormented-genius-gene. How
>> romantic? How insufferable.
>> There are numerous ways a person (bright or not) can overcome psychological
>> handicaps, and it is a sure sign of intelligence if a person who suffers
>> from emotional imbalance recognizes it, and deals with it.

>Considering how all of our accepted methods of raising and educating children
>are tailored for the average, just as IQ tests are believed to be not
useful in
>measuring high genius, I would postulate that these methods of raising and
>educating geniuses as if they were average if not very useful.
Additionally, I
>would also say that the torment many geniuses go through as children at the
>hands of their mundane peers must generate some sort of Traumatic Stress
>Disorder. I can attest to that personally.

Yes, I understand.

On the subject of intelligence and IQ, I suppose that I'm an "odd woman out" here because I think qualities of high intelligence and brilliance often pass by unnoticed because those who enjoy writing about it and postulating about it are in search of criteria that can be limiting. Because in my field, IQ testing is secondary to creative insight or innovation, I have placed little emphasis on IQ and still gasp at the academic emphasis to such testings. Yet, I realize the necessity of testing and why it is useful. However, recently one of my brothers comments that we have more geniuses in our family when he was told the IQs of his two very young daughters, I bit my tongue. What types of testing, by whom, for what purposes, and by whose standards? There is a difference between a bright child and truly gifted prodigy.

Recently, I had a conversation with some friends over dinner about intelligence vs. wisdom. Those who considered themselves intelligent, were pedantic about their definition of wisdom. They assumed that wisdom could be achieved without intelligence, as if to protect their own intelligence, just in case someone who they considered not to be up to snuff (by their standards of mental acumen) was not better than them. I found this to be off putting and lacking insight and humility.

Again, I suppose this is why I had previously mentioned in a post the Scientific America issue on "Intelligence" -- the many aspects of intelligence and perceptions of same.

In the article "A Multiplicity of Intelligences" by Howard Gardner, he lists nine kinds of intelligences (and they are not gender-specific -:). I rather like this, and feel more comfortable with this concept.

Here, he lists one such intelligence as "Personal Intelligence" which I find to be important to our extropian transhuman goals. "Accurately determining moods, feelings and other metal states in oneself (interpersonal intelligence) and in others (interpersonal) and using the information as a guide for behavior."

Perhaps at this stage in our self-evolution, we might consider excelling in this type of intelligence because it will come in handy. It is such a pleasant treat to be with someone who actually is in touch with himself and others. Max and I discussed this yesterday after I expressed my frustration with a lot of rudeness that I notice around with not only drivers on freeways, but also manners and indifference of people. He brought up a concept in Neil Stephenson's _The Diamond Age_ where there is a "neo-Victorian" quality of manners and grace in a radically redefined sense of reality.

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